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Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

Here are some pictures from a Saturday trip to the countryside some 40 km north of Vienna.

Taken on 2018-06-23

We visited the zoo / animal range at Ernstbrunn. The park belongs to the historic Ernstbrunn castle estate. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernstbrunn)

The main feature of the zoo is the wolf science center, but they also have deer and Scottish highland cows.

Taken on 2018-06-23

The Leiser mountains (well, let’s be honest, hills) are the Austria’s most north-eastern high points. They give good view across and the countryside and that location made them the choice to house two radar domes: one for civilian air traffic control (Buschberg), and one for their military cousins (Steinmandl).

This area is one of Austria’s prime agricultural area. Here is the view from the Buschberg.

Such “Marterl” are common in the Austrian countryside. This one seems to be dedicated to Mary.

Taken on 2018-06-23

There is a viewing tower on top of the Oberleiser hill (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberleiser_Berg). This is the view towards the Church of Oberleis.

The mountain itself has an ancient history: they found remnants of early settlements (stone age, bronze age, and mainly from the age of migration of the peoples).

(see also https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keltensiedlung_Oberleiserberg)

We’ve looked down toward this church in the previous picture: here is how it looks like from the inside.

This is actually quite the typical Austrian rural church. A bit of googling finds that it was built in 1050.


Thank you so much otmar, do send us more when you can.


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    NotMax says:

    One again, to submit pictures: Use the Form or Send an Email

    Please, please, change One again to Once again. Makes the physiognomy wince every day of the week.

    Also, as a heads-up, this post didn’t show up on the front page for a full 25 minutes after it showed up in the elephant ear tabs on the comments page. Site is still far from tip-top health.

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    arrieve says:

    I love Austria! What a nice start to the day — thank you!

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    mad citizen says:

    Great pics. I sent some pics in a week or so ago from Croatia, but guessing they haven’t made the cut. The form/site was really wonky when I was trying to submit them.

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    Robyn says:

    And now I must add Austria to my travel bucket list. Beautiful pics!

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    SoupCatcher says:

    Great pictures! Thanks, otmar. That looks like a fun drive.

    I feel like this week’s pictures have been outstanding.

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    MelissaM says:

    Lovely! Thanks.

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    KSinMA says:

    Those are beautiful. Thanks, otmar!

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    eclare says:

    The clouds are wonderful! So pretty

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    opiejeanne says:

    1050. That’s not a typo? That church was built more than a thousand years ago. Wow.

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    J R in WV says:

    We visited a church in Basque country of Spain that was built about then, it was quite different, more primitive building techniques, there were plenty of ancient stones carved as pagan gods/devils etc that were there to be despised. But very interesting to compare them!

    The Basque town was preserved much as it had been 1000 years ago in external appearance, although power, water, sewage was present for everyone, and bread was delivered fresh to all each morning, so pretty civilized today!

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