Living in Europe, one of my favourite ways to spend the weekend is taking a train somewhere for the day and just wandering around a new city or town, discovering the pretty streets and finding sweet little spots to visit, photograph and enjoy. I've made Austria my home for now and am on a mission to explore as much of the country as I can (without a car!), visiting new places, exploring different areas and finding the best spots along the way.
Last weekend, I visited Linz and Kremsmünster Abbey, so this weekend I continued my explorations with a day trip by train from Salzburg to Steyr. Just over two hours away, including a stopover in Linz, Steyr proved to be quite compact, with a small town atmosphere, but with some lovely sights to see. Situated on the confluence of the Enns and Steyr Rivers, Steyr is known as the manufacturing headquarters for tractor company of the same name.
Here's what I got up to wandering around this little city:
Skyline on River Enns
As you leave the train station and head towards the city, you'll cross the River Enns on a small walkway offering beautiful views as you approach.
Stadtplatz & Bummerlhaus
At the heart of Steyr are the quaint and colourful gothic-style buildings dating back to the thirteenth century. Most famously, the Bummerlhaus is the best preserved gothic mansion in the whole city and one of the finest in all of Austria!
Built in the 900s and housing important families throughout its lifetime, Schloss Lamberg is a sweeping pale pink structure overlooking the river. You are free to wander the grounds but it seemed that to get inside (where there is meant to be a beautiful library!), you need to register at the tourist office which wasn't open on the weekends.
Mündung der Steyr in die Enns
This is where the two rivers meet together and you can actually spot the two different colours and currents colliding with each other!
Streets of Steyr
As idyllic as they come in Austria, the streets of Steyr are worth a perusal: full of little cafes, boutiques and pretty views.
Pfarrkirche Steyr-St. Michael
This exquisite church was built in the 1600s as a Jesuit Church and features simply beautiful white and pink interiors (my favourite kind - like the church at Kremsmünster Abbey!). A massive organ on one end and pillars and stucco decorations provide the finishing touches.
This 16th century tower was once the old gate into the city. You can wander up and look back down with a view over Steyr below.