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Neat! Ring the bell for the ferry boat.

Being surrounded by castles, palaces, ruins, fortresses I am sharing today some photos of one of my favorite family weekend strolls:

the former intriguing Habsburg summer residence in Laxenburg and its majestic gardens with all the picturesque castles.

Winter and Summer this place has a lot to offer. Kissing under mistletoes, feeding some 20something kg common carps in the pond, access the Franzensburg (from 1801) with the hand drawn ferry and end your walk during summer always with some ice cream at the well known Laxenburg ice cream shop.

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5 walnuts for the playground at the castle and the possibility to bring the kids bikes

Look out for special events during summer at Schloss Laxenburg.

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the simple act of walking

…. there´s nothing more simple than a walk to clear your mind, to breath,  ….

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I took the time to explore a bit more of the magnificient district of Mödling.  Driving along the Naturepark Föhrenberge I parked my car next to a house where once Franz Grillparzer (Austrian writer) lived and took a steep path up to the “SCHWARZER TURM” (a ruin built in 1809). What I find is pure beauty. The view of the valley of the Naturepark and the town of Mödling with its 140 years old aqueduct.  

Here are some of my impressions. Pure joy,  on a rainy and gloomy day. 

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