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Politischer Bezirk Salzburg-Umgebung

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  • Day29

    Cable car Untersberg

    May 30 in Austria

    Side trip to Untersberg to take the cable car up the mountain- the lift rises an impressive 1,320 m in elevation. We saw our first patches of snow today - dirty and icy but snow all the same !

  • Day42

    Snow!

    October 7, 2017 in Austria

    It was cold this morning, still a bit drizzly, but you only get one chance, so we set off to catch a couple of buses to get to the cable car which takes you up to the 1853m summit of Mt Untersberg. This is part of the mountain range which borders with Germany, so you have views of both Austria and Germany from the top.

    Given it was rainy, we could see that the top of the mountain was in cloud, so in some ways I thought all we would get to do really is take a cable car into the clouds, have a hot drink and come back down again.

    Whilst waiting for the cable car we saw a sign advising it was -1ºC at the summit! Just a wee bit chilly...

    The cable car was over 3km in length and was a great trip up the mountain - about 10 minutes or so. Just as we arrived it started to snow! Only tiny little bits of snow, but snow none the less. We walked out on to the terrace, lasted less than a minute because it was so cold, in cloud and very windy.

    What we did stumble on to out on the terrace though was a lot of Austrian military, new and old, in the middle of some sort of ceremony. When I asked it was a WWII commemoration for fallen soldiers. Very elaborate military uniforms, including swords, fancy axes, feathers on hats, capes, men with curled handlebar moustaches... Of course, in WWII the Austrian Army was fighting for the Nazis so hardly an Ally, but they saw sense by the end (it was a good excuse to go and read a bit of Austrian military history whilst having a hot drink - not wine!).

    Finn declared it the best thing we have done on the holiday so far and was begging to go back out into the snow (quite possibly because Kate had thrown a snowball at him and he needed retribution?). Anyway, as we were eating lunch, over the space of about 45 seconds, the cloud completely cleared away to reveal blue skies and views over Austria and (we presume) Germany - we couldn't stay outside to work out where the boundaries occurred - it was too cold.

    There were lots of Austrian older generation soldiers stomping around in the snow, so managed to sneak a photo of one who was in his cape, amazing hat with feather etc. Also a frau in a dirndl... and I reckon she must have had very cold ankles!

    We had soup for lunch - husband never willingly eats soup. Photo worthy event.
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  • Day5

    Mmmmh...

    July 11, 2017 in Austria

    Boah! Nach den Brötchen war mein Hunger eigentlich gestillt, aber das übertrumpft alles.
    Schnitzel und Pommes für jedermann, Spaghetti mit Tomatensoße und Tonnen Parmesan für mich.
    Vielen, vielen Dank! Aber jetzt bin ich lecker satt.

  • Day5

    Viel Dank, für die Brötchen...

    July 11, 2017 in Austria

    ...vielen dank, wie nett von ihnen!
    Sonst niemand nahm uns auf, außer diese kleine Bäckerei. Während des Sprechens spürte ich wie die Frau sich dagegen strebte uns etwas zu essen zu geben. Aber sie stellte sich den Bedenken und zeigte ihr Mitgefühl. Ohne Unterbrechung machte sie klar, dass sie all dies aus ihrer eigenen Tasche zieht. Mein Herz verkrampfte sich, aber ich wusste nichts darauf zu antworten, als "Dankeschön" und "Vielen Dank". Wie sonst kann ich ihr meine Dankbarkeit zeigen? Aber sie blieb nett.
    Also dankeschön, liebe Bäckerei in Grödig.
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  • Day22

    Driving to Salzburg via the lake villages
    Between Hallstatt and Salzburg there are many lakes and historic villages. It has become more common to see building frescoes now that we are in Austria, and they like gnomes on their buildings too (kind of Grimms fairy tale-like). In St. Gilgen (the birthplace of Mozart's mother) we stopped in a small church and heard the organist practicing--a lovely sound and ornate setting to hear such grand music.

    It is just a one-hour drive between these mountain lakes villages and Salzburg, so after returning the rental car, we had time to take in some sights after walking to our hotel in old town. The Salzach river runs through Salzburg, with many bridges crossing it, as well as a fortress high on a hill above the town. There are so many church spires here, we can't use them as landmarks. It is really a picturesque city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    We strolled through the Baroque gardens of the Mirabell palace -- impressive as a whole, but the geometric patterns and identical plantings are not that interesting to our contemporary tastes. The fountains and dwarf figures were interesting. The palace and gardens were built in 1606 by prince-archbishop Wolf Dietrich. From the 1300s to 1800, Salzburg was a sovereign state of the Roman Empire--not part of Austria-- and was ruled by a combination secular and Catholic religious leader.

    In the evening we enjoyed a concert of Salzburg classical music--Mozart and Hayden, primarily--by a quartet of flute, violin, viola and cello. For the last piece, a guitarist joined for a Boccherini quintet piece. The setting of the concert was in the Baroque Marble Hall of the Mirabell Palace.

    There is a big emphasis on music here, from Mozart to The Sound of Music.
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  • Day1

    Österreich, Sankt Gilgen

    February 27, 2014 in Austria

    "Angusta"
    Steak & Wein Abend
    Unser Fahrer setzte uns mitten in einem Industriegebiet aus und zeigte in die Richtung, wo das Restaurant liegt. Es war dunkel, kein Anzeichen eines tollen Restaurants. Wir folgten vorischtig dem Pfad und gelangten zu einem wunderschön beleuchtetem verschlungenem Weg, der uns direkt zum Eingang führte. Innen überraschte uns als erstes der offene Grill im Gastraum, auf dem die Steaks zubereitet werden. Der Kellner war überaus freundlich (Italiener, so wie die Inhaber). Die Atmosphäre war urig und gemütlich, durch das viele Holz und die überdimensional großen Tische. Wir bestellten eine Vorspeise und danach Steak. Für zwei Personen gibt's 800-1000gramm. Der Kellner kommt dann mit dem fertigem Steak auf einem Holztablett an den Tisch, schneidet einem kleine Stücke vom Steak runter und nimmt den Rest wieder mit um es ein wenig warm zu halten. Wow. Dazu gab's ein paar Beilagen, die ich nicht angerührt habe, weil das Fleisch ohne alles einfach so gigantisch gut war. Dazu eine Weinempfehlung (Dehesa de Luna 2008), die göttlich war. Dieser Wein mit dem Steak passte so perfekt. Mein neuer Lieblingswein:)!!
    Ich bin überaus begeistert!!!! Unbedingt mal hingehen, wenn man Steak mag!!
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