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Jun 19, 2019 - Day 36 - Saint Wolfgang into Germany

Day 36 - Wednesday 19 June 19 - St Wolfgang By coincidence, we were at the St Wolfgang ferry terminal at 0855 hrs, 10 mins before it was due to depart for St Gilgen. We had planned to visit yesterday but diverted our return trip from Mondsee via Lake Attersee and Bad ischl. We were initially disoriented by our early arrival however a friendly elderly Austrian chap offered sound advice on the ferry’s operation; he also helped with other questions during the trip. On arrival in St Gilgen we immediately took the Zwolferhorn cable car to the...

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Jun 18, 2019 - Day 35 - Saint Wolfgang

Day 35 - Tuesday 18 June 19 - St Wolfgang Today we are driving to Mondsee on Lake Mondsee. The 34km drive is around the south of Lake Wolfgang and west of both lakes; it also passes St Gilgen, a lake side village we also want to visit. It will come as no surprise that the drive is through beautiful countryside however this will prove less impressive than the countryside we are to witness later in the day. We arrived in Mondsee just after 1000hrs and found parking near the Basilica St Michael. A very helpful lady from a nearby dress shop...

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Jun 17, 2019 - Day 34 - Saint Wolfgang

Day 34 - Monday 17 June 19 - St Wolfgang Pack, breakfast, and we were away at 0840 hrs for the reputed beautiful small village of Hallstatt 66 km to the ESE. The drive was mainly through minor roads with one or two “goat tracks” selected by GeePS. It was very picturesque, as much of the trip followed a rapid running, bubbling stream of crystal clear water. Pine trees of plantation plantings covered most of the slopes with open cut paddocks stretching uninterrupted from the road to the tree line. The creek line was clearly distinguished by...

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May 21, 2019 - Salzburg and Traunkirchen, Austria

Hallo from Austria, Monday morning started with a relaxing train ride from Munich to Salzburg. It took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. As we got closer to Salzburg we started to see the mountains...very exciting! Our bus driver was waiting for us at the train station. He drove us to the Old City where we met a local guide for our walking tour. The Old City of Salzburg earned a spot as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. This designation and the city’s strict preservation laws, have helped protect the architecture and layout of Salzburg....

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Sep 18, 2018 - Linz, Austria

First stop: Mondsee ( Moon Lake ), and St Michael’s Basilica where the Major and Maria were married in the Sound of Music. It is a beautiful town, in the Austrian Alps, with houses and shops painted in pastel colours. Next stop: Salzburg, Mirabel Palace and the gardens were beautiful. The palace was built in 1606 by the Archbishop of the time, for his mistress and their 15 children Salzburg Cathedral originally built in the 700’s, renovated in the 1600’s, and again in 1959. It took 14 years to replace the dome that was bombed during the...

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Sep 16, 2018 - Mauthausen

Heavy mist stayed with us for the drive out of Czechia but cleared to a bright sunny day as we crossed into Austria. Our first stop was Mauthausen, home to a WWII concentration camp between 1938 and 1945. Although more of a memorial the site did exhibit glimpses into the atrocities performed by Hitler's SS with original gas chambers, crematories, torture, execution and autopsy rooms all open to visit and oddly without charge. Perhaps not on par with Auschwitz it did provide deep insight into the brutal activities of the SS hierarchy and...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Linz

Today we headed into Linz. First getting into the city was a bit of a nightmare as it had a very complex one-way system and very poor signage. We found somewhere to park then walked through the town to the Danube river. The city was very unappealing everything looked shabby and untidy. Walking along the Danube the parks were untidy with litter bins overfull, graffiti everywhere very unlike any other town we had visited in Austria We decided we would return to base – very disappointed.

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Aug 11, 2018 - St Florian and Steyr

Our campground was near the small town of St Florian and according to our guide book “hides one of Austria’s finest Augustinian abbeys” Yes, another abbey! This was our first stop. The abbey dates back to at least 819 and has been occupied by the Canons Regular, living under Augustinian rule, since 1071. It’s style again was baroque. The church was again exuberant but this time with stucco work and wall paintings. The composer Anton Bruckner was buried in the church. We then travelled south through a patchwork of fields studded with...

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Aug 10, 2018 - Our final stop in Austria- Linz

Today we made our move to our final stop in Austria- Linz. Leaving the campground at St Pölten was a little bit of a challenge but we made it. We had a good journey and it was an easy in and easy set up in the campground at Linz. The weather is forecast to be a little cooler for the next few days.

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Jul 5, 2018 - Bad Ischl

Today we visited the spa town of Bad Ischl. The town came to fame when the Habsburg Princess Sophie took a treatment here to cure her infertility in 1828. Within two years she had given birth to Emperor Franz Josef I. Franz Josef made an annual pilgrimage to Bad Ischl making it his summer residence for the next 60 years and bringing with him many of the European aristocracy in his wake including King Edward VII then Prince Edward of England. The town is a charming spa town like many we have seen before in Europe. We wandered the town for a...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Three lakes – Mondsee, Attersee and Traunsee

After two days of walking we decided on one of our drive tours. We drove first down the west shore of Mondsee to the very end of the lake which was very quiet and pretty. From there we took a road over the hills to the Attersee, the largest lake in the Salzkammergut but less visited. We explored the small village of Steinbach which sits on a hill above the lake. From there we took a road over the hills again to the southern end of Traunsee. Here we found the delightful village of Traunkirchen which sits halfway down the western shore of...

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Jun 30, 2018 - Gmunden

The weather had at last improved. Mum’s crisis seemed to be over so we headed to Gmunden. This Riviera type time sits at the northern end of Lake Traunsee, the deepest lake in Austria with a depth of 192m. The town had a lovely lake side promenade, a lakeside castle – Seeschloss Ort, and a charming old quarter. It was lovely just to wander around and of course stop at one of the many konditories for a drink and kuchen!

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