Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Sunset at Leopoldsberg

St. Leopold's Church
19th District (Döbling)

The Blue Danube
View of Donaustadt
(22nd District)

The Hills of the 19th District
with the city beyond.

Kahlenberg, Grinzing,
Heiligenstadt, Neustift,
to name a few.
All in the 19th District.

The Vienna Woods
Not only the vineyards,
also the woods are within city limits.

Looking West
The Danube, just before it
reaches Vienna,
at the height of the town of

The monastery was founded in 1114,
but the history of the place can be traced to Roman Times.
Click on the picture
to find out more about
its fascinating history


Photos and above text
© by Merisi
August 2009
First published
8 August 2009


About the Leopoldsberg

"The Leopoldsberg (425 m, 1,394 ft) is perhaps Vienna’s most famous overlook, towering over the Danube and the city. Leopoldberg’s most prominent landmark is the church which stands at the top, and which is clearly visible from Vienna below. The construction of Saint Leopold's Church on Leopoldsberg began in 1679; an expansion following a design by Antonio Beduzzi was undertaken from 1718 to 1730.

Human settlements are known since the Stone Age and especially from Celtic people during the Iron Age. Originally, Roman Vienna or Vindobona was an oppidum (proto-urban settlement) on the Leopoldsberg. It belonged to the Celtic kingdom of Noricum, but the Emperor Augustus (through his general Tiberius) added the oppidum to Pannonia, which became a formal province during the second half of the reign of Claudius (41-54 B.C.). Through the centuries, the mountain, especially the southern slope, was bare of forest and used for vineyards and grazing. Modern-day Leopoldsberg therefore had the name “Kahlenberg” (it was the “bare” or kahl of the two) until 1693 when the baroque church was built on top, at which time the name was transferred to the neighboring mountain (modern-day Kahlenberg). In 1683, modern-day Leopoldsberg was the meeting point of King Jan III Sobieski’s Polish-Austrian troops, who defeated the Turkish invaders and liberated the city of Vienna during the Second Siege of Vienna (Polish veterans consider Kahlenberg as the setting of the famous battle

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  1. Das Licht ist wiedereinmal so perfekt. Es sieht nach Spätsommer aus. Wunderschön: Früher, du weisst - mein Wien Leben - war ich sehr oft am Kahlenberg

  2. these pics are great, i love the ones with the wonderful orange colors and the nice view over the danube.

  3. spectacular views. and the colors and composition in the first shot is just outstanding.

  4. I've heard and read much about the Blue Danube. It is fascinating how certain places get imbued with mystery and romance.

  5. That first shot -- wonderful!!

  6. LOVED the vineyards photo...but all of these were breathtaking!

  7. Wonderful captures of the stunning beauty that surrounds you.

  8. You live in a heavenly place.
    You must get sick of hearing that!
    But the bridges, over the Danube....... ahh.

  9. Again such beauty, plus the August posts and the roses. So many to catch up on.


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