Once upon a time my town was a well known spa, good enough for 'keiser' Franz Ferdinand (no, not the pop group!) to come for a visit. Today, most of the beautiful spa and hotel buildings wait the renovation and dream about the glorious past. The whole building complex was set into the large park, partly designed in baroque style and partly as English woodland.
Down there is one of the oldest photographs, probably taken a hundred years ago. These people sit before so called 'Kursalon' (spa) building. We still use the German words for the buildings as we were part of Austrian monarchy at the time.
Kursalon on the old postcard.
(image credit: skyscrapercity)
Kursalon as well as Wandelbahn (Promenade) were built in neo-baroque style as well as the gardens around them.
This is what have left of them after the 1991 war. Unfortunately, nothing has changed until today!
Let's make a tour now and see how it all looked like before...
Can you imagine a street with no asphalt on? This is the street where I live. It was filled with such a large villas with rooms for the guests.
Another parterre garden...
Pavilion, 1912. - it is the hot water spring there.
Wandelbahn, the covered promenade.
Well, I am going to take the pictures of these sites tomorrow so you can see how they look like today.
The story continues...