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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! :)

Posted by R and K 08:37 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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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Posted by R and K 08:27 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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!

Posted by R and K 08:19 Archived in Italy Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Hanselsteig-Leitersteig, Hohe Wand

Going up a secured climbing route on the "Hohe Wand" on a very beautiful Sunday in the middle of autumn.

sunny 21 °C

Sunday, 21st of October, was a very sunny autumn day again, so we wanted to make use of the still good weather and go outdoor again.

However, on this day we wanted to go more than just a hiking path, so we selected a route which also has some climbing parts to make going up more interesting and also more challenging.

This is why we chose to do a route in eastern Austria, which includes some iron ropes, artificial steps and a long steep ladder.

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The beginning of the climbing route.

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Soon we reached a nice resting point to stop for some food and drink.

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This route is very popular so many other people were visiting there on that Sunday.

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The route is clogged up with slower people ahead, so we have to wait.

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At the long ladder. It's really very steep!

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After that ladder we soon reached the top and could enjoy the view up there.

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A lovely area with beautiful nature.

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One of some restaurants, which not only have delicious food, but also nice views and beautiful surroundings.

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This day saw some lovely autumn weather and we passed by many colourful trees.

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When going down we had to do some more climbing again.

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It's a bit scary but also lots of fun.

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Finally on safe ground again. :)

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Before driving back home to Linz, we decided to go to the eastern-most province of Austria, the "Burgenland", to have dinner there.

We had mixed barbecue with lots of french fries.

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As the east of Austria is famous for its wine, we were drinking some more "Sturm" (fresh, sweet wine) again.

Cheers!

Posted by R and K 13:21 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Freienstein

overcast 15 °C

It was my first time to wear looking like a professional outdoor traveler, before i never tried this style clothes, coz i thought it would make me look like a guy, actually i like the feminal clothes. But from the pictures, i really was a little surprised that i looked not bad with the new style clothes, haha...

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I always dreamed to be a farmer...

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Nothing is nicer than working in nature.

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A very typical type of animal in rural Austria: A cow.

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Colourful autumn time.

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My honey climbed an old tree.

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Finally we reached the top.

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Nice resting place.

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Posted by R and K 06:57 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

Barmsteine

Climbing two rocky peaks right on the border between Austria and Germany

sunny 17 °C

The "Barmsteine" are not very high, just two small, rocky peaks, which are located exactly at the border between Austria and Germany.

So one can choose to climb them either from the Austrian or the German side. As it was already afternoon when we started our hike, we chose to climb them from the German side, so we could enjoy the warm afternoon sun whilst walking there.

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We started at the end of a small road, near some farm houses.

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Cute sheep.

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Such beautiful nature.

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Some more farm animals.

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The small Barmstein and the Austrian side.

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The big Barmstein and the German side.

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Posted by R and K 07:45 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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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Posted by R and K 05:55 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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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Posted by R and K 12:01 Archived in Austria Tagged tourist_sites Comments (0)

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

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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