Travel Optician is on a little bit unusual road trip this time. I’m taking you with me on one Austrian tour. I’m going to represent you Austrian Bruck und der Mur and Mariazell.

Have you ever heard for them and have you ever been there? They are perfect if you want to visit and discover something a little bit different, to move from the good known touristic places.

Are you going with me? Let’s go folks 😉

BRUCK UND DER MUR

Bruck an der Mur is a city of some 13,500 people located in the district Bruck-MĂŒrzzuschlag, in the Austrian state of Styria. It is located at the confluence of the Mur and MĂŒrz Rivers. Its manufacturing includes metal products and paper. Bruck is located on the Graz to Vienna main line, and is an important regional rail junction.

HISTORY

The earliest surviving record of Bruck dates from the time of King Ludovicus II “Germanicus”, when it was identified, in a record dated 20 November 860, as “ad pruccam”, a manor of the archbishopric of Salzburg. The settlement then identified with this name was in the location currently occupied by the suburb now called “St. Ruprecht”. The settlement then located at what is now the centre of Bruck is identified in the ninth century record as “muorica kimundi” (i.e. the mouth of the MĂŒrz River).

The town was refounded in 1263 by King Otakar II of Bohemia, who was responsible for surrounding Bruck with its city walls. Bruck received its town privileges in 1277 from King Rudolph von Habsburg who in 1273 succeeded Otakar. Bruck an der Mur was an important medieval trade center specializing in iron work.

MAIN SIGHTS

  • 15th-century Gothic church in the city
  •  the famous Kornmesser house, built-in the Venetian style by Pankraz Kornmess in the 15th century
  • he Iron Well with its famous lace-like dome
  • the castle of Landskron burned down in the great fire of 1792. After that fire, just two of 166 houses were left standing

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WHERE TO EAT?

We can definitely recommend you to eat at Zum Lustigen Steirer.

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The food is just amazing and you can leave that place hungry – that’s for sure. From simply soups to the meat.

Just look at that beauty:

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MARIAZELL

Mariazell is a small city in Austria, in Styria, well-known for winter sports, 143 kilometres (89 miles) N. of Graz. It is picturesquely situated in the valley of the Salza, amid the north Styrian Alps.

It is a site of pilgrimage for Catholics from Austria and neighboring countries. The object of veneration is an image of the Virgin Mary reputed to work miracles, carved in lime-tree wood. This was brought to the place in 1157, and is now enshrined in a chapel adorned with objects of silver and other costly materials. The large church of which the chapel forms part was erected in 1644 as an expansion of a smaller church built by Louis I, King of Hungary, after a victory over the Turks in 1363.

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This was my little weekend break around Austria.

Do you have any recommendations where to next? 😀