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Sonnstein

Still no snow, an accident, but nonetheless a nice day

sunny 12 °C

It's only about one more week until Christmas, but there's still nearly no snow in Austria this year. Most of landscapes look green instead of white. What a weird winter!

For this Friday they predicted mild temperatures, lots of sunshine and clear air again, so we wanted to go to Salzburg province to a place where we would have a view to some of the highest mountains of Austria.

However, an unexpected problem of our car made it impossible to follow this plan. So instead of enjoying some nice views we spent some time at a car repair station, waiting for our car to get fixed. :(

At least the repair was finished soon enough, so that we still could climb a small mountain nearby at lake Traunsee.

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Already at the start of our route we had some nice views of lake Traunsee and mountain Traunstein.

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Having a rest...

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Another rest again, and refueling some water...

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Continue climbing the mountain, even though was too tired...

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Oh my god, my honey was so sweaty!
And this although we already had middle of December on this day!

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Whilst climbing the higher part of mountain Sonnstein we had many nice views, such as here the view down on the southern end of lake Traunsee.

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See, did I look like the long arms monkey? haha...

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Soon we reached the top of the mountain and had delicious lunch there.

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This panorama is capturing only a part of the view on top.
It was a very beautiful and quiet day.

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Sitting on the top of mountain and enjoying the warm sunshine was quite nice!
One would not believe that Christmas is only one week away!

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Touching Jesus´s blood...

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Holding Jesus´s legs!

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Posted by R and K 12:57 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Gleinkersee

No Snow in Austria

sunny 12 °C

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December in Austria is usually a very cold month with (hopefully) lots of snow.
Because when there is snow all the landscapes will look very beautiful and romantic, and one can do some winter sports such as skiing. :)

But what is happening this year?
No snow in December. All the landscapes are still green!?!

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Well, at least this way we got some more nice and sunny days, giving us the possibility to visit a nice place about one hour south of our home.

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Contrary to the weather forecast the air was very cold in the beginning of our route.

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Probably this was due to our route leading along a small river and through a forest.

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Fortunately later we left the forest, and once we reached the open we pleasantly could feel the warm sunshine...

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...and enjoy some nice views.

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Later we reached lake Gleinkersee...

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...and started to walk around it.

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If I looked like a monkey? haha...

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Oh my god, standing in the heavy wind, almost would be blowed down!

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What did I look at?

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It was pity that the sunshine could not reach the small lake, it was blocked by a mountain nearby. If not, the lake would look much nicer!

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We had planned to rest to take some food on our way back to the car, but unfortunately there was not any sunny and nice place on the remaining of the route.

So we took our car and drove just a few minutes until we saw some place to sit. Although it was next to the road, it was still nice to have some food there and enjoy the views to the mountains around.

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My honey was enjoying the nice sunshine and landscape in such a quiet beautiful small village.

Posted by R and K 04:54 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Predigtstuhl

Escaping the fog

semi-overcast 10 °C

November 28 was a very foggy day in Linz, but south in the mountains there should be sunny conditions.
Well, we saw only a little sun this day, but the weather was definitely much nicer than at home and so we could enjoy some nice views on our short climb of mountain Predigtstuhl.

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The route is short, but still requires some climbing.

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About half way up there's a nice place to rest, from where one has a nice view on the highest mountain of the province of Upper Austria.

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Mountain Dachstein, nearly 3000 meters high. Its top is covered by snow for all the year.

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Me and my honey with lake Hallstättersee in the background.

At this lake is a very lovely village, which is so cute that it's often printed on posters which are sold world-wide.
We plan to visit there some day next year.

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When continuing our way up there were more difficult parts to climb.

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Needing a break and a drink...

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...but soon we reached the top...

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...which is offering some beautiful views.

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I wished I could fly!

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What's this?

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That's fog!

In Austria fog is very common in late autumn, and sometimes can cover the ground below for the whole day.

That's why it's a good idea to climb a mountain on these foggy days, because usually the fog won't reach very high, and above the fog one can find nice weather and great views.

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Predigtstuhl isn't very high, but still a nice piece of a rocky mountain.

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Posted by R and K 07:52 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Winklmoosalm

Lots of snow and death of a beloved companion

semi-overcast 11 °C

What do you get if it snowed two days ago, and suddenly temperatures are raising sharply?

You got lots of melting, wet snow, which is making all the roads and paths soaking wet and dirty, thus it's quite difficult to walk.

I think this route could have been nice and we could have taken lots of nice pictures - if only there would not have been so many wet snow and if only our beloved digital camera would not have ceased to function that day. :(:(

So we only have 3 pics this time, which we took by our cellphone as a matter of emergency replacement.

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Posted by R and K 02:05 Archived in Germany Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Gschwendtberg

Small, but steep mountain in the south of Austria

semi-overcast 13 °C

The weather was still ok this mid-november, so we went to southern province of Styria (Steiermark) to climb a small mountain and search for another "treasure".

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View down on "Frohnleiten", a cute town surrounded by small mountains.

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Soon we reached a viewpoint with a small hut...

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... and had a rest and some drink there.

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The official name of this hut is "Julius Warte", but the local people call it "small house of delight". ;)

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Later we continued to climb higher...

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... but unfortunately the top of this mountain was a bit disappointing.
All was surrounded by high trees, so not any interesting view up there!

So we didn't stay there for long, but left soon to search for the treasure...

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... which we finally found under those white stones in the center of this picture.

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Our second "treasure" so far.

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Posted by R and K 13:07 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Going on a treasure hunt

Searching a "treasure" at a lovely lake

sunny 9 °C

This day we combined a hike with a treasure hunt.

The "treasure hunt" goes like this:
Some people have hidden a small box at some secret place and published its GPS coordinates in the internet. Other people can try to go to this place and hopefully find the treasure.

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This treasure was hidden near Altausseer See, a nice like in the south of the Salzkammergut region.

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Most of our path was just beside the lake.

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Small rock climbed, big rock to the back.

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Close to the hiding place of the treasure.
We took some rest at this lovely place.

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Later we searched for an hour and it was nearly getting dark when we finally reached this place.

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Is there something?

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There it is!

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The "treasure" consists of a box with a log-book and a few small items inside.

If you found the treasure you can take one of the items and keep it, and place another item in there for exchange.

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Writing down our names in the log-book.

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As the sun had went down just at the moment when we finally had found the treasure, we had to go back in the dark. Scary!

Posted by R and K 10:17 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (1)

Grünstein Berchtesgaden

Experiencing the first snow of the coming winter in the most southern part of Germany

sunny 11 °C

It was my first time to see snow, really felt very exciting, although the view was not so colorful like in autumn, the white snow still looked nice.

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My honey and me aways like hugging together on top of a mountain.

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Watzmann, the second-highest mountain of Germany, in the sun.

It's shape is very famous and there are some fairy-tales about this big mountain.

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Lovely pose in front of Watzmann, wearing my new hiking jacket.

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Funny skiing pose.

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Standing on the snow and enjoying the sunset.

Posted by R and K 13:00 Archived in Germany Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Schoberstein

A short hike on a late-autumn aftenoon

sunny 16 °C

This time was not as dangerous as before, and the route was also not so long. But hiking was not so interesting as climbing, so it made me feel more tired easily at the begining.

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Looked like a stupid farmer girl, haha...

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Taking a break at nearly every resting point...

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Poor girl, so tired, but still had to keep on hiking...

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Fortunately we soon reached the top.

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The feeling on the top of mountain was not bad.
The temperature up there was really nice so late in autumn, so we very much enjoyed the warm sunshine.

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Beer, beer, I love you, haha...

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Going back down and enjoying some views on lake Attersee below.

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Posted by R and K 04:59 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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.

Posted by R and K 04:51 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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?

Posted by R and K 08:55 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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