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Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Mauthausen May 4th 2015

Today I went to Mauthousen Concentration Camp in Austria. At first, I got lost and ended up walking around the town of Mauthausen for a couple of hours, which was honestly just very bizarre because it seemed as though the entire town was in he McDonalds, and when I asked for directions, no one in the town knew where the concentration camp was (that was only 5 min away from the centre of the town. Mauthausen is a camp probably only comparable to Auschwitz, it is a huge haunting fortress that just towers over everything, and stands on the top of hill overlooking the town. This camp looked like something out of a movie, with huge prison-like walks and watchtowers that you could go into and walk on, as well as still-built barracks, crematoriums and gas ... read more
Mauthausen
Mauthausen
Mauthausen

Europe » Austria April 20th 2015

We arrived in Vienna and visited a Schnapps museum - I tried Apple strudel and hazelnut flavour. Once checked into the hotel it was a free night so six of us girls went across the road to the shopping centre to a Mexican restaurant for margaritas and burritos.And had Kaiserschmaan - pancakes with icing sugar and marmalade The next day we checked out of the hotel and headed to the town centre for the morning where we explored the palace and gothic church. After lunch we hit the road and headed to Prague.... read more
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Europe » Austria » Vorarlberg April 18th 2015

Our next stop was Hopfsgarten in Austria, we arrived at 5 in the evening, settled into our rooms and then went down to dinner where we had beef goulash for entree, Turkey schnitzel with potato salad and salad and apple strudel with ice cream for dessert. The next morning we got pancakes for breakfast and then hung round the hotel until it was time to head to paragliding. At 11am a van came to pick up 7 of us and took us up the mountain. We were each paired off with our paraglided person and were strapped up into these big harnesses that were like back packs. Once all connected up we had to started running off the hill which went into a steep decline. Once we were off the ground the backpack on my back ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg March 14th 2015

We had just one night in Salzburg, and were immediately enchanted. Cold and dusted with snow, it was fairy-tale like on our first night there and transformed by the sun the following day into a charming, riverside town. Salz=salt and it was a big, huge deal some several centuries back and a great source of wealth. That and some disputes in that part of Europe meant that Salzburg needed protection and so the Hohensalzburg fortress was built in the 11th century. The fortress hangs high above the town in picturesque fashion, as these old buildings do; the medieval center is equally picturesque and charming. We went on a boring tour of said fortress--or at least the first part was boring (though the fortress is fabulous!). I escaped fifteen minutes in by signaling to a guard my ... read more
Salzburg
Salzburg
Salzach River

Europe » Austria » Vienna March 3rd 2015

Hi Everyone, This past weekend we went to Vienna - Capital of Austria. This week's group was Nathan (Canadian), and Brendan (Aussie) from last week + Lindsay (American). We tried to get Sean again but it didn't work out. This week was entirely less random than Zurich, but I guess it'd be unrealistic expect riots for entertainment everywhere we go :-/ Here are the places we went to: Day 1 Start: Schonbrunn Palace, the last home of a sitting Austrian Emperor https://goo.gl/maps/J8stK Day 1 Afternoon: St. Stephen's Cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Vienna https://goo.gl/maps/roiEN Day 1 Dinner: Plaschutta, fine purveyor of breaded and boiled meats http://www.plachutta.at/en/gasthaus_zur_oper/ Day 1 Dessert: Hotel Sacher, the ... read more
View from the Vienna Ferris Wheel
View from Vienna Ferris Wheel
View from Vienna Ferris Wheel

Europe » Austria » Upper Austria » Hallstatt February 15th 2015

At the end of what is bound to be one hell of a long travelogue I plan to thank the many great Bimmerfesters out there who guided me through the whole ED and negotiating process. However, at this point I need to say "thanks" to all those Travelbloggers who urged me to find a way to get to Hallstatt in Austria. In our many years of travel throughout Europe one thing or another always seemed to prevent us from getting to that super picturesque little village. So many times I looked at that famous view of the little town hugging both the mirror-like lake and the towering Alps on her other shoulder and so many times I either got lost, snow derailed us or I just ran out of time. On our first full day of ... read more
Sonntag Geschlossen
Photo Op in Austria
Austria Has Some Serious Snow

Europe » Austria » Vienna February 3rd 2015

Hello all! My flight left Chicago a couple of hours late, so I got bumped to a later flight to Pristina. I barely remember the flight, except that the seats were very spacious, or it felt that way because the flight was about half full. They fed us something that I don't really remember, and I watched part of the King's Speech before losing interest. I'm pretty sure I slept for a certain length of time. I've wandered around the Vienna airport a bit, and it seems desolate. I see people, but they're all quietly going about their business. I somehow wandered into and out of several security areas before getting caught and made to go through a proper security check. They didn't seem too angry - it must happen a lot because the security areas ... read more

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck February 2nd 2015

This place is awesome. I left Salzburg at 7 to get here, spent the entire day exploring the mountain and the old town and am now sitting in a bar figuring out what to do since I leave in two hours to go out in Munich for a bit then catch a 5am train tmrw to Prague. I got here early, went to the tourism office and got an awesome breakfast at the breakfast club, then headed to the top of the mountain where it was a bit cloudy but none the less gorgeous. If I had ski gear and a friend I could probably spend a couple of weeks here exploring all the mountains in the area. Kitsbuhl Italian alps and Swiss alps all meet here. The town is gorgeous and people are very nice ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Salzburg January 30th 2015

Well Salzburg was absolutely gorgeous. Not that I'd live there but if all I wanted was good food, mountains, classical music and relatively cheap prices it would be a good play! Women were not to be seen unfortunately... The day I got there I went on the most incredible run. I ran up the side of the mountain and ended up at mozarts house, which was at the top. It was completely snow covered and something about running in the woods alone up to a castle makes it a really special experience. I also got the most amazing view of the sunset. After that I pretty much just went to bed. I got up early Saturday and went for a similar run except up to the Salzburg fortress, which is absolutely breathe taking, I followed that ... read more
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Europe » Austria » Vienna January 27th 2015

Vienna was again amazkng. I spent the week with a bunch of abroad friends from school. Tuesday night; got in and didn't even have time to eat. Went straight to the bar with my friends and tried all these speciality shots. Example - breathing fire out of your mouth shot The place is called travelshot and is highly recommended. We went from here to a club and it was quite a late night. Wednesday: spent the whole day exploring the city and had one of the best meals I've had yet on this trip. I still don't know what it was but I think it was beef goulash with lover dumplings - try it. Then went to the museum of modern art and met up with an American I had been traveling with in Budapest. We ... read more
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