Wels

Upper Austria

updated September 4, 2017

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Main Information

   
 
Wels         Upper Austria  
Country:
Austria  
State:
Upper Austria 
Expanse:
45,88 km2 
Altitude:
317 m above sea level 
Inhabitants:
58.713 (2011-01-01)  


Wels

Tradition - most importance of descents

Already the Romans knew it: This city is something special!
Today this charming city, situated in the middle of Upper Austria directly on the route ROMANTIKSTRASSE between Salzburg and Vienna, presents itsself with dynamic exhibition- and well known good priced shoping centres, of course combined with an excellent infrastructure.
Quelle: www.oberösterreich.at



Information to the pictures of this book

Liz has the author's personal permission for adding pictures off the book "ovilava wels die römnerstadt"
July 12, 2012

The book is available in good bookstores all over Austria
(in German language)
Author:
Albert Neugebauer
Verein Römerweg OVILAVA
Pfarrgasse 24
4600 Wels / Austria

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Pics off the book "ovilava wels die römerstadt"

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Information to the pictures of this book

Liz has permission for using some images from the book "100 JAHRE WELS-NEUSTADT FESTSCHRIFT"
through courtesy of the Musealvereien Wels
June 13, 2014


he book is available in good bookstores all over Austria
(in German language)

Authors:
Kurt Leitgeb * Willi Olbrich * HansW itkovsky
mit Beiträgen von
Walter Aspernig, Renate M. Miglbauer & Margarete Wendl
herausgegeben für den Musealverein Wels
von Walter Aspernig & Günter Kalliauer
Wels 1998


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"Bildstöcke" (stone & image-sanctuaries) & more

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City Tours

Stadtmuseum Wels - Minoriten (City Museum)
Minoritenplatz 4, 4600 Wels / Austria (neben dem Rathaus - Stadtplatz 1)
Tel.: +43-(0)7242-235-1346
minoriten@wels.gv.at
www.wels.at  
Open hours:
Tuesday - Fryday 10:00h - 17:00h
Saturday 14:00h - 17:00h
Sunday & Holidays 10:00h - 16:00h
Closed on Monday  


City Impressions

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History of the city

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(wikipedia) 


Historic buildings:

Historic buildungs
in the city of Wels
- From Wikipedia
in German only  



Thanks the city of Wels (City Museum)
for providung available material and images as well as the approval of this gem here privately, so I ask the reader to pardon me if I may be unprofessional in describing and reporting now and then



Kaiser-Panorama about 1900 - a treasure

Das Welser Kaiser-Panorama um 1900 ...

This was long before the cinema ...

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The Kaiser-Panorama of WELS

This Kaiser-Panorama is one of the last original preserved stereoscopic panoramas in the world -
in Austria the only one left!

Stereo photographs on glass, which produce a three-dimensional label printing,gives an observer the illusion of near and distant parts of the world,
but also others.  


The Kaiser Panorama and "Aunt Mitzi" ...

In this small loveable city of Wels there are still some around alive having heard about their once famous Welser Kaiser-Panorama.
And me, usually when discovered a special treasure, I always get eager to learn more about its background, and maybe there even is an interesting anecdote to it.
So listen to this anecdote told to me kindly by Helga F., originally from Wels-Thalheim, what she, being her niece, has to say about "Aunt Mitzi"...



„My mother had one brother and two sisters who noticed already when becoming adults one sister, namely Mitzi, always wanted to be different. And because she grew up to be a tall, slim beautiful and sophisticated lady, pretending to be a Grand Dame this never seemed to be difficult for her. At that time for a woman such behavior was not usual at all specially in a little town like Wels. So mostly when appearing or entering a location people were staring at her in surprise because she used to also become famous for wearing fancy hats when going out. So it didn’t take long until she met the only son of the richest woman of Wels, being the proud owner of this treasure since 1903 - the Welser Kaiser-Panorama. In 1922 they got married, so aunt Mitzi became Maria Pötzelsberger and left her family home.



Money ruins the character?
This could also be assumed here, because remembering still contemptuously uttered remarks about people when having no money. Nevertheless, it was this very wealthy mother in law, when her beloved son had passed away early, she generously providing her daughter in law financial security by handing over to her as a gift this Kaiser-Panorama. So aunt Mitzi being a widow, now had her own income.”

Then the Kaiser-Panorama was situated in Wels at "the Ring", neighbor of a papershop named Güttl. From this time it is preserved that the inhabitants of Wels every Saturday and Sunday after church came for a visit to the Kaiser-Panorama. Especially children did like to go there with their parents because also goodies were served there, sometimes even home-made ones.



Aunt Mitzi always eager in making everybody feel at home and hurried to provide each visitor with enough pillows so they have the correct height position to both peep holes. Of course the little ones then needed quite some more pillows to see what then was about to happen behind those peep holes.
All this excitement to see was done in “stereocopie”. That’s what it was called when taking pictures and then look at them. And all this happened at the Welser Kaiser-Panorama while being seated on original Thonet chairs. One of those stools still is used in Helga's home.
So stereografic is much older than stereosound!
In June 1954 such a public location like the Kaiser-Panorama was to be closed and only after quite some back and forth to Vienna and back again , it finally found its place at the city museum. It also took a long time until being renovated in 1995 but from then on been shown in several exhibitions again and again, the room had to be high though because of the Panorama’s immense height of 2.50 meter. A once good idea was also to have it make its round through all the homes for elderly people presenting a show.

Today the Welser Kaiser-Panorama can be seen on Sundays 2 PM – 6 PM, Stadtmuseum, Medienhaus, Pollheimerstr. 17, 4600 Wels.

More pictures

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"Dragoons" below - translation in progress
last update 1016-08-16


"DRAGONER" also in Wels - anche a Wels - auch in Wels

...at the Dragoons Musem


Das 4er Dragonermuseum gibt es seit 1999 in der Dragonerkaserne Wels - vormals "Alpenjägerkaserne". 2014 dann Neueröffnung im Westhof der Dragonerkaserne
Es zeigt eine Vielzahl an Uniformen und Ausrüstungsgegenständen der Dragoner der K. u. K. Armee. Darüber hinaus hat sich der Trägerverein zum Ziel gesetzt, Freundschaften zwischen allen österreichischen und ausländischen militärischen Traditionsvereinen und der Bevölkerung des jeweiligen Gastlandes zu pflegen und die Kommunikation zu fördern.
Führungen bitte nur gegen Vorameldung!
Adresse / Kontakt - auf der Museumsseit


Eponym of regiment
"K.u.k. Oberösterreichisch-Salzburgisches Dragoner-Regiment „Kaiser Ferdinand I.“ Nr. 4
Der Verband war im 17. Jahrhundert als Harrant-Cürassiere für die kaiserlich-habsburgische Armee errichtet worden.
Aus diesem entwickelte sich im Laufe der Zeit, bis hin zur Gemeinsamen Armee innerhalb der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Landstreitkräfte, das Oberösterreichisch-Salzburgische Dragoner-Regiment „Kaiser Ferdinand I.“ Nr. 4.
(Wikipedia)


Kaiser Ferdinand I.

"Dragoon Barracks Wels today" - former named "Alpenjägerkaserne" - in German only (Wikimedia Commons)

Private notes...
Als mir Freunde von dieser kleinen Welser Kostbarkeit, dem Dragoner-Museum berichteten, erinnerte mich das auch an meine Kindheit in Salzburg-Aigen, wo wir Volkssschulkinder während vieler "Singstunden" auch das Lied von den blauen Dragonern die reiten, unschuldig fröhlich trällerten...
In meiner Familie gab es einst einige ranghohe Militärs - gedient in beiden Kriegen - und so hieß es oft genug, mein Bruder und ich hätten zu "pasrieren". Vielleicht gerade deshalb möchte ich hier - wäre dies auch bestimmt "uunfachmännisch" - über Dragoner berichten, kann aber dem Leser und Betrachter meiner eher sehr persönlich verfaßten Beiträge versichern, dass Gestaltung und Auswahl der vielen bunten, oft schmucken Unifrormen, mit viel Freude geschah.


Kindheit in Salzburg-Aigen

Möge es so gelingen Neugier auf eine Besichtigung dieses Dragoner Museum zu wecken, um erst dort Interessantes, Wesentliches, liebevoll fachkundig Zusammengestelltes, nicht nur zu sehen, sondern auch erzählt zu bekommen.

All History -Tutti Storia - Alles Geschichte

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..."Die Blauen Dragoner sie reiten"



This might surprise even the nostalgic:
The fact that Austria during the interwar period - relatively spoken - the international motorcycle Country Nr. 1 was, with more than twice as many bikes as cars.
Our time triste economic situation at that time may not have been the reason, because in tiny Austria allone were running 5% of the most expensive motorcycle brand of all in the world the "Brough".  


...so where are those events "Dirt Track Racing"?


Dirt track races were in the postwar years, the big hit!
The attendance record dates back to 1948 when 35,000 "Dust Eater" on the Welsder Trabrennbahn.
But there were also opponents:

Protests

Protests against motor sport events took place since the early days. Quiet summer regions were massively disrupted by thousands of visitors, roadblocks and barriers to postal bus traffic at that time.One of the first, and successful protests was dokumented in 1910 by the population of Semmering communities against what takes lace since 1900, the Semmering race, which offers the "image of a rampant, dangerous traffic safety" and was a "harassment". The governor had to cancel the event, which conly ould take place again in 1921.

Fatal Accidents
Also from the beginning the races were accompanied by erious accidents. This affected racers but also spectators .Therefore, attempts were made to gradually improve security.
Nevertheless in Le Mahn on June 11, when 1955 Mike Hawthorn because a careless maneuvering causing an accident by involving the behind him French racing driver Pierre Levegh, Levegh died and and with him 83 spectators .In response, Mercedes retired for a few years from racing .

Dead Heroes

Furthermore, with the fatal accident of Wolfgang Count Berghe von Trips on September 10, 1961, at the race for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, also 15 spectators lost their life. The same year Berghe von Trips was posthumously announced "Vice World Champion", but also "Sportsman of the Year".

And also listing of fatal accidents by drivers documented below - also Formula 1 - makes one thoughtful and concerned:

Fergus Andersen, Anton Babl, Hans Baltisberger, Lorenzo Bandini , Werner Bergold, Joakim Bonnier, Florian Camathias, Hilmar Cecco, Jim Clark, Dickie Dale, Fritz Dirtl, Jacques Drion, Rupert Hollaus, Charles Jellen, Gerhard Mitter, Tom Phillis, Jochen Rindt, Martin Schneeweiß, Jo Siffert, Ingeborg Stoll, Rolf Stommelen (Formula 1 here not completed).



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Then the dead "heroes" were honored with commemorative events. For example:
Motorradrennen in Salzburg-Liefering from ab 1955 on „Rupert Hollaus-Gedächntisrennen“,S
peedway-Paarfahren in Bruckneudorf (Burgenland) 1969 „Fritz Dirtl-Gedenkrennen“,
Flugplatzrennen Wien-Aspern after the death of Kurt Barry in an traffuc crash in 1964 „Curd Barry-Gedenkrennen“,
and the Speedwayrennen in Natschbach-Loipersbach (Niederösterreich) after this deadly crash in 1984 „Josef Kamper-Memorial“.




Today Oldtimer Events - Heute Oldtimer Veranstaltungen - Ora Eventi Oldtimer

Participants and spectators having fun

In many cases, after a "period of reflection", veteran or classic car ("Oldtimer") rallies took place instead the former motorsport events.
For the older officials, journalists and racers who had survived, and for private collectors and the major automobile companies this now became a welcome opportunity to present themselves in more leisurely style without speed rush in the highly polished classic cars of the past to an interested audience.
Classical car ("Oldtimer")-events or even presenting them before the start of any motor-race were common since the 1960s.
The most important event today ("points event") is the "Ennstal-Classic" , Steiermark, developed in 1982.

(Technisches Museum Wien - Motorsport)



Last but not least: Fundus Walter Roithammer Wels

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and Liz remembers...

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