St George’s Hall

DSC06608St George’s Hall – Henry Lonsdale Elmes/Charles Cockerell 1841-1854

Arriving in Liverpool St George’s Hall is one of the first things you notice. Situated opposite the train station this building provides a wonderful first impression of Liverpool. I remember being wowed by it as soon as I saw it.

St George’s Hall is unusual as it’s beautiful grand rooms (entertainment and exhibition spaces) are housed in the same building as the old courthouse and jail holding cells. Merging the two very different types of building together was done to keep costs down. This compromise was made so that the detailing of the grander parts of the building did not have to be compromised.

DSC06549 2On a guided tour you can learn all about the fascinating history of St George’s Hall. A must do in my opinion.

Royal Albert Dock

DSC06444Royal Albert Dock – Jesse Hartley/Phillip Hardwick – 1846

Honoured by the official title of the Royal in 2018 the Royal Albert Dock is now a cultural hub of Liverpool comprising of restaurants and museums including the Tate Liverpool.


Liverpool Cathedral

DSC06724Liverpool Cathedral – Giles Gilbert Scott – 1904 – 1978

Liverpool cathedral is the largest religious building in Britain and is also the fifth largest in the world. It’s no wonder I had to get so far away from it to get a photo of the entire building and walking around it was a fairly long walk, especially given the weather. There is so much to see here in this beautiful cathedral and its garden.DSC06656DSC06672DSC06679DSC06703The pathway lined with gravestones leads to St. James’s gardenDSC06709DSC06716

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Salzburg

As you may have already guessed today I am in Salzburg to do the ‘ Sound of Music’ tour. I never like to miss a good opportunity for some building spotting so I thought that I could combine the two.DSC07714Schloss Leopoldskron. A beautiful Rococco building where exterior shots of the Von Trapp family home were taken but no scenes were filmed here. Now a hotel I would love to stay here one day.DSC07739Schloss Hellbrunn. I loved the ornate detailing in these gates.dsc07742-e1563895983351.jpgThis is the gazebo used in the Sound of Music. The gazebo has been reconstructed here in Schloss Hellbrunn, it was originally located within the grounds of Schloss Leopoldskron.dsc07805-e1563894096837.jpgAfter a beautiful scenic bus ride taking us away from the city we arrive here in Mondsee.       The interior of the basilica St. Micheal is where the marriage scene in the sound of music was filmed. Below is a picture of the building’s interior along with pictures of some the building’s beautiful details.DSC07791DSC07790DSC07793Back in the city now at the Mirabell gardens where some of the famous scenes were filmed. Aside from all things ‘Sound of Music’ what beautiful gardens. I could have spent hours here exploring.DSC07837DSC07849DSC07865DSC07873My last stop is one that is not included in the tour but is a must for any fan of The Sound of Music. Schloss Frohnburg (now a music academy) was used to film the scenes of the front of the Von Trapp family home.dsc07896.jpgMost of the buildings that I’ve seen today have been The Sound of Music related but a beautiful building is still a beautiful building and all sites that I have visited today have been worthy of a blog post in their own right.

There is still so much to see here in Salzburg. I hope that I will get a chance to return soon to see all the sights that I have missed today.

Altstadt Burghausen

This afternoon I’m off to explore the old town of Burghausen. I have family here in Burghausen so I have been here many times before, but it’s been a long time since I have taken the time to fully appreciate and explore the town.

Here are some pictures from the beautiful AltstadtDSC07525DSC07529DSC07534DSC07580One of the things I love about this town is that on one side of this bridge you are in Germany.dsc07552.jpgand on this side of the bridge you are in Austria.DSC07550

DSC07547Another interesting fact about this town is that it is home to the worlds longest castle. at 1043 m long Burghausen Castle has been upgraded from the longest castle in Europe to the longest castle in the world. Now comprising of privately owned apartment buildings and a museum.DSC07542DSC07549I love it here and am already looking forward to visiting again next year.

Otto Wagner

b. 13.07.1941 d. 11.04.1918

As a member of the Viennese Secession movement Wagner was a pioneering architect in Vienna and Europe known for his work in the Jugendstil style. Vienna is still full of Wagner’s work today including arguably one of the most famous Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) works of all time, the Karlplatz pavilions. whilst I was in Vienna I was lucky enough to visit three of Wagner’s great works, the Karlplatz pavilion, Majolica House and the Post Office Savings bank. These buildings are amongst my favourite buildings that I have been luck enough to see.

Majolica House

DSC08241Majolica House – Otto Wagner – 1899

Majolica House is a beautiful example of the Jugendstil movement. The facade is the only visible part of the building. The interior is privately owned, apartments I think. It is difficult to to clearly see all of the details of this building. You have to cross the road to get a good view but the detailing in the design of this exterior is striking. Another Wagner gem.

The Secession Building

dsc08166.jpgThe Secession Building – Joseph Maria Olbrich – 1898

The Viennese Secession movement, was founded by a group of artists including Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffman and Joseph Maria Olbrich. The secession building was designed by Olbrich and built as an exhibition centre.

In the basement of the building there is a very special piece of artwork by Klimt, the Beethoven Frieze which is painted on the upper walls in one of the rooms and was a real treat to discover.

IMG_3754The Secession building has been immortalised in the 50 cent euro coin proving its significance 120 years later.

Coop Himmelb(l)au

coop Himmelb(l)au is Viennese architect and design firm that is known worldwide for it’s experimental, ‘decontructivst’ style. The company was founded in 1968 by Wolf D. prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Micheal Holzer and now the company employs up to 150 people and has offices in London, Vienna, Los Angeles and Australia.