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  • Hiking on Schneeberg in Austria

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    Schneeberg – Family-friendly mountain hiking

    The highest mountain of Lower Austria, Schneeberg (Snow Mountain), with its 2,076-metre (6.811 ft) high summit Klosterwappen, offers family friendly hiking and stunning views. Only about 80 kms (50 mi) from Vienna it’s a popular hiking destination for the Viennese, as well as for travellers. Hence, I boarded the yellow and green salamander train and headed up to Schneeberg. Arriving […]

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  • Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

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    Grandiose Schönbrunn Palace

    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 ruled Austria […]

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  • Grape fun at wine harvest party in Klöch

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    Grape fun at wine harvest party in Klöch

    Once a year in late September, a so-called “pressfest” takes place in the south-eastern Styrian village Klöch. Regional wine farmers showcase their products along with some culinary treats. Everything accompanied by live music and folklore performances. In Klöch they block off the main road and turn 150 meters of the road through the village into […]

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    Schärding – colorful baroque town by the river Inn

    The city’s main attraction is the so-called “Silberzeile” (silver row) at the Stadtplatz. Rows of colourful houses surround Schärding’s main square are its main attraction. In stark contrast to lively summer days, arriving here on a sunny serene November day was a highlight. The mellow light from the low-hanging sun softens the bright colours without […]

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  • Burg Schlaining, Burgenland, Austria

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    Burg Schlaining

    Installing a peace museum and peace institute in a castle is a bit of a contradiction – or maybe not. Notwithstanding, both the castle itself and the Peace Museum are worth a visit if you are in the region. The castle is only a small detour of 20 km off the A2 motorway between Vienna […]

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  • Burg Hochosterwitz, Carinthia, Austria

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    Castle Hochosterwitz

    Already from a distance the formidable medieval fortress gives a powerful impression. Even after driving up the last slopes from the surrounding plain and to the parking lot, the cliff with the castle looms well above you. To get to the castle you can choose between hiking uphill through the 14 castle gates or take […]

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  • Southern Carinthia, Austria

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    Southern Carinthia – Wild, Wet & Wonderful

    Although the region we refer to, Southern Carinthia, is only about 45 x 15 kilometers in size, you can find a multitude of activities and sights. Compared to many other and more well-known regions of Austria, Southern Carinthia is mostly visited by Austrians, Slovenes and Italians, i.e. “locals”. Tourism is kept at a manageable level […]

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  • Weissensee, Carinthia, Austria

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    Weissensee – Hiking and cruising

    The first thing we did was to get an overview and enjoy the first impressions of the Weissensee by taking a cruise on the lake. What immediately struck me when we got out on the water – was the silence. Too often, there is a lot of traffic noise around the lakes, but this time […]

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