Austria

Dürnstein

Me and my lovely companion, Jenny, at the beautiful town of Dürnstein. The town is located in the Wachau Valley, next to the Danube. You can just make out the the ruins of the medieval castle that held Richard the Lionheart (Löwenherz) for a time on his return from the Crusades.

One valuable lesson we learnt here, was to buy something when you see it. Firstly we could not find the stuff we saw here anywhere again, and secondly the ones we did find somewhere else, was more expensive. Go figure!

(Photo by Jack Wright)

Austria: Durnstein

One of the entrances into town, which takes you through the original city walls.

Austria: Durnstein

Everywhere you can see remnants of the original castle and city walls. (Photo by Jennifer Roos)

Austria: Durnstein

The area is well know for its wines, and here a small vineyard can be seen on the outskirts of town. (Photo by Jennifer Roos)

They have a wine call "Ice Vine" (which is one of the items we could not find again) which is made from frozen grapes.

Austria: Durnstein

The architecture is just stunning, as can be seen from this church tower.

Austria: Durnstein

The centre of town is a pedestrian area, so no cars allowed. The architecture and colours are very typical of the other towns we saw.

Austria: Durnstein
Vienna

The Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), which was a must according to a number of people, since the Gustav Klimt painting were displayed there. Well we found the palace and the gardens to be worthwhile seeing, but will stay mum about the paintings. I found that there were a number of paintings from other artists, which appealed a lot more to me than the paintings from Klimt.

Austria: Vienna

The fountain in front of the Russian monument on Schwarzenbergplatz was set up to celebrate the completion of the first pipeline to deliver Vienna's water supply piped directly from the Austrian Alps south of Vienna.

The fountain, known as the Hochstralbrunnen (Jet Fountain), was built in 1873 and is colourfully illuminated at night. The fountain was designed to rise up to 45 meters. Vienna's wind, however, has prohibited the full water pressure from being applied and only a maximum height of 30 meters is reached nowadays.

The monument behind the fountain was set up in 1945 and commemorates the Russian liberation army of World War II.

Austria: Vienna

The St Stephan's cathedral. The architecture is absolutely magnificent. Unfortunately the square is small to be able to stand back far enough to fit the whole church in. (Photo by Jennifer Roos)

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. Founded in 1137 following the Treaty of Mautern, the partially-constructed Romanesque church was solemnly dedicated in 1147 to St. Stephen in the presence of Conrad III of Germany, Bishop Otto of Freising, and other German nobles who were about to embark on the Second Crusade. Although the first structure was completed in 1160, major reconstruction and expansion lasted until 1511, and repair and restoration projects continue to the present day.

Austria: Vienna

The inside of St Stephan's is even more magnificent than the outside. The detailed and intricate sculpture work is just amazing. Unfortunately this photo just can't do it justice.

Austria: Vienna

We did not have a lot of money so we could not afford a car, ths we had to revert to a horse drawn carriage. We had a lovely ride around St Stephan's Platz. (Photo by Driver)

Austria: Vienna

One of the many amazing sculptures found in the city.

Austria: Vienna
Innsbruck

The town of Innsbruck, with which we just fell in love with. It is situated in a valley up in the mountains. Amazing architecture and loads of restaurants and beer houses, and overall just very scenic with a great atmosphere. (Photo by Jennifer Roos)

Austria: Innsbruck

A penny for your thoughts. My lovely companion having a pensive moment overlooking the Inns river.

Austria: Innsbruck

A typical scene from old town Innsbruck. Narrow pedestrian walk ways with various shops and restaurants.

Austria: Innsbruck

And from everywhere you have the breathtaking view of the surrounding snow capped mountains.

Austria: Innsbruck

One of the many restaurants we visited, Elfer House. They had the local band band playing while we enjoyed our meal and drank lots of beer. (Photo by Jennifer Roos)

Austria: Innsbruck

Walking trail up the mountain, which some wise person decided we should take to the cable car. Only a 30min walk they said! Well it was more than a hour and almost straight uphill, and to think that this was not the advance route!

It was however very scenic and tranquil and hopefully it helped with getting rid of all chocolate cakes we had.

Austria: Innsbruck

It did not snow while we were there, but the mountain tops had snow on them, and of course we had to leave our footprints in the snow. Typical tourists!

Austria: Innsbruck

Me throwing snow balls at the camera woman, who still managed to get the snow while dodging the snow balls. (Photo by Jennifer Roos)

Austria: Innsbruck

The camera woman, being not so sure footed on the snow.

Austria: Innsbruck

A breathtaking view from the mountain of the cable car house and restaurant. You can go higher still with another cable car, but it took all my companions courage to get on the first cable car to here, and I did not want to push my luck.

Austria: Innsbruck

The entrance to the Swarovski Gallery. It is supposed to represent the head of a giant which toured the world. Inside the gallery was his gloves, walking stick, and ??

Inside it was a crystal lovers paradise, with various art work using crystals and Swarovski jewellery.

Austria: Innsbruck
Salzburg

When in Rome do like the Romans do! Beer is the national drink and is a lot cheaper than cool drinks! I all fairness to Jenny, I must admit that she's not really a beer drinker, but doesn't she look just like one of the locals!

Austria: Salzburg

A view of the Salzburg Castle from town. Its massive, and you can spend hour wondering through all the nooks and crannies.

The castle of Salzburg or Hohensalzburg Fortress is the mightiest defence building in Central Europe. During its long history, which probably precedes the Medieval building from the 11th century, it was besieged only once. During peasant wars in the 16th century, the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg seeked refuge in the fortress.

Austria: Salzburg

... and it provides a magnificent view of Salzburg.

Austria: Salzburg

Anyone up for drinks and dinner on the river. One of the river boats which has been converted into a restaurant.

Austria: Salzburg

The Saturday farmers market. You could get any kind of fresh produce you can think off. They has a truly mouth watering assortment of berries, meats, and cheeses.

Austria: Salzburg