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Sankt Gilgen

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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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  • Day42

    Day 42: St. Wolfgang, Austria

    August 1, 2017 in Austria

    Today, our plan was to take the earliest bus to St. Gilgen and grab the ferry to St. Wolfgang to then hike up Scafbergbahn (1,783 meters). People told us it would take us three hours and then we'd go swimming in the lakes for a bit before heading back for our 7:30 Marionette show of The Sound of Music. It didn't quite go as planned.

    We grabbed the earliest bus (with our new friend Anna from Sweden) and got to start hiking at 10 am. This hike was the more difficult hike I've ever done. At 1:30, we got to the first train station and Zoe decided to take the train back down. I didn't want to quit so Anna and I kept going to the top and we finally made it at around 3 o'clock.

    Took us five hours, but the view was incredible and I was so happy when I made it. Anna and I ate our lunches, walked around and took in the view from every angle. When we went to go get train tickets to get back down, the next available one was at 4:25. No time for swimming. :(

    Zoe ended up heading back early so she could shower before the show. Anna and I had to make every next transport on time or I wouldn't make it back to the show. We ended up having 5 minutes to run to the ferry and then 15 minutes to run through the town of St. Gilgen to grab the bus. I originally wanted to take a quick shower myself, but there was no time and I took the bus straight to the show, getting there just on time to freshen up quick and meet Zoe.

    Needless to say it was right down to the wire in terms of me making it on time, but I'm always last minute so nothing new there! The show was actually really cool and it was a fun way to see the Sound of Music for the first time!

    We then grabbed McDonalds and "walked" back. Zoe took us the longest way possible so I actually hailed a taxi with 1 km left because the 25 minute walk was already at 45 minutes and I was exhausted and so excited for a shower. That shower turned out to be the best one ever.
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  • Day18

    St Gilgan

    September 23, 2015 in Austria

    Our hotel in Salzburg wasn't anything particularly special, but the room was really big compared to what we have had so far and it was in a really good spot. It was easy for us to walk to the bus stop where we caught a bus to St Gilgan, a tiny town on lake Wolfgangsee. Very cloudy and a bit of drizzle when we arrived, but again our hotel was fairly close to the bus stop and we managed to walk it ok.

    The hotel was interesting - almost a BnB as I think the breakfast was automatically included with a booking. Kniick-knack heaven you could say, with an alpine twist. We settled in and disregarding the less than spectacular weather decided to grab a ride on the cable car. As you may be able to tell from the photo, this wasn't the greatest idea. We are talking a very long cable car here and while the ride was ok there really wasn't much to see or do at the top. You could barely see the person standing next to you let alone any sign of the lake. The cable cars coming up after us materialised out of the cloud like the tardis.

    The town was very pretty though. WE wandered around the town which was small enough to cover in an afternoon. We figured we would get a better day ahead.and we scored really well for dinner. Tripadvisor came in handy again and sent us off in search of a restaurant which sounded good. We had a bit of trouble finding it, but it more than lived up to our hopes and would have to be one of our favourite restaurants from the whole trip which was certainly unexpected.
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  • Day20

    St Wolfgang

    September 25, 2015 in Austria

    This was the day for the big trip up to the top of Schafbergspitz (mountain? I would say so) on the Schafbergbahn Cog Railway. A long, long way up some of it steep enough to be thankful that the engine made its way with cogs which locked into the railway line as we climbed (even more reassuring on the way down). We still didn't score a clear day, but we did manage to get the best day available for our trip. While some of those vistas would have been spectacular with a blue sky for background, the day we had was pretty special as well. As you stood there bits and pieces of the landscape would come into view and then vanish as a low cloud passed by. If we had come on our first day we would have been lucky to see the hands in front of our faces.
    Very cool spot..
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  • Day21

    Furberg

    September 26, 2015 in Austria

    Last day in St Gilgan. Still no sun or blue sky, but a nice day for a bit of a morning walk followed by an afternoon poking around the town which we really haven't had much time for so far.

    Tomorrow we jump back on the bus to take us back to the train station in Salzberg and then grab a train for Vienna. It has been a nice quiet break here, but we are looking forward to the sights and sounds of the famous city.Read more

  • Day14

    The hills are alive - part 05

    December 28, 2015 in Austria

    This lake scene was apparently used in one of the multiple 7 seconds sequences at the start of the movie before maria sings on the hill lol. Besides that, this lake is the most awesome lake i have even seen so far. The fog over the lake, with the mountain ridges behind. Awesomeness to the max.

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