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Ways of St. James Upper Austria

  Linz   Wilhering Vienna - Purkersdorf


Enns Enns - Sankt Florian St. Florian Sankt Florian - Ansfelden Ansfelden - Wels Wels Wels - Lambach Lambach Lambach - Vöcklabruck Vöcklabruck Vöcklabruck - Frankenmarkt

Frankenmarkt - Hager Chapel

Hager Chapel - Eugendorf Eugendorf - Maria Plain Maria Plain Maria Plain - Salzburg
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The city of Wels

was already settled by the Romans as Ovilana and surrounded by a city wall. In the 11th century Wels belonged to the Lambach monastery and thus to the diocese of Würzburg. Through a contract of inheritance, Wels came into the possession of the Babenbergs in 1192 and in the 13th century to the Habsburgs. The Habsburgs doubled the size of the town and the present town square was created.

Welser Stadtplatz mit Ledererturm

Town square with Lederer Tower

Stadtplatz in Wels

Apotheke am Welser Stadtplatz

Houses on the town square

Arkadenhof, Welser Stadtplatz 34

Arcade court in the house
Town square 34

Haus der Salome Alt

House of Salome Alt, life companion and lover of the prince archbishop of Salzburg Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau

The castle in Wels

Burg und Burggarten in Wels

Emperor Maximilian I. liked to stay in Wels because he had a hunting lodge nearby. He had the castle extended in the 16th century and gave the town some privileges. In 1514 the town hall was rebuilt.

In 1519 the emperor died in the castle of Wels. He was buried in Wiener Neustadt.

Burggarten Wels

View from the castle garden to the house of Salome Alt and the parish church.

Ledererturm in Wels

At the southern end of the town square is the Lederer Tower. From outside (picture below) you can see the course of the original city wall.

city wall Wels at Ledererturm


Kremsmünsterhof, Wels

The Kremsmünsterhof (Renaissance building on the city square) served us as pilgrims' accommodation.

arcades in Kremsmünsterhof, Wels

From the arcades of the courtyard you can see the water tower, built around 1577, which stored water drawn from the Mühlbach (mill brook), which was distributed throughout the city through a system of pipes.

Unfortunately, in the city information office of Wels they did not know about a pilgrim's stamp. I'm sure it's there in a drawer.