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Steyr

Steyr, one of Austria’s largest industrial centres, is also a very attractive town which has managed to preserve its old town almost intact. The townscape is punctuated in the north by the turrets of the castle and in the south by the towers of the Stadtpfarrkirche, the parish church at Brucknerplatz. The centre of town is the elongated Stadtplatz (town square) with most of the historic sights. The Brummerlhaus (1497) at 2, is a well preserved medieval house with a high-pitched roof and three arcaded courtyards, that is now a bank. The Rococo Rathaus (town hall), with its slender steeple, was designed by Johann Gottfried Hayberger. The inner courtyards of houses around the square are also worth seeing. The Stadtpfarrkirche, built in 1443, was remodelled in the Neo-Gothic style, but it has preserved some elements of its original 15th-century decor, the work of Hans Puchsbaum, builder of the Stephansdom in Vienna, as well as some lovely wrought-iron grilles. The south wall has magnificent 15th-century stained-glass windows; the sculptures in the north portal and the former cemetery chapel of St Margaret (1430), also by Hans Puchsbaum, date from the same period. The Schloss (castle), first mentioned in 10th-century annals, stands in the oldest part of the town. Today it has a Baroque fa?ade and a mostly Rococo interior. The house at 6 Grunmarkt, formerly a granary, is now a museum.

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