About us

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 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. Sometimes he plays the piano as well. He works a lot on computer and iPad frequently.

Kurti on PC

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.
Karin (cousin) in Graz runs also her own website, you can find under 'Favourite Links'.

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. In June 1999 she has finished Higschool in Steyr with excellent results. She started her studies for Germanistics & Anglistics at the Vienna University and in 2003 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 on Monday 24th of January 2005 she finished her studies with an excellent result of her masters degree' examen. Meanwhile she was teaching English at the Vienna University for Commerce and Trade for four years. October 13th, 2012 Anita and Markus celebrated their marriage in Steyr, Upper Austria. Lateron she worked at the University of Vienna were she finished her doctor thesis for English in August 2015. From September 2015 she teached English as a lector at the University in Vienna. In parallel she worked as a teacher for English at the 'Polgargymnasium' in Vienna in Donaustadt and later in Klosterneuburg. Today Anita lives in Dresden, Germany. - 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 in 2001. She finished her studies 'Land surveying and Geoinformation' at the Vienna University of Technology with the second examen (Dipl.-Ing.); then she lived in a small appartment in Vienna and was working fulltime in the surveying bureau WAGNER in Vienna until mid of year 2016. In April 2016 she married her boyfriend Josef and moved to Steyr. - She likes cooking, musics and taking photographs, swimming, sailing, walking in summer ... and skiing and skating in wintertime. And of course she likes KANGA.

Sonja as Kanga trainer (more info about courses here)


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

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 the village of Attersee taken from the lakeside. On the picture is also the 'Kielzugvogel', which has transferred to Lake 'Traunsee' in between. 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.

Yachts of Sonderklasse

Other beautiful sailing yachts

News (english)

Comet Neowise 2020F3, July 19th, 20th and 22nd, 2020

July 19th, 20th and 22nd, 2020 again photos from comet Neowise 2020F3 with Canon EOS and tele lens 250 mm and Sony alpha58 with tamron 250 mm tele lens. As mount I have used my LX3. Exposure times from 30 sec til 2 minutes. Photos shot in Steyr, Neuschönau.

comet 2020F3

Sailing on lake Attersee with heavy breeze up to 5 Bft, July 13th, 2020

Monday July 13th, 2020 we were sailing on lake Attersee. The North-Eastern gave us heavy breezes with gusts up to 5 Bft windforce. We decided to use the small mainsail only. It was a brilliant day.

Kurt and Martha

Comet Neowise 2020F3, July 12th, 2020

July 12th, 2020 in Steyr I had the chance to see the comet Neowise 2020F3. Two shots by my Sony alpha58 and the tamron 250 mm lens. At midnight again Jupiter with the four large moons with my MCX 127 and Sony alpha58. Enjoy the pictures.

again comet 2020F3 and Jupiter and moons

Full moon and moons of Jupiter, July 5th, 2020

July 5th, 2020 the moon was full again, a shot with Sony alpha58 tamron 250 mm and with telescope MCX 127 /1900 mm planet Jupiter with the large moons Callisto, Io, Ganymed and Europa. Jupiter was located approx five full moon diameters above the moon.

Jupiter and large moons

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.

New propeller for Motor and Surprise is lifted on the crane

Full moon and planet Venus as a sickle, May 7th, 2020

May 7th, 2020 the full moon and planet Venus were objects for photos. The full moon picture made by Maksutov Cassegrain lens 100 / 1000 mm and planet Venus by Bresser Messier MCX telescope 127 / 1900 mm - Venus already very close to Earth. Both pictures with Sony alpha 58 in main focus.

course of planet Venus and Planet Venus at May 7th, 2020

Planet Venus at the Plejades April 5th, 9th, 2020

April 1st, 2020 at 23:31 MEST - photo of the moon with Bresser Messier MCX telescope 127 / 1900 mm - moon 56 % waxing. The second photo on the right one day later - 67 %. April 5th, 2020 at 20:56 h MEST again a photo of the planet Venus in the open cluster of Plejades. Camera: Sony alpha 58 with tamron 18 - 100 mm, exposure time approx. 40 sec. Another photo of Plejades with Venus - she has made her way up and away from the stars - on April 9th, 2020 21:27 MEST. Camera: Canon EOS with Zoom Lens EF-S 55 - 250 mm, exposure time 55 sec. Both pictures guided by Bresser Messier MCX.

Venus at April 9th, 2020

New photo of the moon, April 1st, 2nd, 2020

April 1st,2020 at 23:31 MEST a photo was taken with Bresser Messier MCX Telescope 127 mm / 1900 mm - waxing moon 56 %. The second photo was taken one day later, moon 67 %.

Moon waxing 67% 2020-04-02 at 23:43 MEST

Conjunction Moon - Venus - Plejades, March 28th, 2020

March 28th, 2020 there was a rare constellation shown in the sky: the young moon (four days) meets the planet Venus and open starfield of 'Plejades' in Taurus. The left picture shows the conjuntion at 19:13 h MET short after sunset, but before astronomic dawn (Plejades not be seen). - The second photo taken at 20:25 MET (exposure time approx 10 sec) shows already earth movement (stars no dots but lines); also to be seen is earth's backlight on the dark side of the moon. The Plejades to be seen in the top middle. Camera Sony alpha 58 with tamron 15 - 250 mm.

Picture from 20:25 pm MET

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

the road to car and evening dawn

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.

Martha downhill and at cafe Illeker

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.

On the way - The old waterwheel - Cafe Drahtzug inside

New car Toyota RAV4, January 11th, 2020

Last December 2019 we decided to have a new car: a sturdy Toyota RAV4 Hybrid with all wheel drive.

Dresden 2019

One week in Dresden from November 13th til 20th, 2019

Wednesday November 13th, 2019 we drove to Dresden. We had sightseeing to the old city, the castes on the Elbe river, we visited Panometer with 'Dresden 1945' during WW2, we visited also Stadt Wehlen on the river Elbe and could see many interesting things. November 20th, 2019 we returned to Steyr. The photos above are from left to right: the famous bridge 'The Blue wonder' - the castle on river Elbe - Martha at the 'Zwinger' in the old city of Dresden - the famous opera house of Dresden ('Semperoper') - the rebuild of 'Frauenkirche' - view from the top of 'Frauenkirche' upstream Elbe river (click on the photos to enlarge).
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Photos from the left: 'Frauenkirche' - Elbeschloss - Zwinger - Semperoper - 'Blaues Wunder' - View from 'Frauenkirche' - Panometer

Merkurtransit November 11th, 2019

November 11th, 2019 after noontime it was after 2016 again the case of a so called Merkurtransit: planet Merkury is positioned between the sun and earth and can be seen as a small black dot before sun. As Merkury is so small it can be seen by a telescope only; a special filter is necessary as the sun is too bright not to damage the eyes. Compared to 2016, this time the weather was bad and cloudy, no free sight to the sun in Steyr. So you had to observe the case via internet from the observatory on mountain Pico del Teide, Canary Islands. The pictures above are from Solar Scope, Canary Islands and their copyright. On the second picture you can see the the view from Solar Scope and the moon is rising in the background.

Martha and Poldi hiking in Hinterstoder, October 15th, 2019

October 15th, 2019 Martha and Poldi drove to Hinterstoder to Hoess. A hiking tour to the water storage lake 'Hirschkogel' was the target. The weather was excellent and finally a stop at 'Loegerhuette' was the program.

'Surprise' lift out of water, October 8th, 2019

October 8th, 2019 we lifted the boat out of the water.

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Sailing with Erich, September 10th, 2019

September 10th, 2019 I was sailing with Erich on lake Attersee. We had four Beaufort of wind from the North-East. It was an excellent sailing day.

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With Laura and Anita in Wildpark in Gruenau, June 16th, 2019

The following sunday we went with Laura and Anita to Cumberland Wildpark located between Almsee lake and Gruenau.

Roundtrip around lake Almsee, June 15th, 2019

From Kasberg location, we drove to lake Almsee on June 15th, 2019 to the southern end of Seeklause. Here we started a walking trip around the lake which is approx. 6 km long.

Walking on Damberg, June 10th, 2019

Whitmonday we went hiking on Damberg to the look-out tower. On the way back we passed by Laurenzius chapel and had lunch at Schoibers inn.

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Boat splash and first sail, April 24th, 2019

April 24th, 2019 the boat was splashed and the days after in May we had the first sailing tours. We also paid a visit to 'Mostbauer' at Miglberg.

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Skiing at Wurzeralm, March 21st, 2019

March 21st, 2019 we went skiing to Wurzeralm; the weather was excellent.

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With Laura at the animal park in Haag, March 9th, 2019

March 9th, 2019 despite the weather was a little rainy we paid a visit to the animal park in Haag together with Laura.

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New cabaret programme - 'Pathos', premiere February 13th, 2019

Fourth solo programme from Angelika Niedetzky More info and performance dates for Austria under (german only)


Skiing at Wurzeralm, February 14th and 27th, 2019

February 14th, 2019 we wre skiing at Wurzeralm. Weather was quite sunny and excellent snow conditions (4 meter snow height at the mountain). Temperatures springlike but again cold in the shadow. We had a four hour ticket, 3.600 hm and tried out all slopes, including Frauenkar and Schwarzkogel. A resting stop was at Sonnalm. Poldi joined us.

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Skiing at Forsteralm, January 16th, 2019

January 16th, 2019 we were skiing at Forsteralm. It was the first good weather day after the snow chaos in the Northern Alpin region.

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Visit to Johanneskapelle and Christmas market in Puergg, December 1st, 2018

December 1st, 2018 we have visited Johanneskapelle and Christmas market in Puergg in Styria. The 'Johanneskapelle' is very famous for the wall paintings dating from around 1200 AD and the Christmas market is also very seldom, all the shops are distributed and integrated in the houses of the village.

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Visit to provincial exhibition in Enns, October 28th, 2018

October 28th, 2018 we have visited the second part of the provicial exhibition in Enns - the museum 'The Legion is back': many pieces from excavations and the famous house of Medusa. After the museum the Basilica in Lorch - Lauriacum - had our interest. The weather was not fine - but the guided tour in the basilica was excellent.

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More sailing on lake Attersee, in October 2018

As there was a high pressure period beginning October 2018 with excellent sailing weather and high temperatures we continued sailing on lake Attersee some more days in the first half of October. We always had wind from North-East once even 4 to 5 windforces. October 16th, 2018 we prepared the ship for dewatering and the dry season in winter time. Even in autumn it was an excellent sailing season.

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Visit to provincial exhibition in Schloegen, October 6th, 2018

October 6th, 2018 we have visited the provincial exhibition in Schloegen having excellent weather conditions. The region is a reminder to the Wachau in Lower Austria with all the castles and ruins on the hills of the northern riverside of the Danube. We visited the archeological excavations dating from ancient Roman empire on the river Danube, the monastery Engelszell in Engelhartszell, made a short visit to Waldkirchen am Wesen for gas filling, eating in Gasthaus Schiffmeister in Wesenufer and finally made a short walk through the forest to view the Danube meander at Schloegen.

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Once again sailing on lake Attersee, October 5th, 2018

October 5th 2018 we were sailing again on lake Attersee. A rather cold weather but sunshine - we had 15 degrees air- and 16 degrees water temperature only - nevertheless it was a nice day. We had 2 til 3 windforce NE with a max of 10 to 12 knots of wind. First we tacked north to Schloss Kammer and then turned to the south on the eastern shore down to the line of UYCAs. Then we tacked north again - the wind increased a little to 15 knots and we tacked at Kammerl for return to island of Litzlberg. At 16 hours we removed the sails for harbouring on the water still in the sun. 16:30 h we returned to marina.

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