The family Wolfartsberger in Steyr is a traditional citizen family. Since many generations the family has been living in the city and the origin goes back to the 17th century. South of the city there is the "Wohlfahrtsberg", even to be found on google maps and in the general map of Austria. Here you can find a small lane on the hills near St.Ulrich called the "Wohlfahrtsbergweg" where our ancesters are told to come from . . . . . . .
Already in the middle of the 19th century our ancester Peter Wohlfahrtsberger (*born 1802) and his wife were running an inn named 'Zum Grünen Kranz' in house No 4 at 'Grünmarkt' in Steyr. Approximately 1870 their son Johann Wolfartsberger (*born 1840) and his wife Anna (*born 1843) girl's name Haselroithner from Wels (photo right above) start an iron and steel trading. 1876 they bought the 'Redtenbacher- or Madlsederhaus' house close to the 'Marienkirche' (ex 'Dominicanerkirche') and stop the shop in the house 'Grünmarkt No 4. The second picture on the right hand side shows an ancient picture of the house at Stadtplatz No 39 by F. Kulstrunk. The third picture on the right shows the family Johann and Anna Wolfartsberger at 1904 together with the six children (f.l.t.r. Josef, Johann sen, Anton, Theres, Auguste, Johann jun behind, Mitzi and Anna sen). The last picture on the right shows an inscription label of house No 39, which even today shows the ancient times.
The two sons Johann and Josef Wolfartsberger run the iron and steel trading shop until the 1950ties. After their deaths the house was sold to F. P. Hofer in 1954, who runs another shop of same style at Stadtplatz already. The rest of the family changed to Neuschönau.
Son Johann and his wife Berta had two children: Maria (*born 1904) and Otto (*born 1906); Maria was married to Franz Wagner, no kids. Otto was married 1943 to mistress teacher Anna Patreider from Linz. After second world war both changed back to Steyr. Otto was schoolmaster and principal of Handelsschule in Steyr and from 1961 also from Handelsakademie until 1971, when he retired. He counts as founder of Handelsakademie in Steyr. Anna and Otto had four kids.
Pictures above left: Johann and Berta Wolfartsberger born name Stippl approx. 1900
Middle: Maria and Otto as children in wintertime around 1915 / 1916
Right: Hofrat Dkfm. Otto Wolfartsberger, principal of Handesakademie in Steyr approx. 1980.
Kurt was born in Freistadt, Upper Austria. After grammer and high school he studied at Technical University in Vienna and finished as a mechanical engineer (Dipl.-Ing.). Kurt has gained 40 years of experience for hydropower plants, at least with ANDRITZ HYDRO in Linz as department manager for technical offers worldwide. He visited many countries - like China, India, USA, Canada and many other countries in Asia and South America. Since February 1st, 2010 he is retired; additional three years he worked for his own company as a consultant for hydropower HydroPowerConsulting (HPC). From May 2013 on the office is officially closed.
Kurt is hobbyastronomer (Astro equipment) and he likes sailing in summer and skiing in winter in the Austrian Alps. - Our house in Steyr needs many helping hands and there is always something to do. He loves any kind of music, classic like Bruckner and Wagner or 'modern' especially guitar music (Paco de Lucia, Al di Meola, John McLaughlin). Sometimes he plays the piano as well. He works a lot on computer and iPad frequently.
Kurt has relatives in other countries like:
- in Canada: Mary in Toronto, Mississauga - Anita had visited her in summer 2001 for two months and Mary's daughter Mary-Catherine has visited Steyr in May 2002 together with Myles
- in Australia: Christa (cousin) and her family in Brisbane,
- in USA: Ilse (cousin) and Bob in Rochester, New York.
LINK zu: The MOON and the SUN
Martha was born in Vienna and grown up in the city. She finished the school for medicine laboratory diagnostics in Vienna ans started to work in the Vienna General Hospital - she joined other Medicine Laboratories in Vienna and in Linz during her professional job life. After her marriage she had two children (Anita and Sonja) and had to look after them.
Her mother Elisabeth Oppel lived in Rechnitz in Burgenland, close to the Hungarian border. Rechnitz is a wine growing region in the southern part of Burgenland ..... so called 'Weinidylle'.
Today Martha is busy in the household and garden, and takes care of the family's health too. She likes swimming, hiking, skiing and cooking.
Martha has relatives in the USA, in Benton Harbour near to Chicago and Martha, Anita and Sonja had visited them in summer 2001 there. - Martha has also relatives from her fathers side from 'Waldviertel' - Günther Oppel and his family - they emigrated to Canada. Here a photo of Günthers farmhouse.
Anita was born in Steyr. She has finished Higschool in Steyr with excellent results. Then she started her studies for Germanistics & Anglistics at the Vienna University and she had performed a year in London at the University College to improve her English. Her diploma thesis was about the cabaret 'Wiener Werkel' during the Second World War in Vienna and she finished her studies with an excellent result of her masters degree' examen. The doctor degree in English followed afterwards. - Anita's favourites are arts and any kind of cabaret, especially Alfred Dorfer, Guenther Paal, Roland Dueringer and Josef Hader . . . . . and she is in fond of the actor James Dean. She likes reading books and musics and in winter she is skiing and skitouring, in summer hiking in the mountains.
Link to Anita's book about 'Das Mittelstück im Wiener Werkel' (german only)
Link to Anita's 'Fachbereichsarbeit' about cabaret (german only)
Sonja was born in Steyr and she has finished Highschool successfully. She finished her studies 'Land surveying and Geoinformation' at the Vienna University of Technology with the second examen (Dipl.-Ing.) - She likes cooking, musics and taking photographs, swimming, sailing, walking in summer ... and skiing and skating in wintertime.
Steyr is in Upper Austria, the city center is nearby the confluence of the rivers Enns and Steyr you can see on the photo. The city is also very old and traditional. It was founded in 980 A.D. so the city is more than 1,000 years old. Today there are approx. 38,000 inhabitants living in Steyr and it's an industrial city famous for the "Steyr-Trucks" company (today MAN), gears for Magna, SKF roller bearings and the BMW car engine production works. On the pictures above you can see the castle of Lamberg, the former "Styraburg", the confluence of Enns and Steyr rivers and the Saint Michaels church. There is a change ongoing since the 'Fachhochschule' is bringing many younger people and students to the city.
Our house is located in the southern part of the city, nearby the river Enns and close to the monestery of Garsten, one of the most beautiful places in Austria with a church of the Barock style and stuckart by Giovanni Carlone. Close to Steyr you can also find the small village of 'Christkindl' with its famous church and mail office, many letters will be sent every year to the whole world via Christkindl.
Pictures above from left: The church St. Michael, Buergespital as well as the castle of Lamberg at confluence of rivers Enns and Steyr (copyright M. Glaser) - The city arms of Steyr - The church in Garsten - The church in Christkindl / Steyr
Lake Attersee is located in a very beautiful landscape between Linz and Salzburg, the so called "Salzkammergut". Surrounded by other lakes like "Traunsee", "Mondsee" and "Zellersee" lake Attersee is the largest and the most beautiful as some people say. The mountains of the "Hoellengebirge" and "Schafberg" form the Alpin center of this region. We often like to stay in this nice area in summer when the weather is fine for swimming, sailing, surfing and fishing. On the mountains you can walk some exciting hiking tours in the"Hoellengebirge" or on the "Schafberg". The picture above shows lake Attersee seen from the Schafberg peak Panomax panoramic camera. The second picture on the right shows our 'Surprise' from lakeside and the third photo shows our 'Surprise' in the Marina Gebetsroither in Unterbuchberg.
Lake Attersee is famous for good and stabil winds for sailing. The 'Rosenwind' - coming from North-Eastern side - is the classic 'Good weather wind' and has many fans for sailing in Austria. Therefore many sailing races take place here on lake Attersee.
Hiking the 'Hohe Dirn' mountain, January 2nd, 2023
We have started the New Year with a hiking tour to the 'Hohe Dirn' mountain in Upper Austria.
Hiking at Wurzeralm October 27th, 2022
October 27th, 2022 we went hiking at Wurzeralm. Anita and Laura were joining. We had excellent weather and after hiking we ent to the coffee shop Illecker in Molln.
The Stubwies peak --- Warscheneck and Dead Man
Surprise out of water October 20th, 2022
October 20th, 2022 we have lifted Surprise boat out of the water. See you next year.
Soling Euro championships - we are sailing - August 30th, 2022
August 30th, 2022 the first regatta races of the Soling European championships for sailing took place at SCK on lake Attersee. We were sailing during the first two races and were close to action. Martha preparing coffee on the photo (left). Some photos from races enclosed. We had evening dinner with Elfi and Sepp at the Golf restaurant in Weyregg. - By the way European Champions the boat AUT 7 from Felzmann / Felzmann / Beuerle.
After start tacking to first mark --- On downwind course with spinaker
Long distance regatta race on lake Attersee, Aug 6th, 2022
August 6th, 2022 Georg and myself participated again at the Long distance challenge regatta race on lake Attersee. In the beginning many wind shifts and light winds, lateron after the first mark in Burgau we had a south-western breeze, changing to a north-western wind near Nussdorf coming with gusts of 18 knots near Kammer where the second mark leads our way back to the finish line under spinaker again and rain.
Start of more than 100 ships - With spinaker to the south - Kurt at the helm
Oldtimer Ralley Ennstal-Classic in Steyr, July 22nd, 2022
July 22nd, 2022 the Oldtimer Ralley Ennstal-Classic paid a visit to Steyr this year again. Erich and myself we visited the Steyr city main square to see the cars. After a short Stop the ralley comntinued to Ennstal.
Sailing on lake Attersee, June 3rd, 2022
June 3rd, 2022 we were sailing on lake Attersee. The North-Eastern wind ('Rosenwind') was constantly blowing with 12 to 14 knots, so we made a good speed. We went up and down the northern part of the lake and approx 4:00 PM the wind softens and we quit sailing.
ISS flies over Steyr, May 17th, 2022
May 17th, 2022 at 20:44 PM the ISS flew over Steyr and I could catch a photo of the flyover. The picture consists of two photos with different fly areas both of approx. 25 sec exposure time made by the tamron zoom lens with 18 mm focus length. In the background you can see the first stars coming out of the dawn (Regulus in constellation Lion and Procyon in Small Dog). Left hand side of course an airplane is crossing. Camera mounted on Omegon LX3.
Skiing at Hochkar, March 25th, 2022
March 25th, 2022 we went for skiing at Hochkar in Lower Austria. The weather was again very fine and enough snow available and good conditions. At 2 pm the condition became too warm and the snow was heavy: so we made a break at 'Latschenhütte' and returned home afterwards. In the evening around 8 pm we observed die ISS flying over Steyr.
Skiing at Wurzeralm, March 11th, 2022
March 11th, 2022 we went skiing at Wurzeralm with excellent weather conditions. After all that SARS Covid-19 limitations it was the first time since long time that we had the chance for skiing. The photo on left side is the view from Frauenkar. After skiing we met with Erich and Margit at the coffe shop Illecker in Molln.
Hannelgraben -- Warscheneck with Frauenkar -- The old aged '(Fr)Auenkarbahn' -- Kurt and Erich at Illecker
Snowwalking in Hinterstoder, January 26th, 2022
January 25th, 2022 we were snow walking near the origin of Steyr river in Hinterstoder. The weather was excellent and temperatures comfortable. At the end we paid a visit to coffee shop Illecker in Molln with coffee, torte and Austrian doughnut (Krapfen).
Visit to Carinthia, October 19th til 24th, 2021
From October 19th, 2021 on we visited Carinthia and - with excellent weather conditions - together with Anita and Laura made short trips to several locations. First hiking on Goldeck mountain. Then we visited Millstatt and the lake and Villach on Drau river. The day after we made a trip to Lienz and visited the city and the castle of Bruck - a museum of the painter Albin Egger-Lienz. Next day we went to Gmuend and Malta and visited the donkey park there and had evening dinner at Hohenburg in Pusarnitz. Sunday we travelled to Klagenfurt - visited Hans and Helga - and then via Triebener Tauern pass back to Steyr.
Pusarnitz - Hohenburg - Millstatt - Lienz - Gmuend - Malta donkey park
End of sailing season at lake Attersee, October 13th, 2021
October 13th, 2021 we have lifted the boat 'Surprise' for wintertime.
Once again sailing on lake Attersee, October 1st, 2021
October 1st, 2021 we were sailing on lake Attersee the last time; and we had the chance to see the 'European Championships of Under30 Star class'. Weather was very nice but cool, wind approx. 3 Beaufort. And the day ends with Sepp and Elfi on Miglberg mountain for dinner.
Sailing on lake Attersee, September 4th, 2021
Saturday September 4th, 2021 we were sailing on the lake Attersee, meeting with or friend Hans from Bavaria. He owns two nice little dogs who joined us on board.
Trip to Waldviertel, July 5th til 10th, 2021
July 5th til 10th, 2021 we made a trip to Waldviertel to visit our relatives. WE took our bikes with us to make short trips to the sorrounding areas. Two times we visited Czechia - first Hurky former 'Adamsfreiheit', and second the area of Neubistritz (Nova Bystrica) and the region arround. THursday July 8th there was a big meeting in Grametten. We stayed at 'Gasthof Malzer' in Hirschenschlag. The photo left shows a great blooming poppy field nearby Ottenschlag. Saturday morning we returned to Steyr.
Gasthof Malzer - Bike tour near Reingers - Church in Klaster - Artifical pond in Litschau - Ruined colony in Reichers - Hotel Perslak - Impressive sunset
Boat lift out of water, ready for winter, October 21st, 2020
October 21st, 2020 we have lifted the 'Surprise' out of the water ready for winter storage.
Sailing - Euro 2020 - lake Attersee, October 1st, 2020
October 1st, 2020 we were sailing on lake Attersee and watched the Euro2020 of the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 class. enclosed som pictures of the 49erFX and Nacra 17 races we were watching.
One week in Dresden, August 27th til September 3rd, 2020
August 27th, 2020 we drove to Dresden in Saxonia (map). We have visited Saxonian Switzerland (castle of Königstein) and returned by steam vessel back to Dresden. We also visited the castle in Pillnitz, the Moritzburg castle, the city of Meissen with cathedral and Albrechtsburg as well as Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul. September 3rd, 2020 we returned to Steyr.
(The photo on the left shows Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul).
Sailing on lake Attersee, July 4th, 2020
On July 4th, 2020 we spent a day for sailing on lake Attersee. Unfortunately the wind was not very stable always changing in direction and intensity. At the end we had all directions including west and zero. So Martha decided to swim - water temperature 22 degrees Celsius ! At the end we drove up the mountain to 'Migelberg' together with our friends Elfi and Sepp had a nice evening at 'Mostbauern'.
Surprise in der Flaute und S 74 Tilly XVII segelt vorbei.
Surprise in water, May 26th, 2020
Tuesday Mai 26th, 2020 we splashed the boat Surprise in water. Because of the Corona virus a little bit later than normal, but we hope for a good sailing season.
Skiing with Erich at Wurzeralm, February 27th, 2020
February 27th, 20202 Erich and I drove to Wurzeralm for skiing. Excellent weather and best snow- and slope conditions. We started already in Spital am Phyrn at the 'Strudel'-bakery.
At the 'Strudel'-bakery and Panoramaphoto seen from Frauenkar
Forest hiking in Dambachtal, February 22nd, 2020
February 22nd, 2020 we went hiking in the forest in Dambachtal. Mild temperatures and rainfree weather and on top a 'Wiener Schnitzel' at 'Gasthof Weidmann'.
Martha on the way up - map of our walking and Martha in the woods
Skiing at Wurzeralm, February 13th, 2020
February 13th, 2020 we were skiing at Wurzeralm. Really good weather and mild temperatures, but excellent snow and slope conditions. The final visit to the cafeshop 'Illecker' in Molln is now according to our traditions.
Walking to Cafe 'Drahtzug', February 9th, 2020
It was a Sunday February 9th, 2020 and it was a sunny, springlike day in Steyr. At 9 h 30 we started walking to Cafe 'Drahtzug' in Unterhimmel near Steyr. Poldi joined the team. Here in an old industrial building from the year 1874 we had a brunch in the coffee shop and later on we walked to Christkindl to 'Christkindlhof' were we had coffee. At 15 h 30 after 9 km walk we were home again.