© Photo: Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH./Robert Maybach: Enjoy the view in Upper Austria
Enjoy the view in Upper Austria

Walcher- und Färbergraben

Braunau am Inn, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • pets allowed
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups

It is actually a continuous ditch that has been dug in the east of the town centre and is divided by a stone bridge. At the time of the founding of the city, these moats were protecting the young city and its inhabitants from enemies. The "Walchergraben" was named after the "Tuchwalker", who were situated there. In the last century, a "Schleifmühle" (mill) was constructed there, and so it was renamed "Schleifmühlgraben".

Through both of the moats, the "Stadtbach" (stream) is flowing, which used to have a lot of fish in it and was useful for all the manufacturers in Braunau. Some mills were running there, the horses were washed there and also the "Färber" (dye workers) worked there. Before all that, the water was used for the three public baths. The water was taken out of the stream to use it for the washing of the body and after that, the dirty water was put back to the stream. The water was everything else than clean and so it was no drinking water. Still many people in Braunau were drinking this water and so epidemic plagues infested the city again and again.

  • opened daily
  • Can only be viewed from outside

Travelling by public transport
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  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for schools
  • Pets allowed
  • Suitable for teenagers
  • Suitable for seniors
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Suitable for children
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

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Walcher- und Färbergraben
Stadtplatz 2
5280 Braunau am Inn

Phone +43 7722 62644
Fax machine +43 7722 62644 - 14
E-Mail info@tourismus-braunau.at

Contact person
Tourismus Braunau

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