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Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Walchsee July 1st 2019

16th June to 21stJune We came on a three week holiday to Slovenia six years ago in our first campervan. It was during that trip that I decided to take the leap from having a permanent job to picking up ad hoc work in between doing some travelling. I loved Slovenia then and being back has reminded me why. The scenery is stunning everywhere you look. Even the more industrial towns look beautiful sitting in lush green valleys with a backdrop of wooded hills and grey jagged mountain peaks. We spent our first couple of nights in Slovenia in Camping Menina in Varpolje, east of the Julian Alps. We spent a day doing some cycling through picturesque villages before moving on to Camp Danica at Bohinjska Bistrica. It was a bit of a revelation when realised ... read more
Mostnica Waterfall
Camp Spik, Kranjska Gora
Austria, East Tyrol, cooling off in the snow

Europe » Austria » Tyrol April 27th 2019

Today was a travel day to get us to Austria where we will be staying two nights. We are in a quaint ski town in the Alps called Kitzbuhel. Along the way here we stopped at a former palace near Munich, Germany called Nymphenburg. It was the summer home of many rulers of Bavaria. It was started in 1664 but was constantly being added on to through the late 1800's. It was very beautiful there in spite of the bad weather. After a bus tour around Munich, we walked to the old part of the city. We arrived just in time to hear the glockenspiel show. It is a large glockenspiel in the town hall which has a show three times a day and attracts a very large audience. Once the show was over we headed ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck December 16th 2018

16:38, le bruit de la neige fondue qui tombe goutte à goutte sur ma fenêtre, le soleil déjà derrière les montagnes. J'étais parti pour ne rien écrire et bosser ma présentation, mais ça me ferait trop mal de ne pas garder de trace écrite des merveilles de ces deux derniers jours. Un des grands avantages de mon boulot, c'est qu'il me permet de voyager régulièrement dans différentes parties d'Europe. Cela fait un peu plus d'un an que j'y suis, et déjà j'ai pu me rendre à Bruxelles, Sophia, Pünderich, Dublin, et aujourd'hui Innsbrück. Comme à mon habitude, je me suis pris quelques jours avant pour pouvoir partir explorer modestement la ville. Au carrefour de l'Europe, Innsbrück et la région du Tyrol sont à quelques encablures seulement de l'Allemagne, l'Italie, la France et les Balkans. J'ai donc ... read more
The Inn
Nordkette
Le toit du monde

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 17th 2018

Since we'd seen so much of Innsbruck yesterday before checking into the hostel, we had to walk quite a ways to see our first sight. Heading towards the one place I wanted to visit, the Glockengiesserei, or Church Bell Museum and Factory, we passed by a few new sights, especially on Marie-Theresien Strasse. The Spitalkirche was decent and the Hard Rock Cafe was a must see too. Near the beginning of the long street that became Leopoldstrasse later, you can see the Marie-Theresien Statue and the Triumphpforte. The Marie-Theresien Statue makes a great photo with the Alps in the background. The Triumphpforte reminds me of the Arc de Triomph, as I'm sure its supposed to. As we neared the Church Bell Museum, we spotted the Bergisel Ski Jump/Panorama at the end of the street, waaay up ... read more
Spitalkirche (Hospital Church)
Hard Rock Cafe Innsbruck
Marie-Theresien Strasse with the Alps

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 16th 2018

Yesterday we met a young South Korean girl named Chi yesterday evening when she checked into our room. She was very nice and able to speak and understand English pretty well. Her and Manoli got to talking a lot, so this morning when we were packing up to leave for Innsbruck and found out she was going there too, we offered to give her a ride. We found out along the way that she already had reservations at the same hostel as we did, the Youth Hostel Fritz Prior-Schwedenhaus. The trip to Innsbruck was pretty short, at around 100 kilometers. We quickly passed into Austria, and realized we hadn't stopped to get our U.S. passports stamped. We'll ask at the Rathaus or Police Station to make sure we don't need the stamp. We might get it ... read more
Kids getting ready to play futbol (soccer)
Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church)
Der Backer Ruetz where we had pastries

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Kufstein September 3rd 2018

We've had the perfect biking day today. It was coolish but not cold and the bike trail went through some beautiful countryside. The Zillertal valley that we left is well worth returning to but time does not permit to explore it. Out of Strass we passed several ruins and castles until we reached Rattenberg which we stopped at to view the notable old town dating back to the 12th century. On the hill behind the town is a ruined castle or fort below which is the small but delightful town complete with alleys, cobbled streets, archways and a touristy main street with many glassware shops. We indulged in a very nice "kaffe und kuchen" from Hackers which is renowned for it's lovely cakes and pastries. From hereon it was full speed ahead through lovely countryside until ... read more
Rattenberg town
Kufstein Fort
Me at the covered wall over the main courtyard

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Strassen September 2nd 2018

It wasn't a good start to our biking tour with cold, dull weather. Yes, it's plummeted from 30 degrees a couple of weeks ago to 12 degrees. If that wasn't enough we had a head wind (shades of the Danube). But, we have the gear and it was all on for a couple of hours. The Inn River Cycling Trail (the Innradweg) is in superb condition and is well signposted all the way starting at St Moritz in Switzerland. The Inn River is running fast and is full of silt at present from all the recent rain up high in the mountains. The cloud stayed up high and we didn't get any rain all day. Also, as the day went on it warmed up so that by the time we reached Wattens the sun was out. ... read more
The Taj Mahal in crystal
We are reflected in one face of a prism
Relaxing the cloud and water display

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck September 1st 2018

It's a drizzly day in Innsbruck with temps like spring at home but never mind, it's not too hot! We set off to walk and see what eventuated. The hotel isn't far from the Old Town centre so we were soon into narrow alley ways, palaces, churches and old town houses with their intricate doors and frescoes. Also, there were the inevitable bus tour groups crowding this area! We figured they visited the Old Town, then the Swarovski factory and moved on, city by city throughout Europe. Central Innsbruck is really lovely and is a must see even though we've been here before. It is set in the Inn valley between high mountains on both sides with a narrow plain in between. We walked through the town, out the old town gate and on towards the ... read more
A battle scene from the Tyrolean War
A ski jumper ready to go
The Bell Foundry

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck August 31st 2018

I thought today wasn't going to be worth writing up as it was to be a travel day but it wasn't quite as straight forward as expected. We left Haetzingen at 9am and changed trains at the bottom of the valley at Ziegelbrucke, then onto Sargans. This was a reminder to us of where we started our Alpine Pass Route trail across Switzerland some 10 years ago. At Sargans we changed to the Budapest Express train but could only go to Bludenz as the railway was closed for many kilometers due to works being done over the past few months. Here, everyone had to alight from the train and get onto a number of buses to take us through to Otztal. To this point we have left Switzerland, gone through Liechtenstein and into Austria. The bus ... read more
The walking and biking path along the Inn River
Interesting bridge structure over the Inn
Flower beds in the Hof Gardens

Europe » Austria » Tyrol August 11th 2018

Tren de las 6:30 con llegada a mittenwald a las 8:30. De aquí cuest arriba a Leutasch y de ahí a Telfs llaneando y para abajo. Ruta nueva. A eso del mediodía ya estaba en el valle del Inn, con calor y algo de viento a favor y camino conocido e llegado pronto a la entrada del Pitztal. De ahí ruta nueva de nuevo, cruzar el Pillerhohe. Con 1600m se debería llamar Pillerpass. Aquí arriba hay unas vistas fantásticas. Desde hace 3000 años aquí se hacían ofrendas a los dioses. Para abajo por una cuesta mortal hacia Kauns (igual debería haber hecho una ofrenda...). Y una vez abajo el valle clásico de la ruta a St Moritz. Llano y carril bici. A pesar de que el plan original era dormir arriba del siguiente paso, como he ... read more
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