Austria
Deutschlandsberg District

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  • Day186

    Auf Wiedersehen Oestreich!

    December 29, 2016 in Austria

    We explored Austria over two trips and will remember it as two distinctly different parts.

    Our first experiences were of the beautiful mountain ranges of the West, traversed by steep hair pin roads from which the ground often rose or fell steeply away at either side. Little wooden fronted houses and farmsteads nestled cosily in valleys with snow capped mountains behind. The high altitudes and resultant low air pressure sometimes made things difficult, for example the fridge wouldn't light and the water pump was less effective, but we got by. The country wide ban on staying overnight outside designated areas also restricted our options and made for some long days driving between stopovers, but the landscape was so stunning and different from what we knew that it was worth the difficulties.

    Our second trip took us to Central and Eastern Austria where there were still hills and mountains, but they weren't so extreme. Urban and industrial settings were more dominant. Unfortunately, with these developments came visible air pollution which was a shame. The presidential election rerun that took place while we were there caused a little anxiety for us, but the comfortable defeat of the right wing candidate by a former Green Party leader brought some much needed political good news and made us feel more welcome. Austria was an amazing place to experience in the run up to Christmas! The markets were atmospheric and original with new as well as traditional hand crafts taking centre stage. Decorations focused classic fairy lights, real trees and branches. Mistletoe grew in great swathes, large baubles decorated garden trees and streets were lined with Christmas trees we'd seen being grown on farms.

    The sub zero temperatures caused problems with the van but they helped us get in the Christmas mood and gave us some amazing scenes with the resulting thick frost, ice, icicles and snow! It was interesting to see the ski towns with the artificially produced snow winding white ribbons down the hills. The white wine was good, although at this time of year we tended towards warming glüwein!

    We'll remember Vienna with a smile. It is now our favourite city and we could have spent a lot more time there. We prioritised the markets and only looked in from outside the palaces, opera house and museums. There are also many more grand old cafés with delicious cakes to sample!
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  • Day540

    Back in the car, and back over the border into Austria. Amazingly, the price of fuel dropped from around 1.75/L in Italy to about 1.29/L in Austria, so we made sure to fill up. We were heading for Germany where prices are about halfway between the two.

    Dodged around Innsbruck and crossed into Deutschland where we were briefly stopped and questioned by the Polizei, probably on account of our Czech number plates. I assume they were looking for people smugglers, but the cop decided we looked harmless enough and sent us on our way.

    Our way was towards Wies, a tiny little spot in the middle of nowhere. Here there was a pilgrimage church, built to house a miraculous statue of Jesus that was found to be weeping. It's one of those spots where it's literally a hundred miles from anywhere, and yet somehow attracts over a million visitors a year.

    The church is a masterpiece of Rococo and baroque design, and was actually very impressive inside despite the unassuming mayonnaise coloured exterior. We alternated interior visits as the temperature was way too high for a dog in the car, got our filming done and then loaded up on currywurst.

    Onwards we forged towards Regensburg, our home for the next couple of nights. Had our first experience with the autobahn, which actually comes largely with a "recommended" speed limit of 130kph. Going over that won't result in tickets, but if you have an accident caused by excessive speeds then you have hugely increased liability in both civil and criminal cases. Apparently speed limits were first introduced by the Nazis in the 1930s, so in the 50s they were removed since people saw them as a Nazi-era relic. Even today there's no real push to introduce limits. And I find it interesting that other rules are more heavily enforced, such as no tailgating, no undertaking, keeping right unless overtaking etc. People are pretty good about those.

    Arrived in Regensburg in the late afternoon where we relaxed. Staying in someone's apartment while they're away which is always a bit hit and miss - this one was more of a miss since the dude was very messy and there were a load of fruit flies buzzing around too. At least we had decent internet after a few days in the hills with poor connections!
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Politischer Bezirk Deutschlandsberg, Deutschlandsberg District

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