We enjoyed the time we spent with the young family (Baby T is 11 months old) and left them sunday morniing for a few hours, so they could take a break.
The city is Linz. It was the European Capital of Culture 2009. They invested a lot in changing the city's image. And guess what, all we wanted to see were the steel-factory premises of the voestalpine. In Austria every kid who attended school in the 1970's saw those educational movies how those furnace in Linz work.They actually invented a genious procedure, the basic oxygen process, which is called LD procedure in german, LD from Linz Donawitz.
Enough with education, on with the tour in the factory premises (5,2 square-km large)
I must have been baking a lot these days, these "ingredients" reminded me of baking ... cookies, not steel!
Though it is an oven, you roll the red-hot-steel like you would roll a dough, only it has 850°. Ouch, hot!
We were not allowed to take photos inside the buildings but I can assure, it was very impressive, hot and dirty. My Missoni-scarf plus the ankle-long-coat survived the tour without any damages.
I felt a bit bad that we were not willing to catch the "new spirit" of the city but turned out to be industrial-groupies. The view of the steel rolls flattening the red hot steel blocs made me very happy!
After the tour we visited an Advent market, on a hill above the city.
Authentic music played on authentic instruments by men wearing authentic clothes:
There was also time for the Lentos-museum of modern arts:
There is a ship in front of the window, because the Danube river is right in front if the building.
4pm, time to take a ride back home to Vienna. After being just 2 days with a young family it feels a bit akward, back at home, sitting in a quiet appartment, no toddler around our feet.