Visit to Güssing – June 2008 – by Sister Mary Traupman

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Stadt Gűssing ist neu gemacht.

(The city of Gűssing is made new.)

 

In June, I had the opportunity, once again, to visit in Burgenland. Gűssing has been the beneficiary of funds from the European Union, and is using the money to make, almost literally, a new city.

 

In the downtown area, all the streets are being reconstructed, with flower beds and some small street parking places. The courtyard in front of the church has been re-done, and a stone bench added. The center of the town, in front of the Rathaus, has a new wall. All of this, of course, is very beautifully done.

 

New industry is flourishing. There is so much new industry that many new jobs are created. This will enable the young people to find jobs right in Gűssing and they will no longer be forced to go to Vienna and Graz. Several of my relatives have already returned to South Burgenland.

 

I was delighted to see a solar energy plant right on the outskirts of the city. In addition, many houses have solar panels on the roofs. On entering the city, one can see a large symbol of green, renewable energy in sight of the Burg. This is an interesting combination of the old and the new.

 

I have a number of pictures, which have been posted on our website. I’m sure you will enjoy seeing them.

 

Sister Mary Traupman