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    Frohnleiten – The beauty queen on the river Mur

    For once, we visited an Austrian town, not because they have well-known tourist sights or famous architecture, but simply because it’s a lovely town. Frohnleiten has been able to modernize the city and, in particular the main square (Hauptplatz), without destroying its historical charm. The square is the lifeblood of the local community and where […]

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    Time travel at Tratzberg Castle

    Tratzberg Castle, Tyrol, Austria

    Tratzberg Castle has overlooked the Inn Valley since the 13th century from its perfect hillside location, less than a kilometre from the river Inn. After Tyrol’s independency from the Duchy of Bavaria in the 12th century, the local noblemen needed strongholds to defend their newly acquired freedom. Thus, a fortress was constructed at a strategic […]

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    Aggstein castle by the Danube

    Aggstein Castle, Lower Austria, Austria

    Although Aggstein Castle is only partly restored it offers you an insight to life in the Middle Ages. Furthermore, the fantastic views of one of the mightiest rivers in Europe, the Danube, also makes it well worth the trip up the mountain. Most parts of the castle are open to visitors. Wooden stairs and walkways […]

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    Schönbrunn Palace

    Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

    Since I grew up in the Meidling district where you find Schönbrunn Palace, I spent a lot of time as a child in the vast gardens of the imperial palace. As a four year old I was relatively unaffected by the fact that I was playing in the garden of the mighty Habsburg dynasty, who […]

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    Nature meets history in Mauterndorf

    Mauterndorf, Salzburgerland, Austria

    “Off the beaten track” has over the years become somewhat of a cliché since there are less a less such places. In Europe anyway. Mauterndorf, however, is not completely run over by large hordes of tourists as many other places in Austria are. Not because of a lack of things to do or see. There […]

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    Historic ramble around Hall in Tyrol

    Hall, Tyrol, Austria

    A little in the shadow of Innsbruck, which is only 10 kilometres further west, Hall does not receive visits to countless busloads with tourists. Something that we appreciated when we strolled around in picturesque Hall. We just love these small historic cities in Austria. The hustle and bustle of daily life, makes Hall much more […]

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    Riegersburg Castle

    Riegersburg castle, Styria, Austria

    From whatever direction you arrive, the Riegersburg Castle firmly stands out sitting on top of a volcanic peak 480 metres above sea-level. Don’t worry the volcano has been extinct a couple of million years. If you love castles and the Middle Age this one is a must visit. Location, location, location The knights of the […]

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