Our campground was near the small town of St Florian and according to our guide book “hides one of Austria’s finest Augustinian abbeys” Yes, another abbey! This was our first stop. The abbey dates back to at least 819 and has been occupied by the Canons Regular, living under Augustinian rule, since 1071. It’s style again was baroque. The church was again exuberant but this time with stucco work and wall paintings. The composer Anton Bruckner was buried in the church.
We then travelled south through a patchwork of fields studded with Vierkanthof, huge square farmhouses with inner courtyards, to Steyr.
Steyr was an unusual with a number of interesting features. It was here that Franz Schubert was inspired to pen the Trout Quintet as the town is on the confluence of the Enns and Steyr Rivers. It also had the usual churches and old castle now a conference centre and some quirky arcades.