It was a bright and sunny day - only Snoopy prefers to write "it was a dark and stormy night". Indeed, it was almost like a hot summer day. I desperately wanted to photograph something more interesting than flowers in the garden. So I was nagging until I could Roland motivate for a little sightseeing tour. I drove - maybe 50 km - to Stadtschlaining. It’s a little town with a big castle: Burg Schlaining. No it’s of course the other way around: it’s a castle with a little town attached to it.
The castle is today also called the Peace Castle, because of its Study Centre. First mentioned in 1271 it was called castrum Zloynuk. After 500 years of Babel problems as well as bad spelling and a lot of dialect speaking people with bad teeth and severe strokes the town got the name "Schlaining".
Once upon time the place where chosen because of its strategic possibilities. It was an outpost with a perfect view far into the countryside, especially to the east and south. Its many owners through time collected taxes – a good example for the fact, that taxes are nothing but organized robbery – from everybody, who used the roads nearby. After a long time and many other owners the castle belonged to the Batthány family for a longer period of time. Btw., I already posted pictures of the Batthány crypt (2).
There is a path around the castle and through the former moat. It seems the city is proud of this route for walking, because it has some attractions like benches and information points. I wasn’t impressed, because nature and beetles already munched down most of it and it seemed in a long time nobody looked after it.
I took a picture of the map for tourists, which includes a hiking trail – sadly the named website is as uninformative and fragmentary as I expected. So I added to the picture some turquoise symbols around Stadtschlaining, because I posted pictures from this villages on Photoblog. (1) the church (outside, inside) in Mariasdorf, (3) the sanatorium Hirschenstein, (4) the granary of Rechnitz and (5) the roman grave stones in Neumarkt.
When we drove back we stopped at (6) the sightseeing point "Gugelhupf". Btw. "Gugelhupf" is the Austrian word for a ring cake as well as a madhouse. If it would have been a cake, I would have climbed up the artificial hill, but it wasn't one and I wasn't crazy enough ...
The day ended with a visit to the Easter fire in Lutzmannsburg. I actually thought, the boys had for the first time two large Easter fires. I saw a second one in the middle of the vineyards. No, there was no fire, it was the rising moon – large as a gigantic pizza. Sadly no pizza waited for us at the "hot spot" itself. The last day of Lenten season ended for us with empty stomachs.