Five years of #LaGacillyBaden : Once again, Europe’s largest photo festival, heralding from the small French town of La Gacilly in Bretagne, is held in Baden near Vienna. And once again, it’s an open air festival, completely free of admission fees! No wonder thus, that travelling to Baden from the nearby capital city Vienna is high on our list of family activities for the summer.
The 35 or so photographers, who take part in the festival, together exhibit more than 1500 photographs, all of them nothing short of world class. With their powerful images, many of which have won prestigious awards, they encourage us to think: About nature, about humanity, about the state of the world today and in the future, and also about the way we treat our planet Earth.
Are you ready for critical debates? Let’s go to Baden: Until the middle of October still, you can admire the photographs in the city and parks of Baden near Vienna. Some of them even cover entire façades at almost 300 square metres tall!
“Due North” in #LaGacillyBaden : A documentary series about climate change.
Here’s a tip for you: Book a guided tour of the photo festival in Baden. Of course, you may also “wander” around the festival on your own and read the many signs and explanations about the photographs yourself. However, I can say from experience that this tires you out much faster than following a top versed guide! You will also learn more about the photographers and backgrounds of the photographs. It is worth it!
So what is the theme of this year’s exhibition, “Due North“, all about? Having been invited to this year’s media event “Long Night of Photography“, we find ourselves engaged in stimulating debates: Climate change is real, and visible all the more so in the northern regions of our planet. All throughout the festival, countless photographs show the fragile beauty of the North, pointing us towards uncomfortable questions such as “Do we really want to carry on like this?”, yet also giving hope through unique perspectives on issues such as nature and species conservation, social engagement, etc.
The panel discussion during the “Long Night of Photography” held many interesting thoughts about this. I was also lucky to meet festival director Auguste Coudray from the Festival Photo La Gacilly in France. Next year in June, he tells me, La Gacilly will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Wanderlust is stirring, and I’m thinking that perhaps another trip to France is due soon … 😉
Calling all foodies: Tips for eating out in and near the city of Baden.
Let’s be honest: A visit to La Gacilly Baden Photo makes you hungry (and thirsty)! I can recommend having lunch at Gasthaus Krenmayer, where we had lunch this year. It is located right in the old town of Baden, and close to the famous historic promenade.
A little further away, in the middle of Baden’s greenery, the Doblhoff Park Cafe welcomes you. In summer, the homemade apricot dumplings and grilled fish are a dream!
Even further away, you can savour some of the region’s typical desserts with the Klosterschnitte at the Klostergasthof restaurant Heiligenkreuz! Below are a few photos that will make your mouth water…!
If you have even more time to spare, fancy taking an e-bike through the Helenental valley.
From our experience of exploring Baden and the nearby surroundings, I can recommend renting an e-bike to cycle through the Helenental valley to Heiligenkreuz Abbey, about 15 kilometres away, and back.
The green valley marked by the river Schwechat is partly under nature protection and offers idyllic cycling and hiking paths. It was already popular with the emperor’s family and numerous other illustrious personalities, fleeing from the summer heat in Vienna. Among other things, you will find the Beethoven Stone along the way, which testifies to his presence in Baden and the Helenental.
I can also highly recommend the Beethoven House in Baden from previous visits. But first follow me into the green …
Check out even more travel photos, festival impressions and ideas for your next visit to the city of Baden here:
Besides, I have already written the following articles about Baden near Vienna and its wider area, helping you to get organised and inspired:
- There’s an annual food festival in Baden, near Vienna, that you simply cannot afford to miss.
- #BadenInWeiss: White Summer Party in the Imperial City of Baden near Vienna
- City Escape: Baden near Vienna beckons your visit
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the city of Baden on this trip to visit #LaGacilly photo festival. All opinions are my own.