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Glorious Graz, Austria.

The Forgotten City.

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View from Schlossberg. - Graz

View from Schlossberg. - Graz

Glorious Graz.

We visited Graz in July 2014. This was our second visit to this lovely city and a lot more successful than the first one. Our first visit to Graz was in the 1980s. We had been working in Austria over the summer, then we had purchased a travel card and decided to travel round for a few days. We did not have much money in those days and were supposed to stay with a friend in Graz for one night. However, this arrangement fell through when we got to Graz and we ended up staying with a friend in Vienna. Thus we travelled all the way to Graz only to leave very quickly to go to Vienna. In order to try and see a bit of Graz before going to Vienna we did climb up to the fortress at speed and walk round it at speed. All I remember is being totally exhausted by the end of it.

The Bell Tower - Graz

The Bell Tower - Graz

On our second visit. We stayed overnight in the Ibis Hotel near the station. We walked off to visit the fortress in brilliant sunshine and arrived at the foot of it in torrential rain with no umbrellas, jackets or anything. I thought it would be another disastrous visit, but as quickly as it had appeared the rain disappeared and out came the sun again. We spent a lot of time exploring the fortress hill then headed off to the old town. We visited the town hall, cathedral, glockenspiel, churches, statues, squares, parks and more. My only complaint is that we should have allocated Graz two nights instead of one as it really was a beautiful city with lots to see.

Happy Faces, Graz. - Graz

Happy Faces, Graz. - Graz

In my opinion Graz gets rather overshadowed by more famous Austrian cities such as Vienna, Salzburg. I found it much more pleasant and interesting than either of these places. It deserved to be swarming with tourists but thankfully was not. It had a much more relaxed and easy going feel to it than Vienna or Salzburg. Of the four Austrian cities I have visited I would definitely say Graz is my favourite.

Graz is the second largest city in Austria after Vienna and the capital of the region of Styria. With its six universities, it is known as a student city. In 1999, Graz was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Graz was sole Cultural Capital of Europe for 2003 and got the title of a City of Culinary Delights in 2008.

Schlossberg.

Graz has a hilltop fortress called Schlossberg. Even if you are not into old fortresses, you would probably still love Schlossberg for its beautiful views over Graz. You can gaze over the old town and the Mur River and also over some of Graz's more modern sights. I also liked the lion statues on Schlossberg. There were two worn stone ones near the bell tower and a bronze one on the far side of the Schlossberg, not far from the funicular station. Directions: Take one of the many paths around the castle, or take the lift or steps from Schlossbergplatz, or the Schlossbergbahn from further on up the riverside.

View from Schlossberg - Graz

View from Schlossberg - Graz

View from Schlossberg - Graz

View from Schlossberg - Graz

View from Schlossberg - Graz

View from Schlossberg - Graz

Hanging Gardens - Graz

Hanging Gardens - Graz

Hanging Gardens - Graz

Hanging Gardens - Graz

Tunnels. - Graz

Tunnels. - Graz

More colourful flowers. - Graz

More colourful flowers. - Graz

Clock Tower from Hanging Gardens - Graz

Clock Tower from Hanging Gardens - Graz

Peter with bronze lion statue. - Graz

Peter with bronze lion statue. - Graz

Bronze Lion - Graz

Bronze Lion - Graz

Stone Lions - Graz

Stone Lions - Graz

The Clock Tower - Graz

The Clock Tower - Graz

Part of Fortress - Graz

Part of Fortress - Graz

Statue near Clock Tower - Graz

Statue near Clock Tower - Graz

That Clock Tower Again. - Graz

That Clock Tower Again. - Graz

Stairway up. - Graz

Stairway up. - Graz

The Hauptplatz ­ Main Square.

Graz's Hauptplatz is a wonderful square where you can find Graz's town hall, a bustling market and a lovely fountain. There are many ornate buildings next to the square. Graz Town Hall was initially built in 1550. The original building was quite simple and also acted as a prison. This building was replaced in 1803 by a newer and larger building in the classical style.The current ornate town hall dates from the nineteenth century. In front of the town hall there is a lovely fountain which dates from 1878. This fountain is dedicated to the Styrian prince, Archduke Johann. He lived from 1782 to 1859 and was instrumental in the development of Styria. The prince has four female figures around him. These symbolize the rivers Mur, Enns, Drava and Sann. The Luegg houses next to the Hauptplatz are ornate house with a stuccoed facades. Directions: In the centre of the city, underneath the town hall.

Luegg Houses - Graz

Luegg Houses - Graz

Luegg Houses - Graz

Luegg Houses - Graz

Market - Graz

Market - Graz

Town Hall - Graz

Town Hall - Graz

Fountain. - Graz

Fountain. - Graz

Palais Saurau.

We walked uphill from the Hauptplatz in search of the carving of an armed Turk on the roof of the Palais Saurau. I must admit I walked straight past it first time. It is so high up it is difficult to see and photographing it involves a zoom. Palais Saurau was built in 1566 by Pankraz von Windischgrätz. The Saurau Family have owned this building since 1630. There are different legends about the Turkish carving. One claims that the Turks had captured all of Graz except Schlossberg and a Turkish pasha took over the Palais Saurau. As he sat down to dinner, a cannonball fired from Schlossberg landed on his table destroying his meal. This legend is false as the Turks never controlled Graz, but as they were expanding the Ottoman Empire in places nearby, the people of Graz probably lived in fear of them. That may have inspired the carving.

Palais Saurau

Palais Saurau

Palais Saurau

Palais Saurau

Palais Saurau

Palais Saurau

Graz Cathedral.

Graz Cathedral is also called St. Giles' Cathedral. It was built in 1462 by Friederick III on the site of an earlier Church of St Giles. In 1564 it was made into the court church, and in 1786 the seat of the local Bishops. It is a lovely, peaceful building to visit. Next to the cathedral is the Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II. Address: Burggasse 1. Directions: From the town hall, take a right down Sporgasse, and then right again into Hofgasse. The Cathedral is at the end of the street on your right.

The Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II. - Graz

The Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II. - Graz

The Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II. - Graz

The Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II. - Graz

Graz Cathedral - Graz

Graz Cathedral - Graz

The Burg.

The Burg is just across the road from the cathedral. This building dates from the fifteenth century. The Burg was the official headquarters of the regional government. It is famous for its double spiral staircase ­ the stairway of reconciliation. One person goes one way and the other person the opposite and they meet up on every landing. This stairway dates from 1499. This building also has a statue filled garden with busts of famous Styrians - ­the Styrian Gallery of Honour. Behind it is the lovely Burg Garden. Directions: From the town hall, take a right down Sporgasse, and then another right down Hofgasse. It's on the left side of the road from the Cathedral.

The Stairway of Reconciliation. - Graz

The Stairway of Reconciliation. - Graz

The Stairway of Reconciliation. - Graz

The Stairway of Reconciliation. - Graz

From the Burg Garden - Graz

From the Burg Garden - Graz

From the Burg Garden - Graz

From the Burg Garden - Graz

The Styrian Gallery of Honor - Graz

The Styrian Gallery of Honor - Graz

The Glockenspiel.

In 1884 Gottfried Maurer, a wine merchant, bought a house in Fliegenplatzl Square and decided to have a carillon installed there, because he had enjoyed visiting these on his travels through Belgium and Germany. The carillion played for the first time on Christmas Eve 1905. In 1929 Gottfried Maurer bequeathed the carillon to the city of Graz, on the condition that they kept on playing it. In World War II the bells were taken away and used to make arms, but thankfully they were renewed in 1956. The Graz glockenspiel plays three times a day at 11am, 3pm and 6pm. A man and lady dressed in traditional Styrian national costume come out and dance. Of course, being totally disorganized, we went at the wrong time and did not see the glockenspiel in action. It is located in a pretty square with a cafe. Address: Glockenspielplatz 1. Directions: From Sporgasse, walk down Farbergasse. Keep going until you see the glockenspiel.

Glockenspiel Square - Graz

Glockenspiel Square - Graz

Glockenspiel Square - Graz

Glockenspiel Square - Graz

Glockenspiel Square - Graz

Glockenspiel Square - Graz

Landhaus.

Graz's historic landhaus is located on Herrengasse not far from the town hall. Before the landhaus was built leaders from different parts of Styria used to meet in various castles and monasteries, but they wanted a more permanent venue. In 1557 the Italian architect Domenico dell’Allio started to build the landhaus for this purpose. Even now this building is still the provincial parliament of Styria. This building is beautiful and has a lovely arcaded Renaissance style courtyard. Address: Herrengasse.

The courtyard - Graz

The courtyard - Graz

Faun Statue, Landhaus Courtyard. - Graz

Faun Statue, Landhaus Courtyard. - Graz

Painted Houses.

There are some lovely painted houses on Herrengasse. These buildings were painted for the first time at the beginning of the seventeenth century. At that time the houses were used by the Habsburgs for carrying out their official business. From the year 1600 onwards, a brother of the future emperor Ferdinand II lived in one of these houses. He had it painted by Ferdinand's court painter Giovanni Pietro de Pomis. The Baroque painter Johann Mayer painted the divine frescos here in 1742. The houses changed ownership many times and eventually became the property of a money changer, Franz von Lathurner. He paid the artist Johann Mayer to fresco the façade again. Almost nothing of the original facade remained. Directions: Starts at the central Hauptplatz.

Painted houses - Graz

Painted houses - Graz

Painted houses - Graz

Painted houses - Graz

Painted houses - Graz

Painted houses - Graz

Church of Our Lady of Succor (Mariahilferkirche),

This is a beautiful church on the banks of the Mur River. It faces towards Schlossberg and is near the Mur Insel. There are good views over this church and its square from the Schlossberg.

Church of Our Lady of Succor (Mariahilferkirche), - Graz

Church of Our Lady of Succor (Mariahilferkirche), - Graz

The Mur Insel.

Graz has a mixture of very old and ultra­-modern sights. The alien looking art gallery on the Mur Insel is one of the ultra­-modern ones. The Mur Insel is an artificial island on the Mur River. It is made of metal and glass. There is a cafe inside. Although it is called an island it is more like a ship as it floats, has an anchor and is held in place by the footbridges on each side. It was designed by American artist Vito Acconci when Graz became European City of Culture in 2003. At the time the island was being built, the river was also being cleaned up, so many people of Graz associate the island with getting their lovely river back. Directions: A little way up Lendkai from the Kunsthaus you can find it spanning the river.

The Mur Insel - Graz

The Mur Insel - Graz

The Mur Insel - Graz

The Mur Insel - Graz

Ultra Modern Art Museum - Graz

Ultra Modern Art Museum - Graz

The Volksgarten Graz.

This is a pleasant little park with open green spaces, a pond, a water ­wheel and a Buddhist Peace Pagoda. There is a pretty little church on the edge of the park.

Peace Pagoda, Volksgarten - Graz

Peace Pagoda, Volksgarten - Graz

Volksgarten - Graz

Volksgarten - Graz

Church near Volksgarten - Graz

Church near Volksgarten - Graz

Waterwheel, Volksgarten - Graz

Waterwheel, Volksgarten - Graz

Chinese Pagoda and Mur River. - Graz

Chinese Pagoda and Mur River. - Graz

Pagoda - Graz

Pagoda - Graz

Shop Signs.

Graz had some really great shop signs. I always look for these when I travel in European cities because I find them very creative and interesting. Some of my favourites are shown in the attached photos.

Shop Signs

Shop Signs

When we stayed overnight in Graz we stayed in the Ibis Hotel not far from the railway station.

"Very Handy For The Station" Ibis Graz

We stayed in this hotel for one night in July 2014. The hotel is in a great location when you have just arrived by train. Just exit the main train station and it is right there in front of you. Check ­in was friendly and efficient. Our room was a typical Ibis room. It was clean, basic, but comfortable enough for a short stay. It was nice and quiet and we slept really well here. The hotel is near a Spar Supermarket and a Billa Supermarket. We did not have breakfast at the hotel, but easily bought bread from a nearby bakery and cheese/ cold meat from the nearby Spar. To get to the centre of Graz from the hotel on foot took around 20 minutes. There were various routes. We could have gone by bus as there is a bus station just outside the hotel in front of the train station. There were restaurants not too far from the hotel. Check­out was quick and efficient. I would happily stay here again. Graz turned out to be a much more interesting city than I had expected. There was plenty to see there and it was not overwhelmed by tourists. Address: Europaplatz 12, Graz, Styria, 8020, Austria.

Our Room. - Graz

Our Room. - Graz

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Salzburg, Austria.

The home of Mozart.

View from fortress. - Salzburg

View from fortress. - Salzburg

Salzburg.

First Visit.

I first visited Salzburg on a school trip when I was sixteen years old. The trip was to Salzburg and Venice and was organized by the school choir. Our music teacher lined us up and made us sing in Salzburg Cathedral and in Saint Mark's Cathedral, Venice to test their acoustics. A special experience (especially since I cannot actually sing).

View toards Nonnberg Convent. - Salzburg

View toards Nonnberg Convent. - Salzburg

Other Visits.

I've been back many times. In my younger, poorer days I had the misfortune to visit during the festival twice and ended up sleeping on a train station bench both times as there is no cheap accommodation in Salzburg during festival times. Although most of Salzburg is clean and beautiful, the station still had the biggest rat I have ever seen in my life!!!

This visit.

This trip we slept in a hotel bed. Luxury! We just stayed one night so had two part days. Enough time. Salzburg is beautiful but is certainly not my favourite part of Austria. The fortress is picturesque, the Salzach River is lovely, we enjoyed the Mirabell Gardens, the old town and the Kapuzinerberg.

This is the hotel we stayed in on our last trip. "Short Stay"Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Zentrum.

We stayed in the Star Inn for one night. It took us a while to find the hotel, but the location was good for sightseeing. It was very close to the start of the walk up the Kapuzineberg. It was very close to the Mirabell Gardens and close to the river to cross into the old town. There was a newly opened Billa Box at the end of our street. We each bought a filled roll and a drink for 1Euro 50 cents for breakfast rather than eating in the hotel. Check in was quick, friendly, efficient. We were issued with a city map. The hotel lift was not working when we arrived and we had to carry our luggage upstairs ourselves. The room was spacious and very clean. There was a good choice of TV channels. The free wifi advertised did not work in our room - ­room 209. My husband complained, but the manager was totally unhelpful and just kept saying it did work. My husband ended up both sitting in the lobby and standing in the corridor to access the internet. Not ideal. The hotel was quiet and we slept well. There were plenty of restaurants nearby. The room had no tea/coffee or in room safe. We stayed here in July 2012. Address: Hildmannplatz 5, Salzburg, Salzburg, 5020, Austria.

Kapuzinerberg.

We climbed up Kupuzinerberg for the views over Salzburg, but it is also a lovely place for a walk in its own right. You can either go up by climbing the steep stairs on Steingasse and passing St John's Church or by going up through the doorway at Linzer Gasse 14. This route passes 6 stations of the cross and goes to the Felix Gate. As we climbed up just before leaving for Vienna we did not have time to go all the way to the Franziskischlossl - ­a little castle which is now a restaurant. Next time.

View towards the fortress. - Salzburg

View towards the fortress. - Salzburg

The climb up the Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

The climb up the Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

View from Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

View from Kapuzineberg. - Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens.

These lovely gardens were designed by Fischer von Erlach. There are great views towards the fortress from here. The gardens contain many beautiful flowers, statues, the Pegasus Fountain which featured in The Sound of Music. There is also an interesting dwarf garden and a hedge maze.

Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

Dwarf Garden. - Salzburg

Dwarf Garden. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Mirabell Gardens. - Salzburg

The Pegasus Fountain. - Salzburg

The Pegasus Fountain. - Salzburg

Mozart's Geburtshaus. Mozart's Birthplace

Mozart was born here on the 27th of January 1756. He lived here till he was seven. It is now a museum. I visited it when I came on the school trip. I have not re-visited since so scarcely remember it.

Mozart's birthplace. - Salzburg

Mozart's birthplace. - Salzburg

Getreidgasse.

This street contains Mozart's birthplace, lots of expensive shops and lots of beautiful old signposts. It is jam packed with tourists.

lots of shop signs. - Salzburg

lots of shop signs. - Salzburg

Fiaker. - Salzburg

Fiaker. - Salzburg

The Horse Wash: Pferdeschwemme.

There is a lovely horse washing place with a horse statue and beautiful horse paintings on Sigmundsplatz.

The horsewash. - Salzburg

The horsewash. - Salzburg

Horse paintings. - Salzburg

Horse paintings. - Salzburg

Horse wash. - Salzburg

Horse wash. - Salzburg

HohenSalzburg Fortress.

This building dominates the centre of Salzburg. You can walk here or take the funicular. I have been inside years ago but this time just climbed up to it for the views. There are great views over the city and river from here.

HohenSalzburg Fortress. - Salzburg

HohenSalzburg Fortress. - Salzburg

View from fortress. - Salzburg

View from fortress. - Salzburg

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Reutte in Tirol.

Our Favourite Place in Austria.

View over Reutte on walk up to Urisee. - Reutte

View over Reutte on walk up to Urisee. - Reutte

Reutte in Tirol.

Reutte in Tirol is a special place for my husband and I. We taught there on two summer courses shortly after we met and as part of our teaching duties, we also took the children hiking, thus we learned a lot of the wonderful surrounding walks. We have been to Reutte many, many times. We no longer work there, but go there entirely for pleasure.

How we spend our days in Reutte.

Our trips to Reutte will typically consist of a long walk with stops at any lakes we pass for icy refreshing swims. In the evenings we will down plentiful quantities of wonderful Austrian beers and schnitzels.

Why visit Reutte?

Reutte is often overlooked by tourists as it has a fair bit of industry such as the electricity generating works. It is also used as a base for visiting Fussen and the castles of King Ludvig the second or the Zugspitze Mountain, but it has lots of beautiful scenery and lovely walks and lakes all of its own.

The Town Of Reutte.

Within the town of Reutte itself there are beautiful churches, shrines, fountains, some lovely old painted houses, a museum in the Green House, a beautiful little rose filled park, shops and restaurants.

Reutte's little park - Reutte

Reutte's little park - Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

Reutte War Memorial. - Reutte

Reutte War Memorial. - Reutte

Swim In The Urisee.

The Urisee is a lovely lake that can be reached on foot from the centre of Reutte in around 30 minutes. Head in the direction of Muhl. This lovely lake is wonderful for a cold swim. Or if you are not brave enough, you can walk around and enjoy the scenery. The Urisee Gasthaus next to the lake is available for food and drink. It's very pleasant.

Swim In The Urisee

Swim In The Urisee

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Hiking.

To get the most out of Reutte don't restrict your stay to the town itself, go hiking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Walks vary in difficulty. The scenery is truly marvellous. Our favourite walks include the Frauensee, the Urisee, the Durrenberger Alm, the Plansee and the Heiterwanger See.

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Climb The Durrenberger Alm.

We have climbed up to the heutte on this alm many times, but it is getting more difficult as we get older and less fit. The climb is steep, hard work but lovely. The views from the heutte are stunning and we usually celebrate our arrival with beer for hubby and buttermilk for me. Check next to the Urisee to see when ruhetag (closed day) is so you won't be disappointed.

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls.

These waterfalls are about 30 minutes walk from the centre of Reutte in the direction of Muhl. Nowadays you get there by walking along the side of the electricity works. It looks like it will be horrible, then you are past the works and surrounded by beautiful Alpine scenery. There are several falls. The smaller ones are near each other. The bigger one is further on and nowadays it normally has people on some sort of outward bound course leaping in from the cliff above the waterfall's pool. The pools the waterfalls flow into are swimmable but ice cold. In our youth we used to take a dip in one for around 30 seconds at the start of our holiday in order to make all the other lakes seem warm by comparison.

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee.

You can walk to these lakes from Reutte by continuing on past the waterfalls. It is around another 30/40 minutes from the waterfalls to the Plansee lake. I love the walk along the lakes' edges from the Plansee to the Heiterwangersee with their steep mountains and clear blue waters. At the Plansee there is a kiosk for snacks and drinks, a gasthaus for meals and a grassy area where you can sunbathe between swims. There is a boat which can take you from the Plansee to the Heiterwangersee. From Heiterwang you can walk back to Reutte in a couple of hours or, if you are feeling lazy, take the train. At the Heiterwangersee you can take an icy dip. There is a campsite by the lake and a gasthaus. The town of Heiterwang is around 15 minutes walk from the lake. Heiterwang has a lovely church.

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

Heiterwang And Around.

The Heiterwang area is very pretty and picturesque with its towering, steep mountains and the lovely lake. The town of Heiterwang is pretty but there is not much to do there.

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

There are several castles and remains in Reutte. The Klause is a kind of gatehouse below the Ehrenberg. It used to have a gasthaus there. We did not go this year but got talking to someone who mentioned visiting the museum there, so it may be fairly different from our last visit. The Klause and Erhenberg host a mediaeval festival each July. There is music, food, people in mediaeval costumes, exhibitions of craft etc. The Ehrenberg ruins are worth the climb and there are good views from there. Schlosskopf is high up and while it is worth seeing and the views are great. It is quite a trek. We have only been to it once. Fort Claudia we have not visited yet.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Frauensee.

To get to this lovely mountain lake, walk from Reutte to Lechashau then head towards Wangle. Before Wangle head off to the right. It is signposted. There is a steep route to the lake up a hill or a gentler route up the road. There is a new gasthaus by the lake. There were signs up this year saying you have to pay for a swim. This has not been the case in the last few years. We did not pay and no-one asked us to. I think they were not expecting anyone to be mad enough to swim on the dull day we went.

The Frauensee

The Frauensee

Stroll By The Sides Of The River Lech.

There is a lovely walk along the Lech River. This river is very swift moving and freezing cold. It runs through the centre of town and it is possible to stroll along its banks. In the evening by the water, beware of the horseflies though, they can give you a nasty bite and they are very irritating.

Duck, Reutte in Tirol.

Duck, Reutte in Tirol.

Stroll By The Sides Of The River Lech

Stroll By The Sides Of The River Lech

Cable Car In Hofen.

Walk to Hofen via Wangle or take the bus from Reutte and you can take the cable car up to the Alpine garden. The views from the top are lovely. I'll have to scan photos later as we did not do it this time.

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Visit Wangle.

This lovely village can be combined with the cable car or the Frauensee. It has a wonderful old atmospheric church with lovely paintings and a serene, peaceful atmosphere. Wangle also has a gasthaus which does good food and drinks.

Visit Wangle

Visit Wangle

Visit Wangle

Visit Wangle

Festivals: Ritterfest.

Every summer a mediaeval festival takes place next to the castle on the Ehrenberg. It is quite entertaining to visit with mediaeval food, mediaeval music, knights fencing, re-enactments of battles, traditional crafts etc. Sadly we have had the misfortune of staying next door to the performing bands in our bed and breakfast on two occasions. I say misfortune as they make rather noisy neighbours!!!!!!

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Traditional Festivals.

Austrians love any excuse to wear their traditional clothes, play their traditional music, drink large quantities of traditional beer and eat lots of traditional big greasy sausages. Such events are fun to watch and once you are there it would just be rude not to join in on the beer and sausage front.

Traditional Festivals

Traditional Festivals

Places to stay and places to eat.

Hotel Das Beck: Great Stay in Central Location.

We first stayed in Hotel das Beck around 9 years ago and were pleased and surprised to find the family who run this hotel still remembered us. Das Beck is well situated in the centre of Reutte. There are restaurants, shops and supermarkets nearby. The restaurant in the hotel itself is also good, The Beck family who run the hotel are friendly and hospitable. Check in was quick and pleasant and we were issued with Aktiv cards which provide free bus transport to Fussen/ King Ludvig's castles and other routes. They also provide access to a free Tyrolean evening and discount on the cable car in Hofen. We did not use ours as we go to Reutte to hike and swim, but they are an excellent idea. Our room was clean and comfortable. We had a lovely balcony with a table and two seats. There is no fridge/ tea/coffee/ or in room safe. The bed was comfortable. The hotel although central is quiet. We slept very well. Breakfast was good. There was a boil your own egg boiler, which amused all children visiting, bread, bread rolls, a toaster, a selection of cheeses, a selection of cold meat, jams, honey, cereal, cakes. Coffee and tea are brought to the table and
more was offered. There were several delicious fruit juices, too. I thought the breakfast was very good. I would happily stay here again. Address: Untermarkt 11, Reutte, 6600, Austria

The Eidelweiss: Great Place For A Meal Or A Drink.

This was the first restaurant I ever went to in Reutte. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas. It is a local rather than touristy place. The food and drink are good and the staff are pleasant. I had a great champignon schnitzel with rice and peas, my husband had weiner schnitzel. Very good.

Great Place For A Meal Or A Drink.

Great Place For A Meal Or A Drink.

The Goldener Krone: An Old Friend.

This restaurant is a firm favourite of ours. It has remained unchanged over the years, We were even served by the same waitress as always. Daily specials on the board. Note they stop serving food around 8pm and will turn you away if you come too close to this time. I had a great nature schnitzel here.

An Old Friend

An Old Friend

Vils.

View from our bed and breakfast in Vils. - Vils

View from our bed and breakfast in Vils. - Vils

Vils is near Reutte. We once stayed in a B&B there rather than in Reutte itself. Vils is a village in Austria not far from the German border. It is a small place and there is not a huge amount to do there, but it is a good base for exploring Fussen and Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. The best way to explore would be by car but there is a bus service into Fussen and a train service into Germany via Pfronten and to the nearest large Austrian town - Reutte in Tirol.

Haystacks in Vils. - Vils

Haystacks in Vils. - Vils

Oh that factory.

Although Vils is surrounded by beautiful Alpine scenery, Vils has a huge unsightly cement factory slap bang in the middle of it. Having been there a few times I have become immune to it and scarcely notice it, but it probably accounts for the small numbers of tourists here.

What's in Vils?

There is a lovely church and graveyard in Vils, a chained eagle fountain, and a small ruined castle on the hill. There are many walks from Vils, but we always do the walk across the German border to the Alatsee for a swim. Then walk from there into Fussen via an area with bathing lakes, tennis courts, ski slopes etc.

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle.

There is only really a tower left on the hillside. The castle was once used by mad King Ludvig the second. From the bottom of the hill to the ruin is about a 20 minute walk. While there is not much of the castle left, there are fantastic views over Vils from the foot of the ruin. I found the inside of the tower rather creepy. I kept hearing things move, which was probably only raindrops dripping down from the trees, but it was rather disturbing.

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The lovely Church of Maria Himmelfahrt is in the middle of Vils. It has many beautiful paintings inside. Outside there is a well-kept and interesting graveyard, a war memorial and a beautifully painted house.

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Chained Eagle Fountain.

I thought this fountain was quite cute so took a photo of it. I am not sure if it is supposed to represent something or if it is just a pretty fountain. It is certainly a welcome sight on a hot summers day when you want to splash some water on your face in order to cool down

The Chained Eagle Fountain

The Chained Eagle Fountain

Vils Museum.

We noticed there was a museum in the Little Castle in Vils, but we did not visit it. Neither of us are very interested in museums, though we both like to visit old castles. Vils is more about scenery than sights as well as just being a very peaceful place to be.

Vils Museum

Vils Museum

The Alatsee.

This lake is actually just across the border in Germany. You can walk to it in about 50 minutes from Vils Station. You can then continue on into Fussen from there. The area around the Alatsee has lots of sporting facilities: swimming, jogging, cycling, tennis, crazy golf, skiing.

We spend our days walking and swimming in Vils. - Vils

We spend our days walking and swimming in Vils. - Vils

View Over Town On Walk Back From Station.

There is a good view over the town when you walk back from the station. The church is very impressive in my opinion and the background scenery is magnificent. You cannot really go wrong for a wonderful photograph in the Tirol. just pick up your camera and point at anything. There are mountains, trees, flowers, lakes churches and lovely wooden houses everywhere.

View Over Town On Walk Back From Station

View Over Town On Walk Back From Station

The Schwarzer Adler: "Friendly place, good food."

The Schwarzer Adler had a friendly barmaid, good beer and good food. We had excellent weiner scnitzel and cordon bleu here. Like everywhere in Austria it was very clean and very comfortable. The food was freshly prepared and the beer was lovely and cold. Perfect after a long, long walk home. Directions: In the centre of Vils.

In Vils we stayed in a B&B. Our bed and breakfast owners had rather a large (and very friendly dog) that took a shine to my husband.

Mad dog alert. - Vils

Mad dog alert. - Vils

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Vienna, Austria.

Almost our third home.

Fiaker taking tourists round the city - Vienna

Fiaker taking tourists round the city - Vienna

"Vienna"

Vienna is a city we visit frequently. My husband's mother was Viennese and when he was at university, he spent a gap year living and working in Vienna. It is a city he knows well, so I almost never research it before going there and our daily plans are generally handed over to him. We don't always look at Vienna; we're often too busy meeting Peter's relatives or some of his old friends. Some visits are a bit different. We stop for longer and take in a few of the sights.

Here are some of Vienna's main sights. St Stefan's Dom, ­ Vienna's impressive cathedral, lies at the touristic centre of Vienna with many of its other attractions, such as: the town hall, the opera, the art museum, the natural history museum, the Hofburg located on the ring road that circles around St Stephan's. Vienna is also famous for the Danube River, the Prater Amusement Park with its famous Riesenrad or Big Wheel and its stunning palaces. There are many statues of composers ­such as: Mozart, Strauss, Brahms, Hayden, ­scattered around. This is ­ a clear reflection of Austria's rich musical history.

The Goose Girl Fountain - Vienna

The Goose Girl Fountain - Vienna

Day Trips.

Vienna is also a good location for day trips to other countries. The easiest to do is probably to go to Bratislava either by boat or train. However, Sopron in Hungary and Znojmo in the Czech Republic are not too far away either.

Things to do.

Stefan's Dom: St. Stephen's Cathedral.

This huge building dominates the centre of Vienna. It is hard to fit into a photo! I have been inside once and remember it has a very dark interior. This year we just looked from the outside. There are some lovely carvings on the outside walls. The cathedral dates from 1147. The cathedral was badly damaged in the second world war, but the south tower survived intact and is seen as a symbol of the indestructibility of the Viennese.

Exterior Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

Exterior Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

Stefan's Dom. - Vienna

The Graben.

The Graben ­ is a large square near the cathedral which is lined with shops and restaurants and dominated by a very over the top plague column. This was built by Emperor Leopald I in gratitude for his survival of the 1679 plague. The Graben like most of Vienna causes you to have a craned neck as you stare at all the wonderful facades of the buildings. The elegant girl facade from a building on the Graben remind me very much of a Mucha painting.

The Graben. - Vienna

The Graben. - Vienna

Beautiful facade. - Vienna

Beautiful facade. - Vienna

Many sights are located on Vienna's famous Ring.

Belvedere Palace: Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna.

The Belvedere ­consists of two wonderful palaces: ­the Upper and Lower Belvedere. They were built in the 18th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and designed by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt. The Upper Belvedere houses a collection of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day. Its most famous exhibits are Gustav Klimt's golden pictures: The Kiss and Judith. The Lower Belvedere contains Prince Eugene's living quarters and state rooms. The magnificent gardens of the Belvedere with its statues and fountains can be visited free of charge. We did not visit the interiors of the palaces, but spent a couple of enjoyable hours wandering around the stunning gardens. This palace is not far from the Soviet War Memorial and not far from our favourite Vienna hotel ­- Hotel am Konzerthaus, so we regularly visit. The gardens are free entry and are a great place to sit in or to enjoy a stroll through. Both the upper and lower Belvedere are open from 10am to 6pm (the Lower is open till 9pm on Wednesdays). Admission to both sights on a combined ticket costs 13.50 Euros, the Upper Belvedere alone costs 9.50 Euros, the Lower Belvedere alone costs 9.50 Euros. Address: Prinz Eugen­Straße 27, 1030 Wien.

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

Beautiful palace and gardens in centre of Vienna - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

Fountains at the Belvedere Gardens. - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Palace and Gardens - Vienna

The Belvedere Palace and Gardens - Vienna

Stad Park.

The Stad Park is a pleasant green space just off the ring. It is famous for its statue of Strauss which has a constant flow of tourists posing for photos with it. On one of our visits, the Strauss statue was being repaired but they placed a temporary one there for tourists. The park also has a lake and several other statues such as Schubert and Schindler. The beautiful Kur Salon overlooks the park. The park has some cafes and restaurants.

The famous Strauss Monument is now back in place and looking good. The Johann Strauss Monument was created in 1921 by Austrian sculptor Edmund Hellmer. The Stadtpark was created between 1858 and 1862 on some of the land made available when Vienna's medieval walls were finally demolished. It is a great place for a walk, a seat in the sun or a sausage snack bought from a van. It has flowers, ponds, statues and a restaurant. The Wienfluss or Vienna River cuts through the park. The largest building in the Stadtpark is the Kursalon. This was built in 1867. It was meant to be a spa pavilion, but was soon used as a concert hall. One of my favourite monuments in the park is the Vogeltränkebrunnen - ­ Birdbath fountain ­ a small fountain with penguins created in 1953 by Mario Petrucci.

Temporary Strauss Monument - Vienna

Temporary Strauss Monument - Vienna

Strauss's note. - Vienna

Strauss's note. - Vienna

Salzstangerl and almdudler in the park. - Vienna

Salzstangerl and almdudler in the park. - Vienna

Birdbath Fountain. Penguins in the park! - Vienna

Birdbath Fountain. Penguins in the park! - Vienna

Altes Rathaus: The town hall.

This lovely building is one of the many sights on the ring. There is an outdoor restaurant area (for two months during the film festival) in front of it with all sorts of lovely food and drink. There are also some pretty gardens.

Rose Garden and Town Hall - Vienna

Rose Garden and Town Hall - Vienna

The Rahaus. - Vienna

The Rahaus. - Vienna

Volksgarten.

I love this pretty park located near the Burg theatre. As well as being pretty itself, it also has great views towards other buildings such as the parliament and Burg Theatre. It has wonderful rose gardens and ponds. This is a beautiful area with lovely buildings and statues. It is a great place to take a stroll and is filled with lots of interesting things to photograph. We have been here many times and generally manage to spot something new each time we visit here. It is free to visit. This year when I went over to the pond to take a photo I discovered a mother duckling sitting with all her babies. Ohhhhhh! No wonder I always want to come back.

The Volksgarten. - Vienna

The Volksgarten. - Vienna

Volksgarten. - Vienna

Volksgarten. - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

the Burgtheater - Vienna

the Burgtheater - Vienna

Carving on lampost outside the <br />Burgtheater - Vienna

Carving on lampost outside the
Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

The Burgtheater - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Rose Garden and Museums - Vienna

Summer Roses - Vienna

Summer Roses - Vienna

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

The Volksgarten Yet Again

Karlskirche.

Karlskirche is a baroque church on Karlsplatz. It is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo, a counter-reformer of the sixteenth century.

Karl's Kirche - Vienna

Karl's Kirche - Vienna

Hofburg, Hofgarten and Spanish Riding School.

The Hofburg is a Habsburg palace in Vienna. Until 1918 this was the heart of the Viennese monarchy. Next to it you can find the Hofgarten and the Spanish Riding School. The Spanish Riding School is a traditional riding school for the beautiful white Lipizzan horses.

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Near the Spanish Riding School. - Vienna

Interesting facade. - Vienna

Interesting facade. - Vienna

The Soviet War Memorial.

The Soviet War Memorial is situated on Schwarzenbergplatz. Schwarzenbergplatz is a square located between the Vienna Ring and the Belvedere Palace. This square is named after Prince Karl Philipp of Schwarzenberg. There is a statue of him riding a horse at the north of the square. This dates from 1867. A huge fountain is located on this square. It is called the Hochstrahlbrunnen meaning high jet fountain. It was built in 1873 when Vienna's water supply system was finally finished. There are three hundred and sixty­-five small jets at the edge of the fountain, one for each day of the year. These jets surround seven islands with jets representing the days of the week. Twelve larger jets stand for the months of the year, twenty­-four more symbolize the hours of the day and thirty other jets represent the days of the month. The huge central jet stands for the year.

On one of our visits here a rather attractive young lady suddenly ripped off all her clothes and walked naked round the edge of this fountain. Presumably this was for some kind of dare. Behind the Hochstrahlbrunnen is the Denkmal der Roten Armee or Red Army Memorial which was erected in 1946 by the Soviet Army. The Soviets occupied a sector of Vienna from the end of the Second World War until 1955. My mother-­in-­law was living in the Russian Sector of Vienna at the end of the war. The Red Army Memorial is made up of a semi­-circular colonnade. In its centre there is a 66 foot high column. At the top of the column stands a twelve metre statue of a Soviet soldier. On the edge of the square there is a striking building with gold sculptures on its walls. This is the French Embassy, which was built between 1904 and 1912 by French architect Georges Chedanne. Address: Belvedere Schlossgarten, 1030 Wein.

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

Fountain and Red Army Memorial. - Vienna

French Embassy - Vienna

French Embassy - Vienna

Looking towards French Embassy

Looking towards French Embassy

The Parliament.

The Austrian Parliament Building is an impressive looking building located on the ring. It is where the two houses of the Austrian Parliament carry out their sessions. The parliament building was completed in 1883. It was designed by Theophil Hansen. It was badly damaged during World War II, but has been restored. The Pallas Athena fountain stands in front of the parliament's main entrance. This was also built by Hansen. It was completed in 1902.

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Parliament - Vienna

The Museums Quarter.

To be honest I do not often go to museums. I enjoy them if I am in the right mood or they are about something I am especially interested in. The Museums Quarter in Vienna is home to many museums, but I associate it with the two huge baroque buildings that face each other. One is the Museum of Natural History and the other is the Museum of Fine Arts. Surprisingly enough for me I have actually been to both, but long ago. Nowadays I just enjoy viewing them from the outside and admire the sculptures and fountains in between them. Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien.

Museum in the Museum Quarter - Vienna

Museum in the Museum Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

The Museums Quarter - Vienna

Other Sights.

Schönbrunn Palace.

Schonbrunn Palace is well worth a visit. Get there taking the U4 line to Schonbrunn. Schonnbrunn is a beautiful imperial palace which was once home to Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth and Empress Maria Theresa. Wandering around the gardens is free. Have a look at the beautifully landscaped lawns, the many statues and fountains. Wander up to the Gloriette for magnificent views over the palace complex. There is an entry fee to go inside the palace building (a whole range of different tours and prices) or visit some of the sights on its grounds.

For example:

The Children's Museum, open 10am to 5pm entry adults Euro 6.50, children Euro 4,90.
The Privy Garden open 9am to 5pm adults Euro 2, chidren Euro 1,40.
The Gloriette open 9am to 6pm adults Euro 2, chidren Euro 1,40.
The Maze open 9am to 6pm adult Euro 2.90, children Euro1,70.
There is also a zoo on the grounds.
Address: the summer­ residence of the emperor.

My husband at the Gloriette - Vienna

My husband at the Gloriette - Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace - Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace - Vienna

Main fountain at Schonbrunn - Vienna

Main fountain at Schonbrunn - Vienna

Donau Canal.

For something a little different you may want to try the graffitti walk along the Donau Canal. We began near Schweden Place where there are boat trips and cafes/restaurants overlooking the canal. There is also a city beach with deck chairs on sand next to some of the cafes. We only walked as far as the former Urania Cinema which is now a restaurant overlooking the Donau Canal, too. Some of the graffitti is really quite artistic. We passed an artist who was displaying some of her creations and working on others. There were also several people sketching the scenery.

Graffitti - Vienna

Graffitti - Vienna

Graffitti tourism - Vienna

Graffitti tourism - Vienna

towards the Ukrania building. - Vienna

towards the Ukrania building. - Vienna

boat trips - Vienna

boat trips - Vienna

Artist at work. - Vienna

Artist at work. - Vienna

Gasometer.

I was interested in visiting this sight because I like to see old buildings, which are no longer used for their original purpose, used for something else rather than demolished. Gasometer is basically four disused gas works towers which have been converted into commercial and residential premises. Each tower was designed by a different architect and while they are the same on the outside, they are very different on the inside.

We could only see the towers from the bottom. The top parts have been made into offices and flats. Tower A was mainly devoted to shopping, tower B was a bit of a building site, tower C was my favourite ­- very sci fi inside, tower D housed a gym and fitness centre. The four blocks are connected by walkways which was handy in the pouring rain. We visited on a Sunday when most things inside the blocks were closed. We quite liked the walk of stars on the floors throughout the building showing the hand and foot prints of famous people such as Slade, Katie Melua, Deep Purple and many others. My husband, who is half Viennese, remembers the towers from his youth when he thinks they were actually cooling towers. His relatives lived in Simmering at the time. The towers have also housed raves due to their powerful acoustics. Get here by taking the train to Gasometer Station.

Gasmeter. - Vienna

Gasmeter. - Vienna

Inside C Block. - Vienna

Inside C Block. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral.

We passed this beautiful Russian church many times on the train then finally got off to have a look. It is located in Rennweg. Very beautiful.

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

Saint Nicholas's Cathedral. - Vienna

The Secession Building.

I noticed a strange looking building with an ornate golden dome when we were out walking. We went to investigate and found that it was the Vienna Secession Building. The Vienna Secession Building was built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich for exhibitions of the Vienna Secession group. The Secession Group was formed in 1897 by a group of Austrian artists who resigned from the Association of Austrian Artists, because they objected to the conservatism of the Vienna Künstlerhaus. Members of this group included Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Max Kurzweil, Wilhelm Bernatzik and Otto Wagner. Address: Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Wien.

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

OutsideThe Secession Building - Vienna

OutsideThe Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Secession Building - Vienna

The Old Danube.

The Old Danube or Alte Donau is a former branch of the River Danube that got separated from the river when it changed course. It is a great place to go swimming. You can pay to go into a bathing area with facilities such as toilets, changing rooms. Some have swimming pools and other sporting facilities too. Or, like us, you can just swim for free off a flat grassy area. We both love swimming and as, for a change, our visit to Vienna coincided with sunny weather we had a lovely time swimming here. Across from the Old Danube swimming area there is a lovely park next to the Danube Tower. It had flowers, lakes and sculptures of famous Latin American leaders. There were play facilities for children, including rides on models of jungle animals. It was next door to one of the prettiest Chinese restaurants I've ever seen too.

The lake. - Vienna

The lake. - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Chinese Restaurant - Vienna

Chinese Restaurant - Vienna

The Danube Tower - Vienna

The Danube Tower - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube. - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube. - Vienna

Roses in the park - Vienna

Roses in the park - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Swimming in the old Danube - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile.

Linke Wienzeile is a street that runs along the left bank of the Vienna River. The wonderful Naschmarkt is located here with its great selection of food stalls and restaurants. The street is also lined with some stunning buildings. Some of these are the work of Otto Wagner, the secessionist architect. Otto Koloman Wagner was born in Vienna in 1841. He was an Austro­-Hungarian architect and urban planner who contributed many landmarks to Vienna including the Stadtbahn. He died in 1918. Majolikahaus was one of Wagner's buildings. It is at 40 Linke Wienzeile. Adjacent to it is Wienzeile 38 which was also designed by by Otto Wagner. The Majolikahaus was built in 1898. It is covered in flowery ceramic tiles by Alois Ludwig. Number 38 Linke Wienzeile was also built in 1898. It has golden ornaments by Koloman Moser. The sculptures on the roof are known as the Callers. They are by Othmar Schimkowitz. Other buildings on Linke Wienzeile also reflect the secessionist style. As I walked along Linke Wienzeile I could not stop noticing the wonderful details that adorned so many of the buildings there. It was a great street to stroll along if you like
architecture or are interested in the details of buildings. These included wonderfully carved faces, carved animals, art noveau style balconies, patterned tiles.

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Majolikhaus by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Majolikhaus by Otto Wagner - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

The Naschmarkt - Vienna

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Wienzeile 38 by Otto Wagner - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

One of the callers, Linke Wienzeile 38 - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

Linke Wienzeile - Vienna

The Apollo Kino.

When we left Linke Wienzeile, we headed towards Mariahilfer Strasse. We passed an interesting building housing the Apollo Kino. The Apollo Kino is a cinema in the sixth district of Vienna. It is located in an Art Deco building. It was originally opened in 1929 as a theatre that could seat 1,500 people. Today, it is a multi­screen cinema which has 12 screens and can seat 2,160 people.

The Apollo Kino - Vienna

The Apollo Kino - Vienna

Street Signs.

I absolutely love shop signs. This sign for a tobacconist's was one of my favourites. It reminded me very much of the kind of meerschaum pipes they sell in Turkey. I thought it was extremely impressive.

Street Signs

Street Signs

Street Signs

Street Signs

Friendensreich Hundertwasser.

Friendensreich Hundertwasser was a famous Viennese architect with a unique style. There are lots of sights in Vienna connected to him.

Hundertwasser Krawinahaus.

Friendensreich Hundertwasser designed the Krawinahaus as a residential building using his philosophical principles such as: no straight lines; a tree for every resident; lots of windows; uneven floors. The building is actually very beautiful and photogenic. As it is residential you cannot go inside. The building contains a cafe and a little shop. Directly across the road from the Krawinahaus is the Hundertwasser Village. There is also a fairly good bakery selling food and drink close to the Krawinahaus. To get to the Hundertwasser Haus you can take tram 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Hundertwasser Haus stop. We took the U1 underground line to Schweden Platz, then caught the line 1 tram from just outside. Underground line U4 also goes to Schwedenplatz, too.

detail of the Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

detail of the Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus - Vienna

Hundertwasser Village.

Directly across from the Hundertwasser Haus is the Hundertwasser Village. This is a shopping mall created in the Hundertwasser style. It is beautiful inside with uneven floors, colourful oddly shaped pillars, uneven stairs, tiles. The shops inside sell artworks and souvenirs. There is also a cafe bar. The building even has a toilet of modern art,­ entry 60 cents. The mirrors and tiles inside the toilet are quite pretty. To get here you can take tram 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Hundertwasser Haus stop. We took the U1 underground line to Schweden Platz then caught the line 1 tram from there.

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

My husband in the Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

toilet of modern art - Vienna

toilet of modern art - Vienna

Inside Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

Inside Hundertwasser Village - Vienna

Inside the toilet of modern art - Vienna

Inside the toilet of modern art - Vienna

Hudertwasser Kunst Haus Museum.

To get here take tram line 1 in the direction of the Prater and get off at Redetsky Place. The Hundertwasser Kunst Haus Museum is a couple of minutes walk from the stop. The Hundertwasser Krawinahaus and Hundertwasser Village are 5 minutes walk away. The museum is open from 10am to 7pm every day, entry is 9 Euro for adults; 12 Euro to include permenant and temporary exhibitions. We did not go to the exhibitions. We just looked at the front of the building and visited the cafe/restaurant and shop.

My husband outside Hundertwasser Kunst Haus Museum - Vienna

My husband outside Hundertwasser Kunst Haus Museum - Vienna

My husband in the garden at the museum - Vienna

My husband in the garden at the museum - Vienna

Uneven floors at museum - Vienna

Uneven floors at museum - Vienna

In the museum - Vienna

In the museum - Vienna

Fernewarm.

We discovered Hundertwasser in our visit last year so this year we went to see an electricity works which he designed. Hard to make such a building interesting or attractive but I think he managed it. There was a visitor centre that houses exhibitions but it was closed during our visit. It seemed to close around 3pm most days.

Entrnce to Fernewarm. - Vienna

Entrnce to Fernewarm. - Vienna

Fernewarm - Vienna

Fernewarm - Vienna

Fernewarm. - Vienna

Fernewarm. - Vienna

Let's Raise a Glass of Wine and Say Cheers to Vienna.

Grinzing.

Grinzing is a pretty village set in the middle of Vienna’s vineyards. It is famous for its heuriger – restaurants serving new wine. These are very popular with tourists and many have musical shows in the evenings. Restaurants hang branches of pine over their doorways to indicate that they sell wine. You can get here on tram number 38. I liked the heuriger which displayed wines created for different famous people in its window. One displayed a Hong Kong flag and I wondered if it was owned by a Hong Kong family.

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Grinzing - Vienna

Cobenzl.

Cobenzl can be reached from Grinzing on bus 38A. There is a palace here with a Princess Diana statue. Cobenzl is surrounded by vineyards and has good views over Vienna.

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Cobenzl - Vienna

Kahlenberg.

Kahlenberg can be reached from Grinzing on bus 38A. It is 484m high, set in the midst of the Vienna Woods and famous for its views. Unfortunately for us, the views were not clear when we visited. There is a café, souvenir shop and church here. It is the starting point for various walks.

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

Kahlenberg - Vienna

.Here are some reviews I have written of hotels we have stayed in - Vienna Hotels.

Mercure Josefshof Hotel.

We recently spent three nights in the Mercure Josefshof Hotel, Vienna. The hotel is in an excellent location for sightseeing being almost on Vienna's famous ring. However, it is located up a small side street ensuring it is nice and quiet at night. To get there we took the schnellbahn from the airport to the Prater Station then changed to the U2 line and got off at Rathaus Station. You will arrive on the opposite side of the road from the rathaus. If you are facing the rathaus go right, you will cross Josef's Strasse then arrive at a smaller lane called Josef's Gasse. The hotel is on this lane. Check in was friendly and efficient. Free maps and tourist leaflets were given to us without us having to ask. Our room was on the top floor of the hotel so had characterful sloping ceilings. The room was clean and comfortable. We had quite a large balcony with a table and chairs where we occasionally sat to enjoy the rain!!! The room had an in­room safe, plenty of storage space, no tea/coffee making facilities. There were some handy heated pipes in the bathroom for drying our wet clothes. The hotel had a restaurant which we did not use. There were plenty of places to eat nearby. We did not track down a nearby supermarket, though there may have been one we missed. Our bed was very comfortable and we always had a good night's sleep. Internet access was free in the hotel for the first 72 hours of your stay, i.e. our whole stay. Just ask for a password downstairs at reception. However, the service was a bit unreliable; it came and went. Whenever we went down and complained, reception tried very hard to remedy the problem. They claimed they were intending to improve their system. Check­out was quick and efficient and the bill was correct. I would happily stay here again. Stayed July 2011.

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Our Lovely Room - Vienna

Hotel Konzerthaus, Vienna: Extremely Comfortable Stay.

We recently spent two nights at the Hotel Konzerthaus Vienna. To reach the hotel from the airport travel to Wien Mitte either by CAT or Schnell Bahn, then change to the U4 line and travel one stop to Stad Park. Exit the Johannesgasse exit, turn left onto Am Heumarkt, cross the road and go right the hotel is only five minutes walk away. When we checked in, the man on reception was very welcoming, friendly and helpful, giving us a free city map, tourist leaflets and offering information about what to see and how to get around. Our room was on the fourth floor it was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in, so comfortable it was tempting to go to sleep for two whole days!! The room also had tea/coffee making facilities and an in room safe. Small bottles of l'occitane shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and shower gel were provided in the bathroom together with soap, cotton wool, cotton buds, a nail file and a shower cap. The room had lots of storage space. We did not eat at the hotel, but it did have a restaurant and bar. There were two supermarkets very close to the hotel. Walk back towards the Stadt Park underground and follow the signs to the Spar. There was a Billa further along the same street. There were several restaurants on Am Heumarkt and more in the Stadt Park. If you went out the hotel and went the opposite way from the Stadt Park you could quickly reach the Ring and were within very easy walking distance to the Opera, Albertina, Karl's Kirche, the fountain to the Russian heroes and the Belvedere. The location of the hotel was excellent for sightseeing. Our room had an air-­conditioner. Internet access was free and the connection was very reliable in our room. Computers and a printer were provided downstairs (I assume free of charge, though we did not use them). I would be delighted to stay here again and heartily recommend it.

Hotel am Konzerthaus, Vienna: Second Great Stay.

We stayed in the Hotel am Konzerthaus for the second time this summer. The hotel is in an excellent location. It is close to Wein Mitte S­bahn, U­bahn (less than10 mins away). It is close to Stadtpark u­bahn (5 mins way) and Karlkirche u­bahn (10 minutes away). The hotel is excellent for exploring sights on the ring. It is easy to walk to the Stadtpark, Karlskirche, the Russian fountain, Belvedere Palace etc. There is a Spar and a Billa supermarket near the hotel (both on a street behind -­ the Spar is signposted). There are restaurants nearby, Check in was very friendly (same man who checked us in last year). Our room was clean and comfortable, We had tea/coffee making facilities ­ quite a good selection of teas were provided. We had an in­room safe and a fridge/minibar. We did not eat breakfast at the hotel. It was pretty expensive at 18 Euros per person. We just bought stuff from the Spar instead. We did use the hotel bar which was small, nicely decorated and staffed by pleasant, friendly staff. The room was lovely and quiet and we slept well. The hotel provided free internet and it worked well. Check out was quick and efficient. Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple.

Mercure Wien Westbahnhof: Very Comfortable Stay.

We stayed in this hotel for two nights in July 2014. We had booked a suite. This was on a high floor with only one other bedroom on that floor. We had a clean bathroom, a little sitting area with TV, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, safe. Our bedroom was very clean and comfortable. Our room was so nice, it even seemed a shame to go out. Breakfast at this hotel was very good with fresh bread rolls, cheeses, cold meats, hot food, cereal, fruit, salads. Coffee was from a machine that made lots of different types of coffees and was very good. There was also a good selection of teas.

The hotel location is very convenient for the Westbahnhof Station. There were restaurants nearby as well as in the hotel itself. There were lots of supermarkets nearby. We walked into the ring area in about 20 minutes. Our room was really quiet at night and we slept really well. We were entitled to a free drink in the hotel bar as Accor members. I had a glass of wine and my husband had a beer. The barman was very cheerful and friendly. Check out was quick, efficient and accurate. I would love to stay here again. Address: Felberstrasse 4, Vienna, Vienna, 1150, Austria

Restaurants we like:

The Gmoa Keller: "Popular Viennese Restaurant."

We like to stay in the Hotel am Konzerthaus if we can get it at a good rate and the Gmoa Keller Restaurant is close by. We have often walked past it and it always seems to be busy so we decided to give it a try. Service was reasonably quick, considering how busy the restaurant was. We both had beers. I had a wiener schnitzel; hubbie went with cordon blue. Both were very large and very tasty. We sat outside the restaurant which is unfortunately not far from a road, but even so it was an enjoyable and filling meal. Address: Am Heumarkt 25, 1030 Wien.

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

The Gmoa Keller - Vienna

Oskars, The Koncerthaus: "Pleasant spot for a nightcap."

We love staying at the Hotel am Konzerthaus. On checking in we were given vouchers for free drinks at the bar, so we enjoyed a pleasant nightcap there one evening. The service is efficient. The barman is friendly. The bar is designed to look like the Orient Express dining car. I thought that was a nice idea.

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

Oskar's Bar, Hotel am Konzerthaus. - Vienna

"Supermarkets."

Supermarkets close quite early in Austria, especially on Saturdays. Most are closed on Sundays, so we were pleased to find a supermarket in the Westbanhof U­bahn Station which was open until midnight seven days a week. Perfect for stocking up on waters, beer, rolls, chocolate etc.

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