Destinations Magazine

Visit Vienna And View An Ancient Artform

By Linda
snow domes

photo ; Clare Bell

When visiting the Christkindl markets during Advent, you’re likely to see stalls with an ancient artform that actually started life following attempts to improve a light source for use in surgical procedures. Visit Vienna for the Christmas markets and you’ll also be able to go to the museum where it was first patented.

Mariazell Basilica

Set in the province of Styria on the border with Niederösterreich, Mariazell is a pretty township that has significance for around a million people who visit the Basilica each year. It is the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria and the most visited shrine in Europe.

The Basilica is home to a wooden image of the Virgin Mary, which is believed to have miraculous powers. The image is made out of lime wood and has been in place since 1157.

Schneekugel

Better known in English speaking countries as a snow globe, the earliest ‘Schneekugel’ are thought to have been French. But the product wasn’t patented until the end of the 19th century by a Viennese surgical instrument manufacturer, Erwin Perzy. The first snow globe produced with a patent, had the Mariazell Basilica inside.

Erwin Perzy ΙΙΙ still maintains a business at the 250 year old building where his forefather worked. There is a museum dedicated to the history of production of the snow globe, which is open Monday to Thursday between 09:00 and 15:00 on Schummangasse 87.

Chalet Lowonahill is an all-season, rustic style holiday home in Styria. It is the ideal place for you to discover the delights of all 9 provinces of Austria. To find out more, simply click here.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • How To Style Your Shorts in 10 Unique Ways

    Style Your Shorts Unique Ways

    Summers are here and they are in full swing, all we want to do is chill by the beach side. While all of us can’t hit the beach, yet we can definitely bring beac... Read more

    10 hours, 59 minutes ago by   Dreamtechie
    LIFESTYLE
  • Monday Miscellany: Shoes, Shows And Friends

    Monday Miscellany: Shoes, Shows Friends

    The last several weeks have been such a whirlwind of activity, so this weekend I’ve been giving myself the gift of some “down time.” Playing a bit of catch-up... Read more

    11 hours, 4 minutes ago by   Unefemme
    LIFESTYLE
  • Nine Steps to Using a Paddling Pool

    Nine Steps Using Paddling Pool

    Sometimes, you just gotta cool down. These last few days it's been really quite warm, so we've had the paddling pool out for my son to play in. Read more

    11 hours, 13 minutes ago by   Ravenswingthog
    DIARIES, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Catrice Long-lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil Review

    Catrice Long-lasting Waterproof Pencil Review

    Hey everyone, what’s up? An eye-pencil is a must have in your vanity. That’s why I love trying out new brands every now and then. Today, I’m going to review... Read more

    11 hours, 41 minutes ago by   Jhilmil D Saha
    HAIR & BEAUTY
  • The Edge

    Edge

    While vacationing at an Alaskan lodge during a photo shoot, a pragmatic, solitary billionaire (Anthony Hopkins)--with a steel trap mind when it comes to... Read more

    11 hours, 42 minutes ago by   Kaiser31083
    ENTERTAINMENT, MOVIES
  • Mike Philbin - Art - Twin Towers 1, 2 and 7

    Mike Philbin Twin Towers

    This most-recent tryptich has a title of "Twin Towers 1, 2 and 7", an obvious and unsubtle allusion to a) the twin towers or pillars of freemasonic egyptologica... Read more

    11 hours, 46 minutes ago by   Freeplanet
    DEBATE, SOCIETY
  • Find a Travel Buddy with Ease and Make Solo Traveling Even Better

    Find Travel Buddy with Ease Make Solo Traveling Even Better

    Traveling solo as a woman has so many advantages. You can go where you wish, keep to your own schedule and spend some times really getting to know yourself. Read more

    12 hours, 17 minutes ago by   Poundtravel
    TRAVEL

Magazines