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Steyr is a town in Upper Austria, located at the confluence of the rivers Steyr and Enns. In the 10th century Styraburg was built as a fortification against the Hungarians. Steyr castle was then ruled by the Otokars and became 1180 Dukes of Styria then the area around Steyr and today upper Styria including Erzberg (iron mining). Steyr was then already a town and a centre of medieval courtly culture. In 1192 the Babenbergs inherited the place and soon after the Habsburgs, the town privileges and market rights were confirmed and Steyr had a prefered position with the iron trade in the Holy Roman Empire and Venice. In 1727 the medieval Styraburg burned down and was replaced by the Baroque Lamberg Castle. In the mid 19th century the Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft became a important arms producer, later also Steyr automobiles.
Because of it's history the town centre has a bit off a medival feeling.



Sights and Activities

Steyr has a beautiful, historical city centre. On the main square there are many old buildings from different epochs, for example the Bummerlhaus, the town's landmark. It is one of Austria's best preserved secular Gothic buildings - a part of the building dates back to the 13th century.

Lamberg Castle

Originaly Styrapurg, built in the 10th century and from 1079 residence of the Otokars. It burned down in 1727, rebuilt by Johann Michael Prunner, today used for exhibitions and oth cultural events.



Getting There

By Plane

The closest airport is Linz (very little traffic there), Salzburg and Vienna are better connected.

By Train

OeBB train connections are usually faster if you change train in St. Valentin. There is a slow but on a sunny day beautiful train to Waidhofen an der Ybbs (with a change in Kastelreith).

By Car

From Vienna: departure Haag From Salzburg: departure Sattledt From Graz: with the Pyhrnautobahn - departure Klaus.



Getting Around

By Foot

The town is small enough for walking.



Keep Connected


Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.


For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.



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