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  • Day20

    Arriving in Austria

    July 11, 2017 in Austria

    The first bummer of our trip happened today. The gorge we'd planned on seeing, which was the initial focus of our planning for this trip, was closed due to a big rockfall they'd had in May. They won't even get the gorge open until next summer. Disappointing, but we've experienced so many beautiful natural sites, we can't complain too much.

    As we drove through the Alps north from Slovenia into Austria, the terrain became more dramatic. By the way, "through" the alps is an apt term -- we travelled through many long tunnels on our route (some as long as 4 miles). The Austrian alps are more sheer and imposing than the Slovenian alps.

    We arrived at Hallstatt, a UNESCO designated town on one of the many lakes about an hour outside of Salzburg. The homes here cling to a cliffside, seemingly one on top of the other, most with only stairs to reach them. Walking around the area, we saw that they used a platform-and-pulley system to bring firewood and supplies to the homes from a small upper road. Winters must be severe here because there were large caches of firewood at every home (in Slovenia as well).

    Hallstatt is a very picturesque lake and town, and not so overrun as Lake Bled. The lake has swan paddle boats, but no kayak rentals as we were disappointed to find. Since it started raining soon after we arrived, that was okay. We enjoyed typical Austrian fare for dinner, of Wiener Schnitzel and Goulash, with "bier" and "wein" of course!
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  • Day41

    Hallstatt

    July 9 in Austria

    Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work we go! Hallstatt is a very small town in the Austrian mountains that has existed because of salt mining. But enough with the spoilers, I’m not at the salt part yet! We started our visit with a walking tour of the area described by Rick Steves as “a tiny town bullied onto a ledge between a selfish mountain and a swan-ruled lake”. Our tour was very authentic and given by a local women who has always lived in the area. My favorite part of the tour was seeing a church where inside are a bunch of painted skulls that serve as a tombstone for those people. This is the only place in the world that has painted skulls like these and it was very interesting. Our tour was very small with only us and another couple from Seattle. The guy was very into art history and geeked out at all the details of a religious paintings in the Catholic Church we visited which was odd but endearing. After the tour we had dinner and then left for our hotel since the entire town of Hallstatt seemed to shut down at 5. Our hotel was at another lake 20 minutes away which was also beautiful, and it had a big bath which was very relaxing for me to use. We started the next day with a visit to Dachstein Dalzkammergut which was on the way to Hallstatt. There we took a cable car up the mountains and then hiked to an ice cave. Our tour of the ice cave was quite unique with animatronic bears growling and light-shows with dramatic music. It was a bit goofy but that added to the fun. The ice caves were beautiful and the light show allowed us to see the ice in many different ways which was cool. After that we took another cable car up even higher to hike to the 5 fingers lookout. The 5 fingers lookout is a serious of 5 viewing platforms jutting out of the very top of a mountain. The views were unreal. I went into each of the fingers and loved the views in all of them. This was my favorite thing we did during our trip of Hallstatt and I view it as a must do while there. After enjoying the view we took the series of cable cars back down the mountain and got back in our car. On the way to Hallstatt we stopped at a small park and had sausages for a quick lunch picnic. When we got into town we took the funicular up to the Hallstatt salt mine. Our tour of the mine would have been incredible if we had a smaller and less annoying group. However we did get to see and do cool things on the tour such as slide down two miner slides, see the oldest wooden ladder ever found in Europe, and take a miner train out of the the mine. This concluded our trip to Hallstatt, so after this we were able to sing “hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Salzburg we go!”Read more

  • Day7

    Seewand / Dachstein

    July 14 in Austria

    Udo hat die Seewand bezwungen!!!
    Ich bin mit der Bahn auf den Klippstein! Nach einer Runde haben wir uns auf der Gjaidalm getroffen und sind gemeinsam unterhalb der Bahn 3 Std abgestiegen! Wie sich herausstellte waren wir auf der längsten Abfahrt Österreichs🤐😤

  • Day12

    Wolfgangsee

    July 19 in Austria

    Der heutige Postalmklamm-Klettersteig war der Hammer. Zunächst ging es durch die Klamm, das sah z. T. Sehr spektakulär aus. Nach einem kurzen Anstieg durch den Wald kam noch ein kurzes, knackiger Abschlußstück.
    Anschließend haben wir noch im Wolfgangsee geschwommen.

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