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The fifth day in Italy

Visiting castle Churburg on our way back

overcast 17 °C

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On Sunday we finally had to go back to our home and there was not much time left for much sight seeing.

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But we still wanted to visit a special place along our route back:
The castle Churburg.

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This castle is a very interesting place, telling lots of stories about the life at medieval age.

Unfortunately it was not allowed to take pictures inside of the castle, so we have only a few shots from there.

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Some lucky kids had the chance to experience how those knights must have felt in their heavy armour.

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Later we had lunch at a restaurant just a few kilometres from the Italian-Austrian border.

These lovely iron clothes are for sale - whoever wants to wear them. ;)

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Nice church, but unfortunately we did not see it from the inside.

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The fourth day in Italy

Visting a very nice botanical garden

semi-overcast 20 °C

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When leaving the hotel on this day we also took a few pictures at the entrance.

All in all it was a very new, nice and clean place, and the people there were also very friendly. All that at a very affordable price.
We thoroughly can recommend Hotel Flora in Meran!

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After spending the morning in the center of Meran, in the afternoon we visited a very special place:
The botanical gardens at castle Trautmannsdorff.

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When we visited there, autumn was at its prime time.
So those many different colours, nice parks and beautifuls trees and flowers gave us a memorable experience.

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In this garden we passed by some beautiful paths...

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waterfalls...

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pieces of art...

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and strange creatures.

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We also reached a viewpoint...

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which gave us some nice views of the castle and its surroundings.

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Lake in the center of the park.

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Us in front of castle Trautmannsdorff.

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Famous princess "Sissi" of Austria (on the left), who also loved to spend her holidays at this place and take walks in the surrounding forests.

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Who wouldn't like taking a walk a such at beautiful place?

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European art can be a bit erotic. ;)

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Beautiful plants, which usually can be found growing near lakes.

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Cute rabbits - not only kids love them!

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Isn't this place beautiful?

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The third day in Italy

The beautiful city of Meran and going up the dangerous Ferrata Colodri

sunny 23 °C

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In early morning we took a walk in the centre of Meran, where many beautiful parks and buildings can be found.

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The Meran convention centre.

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The most beautiful church of Meran is located right at the beginning of the main shopping road...

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...where they sell many different products, including bacon...

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...and wine.

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In the afternoon where were driving down further south, for some different activity: Going up a secured climbing route.

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The route is the most difficult we climbed so far,

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but I still could climb it nicely...

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...and reach the top safely!

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Happy on top! :)

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The second day in Italy

Visiting the city of Bozen and the nearby castle Hocheppan

sunny 21 °C

On this short trip we were visiting the northern-most province of Italy, which is divided in two parts: The "Südtirol" or "Alto Adige", which formerly belonged to Austria and thus most people still are speaking German language there, and the "Trento" where all people are speaking Italian language only.

So this province is an interesting mixture of German and Italian culture, and thus one can find different types of food, buildings and people in this part of Italy.

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On our 2nd day we went to the biggest city of Südtirol, which is called "Bozen".

Here you can see the cathedral, which is located near the main square of Bozen.

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Photos from the interior of the beautiful cathedral.

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The "victory monument".
It was built by the Italians after World War I, when they conquered this region and annexed it to Italy.

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Even near the city centre beautiful landscapes can be found easily.

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At the entrance of the archeological musuem, where they keep the famous "Iceman", which lived here 5000 years ago.

Unfortunately it was not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. :(

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At the Bozen fruit market.

In the front you can see some very typical food of this area: Marones.
They are most delicious when they are been eaten in autumn, when they are fresh and ripe.

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In the afternoon we took a drive to the nearby hills...

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...to visit the old castle Hocheppan...

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...and have some tasty chicken there.

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Inside the castle.

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The first day in Italy

Short stop at the village Sterzing

sunny 18 °C

When going down to Italy, we took a short break right at the first village after the border, to take a walk along the central road.

Sterzing is famous for its original old architecture.

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In the evening, after we had arrived at our hotel, we went out to have dinner, and decided for probably the best part of Italian food: Pizza!

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