A Travellerspoint blog

September 2006

Pöstlingberg

On a hill near Linz

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"Pöstlingberg" is the name of a small hill right next to Linz, which is known to offer the nicest view on the city.
Unfortunately on our day of visit, the visibility was so bad, so that - although the sun was shining - we did not really see much of the city.

So we visited a few other places on Pöstlingberg, such as...

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...a fairy tale world, which is featuring scenes of many popular stories (in the picture: "Sleeping Beauty").

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...the church on top, which is also a popular wedding place.

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Like this feeling...

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...and finally a restaurant, where we took this nice picture just outside the restaurant on a kid's playground.

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Wolfgangsee

Nice afternoon at a lovely lake

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"Wolfgangsee" is the name of a beautiful lake, which is located right between the provinces of Oberösterreich (Upper Austria) and Salzburg, about 1 hour drive from Linz.

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First we visited the village of "St. Wolfgang", which has become famous as it has been the main location of one of the most successful Austrian movies of the 1960s.

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Today many people are visiting this place, and so it's no surprise that in St. Wolfgang plenty of the typical souvenir shops can be found.

However, the clocks you can see in the background of this photo are not really Austrian, but rather typical for south-west Germany. Nonetheless tourists still like to buy them in big numbers.

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Later we took some walk along the lake, where you can find many lovely places to rest or to enjoy the view.

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Enjoying some more sunshine before autumn will turn cold.

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Wachau

A visit to some nice spots of the cute Wachau valley

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"Wachau" is the name for a valley along river Danube (Donau), roughly in the middle between Linz and Vienna.

This valley is protected by hills on most of the sides, such giving it a particular mild climate with lots of sunshine.

The Wachau valley is famous for its wine and fruits growing there, as well as for its cultural sites of which we visited a few on this sunny day.

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Our first stop was at the church of Dürnstein, whose blue tower you can see in the picture above.

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Dürnstein is considered to be one of the nicest places of the Wachau, that's why along the central road of the town there can be found many restaurants and shops, which mostly sell wine or other products of the region.

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Though some shops sell the typical overpriced Austrian souvenirs,

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in Dürnstein one still can find some quiet and beautiful spots, such as this entrance to a private house,

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or this private building at the northern end of the town, which is decorated with beautiful flowers all around.

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At that part of Dürnstein one can also see some remains of Dürnstein castle, which nowadays is nothing more than a ruin with only a few walls left. In the past this castle was quite big, protecting the entrance to the Wachau valley. Dürnstein castle became famous, because it was also the place where King Richard of England, called "Lionheart", was kept as prisoner until a big sum of ransom was paid at the end of the 12th century.

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Later we changed the location...

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to visit another castle, which is called "Aggstein".

This castle has been built in the 14th century to collect customs duty from ships passing by on the river Donau (Danube), and was the place of some major fightings at the end of medieval times. It has been destroyed 3 times, and rebuilt 2 times.

Today there are only some ruins left and the castle is not inhabited anymore. But it is a nice place for a visit of the whole family and is well worth the 5 Euro entrance fee.

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At the entrance of castle Aggstein.

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You can see me sitting on one of the most important places of any castle: The well.

Without having fresh water any castle would not be able to survive a siege for long, so it was crucial for any castle during medieval times.

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Traunsee - Gmundnerberg

My first short trip in Austria

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Visiting Lake Traunsee and the nearby small mountain of Gmundnerberg in early autumn 2006 was my first trip with my fiancee Robert in Austria.

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First we took a short walk in the small town of Gmunden along Traunsee, where we had some nice views on the rocky mountain "Traunstein" and the castle "Schloß Orth", which is the main location of a local TV series.

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After only 20 minutes we stopped for a drink in a small restaurant which is located directly at the lake.

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Thereafter we drove up the nearby hill "Gmundnerberg" to have dinner there.

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Beside the reatraurant, there was a small hotel with typical Austrian style building.

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This was a small church beside the hotel.

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After dinner we were taking a walk on the top of Gmundnerberg to take a few more pictures.

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This was a lovely first trip in Austria and it gave me some nice first impression of my new place of residence.

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