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October 2006

Naturpark Purkersdorf

Nice place, but too much fog!

overcast 9 °C

It was the worst trip so far, the stupid weather forecaster "cheated" us, the real weather was too bad, not enough sunshine, too much fog and thus quite cold.

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Mr. Schoeffel is known as the "saviour" of the Vienna forest. About 150 years ago is was the plan to cut down the wide woods to the west of Vienna and sell it to private property, but Mr. Schoeffel finally could persuade the authorities not to cut the forest, but keep it alive and free accessible for the public. Soon people started to like going there for recreational purposes, and after Mr. Schoeffel's death they decided to put up this memorial stone to remember the "Saviour of the Vienna Forest".

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Artificial view point at the western edge of "Vienna Forest". It's about 25 meters high and on clear days one can see large parts of the Austrian capital from the top of this wooden tower.

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Too much fog made us almost could not see the whole view of Vienna from the top of the tower, it was very pity!

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Schober

sunny 22 °C

Climbing Schober mountain was my first formal climbing. i wore the new hiking shoes and the new outdoor special shirt. The feeling was quite good.

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As you can see most of Schober is covered by forest, but the way up still is offering some lovely views...

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...such as here, where one can see lake Fuschlsee.

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View down from about half way to the top.

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The higher up the more difficult the route gets when climbing Schober. Fortunately they put up a steel rope at the most difficult parts, so making it safer to climb the last meters.

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Though this has been my very first time to go such a difficult ("black") route, I could do fine and climb to the very top without any help. :)

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From this point it are only a few more steps to the peak of mountain Schober. To the upper right one can see lake Fuschlsee again.

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Another lake on the other side of the mountain.
Actually from Schober one can see as many as 7 different lakes when the air is clear.

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Me and my honey in front of Dachstein, the highest mountain of Upper Austria, which you can see to the far back.

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My naughty honey climbing the absolutely highest point of the mountain, haha.

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Nearly every higher Austrian mountain got a cross on top.
So of course one has to take a picture at the cross to prove that one has climbed the mountain. ;)

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Lake Wolfgangsee to the left and Mountain Dachstein to the far right.

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My honey likes this picture very much. :)
Now we use it as the wallpaper for our computer.

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Going down again this mountain is far from easy!

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Actually Schober has two peaks.
These pictures have been taken at the second peak

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It was my first time to use the walking sticks, really very useful.

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Down again, phew!

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Spitz

Autumn in the wineyards

sunny 26 °C

Spitz is a cute small village near river Donau in the "Wachau" valley. There are many grape fields, the wine is of very good quality and thus very popular and famous in Wachau.

This day we were taking some ~2.5 hours walk in the wine fields and later tasting some fresh wine ("Sturm") at a restaurant along the way back.

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The church in the village of Spitz.

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In the center of Spitz.

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Up in the wineyards.

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The feeling of being a farmer is not bad, see, my honey and me looked so cool when we were sitting on the tractor, haha!

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These grapes are nearly ripe for eating or producing delicious wine.

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This place is called the "Red Gate".
When we took the picture there, suddenly so many visitors came, if not, i thought maybe the picture would look better.

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After our walk we visited a restaurant to eat some local food, and drink my favourite type of wine, the sweet "Sturm".

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Almsee

Another nice lake

semi-overcast 23 °C

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"Almsee" is another lake of the Salzkammergut region.

It's a popular place for swimming or having a picnick, particularly during summer time. In the autumn people come here rather to take a walk, or climb one of the mountains which are surrounding it.

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Parts of our route were leading through the forest.

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Miesweg

Taking a walk along lake Traunsee

sunny 22 °C

"Traunsee" is the northern-most lake of the "Salzkammergut", an area of many lakes and mountains, which is a popular holiday destination for tourists from Austria and abroad.

As Traunsee is the nearest lake to Linz, many people like to go there for swimming, hiking or taking a walk on sunny days, so it's almost always guaranteed that one is never alone there.

However, despite many people walking on the same route, there are many different routes to choose from, from very easy to very exciting, so it's usually always a pleasurable experience to spend a few hours at this beautiful place.

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Posted by R and K 04:46 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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