Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Baden bei Wien
Baden bei WienBaden, the principal Austrian spa with sulfurous water, lies 30km/18mi south of Vienna on the eastern edge of the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods), where the River Schwechat emerges from the Helenental. The water of Baden was already being used for curative purposes in Roman times, when the town was known as Aquae. However the spa owes its rise in modern times to the regular summer visits by the members of the Habsburg Court between 1803-34, which made Baden the rendezvous of Viennese society and of prominent people. The sulfur springs, at a temperature of about 36 deg C/97 deg F, have a daily flow of 6.5million liters /1.4million gallons.
Parish Church of St Stephen
Northeast of the Hauptplatz in Baden bei Wien stand the Municipal Theater (Stadttheater; 1909) and the parish church of St Stephen (15th C.), a hall church with a Baroque helm-roofed tower. Inside are many gravestones and a commemorative plaque to Mozart, who composed his "Ave Verum" for the choirmaster of this church. The picture over the high altar depicting the stoning of St Stephen is by Paul Troger.
Address: Rathausgasse 10, A-2500 Baden bei Wien, Austria
This annual festival is comprised of a series of concerts, which take place in September and October.Various venues are used, including the Stadttheater, the Ceremonial Hall of the Congress, and the Beethoven House.
Kurmittelhaus and baths
From the Grüner Markt in Baden bei Wien it is only a few yards to the Kurmittelhaus (treatment center), Hallenbad (thermal bath) and Mineralschwimmbad (mineral swimming pool). As well as baths there are facilities for underwater massage, underwater therapy, sulfur mud-packs and general massage.
In Baden bei Wien, south of Doblhoffpark, on the banks of the River Schwechat, is the large open-air thermal complex with four pools (24-33 deg C/75-91 deg F), a sandy beach and a restaurant.
This annual two-month festival runs from July to mid-September and includes over 50 evening performances in Kurpark. A moving glass roof allows the performances to take place regardless of the weather.
South of the Schwechat in Baden bei Wien, the Rollett Museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric and Roman finds, geological specimens from the Vienna basin, a collection of skulls which belonged to the anatomist Josef Gall (1752-1828), founder of the science of phrenology, as well as musical scores by famous composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Millöcker) who had links with Baden.
Address: Weikersdorfer Platz 1, A-2500 Baden bei Wien, Austria
Emperor Franz Joseph Museum
From the Kurpark in Baden bei Wien the Andreas-Hofer-Zeile leads to the Emperor Franz Joseph Museum, with exhibitions of craft and folk-art from Lower Austria (30 minutes on foot).
Address: Hochstrasse 51, A-2500 Baden bei Wien, Austria
Austrian Chamber Music Festival
This international festival first began in 1978, and has since become a major event in the cultural life of the province. Events include orchestral and chamber concerts, choir performances and seminars, held in numerous well-known venues, including the Altenburg, Zwettl and Geras abbeys. There are usually 30 events, which run from mid-July to early September.
Address: Wiener Strasse 2, A-3580 Baden bei Wien, Austria
On the hill above the parish church of St Helena lie the extensive ruins of Burg Rauhenstein (alt. 336m/1,102ft; 12th and 17th C.).
Parish Church of St Helena
To the right of the road from Baden bei Wien to Heiligenkreuz stands the parish church of St Helena (originally Gothic) which gave the valley its name.
Parish Church of St Helena (Potter's Altar)
Helenental's parish church of St Helena contains the "Potters' Altar" (C. 1500) which was removed from St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna in 1745 because Pope Benedict XIV had forbidden any representation of the Holy Trinity in human form.
This international meeting of military bands was first held in Baden in 1995. The event begins with a "Spring Parade" featuring bands from Austria and other European countries. Venues for the various concerts include the Baden Race Course and the Ceremonial Hall of the Congress.
The theater hosts numerous performances throughout the year. It is an important landmark in Baden, where operettas have been considered a tradition for almost 300 years.
Days of Roses
This annual festival takes place in the Rosarium.
Children will enjoy the puppet museum in Baden bei Wien.
Address: Erzherzog-Rainer-Ring 23, A-2500 Baden bei Wien, Austria
To the north of Baden can be seen the Pfaffstättner Kogel (541m/1775ft, 1.75 hours; superb view from the top).
The Anninger (674m/2,111ft) can be reached from Baden bei Wien in 2.75 hours; there are fine views.
To the west of Baden rises the peak of the Hoher Lindkogel (834m/2,736ft, 3 hours; inn), with magnificent views in all directions from the look-out tower.
North of Baden lies the town of Mödling (240m/787ft; pop. 19,000), a favorite excursion venue for the people of Vienna. Beethoven lived at Hauptstrasse 79 from 1818-20 and Arnold Schönberg at Bernhardgasse 6 from 1918-25. Mödling has a Renaissance Rathaus (Town Hall) dating from 1548; the church of St Othmar (Late Gothic), with a Late Romanesque charnel house with old frescos, is also worth visiting.Beethoven composed some of the sections of his Missa Solemnis while staying in Mödling, which is why the piece is so often played at local festivals and other special events.
Föhrenberge Nature Park
Above the town of Mödling (20 minutes' walk along a footpath) are Schloss Liechenstein (16th C., restored in Neo-Classical style 1820-22) and Burg Liechtenstein, with a 12th C. Romanesque chapel. These two buildings form the central point of a nature park which also contains a number of artificial ruins.
Address: Bahnstrasse 2, A-2340 Mödling, Austria
Bad Voslau, Austria
Excursion, Gumpoldskirchen, Austria
At the foot of the Anniger, lies Gumpoldkirchen.The Renaissance Town Hall and the picturesque old houses of the burghers are noteworthy.
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