Mödling - on the edge of the Viennese basin with Robert

Mödling - on the edge of the Viennese basin with Robert

Robert's name has long been a synonym for our readers, often we have reported on his activities in Vienna and its surroundings, be it his Roman festival with the legendary Egyptian blue or his salt crystal model, which is now part of a UNESCO exhibition and within this will  travel to India.

We wanted to use our present presence in Vienna again to meet with him and to explore the region further. For the afternoon, we had arranged a meeting in Mödling, a town with an historic old town on the edge of the Viennese basin.

Mödling is part of the Natural Park Föhrenberge, cause a large part of the community area is covered with wood and on the partly steep rocks you will find the typical pine tree of Mödling which is the rare Pinus nigra var. Austriaca. Through the forests, of course, numerous hiking opportunities are available, so Mödling is located at the Austrian Long Distance Hiking Route, as well part of so-called Mariazeller Trail.

In the historical old town with old citizens' houses there now is a pedestrian zone, which for the first time a federal main road was converted to the traffic-free street. With the Empress Elisabeth road and the Schrannen square, Mödling already built a pedestrian zone in 1976. Robert tells us about the former tram to Mödling, which today is missed by many citizens as a public transport option into the inner city of Vienna. The station building is still visible. Until 30th of November 1967 Mödling was accessible from Vienna by a tram line No. 360. The otherwise well preserved and renovated old town is under the protection of the Den Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflicts.

The place name changed in the course of time from medilihha via Medelikch and Medling to Mödling. The roots of the name are probably from the Slavic and are characterized by a slowly flowing body of water, because the Mödlingbach flows through Mödling, which originates in the Vienna forest and flows into the Schwechat at Achau. The Brühler Street leads through a narrow valley, the so-called Klausen, where high above Mödling stands the castle ruins on the one side. The other side of the Klausen is formed by the Kalenderberg, where the Liechtenstein Castle rises on the reverse. At the beginning, the Klausen is crossed by the first Viennese high-water pipeline by a brick aqueduct.

In addition to the protected town itself, there is the really interesting nature reserve on the Eichkogel, where you find rare plants, such as the extinct threatened tubers (Phlomis tuberosa) and others. In the rocks of the Klausen there are also rare plants, such as the Mödling feather carnation (Dianthus plumarius subsp. Neilreichii), discovered by the botanist August Neilreich in the middle of the 19th century, or the German Alant (Inula germanica). On the slopes of the Wienerwald are numerous vineyards with the associated Heurigen in the city to be found. The wine-growing area belongs to the spa region.

Numerous romantic ruins from the time of the prince Johann I. Josef are interesting objects for the photographers among the readers. This also includes the castle ruin of Mödling, which stands on the remains of the former ducal castle of Mödling. The latter is one of the three places where Walther von der Vogelweide sung, where he was especially promoted. Because of its picturesque surroundings, Mödling was a popular tourist destination in Biedermeier epoch.

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