The Zeughaus, today one of the most important arms collections in the world, had its heyday in 1699. During that period, no ... More
The Zeughaus, today one of the most important arms collections in the world, had its heyday in 1699. During that period, no fewer than 185,700 weapons were stored there ready to be used to fight the Turks. Compared to this number, today's stock seems rather small—29,000. Weapons of all kinds can be viewed, but this tally is nevertheless extraordinary. The fact that such a large number remained intact is due to a combination of fate and luck. Maria Theresia intended to demolish the 1644 building in 1748, but the Styrian aristocracy resisted successfully and thus preserved a unique place of remembrance.
This four-story,immaculately kept armoury conveys to the visitor how tenuous life in the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance must have been for all these marvelously maintained weapons to be ready at a moment's notice for distribution to the citizens for the defense of the area against invaders. The facility was packed to the ceiling w/armour, edged weapons,pole arms and early firearms. My sons & daughter were all visibly impressed with this forceful display of how people had to literally fight for their lives and continued existence during this tumultuous period of Europe's history. We first saw this in 8/04 and are returning w/friends to visit it again in 7/07. It's clean and well-lit. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants to experience history firsthand.
The Rathaus (town hall) on the Hauptplatz has experienced numerous alterations through the years. In 1550, a renaissance style building
was erected on the Hauptplatz, approximately half the size of the present building. In 1806, the town hall received ...
This is a small (24x100m) but beautiful pond at the foot of Leech Forest, which marks the starting point for
a fitness trail running through it. Rowing boats are for rent here, and there is an Italian restaurant in ...
The Margaretenbad is a public outdoor swimming pool with plenty of charm. Surrounded by Mediterranean facades, this place is a
great place to relax the weary body. There's a sports pool and a shallow children's pool, Suna, Spa and ...
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