Austria Photography Collection Updated

Great news: I’ve just updated my Austria Photography Collection. At twenty-seven images it’s a fairly substantial group of photographs that provides an excellent introduction to the country. Based mostly around Vienna and the lovely city of Salzburg the collection is predominantly architecturally based, though a number of nature and landscape photographs are also included. While the collection will grow over time some of the current locations showcased include the following:

Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg

I made several visits to Mirabell Gardens. Both times it rained heavily. But I was prepared and managed to make a number of photographs with which I’m really happy. I must say that I found these well organized and brilliantly maintained gardens to be an absolute delight, full of life and color.

St. Sebastian’s Cemetery

This was the very last place I visited during my stay in Salzburg. With a little bit of time up my sleaze, prior to heading off to the station for my train that would, eventually, bring me to Brugge in Belgium I asked the hotel receptionist if there was a cemetery nearby. I was pleased to discover that there was one just a few minutes walk away.

And what a cemetery it is, designed in the vein of an italian campo santo this tiny, intimate space is a delight for the visitor and a lovely final resting place for luminaries and important historical figures such as Leopold Mozart (Wolfgang’s father).

Hohensalzburg Fortress

This is the largest, fully preserved fortress in Central Europe. Built in 1077, and with spectacular views over the city of Salzburg and surrounding countryside, Hohensalzburg Fortress is well worth a visit. While the museum and medieval princes’ apartments didn’t particularly inspire me I was able to make a number of interesting architectural studies of the facades and battlements from within the fortress walls. I really had to work hard to make these photos, but I’m so glad that I did as one of them is amongst my favorite architectural images to date.

Seegrotte Hinterbruhl

This former gypsum mine houses the largest underwater lake in Europe. Offering protection against bombing raids it was used, during the second world war, as an underground aircraft factory. The famous Heinkel HE 162 Salamander jet fighter was manufactured here.

Today these huge caves and lake are a very popular tourist attraction. But, be warned, it gets very cold and damp that far underground. I was just behind a seemingly very affluent Russian family who, as soon as we entered the mines, began to shake and shiver like there was no tomorrow. All I could say was ”How can you be so cold, you’re Russian”. I guess that kind of toughness is bred out pretty quickly when a modern, comfortable lifestyle becomes normal.     

Helligenkreuz Abbey

A medieval marvel, this abbey is the oldest continuously occupied Cistercian monastery in the world. Founded in 1133 it is the final resting place of Duke Frederick the Quarrelsome.

Sadly, the only way to gain access to the abbey is as part of a group tour. However, it is possible to make good photos on just such a tour. Here’s how I did it.

If you like to spend a few moments viewing my Austria Photography Collection just click HERE. It’s then a simple matter of clicking on the very first thumbnail to view it in an enlarged form. From there you can move through the presentation, via the navigation symbols on either side of each image. Hovering your mouse over an image will bring up the image title and caption. When you’re done simply click on the small red cross (i.e., ‘x’) on the top right corner of the page to be taken back to the original page of thumbnails. From there you can use the navigation along the top of the site to take you back to the blog or to explore more of my other Photography Collections.

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