A little wander a couple of weeks ago around the former grounds of a royal Liechtenstein, sold to the Royal and Imperial Baker Demel founder (August Dehne), then sold again to a non-royal Austrian actor in the interwar years, and now a park managed by the city of Vienna. So much history.
Liesing was formed after the Anschluss; following the allied occupation the district was partitioned to Lower Austria (and was under Soviet occupation). In 1954, Liesing and its exurbs returned to Vienna to become the 23rd of the city’s 23 districts.
While on an out-and-about last week I found myself in Leopoldstadt, Vienna’s predominantly Jewish district. I decided to walk around part of the Path of Remembrance, a project that traces the deportation of Jewish persons with Stolpersteine, remembrance stones. It is not necessary to read German to understand what happened to a group of people reduced to nearly non-existence by the end of WWII.
One hundred years ago this month, Schloss Eckartsau was the setting for the final act of the Hapsburg monarchy: it was the hunting lodge from where the last Austro-Hungarian Emperor Charles I, and his wife Empress Zita departed for exile to Switzerland in late March 1919.
When the parents take the Senior Skip Day.
Getting ahead of ourselves on the hiking season, we decided an 8 kilometer wander on a crisp but sunny late winter day along what turned out to be a rather dull and very brown trail in a nature preserve was a good use of our Saturday. Not one single wild boar to snap with my new camera; but at least the signs of spring, and the Schnitzel and antlers at the Gasthaus made the outing worthwhile.