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Around Austria By Car - Part 9: Vienna, the Beautiful Austrian Capital!

Dec 29, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  2 Comments

In the morning after breakfast we decide that we would need more than one day for seeing Vienna, so we decide to prolong our stay for one more day. Since we only booked the hotel for one night only, we go to the reception… and they tell us that the cost of the room is twice as much as the price that we got when booking online. The receptionist also assures us that because we booked online we will pay the discounted price that we found at their website (although they do not know about such a discount!) So we decide to go online to search for a cheaper hotel, and… again find the room in our hotel at the same tariff that we paid before. Go back to the reception desk; the receptionists seem shocked yet tell us that surely we can stay at this tariff (although they still do not seem to have any idea where it comes from)…

So that is how we start our Vienna adventure. We take our GPS and go to the centre of the city. Seems to us now that we completely forgot how to find our way without the navigator – since we cannot find the right direction for quite a long time. But then we take out the GPS and with its help get to the very centre of Vienna. What can we say – to our mind, after the amazing picturesque places of the Southern Austria, Vienna is just too urban… Although, of course, to each – their own. We are more of nature freaks than the fans of architecture, but if you prefer to observe amazing buildings you are welcome to the Austrian capital because here you will find plenty…

The first one we see is St. Stephen’s Cathedral – and we even climb to its tower by going 343 stairs up to enjoy the view of Vienna from the top of the Cathedral. The only disadvantage is that there is no open viewing platform and we have to observe the city from the windows.

When we go down, nearby the Cathedral we find the Deutsch Orden Church that is 800 years old.

After dinner we go to visit the Hofburg Palace – the former residence of the Austrian government, and spend some time in a garden surrounding it. In the evening we take a metro to the Prater Park – the most famous entertainment park in Austria. It’s mostly suitable for kids, yet we quite enjoy our being there and even enjoy some of games and attractions it offers. After Prater, we go back to the hotel (the way to which we had to search using our navigator again…)

Next morning we go to Schönbrunn Palace – perhaps, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Austrian capital. The most interesting part of the palace for us is the labyrinth, so we search for it… but it’s a huge disappointment as it seems to be built for kids – its walls only go up to the waist level and we can see it all from the above. Then we just sit and relax next to the famous Schönbrunn fountains. And after than go to see the beautiful Vienna opera palace, the House of Hundertwasser and the Burgtheater. The Bugtheater turns out to be the most impressive place in the whole Vienna for us! Mostly because of the atmosphere that is there in that area. We hear the sounds of opera music and soon discover that there is a huge screen at the square rights in front of the theater. So this creates exactly the impression that Vienna was connected in our minds with.

After the Burgtheater we go to the UNO-city which turns out to be just a complex of four modern rivers on the river bank. At night it is hardly distinct, anyway we are happy that we have seen it. After this we go to the hotel and sleep till the next morning – tomorrow we go to Germany.

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Around Austria By Car - Part 8: Making Our Way To Vienna. Virtual Reality and Some Realities of the Northern Austria

Dec 21, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

In the morning we pack up, leave out hotel and set off towards Vienna! We are going north, and observe the picture outside our car’s window change drastically. No more tiny cottages and amazing corners of nature – instead of them, we see huge industrial complexes and factories. [Read more →]

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Around Austria By Car - Part 6: Relaxing and Enjoying the Landscapes...

Dec 15, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

On the sixth day of our Austrian trip, we chose to go to Hallstadt first – a very beautiful town situated near Bad Ischl at the bank of Hallstadtsee. All parking places in the town are taken, and the town is really small – maximum 500 meters in length. It is located on top of a mountain, and at the exit of it there is a sign that there’s a Park&Drive place close to the town, with a free of charge bus going there every 15 minutes. [Read more →]

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Around Austria By Car - Part 5: Many Beautiful Lakes and One Huge Disappointment...

Dec 12, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

The plans for this day comprise mainly going to Salzkammergut – the land of the lakes… We need to drive about 185 miles across the Alps – so we presume the trip will take almost a whole day. Also we plan to visit the Hochosterwitz Castle – in fact, we have seen it a day before in Minimundus. :) When approaching the castle, we see that it looks exactly like its Minimundus copy. Having carefully viewed the castle in Minimundus, we now know that it is impossible to get to it by car, so we are prepared to climb the mountain. [Read more →]

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Around Austria By Car - Part 4: First Day With Great Weather And Lots Of New Impressions!

Dec 7, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

So - this is our fourth day in Austria, and there is still a lot to be seen! We get up in the morning, have a huge breakfast and go to see the lakes. This is the first day with a good weather! No rain, nice clouds and sun that is coming out from time to time. Not too hot, not too cold… just the right weather for sightseeing! [Read more →]

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Around Austria By Car - Part 3: Waterfalls and High Alpine Road

Nov 29, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

Let us continue our Austrian adventure! For our third day in Austria, we planned to visit the Krimml Waterfalls (Krimmler Wasserfälle), see Austrian’s most famous panoramic road – Grossglockner Hohalpenstrasse, and go to the country’s southern part.

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Around Austria By Car - Part 2: Salt, Rain And Ice

Nov 22, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

After having arrived to Salzburg in Austria and having found out hotel, we found out that the weather forecasts were right, and it was raining cats and dogs. However, we are optimistic, and immediately come up with a theory that the rain simply cannot be going on for long, and in an hour or maximum two it will end. We decide to go to Hellbrunn Palace in Salzburg. [Read more →]

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Around Austria By Car - Part 1: The Very Beginning and Some F***ing Sign...

Nov 10, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

Although our paramount goal and destination was Austria, our flight arrived to Strasbourg in Alsace (Eastern France), and from there we went to Ulm (Germany) by car. Having overcome all obstacles caused by our GPS (yeah, in fact, instead of helping us get to the place it actually mislead us several times!), we eventually got to Ulm from where we are going to get to Vienne the next morning. [Read more →]

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Bash Bish Falls And The Legend Of A Beautiful Mohican Woman

Oct 25, 2011  ·  ksenia  ·  No Comments

Notwithstanding the fact that Massachusetts is one of the densest populated states in the USA, its territory is full of natural wonders. The most popular corners of the nature are the Berkshire Hills and Cape-Cod shore. And one of the most exciting tourist attractions of the area is, beyond any doubt, Bash Bish Falls - the highest - 18 metres - waterfall in the state... [Read more →]

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Organ pipes and a mountain of garlic?

Oct 20, 2011  ·  Deanna Keahey  ·  No Comments

So there we were... on a mountain of garlic. At least that's what they named it. Really, I didn't see any garlic anywhere. Or any tomatoes, onions, or peppers either. No wonder the nearest town is named "Why". [Read more →]

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