Austria Photography Collection Updated

Islolated from surrounding buildings the former executioner's cottage is located in the centre of beautiful green parkland in Salzburg, Austria.

Great news! I’ve just updated my Austria Photography Collection. It’s a 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. Some of the locations showcased include the following:

Rain doesn't disturb tourists moving through Mirabell Gardens with the impossing Hohensalzburg Castle in the background.

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.

Crucifix in Grotto, St. Peters Cemetery, Salzburg, Austria

St. Sebastian’s Cemetery in Salzburg

This was the very last place I visited during my stay in Salzburg. With a little bit of time up my sleeve, prior to heading off to the station for my train that would, eventually, bring me to Bruges 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.

St. Sebastian’s Cemetery is well worth a visit. 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, the father of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

An interesting arrangement of design elements on these inner walls of the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg, Austria

Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg

This is the largest, fully preserved fortress in Central Europe. Built in 1077AD, and with spectacular views over the city of Salzburg and surrounding countryside, Hohensalzburg Fortress is well worth a visit. 

While the museum and medieval prince’s 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.

An intimate shrine at Seegrotte, the underground lake near Hinterbruhl, Austria

A Visit To 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”. Perhaps that kind of toughness is bred out when a modern, comfortable lifestyle becomes normal.     

The warmth of wood and leather greets visitors to this lovely chapel at Helligenkreuz Abbey in Austria.

Photographing The Delightful Helligenkreuz Abbey

A medieval marvel, Helligenkreuz 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. You just need to be quick and make your photos, as I did, between the time the rest of the tour group begins to move on and the moment they leave the room in which you want to photograph.

Your guide isn’t able to allow you to stay on your own, thus the need to be able to make your photos quickly and catch up with the rest of the group. My advice is to speak, quietly, with the tour guide before you commence the tour and, assuming they prove to be helpful, tip them for their trouble.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru