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  • Landeszeughaus (Armoury), Graz, Austria

    I have been living in Graz, Austria now for a year. Beautiful place and not too many tourists like say Salzburg and Vienna. The Old Town is wonderful with every building looking just like it did in the 18th/19th Century (Well, if you look up above the shop fronts ) Even every day normal residential streets in the central region look wonderful.

    The main pull for history buffs like ourselves though is the Landeszeughaus, the Armoury. It contains thousand upon thousands of weopons dating from the Hapsburg Empire. Pieces of Armour (some still with battle damage), muskets, cannon and mortars. Swords and the long bayonets they used to attach to make pikes. It is wonderful and the guides are certainly in the know. I asked so many questions I was worried the guide, taken off of his script would just make up rubbish but he knew everything there was to know.

    The Armoury itself is the original armoury used by the Styrian (Steiermark) yeomanry and the wooden floors, and old windows and stairs make you feel like you have stepped back in time. Everything is arranged how it always was.

    Sorry, didn't mean to make it sound like an advert just I have been to many museums and only the British Imperial War Museum can compete with pure excitement.

    PS. If you do go make sure you don't have a cold as one of my highlights was just smelling the same musty smell that has probably hung around for hundreds of years!

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    It's a spectacular place. I was there as part of a special tour set up for my reenactment group (www.drachenwald.sca.org -- which visits there every few years) so we were able to try on the armor and heft the weapons in exchange for advice on how the stuff worked.

    I made one error there -- I asked if I could pick up a partizan (one of my favorite pole arms) and the guide said no. From then on, we didn't ask (we had been told earlier we could handle weapons). I was able to hold a Hungarian sword and shield from the Ottoman wars.

    It was all very exciting.

    I highly recommend a visit!
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    • #3
      Have to say I am jealous!

      Just being so close to the weopons and armour sent goosebumps down my spine. To touch and hold. My god!

      I am the type of person that cannot help but touch the walls of castles or churches. Imagining all the people who had touched the wall before me.

      Yes I do get funny looks. especially when I walk home and pass the Paulustor or Bergtor. I walk with my hands in front lol.

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      • #4
        OK Guys, where are the pictures?
        Lance W.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
          OK Guys, where are the pictures?
          Hey! I had a sword in one hand and a shield in the other! No way to hold a camera!
          Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
          Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


          "Never pet a burning dog."

          RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
          http://www.mormon.org
          http://www.sca.org
          http://www.scv.org/
          http://www.scouting.org/

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          • #6
            Problem is you cannot take pics as it can damage all the weapons and Armour

            Best to look at the link here for pics :

            http://www.museum-joanneum.at/cms/be...20570/25728166

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