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Politischer Bezirk Gmunden

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  • Day165

    Schlosser Advent at Gmunden

    December 8, 2016 in Austria

    Having reached the north western Austrian border, we set off eastwards, through the Austrian lake district and towards Vienna, where we plan to spend Christmas. The going was flat on the motorway and as we moved in and out of valleys and you could tell which ones had industrial chimneys even before you saw them, due to the light smog hanging in the air. As well as this artificially produced haze, there were valleys filled with morning mist and at one point it hid a lake (Mondsee) which appeared only when we were nearly at its shore. It was a serene sight, with features fading the further they were from us.

    Arriving at the large Gmunden car park we couldn't see any designated van parking but there was a fluorescent clad official who told us to park up. We were very lucky to have arrived when we did because in another 15 minutes the car park was full. There dozens of people heading to and from the far end and so intrigued, we followed them, to find a hut selling entry tickets. We didn't know what we were buying entry to but we thought we'd go for it based on the number of people who'd travelled to be there.

    The big attraction turned out to be a Christmas craft market called Schlosser Advent due to the fact it was held inside two lakeside castles and their grounds. The first castle was called Landschloss. We entered its central square through an archway to find huts arranged around an old central tree under which was a quartet of traditionally dressed men playing seasonal tunes brass instruments. The second castle (Seeschloss) was reached by a wooden bridge over the lake Traunsee. There were floating palates supporting lit Christmas trees, a nativity scene and angel to name but a few things. The Landsee market was inside the castles first floor rooms which were impressive in themselves.

    We enjoyed looking at the stalls here more than in Salzburg because there was a far greater range of original handmade products, often with the craftspeople behind the stall creating new items for us to see how they did it. There were some fascinating processes, such as the hand weaving of angels using threads on wooden spools that were plaited around an array of individually placed pins. A chainsaw and angle grinder was used to carve faces in a tree trunk, candles were dipped and wire twisted into jewellery... we could go on but it would take a lot of time to list all the different crafts on exhibit!

    It was exceptionally busy for a Thursday so we searched the date on the internet and found out it was a public holiday to celebrate the immaculate conception!
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  • Day166

    Scharnstein

    December 9, 2016 in Austria

    It was a short 20km hop to our next stop at Scharnstein. The Bord Atlas book we are using to find these stopovers stated the cost as €10 with extra people being charged €3. The check in process at the cafe wasn't the most efficient; we were told to find a pitch and come back and after we'd done this and filled in the form, we were told we needed our passport numbers, so made yet another trip back to the van. After all this, we were told the cost would be €20.90! Our German wasn't good enough to argue so we just paid up. This would definitely be a one night only stop!

    The site itself was in a good setting, nestled amongst the mountains with grass dividing the gravel pitches. Apart from regular trains sounding their horns as they passed, it was a peaceful place with a good electricity supply included in the price. Upon exploring the facilities Will found an iron and board which came in handy for a project Vicky was working on. There was also one of the best showers we've had!

    In terms of facilities, upkeep and position the site was great, but the attitude of a site manager brings so much to bear on your experience at a place and we were keen to get going in the morning.
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  • Day162

    Gollen

    December 5, 2016 in Austria

    The Rough Guides had emailed Will a list of seven places that were even more beautiful in winter. One was Hallstatt, a town in the Salzkammergut (Austrian Lake district) that is wedged between a cliff and a lake. It was only 50km away so we made a detour and drove through a winter wonderland to get there. The journey was zebra striped with frosty scenes as we passed repeatedly in and out of shadows cast by tall peaks. Icicles ran down walls of rock and were suspended from overhanging sections. The most striking sections were those where the sun had just risen on to frost coated scenes, reflecting brightly or backlighting the rural landscape. The contrast between these areas and those where the sun shone regularly was amazing; the solar heat having melted the ice and revealed the countryside's true colours.

    We reached Hallstadt via a series of tunnels running alongside a long lake within one of the deepest valleys we've seen. The town was at the head of the lake and while its position was incredible, the town itself wasn't anything out of the ordinary. We'd planned to park up and look around but weren't allowed in the main cat parks, being directed instead to one out of town that cost €15 to park and ride. We didn't want to pay that much so after taking a few photos we left to have lunch at a lakeside layby.

    Gollen stopover was a sectioned off area of the spa and sauna car park. It was a short walk to town so when evening came we wandered in to admire the Christmas lights on the main street.

    Once again this town was surrounded by mountains but one mountain was shaped so that when the sun rose over a peak, it travelled westwards and behind a raised crag that jutted up, causing the sun to set again after only a few minutes!
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  • Day25

    Hallstatt, Austria

    September 27, 2016 in Austria

    It took us 3 hours on the public bus to get to Hallstatt but it was totally worth it! The trip went by quickly even though we had to change buses 3 times since most of it was spent admiring the scenic drive through the mountains and small villages of the Austrian Alps. We also got to watch all the local kids get on and off the bus since we quickly realized they don't have traditional school buses.

    Once we made it to Hallstatt we came upon such a tranquil and pristine view of the lake that surrounds the tiny town in the heart of the Alps. We rented a little cottage apartment right by the park where we got to sit out and enjoy the swans in the lake. The following day we had a little adventure where we went to the ice caves formed over 10 million years ago and hiked the Alps to get some amazing views and fresh air! We also discovered a new hobby we hope to take up one day.... paragliding! How cool would it be to soar about the mountains and experience things from another perspective!?
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  • Day45

    Halstatt

    October 10, 2017 in Austria

    The rain disappeared today, so we drove for an hour alongside a couple of the lakes to visit the beautiful lakeside village of Halstatt.

    Very picturesque to say the least. The water is crystal clear up close and I assume only looks black from the shores because it is so deep - we could see that it dropped away quickly. There were a large number of swans in the village vicinity and obviously accustomed to being fed because they got quite nasty if you go up close and didn't have any food for them.

    We also walked through the cemetery of the church on the hill, and it has to be the most beautiful cemetery ever! The plots were tiny, each one was well cared for, covered in flowers or ornamental shrubs and unique - gorgeous.
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  • Day2

    Salzwelten Halstatt

    June 2, 2017 in Austria

    Már régóta terveztük sielesekkor, hogy egyszer eljovunk megnezni a halstatti sobanyat. Ez a terv most meg is valósult. A sóbánya tavasztól őszig van csak nyitva emiatt sieleskor esélytelen megnezni. Sanyi reggel megvette a jegyeket, a fel10kor induló vonatra, amugy negyed óránként megy el fel és párhuzamosan vele jön egy másik kocsi le. Gyönyörű a hely maga ahova felvisz, nagyon szép a kilatas a tóra és Halstattra. Van egy kiépített ki út, így fel lehet sétálni a banya központhoz, ahonnan vezetett túrák vannak a sobanyaba, ahol elmondják a bányászok életet, honnan van a só, hogyan dolgozzak fel ma és hogy éltek régen az emberek. Így a hegy gyomrában sétáltunk 400 meter melyen, és 400 méterre a szélétől. A bánya vizit elott kapott mindenki védi ruhát, nagyon csinosan neztunk ki benne. Az enyém zöld, Sanyie lila volt. A tura egyébként nagyon jó volt, a sok vetítés mellett volt benne két lecsúszás bánya szintek között és a vegen egy kis bánya vonattal hoztak ki bennünket, ddak sajna be kerültünk egy koreai csoportba, így rengetegen voltunk és kicsit hosszabb is lett a program mint terveztük. De azért viszunk sot haza innen 😊Read more

  • Day1

    Bad Goisern erkezes

    June 1, 2017 in Austria

    Csutortokon fel 7 kornyeken erkeztumk meg final4 turank első állomására, Bad Goisernbe, közel Halstatthoz. A szálláson nagyon kedvesek voltak és flottul ment minden, egyszerű és tiszta volt a szívnak is és nagyon szép a kilátásunk is. Eredetileg Halstattban akartunk megszállni, de röviddel az indulas előtt elfogadható áru szobák már nem voltak. De a Pension Leprich is tökéletesnek bizonyul egy ejszakara. Megérkezés után Sanyi meg futott egyet, aztan elindultunk vacsizni Halstattba. De addig már nem jutottunk el mert útközben megálltunk egy szimpatikus fejen a Traun folyó mellett. Amit nagyon jól tettubj mert valószínű nem vacsorázunk ha tovább keresgelunk, ugyanis már majdnem 9 volt és a legtöbb osztrak konyha 9-kor zar, mint ahogy ez is. A pincér meg is kert bennünket hogy lehetőség szerint gyorsan valasszunk mert zárnák a konyhát. De finomat ettünk amugy, Sanyi saiblingot (ez egy hal fajta) salival és petrezselymes krumplival, én pedig valami túrós toltelekkel töltött raviolit vad fokhagyma mártással. Uh jot kajiztunk, megnéztük meg holnap hova kell menni a Salzwelthez, aztán hazamenitunk lepihenni.Read more

  • Day8

    Day trip to Bad Ischl

    October 15 in Austria

    Bus trip to Bad Ischl to get some Fixomull for Clinton's blisters (Blister, in Austrian!). Bad Ischl is like the main town in the valley, while the valley in itself is a big city, but spread out. Bad Ischl is where the royalty had their mountain Back home again we went for a walk and saw lots of cows, sheep and horses. The horses are special, called Abtenau horses. Of course, Nanna knew about them, and they come from the valley next door!Read more

  • 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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