Located at the confluence of two rivers, the Steyr and Enns, the town of Steyr is regarded as one of the prettiest places in Austria. The town has a rich cultural and architectural heritage, with fascinating buildings from a variety of epochs.
Today Steyr boasts one of the best preserved Old Towns in Austria, centred on the Stadplatz - the town square. Following damage during WWII, the historic centre has undergone extensive restoration work, restoring it to its medieval and pre-war glory. The most famous piece of architecture in Steyr is the Bummerlhaus, a fantastic late-Gothic mansion and one of the best examples of a medieval secular building in Austria. The oldest part of the Bummerlhaus dates from the 13th century, while the façade of the mansion is richly decorated. The building name (Bummerl) means 'Plump Dog' which is said to be from the time when it was an inn which contained a lion - a lion which locals thought looked more like a dog.
Another notably sight in Steyr is Lamberg Castle, owned by the House of Babenburg ruling noble family.