Austria Journals

A Bounty of Beautiful Baroque

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A September 2009 trip to Austria by Wasatch

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Hotel Restaurant Mader

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Restaurant | "Nice Setting, Nice Food, Slow Service"

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The 300 year old hotel and restaurant Mader are located near the center of Steyr’s attractive old town square. The ground floor restaurant has three modest sized dinning rooms, each attractively furnished in different traditional styles. Just to the right of the entrance is long narrow bar/restaurant in dark wood. Straight ahead at the end of the entrance hall is the largest dining room, featuring a rustic garden theme. Off to the right side of the this room is the smallest of the dinning rooms, a stone vault looking like an ancient wine cellar. My Wiener Schnitzel was pretty good, but short of the highest standard for this classic Austrian dish. The main problem was the cut of bo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 9, 2010

Hotel & Restaurant Minichmayr

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Hotel | "Nicely Furnished, Good Location, but Street Noise in Some Rooms"

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The Hotel Minichmayer, a member of the Romantic Hotels group, is located on the river bank just below the confluence of the Steyr and Enns rivers. The river facing side of the hotel (the restaurant and some rooms) offers great views of the old city along the river bank. A single room in September 2009 was roughly $75. My room, long and narrow, faced a side street that produced prodigious traffic noise when there was traffic, which luckily was sparse, especially at night. There was a street light just outside my window, which, combined with the flimsy curtains, made the light at night inside the room brighter than daytime. Fortunately, I started carrying two sheets of black plastic ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 31, 2010

Hotel & Restaurant Minichmayr
Haratzmüllerstraße 1-3
Steyr, Austria A-4400
+43 (7252) 53410

China Restaurant Krone

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Restaurant | "A break from German/Austria food"

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After a week of German/Austrian food in Bavaria and Austria, I was ready for a change of pace, so I went Chinese on the two nights I stayed in Melk. "Egg Roll" at the China Restaurant Krone was very different from what I was used to in American and Chinese Chinese restaurants. It was something like a large wrap deep fried– think a small calzone– stuffed with cabbage and stuff, mostly cabbage. Not very crunchy in the crust, but a nice flavor and a much larger sized serving than what we are used to in America when we order egg roll. The fried noodle dish was classic Peking style lightly fried noodles with a heavy sauce. Very tasty classical dish, a real escape from German food. Chi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 29, 2010

China Restaurant Krone
Kremser Strasse 7
Melk 3390
+43-27-525-3670

Hotel and Restaurant Wachauerhof

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Hotel | "Reasonable Price, Decent Standard Hotel"

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There are a handful hotels in the little town of Melk which is situated on the banks of the Danube at the base of a cliff crowed by the great Abby of Melk, one Europe’s top sights. Around 975 A.D., the Babenburgs, the first rulers of what would become Austria, established their seat of power in a castle atop the cliff at Melk. They later move to Vienna and eventually lost power to the long ruling Habsburg family. The first abby was built atop the cliff in 985 A.D. The Hotel and Restaurant Wachauerhof is on the main street about two blocks from the pedestrian only town square and well located for driving up to the Abby (go right on the main street, take the second left, follow the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 26, 2010

Hotel and Restaurant Wachauerhof
Krummnubaum an der Donauuferbahn 43
Marbach an der Donau
+43 (7413) 7035

How to Visit a Baroque Church

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I shouldn’t have to mention this, but, considering some of the boorish behavior I’ve seen from tourists in Baroque churches, especially from American tourists, it needs to be said: except in some of the countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain, these are churches, and should be treated as such. In the former Communist countries, especaily the Czech Republic, many Baroque churches are now museums, no longer religious institutions, but still, behave yourself according to their status. Consider this display of touristic stupidity we witnessed in a church in Austria or Germany. An American family– mom, dad, and kids-- entered the church and boisterously walked down to the alter area where there...Read More

Other Things to See and Do

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The purpose of this trip was to see as many baroque church churches as possible in the time available, with a few detours to some other worthwhile sights. This review discusses the other sights visited. Rattenburg is an ancient town on the banks of the Inn. It’s early wealth was based on mining, which collapsed in the 17th Century. Consequently, the old town is frozen in time and retains much of its Renaissance flavor, unlike most towns in Austria which are dominated by baroque architecture. I found it worth a short visit– the climb to the castle ruins for the view over the town and the Danube, and a quick walk around the small old central town, mostly a pedestrian mall packed with t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 6, 2010

A Bounty of Beautiful Baroque

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This two week road trip was divided into three parts, Baroque churches of Bavaria, a visit to the Austrian Alps, and the main event, a week looking at Austrian Baroque churches. An art museum is a collection of works of art. A Baroque is a museum sized single work of art. Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch" covers about 40 sq. feet. The artistic triumph that is the interior of the Abbey Church at Melk covers roughly 2,000,000 sq ft.– a single work of art bigger that 40 football fields. It took hundreds of artisans decades to build one of the great Baroque , and the most important of these was the creator of the church, the architect who designed the grand plan. Hired help like Michelange...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 6, 2010