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Zip- Lining adrenalin and Emerald River Tour

Woke at 6am to a beautiful day reaching 26 degrees. Popped over the road to the supermarket and bought fresh bread rolls and eggs and made some lunch to take out with me today.

We departed from the Mamut Tour office down the road at 9am with our guide Luka and 2 other girls from the Netherlands. Luka is hard core mountain guy who would happily live way from civilisation up in the mountains in his mountain hut he built himself. For 20 years of his life he was into extreme sports and has broken nearly every bone in his body doing canyoning, white water rafting, paragliding, mountaineering, cycling, skiing etc.

This part of the country is famous for all the extra sports available and several people die here every year doing them, especially kayaking in the rapids that have sections graded in the highest level of 6.

He was very nice and for the next 11 hours was friendly and chatted sharing so much about his beautiful country. The drive took us in a circle through the beautiful Triglav National Park and Julian Alps that borders the Italian and Austrian Alps. We circled the famous Slovenian mountain of Triglav. We stopped several times for a 10 minute walk around and photo opportunities as well as 2 hikes, lunch and a 2 hour option to do rafting, zip- lining or visiting village.

The places he took us and scenery we saw was so beautiful and surreal it could have been made up on a movie set a something magical from a fairy tale.

We started by heading to the source of Slovenia's most beautiful river the Soca ( socha) One of our short hikes was to the source where it bursts out of rock from its underground source. Mum stopped halfway and waited for us as the last bit was too demanding. After a steep uphill we came to wire in the rocks that we had to climb up hanging on to . Some parts we were looking for footholds as we edged around a cliff face that dropped into the rushing water not far below. we had to wait in a small cramped cleft of rock while other people came back from viewing the source until it was our turn. Bit of an adrenalin rush and pretty cool. On the way back down we stopped and filled our water bottle straight from the stream as it was totally unpolluted coming straight from the source.

The drive between places was stunning with high mountain views. One drive took us from 600 m to 1600 metres with the tightest hair pin turns. These mountains are 2500 metres but look way bigger.

There was lots of cyclists but even more motor bike riders who flock to these mountain drives for all the twists and turns. We stopped at Russian church memorial for the lives of 600 Russians who died in an avalanche building this road. The view from the top was incredible and the valley villages below were so far away.

We crisscrossed the beautiful Soca River all day, saw a 100 metre waterfall drop from the cliffs beside the road. It was 25 metres wide and looked enormous . We stopped off at Kranska Gora near the Austrian border at this gorge where the water was the most incredible green . No matter where you stop the water is so clear that you can see the bottom and fish swimming in the water.

We then went to the lovely village of Bovec where we had lunch. It is right near the Italian border. Mum had a jofa a thick meat, bean and cabbage soup which was very nice. Next to the restaurant were trees covered in bottles. This is what they are turn into after having some alcohol added - fruit schnapps - I photographed a fully grown one inside the bottle.

I had decided to do the zip lining activity with one of the Netherland girls Janne. Now it was nearly time I was questioning having made that choice when I found out we crossed a valley high up in the mountains that was 200 metres above the ground !!

We went into the shop ( Activni Planet) to get fitted with our gear and pay our 55 E before heading up this steep gravelly dirt road in a beat up old 4WD drive that did hair pin turn after turn. We ended up just below the snow line with the valley and town so far below. They put our harness on us , our helmet and leather gloves that we use as our brakes and then we walked down to a small practice zip line to each have a turn practicing stopping and turning around to monkey backwards if we stopped before the landing platform and how to curl up in the cannon ball to make sure we had enough momentum. There was 8 in our group and 2 guides, one who went first and the other who loaded us on to the wire and pushed us on our way. I was feeling nearly sick with nerves and having to take deep breathes to calm myself!! Janne and I kept encouraging each other that we would not die !!

We walked down to the first platform and Janne went first. When she reached the other side ( which we could see hundreds of meters away on the other side of the mountain valley side - she was just a tiny dot) and could her that the whirring of the wire had stopped, the walkie-talkie signal was given for the next person to go so it was my turn.

I curled up in the cannon ball, had both hands on top of my wheels on the wire with my right hand on top to take off to start braking when I was getting close to the other side and could see the guide start signalling when I need to start braking.

It was insanely fast at 60 km an hour and insanely terrifying!! I just kept my eyes on the other side, concentrated on keeping my hands and body in the right position so I didn't get swayed by the wind and didn't dare look down. I was so in my zone I forget to be watching for when I should brake and that was another level of scary in removing one hand to put back on the wire to start braking. My landing was fine but never did it feel so good as to be safely on the other side. Mum and the others were parked under this platform so watch u come in and leave again on the 2nd wire. The 2nd one was a slower wire so they got us to go in tandem. I was behind Janne a with my legs wrapped around her waist and had to be the brake person while she just held on in front. We stopped short of the platform and had to monkey the last few metres in . The 3rd wire again traversing the valley was the fastest one and we didn't need to go in the cannon ball position but could just have our legs dangling down. This one we went between trees. I enjoyed this option the most and actually started to look around instead of just focusing on the other side. The valley and town were so far below!

Each of the 5 times was scary but more enjoyable with each one.

I was glad I did it - was a buzz as well as a scary experience that I did despite my fear!

Next we stopped off at a magical waterfall spot - this one would have to be my favourite location we visited. It actually was so beautiful it didn't look real. We walked into this gorge with rockwalls and hanging gardens over its stream . At the end of the stone bridges and board walk we came into a cave where a waterfall came down. The photos don't do it justice.

The next adventure was getting to the town of Most na Soci where we boarded the car train. We basically drove the car on to a flat carriage with low sides behind an engine and for the next 40 minutes rattled along swaying from side to side. We went through many tunnels which was the weirdest experience as it was pitch black but you could see the tunnel walls - an unknown experience in a regular train.

The scenery was gorgeous through alpine villages.. The last tunnel was 6km long and took 7 minutes to go through! We got off at Bohinjska Bistrica and drove to the beautiful lake where we watched the sun disappear behind the mountains.

We arrived back in to Bled at 8pm absolutely exhausted but having had the best day! We called in to the supermarket and bought a burkel a traditional pastry meal and apple slice

On the car train about to enter a tunnel

On the car train about to enter a tunnel


Lake Bohinjsko with the sun setting

Lake Bohinjsko with the sun setting


Car train

Car train


Lake Bohinjsko

Lake Bohinjsko


Kranjska Gora

Kranjska Gora


Bovec for lunch

Bovec for lunch


Our first beautiful stop

Our first beautiful stop


Janne and I over Mums head leaving for the tandem

Janne and I over Mums head leaving for the tandem


Boarded the car train

Boarded the car train


First stop

First stop


Magical waterfall gorge

Magical waterfall gorge


Car Train

Car Train


View from the suspension bridge

View from the suspension bridge


Magical gorge

Magical gorge


Russian Memorial

Russian Memorial


Lake Bohinjska

Lake Bohinjska


Top the mountain

Top the mountain


Magical Gorge

Magical Gorge


Wildflowers at the top of the mountain

Wildflowers at the top of the mountain


Magical Gorge

Magical Gorge


Top of the mountain

Top of the mountain


Car train

Car train


Lake Bohinjska

Lake Bohinjska


Climbing to the Soca Source

Climbing to the Soca Source


First stop

First stop


Bottles over the pears so they grow inside

Bottles over the pears so they grow inside


Me on the first zip-line  coming in to land

Me on the first zip-line coming in to land


Me

Me


Climbing the cliff face to Soca River source

Climbing the cliff face to Soca River source


Car train

Car train


The girls coming down the cliff side

The girls coming down the cliff side


View from car train

View from car train


Water raging down below us

Water raging down below us


Car train

Car train


Finding footholds

Finding footholds


Luka at Soca Source

Luka at Soca Source


Kranjska Gorge

Kranjska Gorge


Waterfall in cave

Waterfall in cave


Mountain top

Mountain top


Boardwalk into magical gorge

Boardwalk into magical gorge


Me in the magical gorge

Me in the magical gorge


Waterfall on our hike to gorge

Waterfall on our hike to gorge


First stop

First stop


Fully grown over in the bottle

Fully grown over in the bottle


The waters this colour

The waters this colour


First stop  - another shade of green

First stop - another shade of green


This is where our zip line started

This is where our zip line started


Church in Bohinjska 1700's

Church in Bohinjska 1700's


This water!!!!

This water!!!!


Car Train

Car Train


Bridge at Lake Bohinjska

Bridge at Lake Bohinjska


Car train

Car train


Waterfall cave

Waterfall cave


Where I went zip lining

Where I went zip lining


Zip lining

Zip lining


The 100  metre waterfall we drove past

The 100 metre waterfall we drove past

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Slovenia Comments (0)

Lake Bled - to be seen to be believed

Slept in until 8am and left for the bus station beside the train station at 10.45am. Got some yummy bread rolls and fruit to snack on. Our Flix bus left at 11.20am and arrived into Ljubljana in Slovenia at 2.45pm. Tickets cost 16 E. We had a 30 minute break in Maribor.

With Graz being close to the border we soon were in Slovenia and started heading back into mountainous country but not as high as the Austrian alps. The steep hillsides are heavily forested and soon there were more beautiful snow capped alps to be seen. Again there were numerous long tunnels though mountains we drove through . Slovenia is only a small country of 2 million people and 66 percent of it is covered in forest. It used to be part of Yugoslavia. It might be small but it has the most stunning scenery!

Once we arrived in to Ljubljana we bought a bus ticket for 12 E return for the 1 ½ hour trip to Bled leaving at 3pm. We then went into the train station and bought our train ticket to Belgrade in Serbia on Sunday for 25 E. All very easy with most people speaking english.

Heading to Bled we were heading again towards very high snow capped mountains called the Julian Alps. This little town has 5000 people and is famous for its emerald green lake, picture postcard church in an islet, medieval castle clinging on a rocky cliff and snow capped mountains as a backdrop!

Off the bus we only had to walk 150 metres before we arrived at the reception hut for Ace of spades Hostel. A friendly young man was waiting outside and welcomed us . We are in a twin room for 15 E each a night. It is in a very old cute concrete home that has a street either side of it so when you look out the pointed front cars seem to be heading straight for you

Over the road is a small supermarket in a lovely old building and I can see it out of my attic window from top bunk .

Just down the road from us at the bus station I went to buy some water from a tour booking shop ( Mamut) and on seeing a brochure started to ask questions about one of the tours. We ended up booking a 12 hour tour tomorrow for 69E.

We headed down to the lake at 6pm to do the easy 6 km walk on the path around it - only took 1 hour. This place had been on my bucket list for years and did not disappoint!! In the middle of the lake is a tiny island with church on it, on one side of the lake are vertical rock cliffs with an imposing castle perched on the top and on 2 sides of the lake are snow capped mountains. It is incredibly pretty - hence all the photos below!!!

After the walk we cooked up some dinner in the hostel kitchen. We have decided we love this place so much that we need to stay 3 nights and will see in the morning if we can stay an extra night

Expenses:

Accommodation 30 E for 2 nights Dinner 8 E Tour 69 E

Rest stop in Maribor Bus station

Rest stop in Maribor Bus station


Slovenian chalet

Slovenian chalet


Church on the island

Church on the island


Lake Bled

Lake Bled


Lake bled

Lake bled


Lake Bled

Lake Bled


Alps in background

Alps in background


Incredible clear green water - can see the fish

Incredible clear green water - can see the fish


Mum with island and alps

Mum with island and alps


Island

Island


Island and alps

Island and alps


Island

Island


Boarded walkway

Boarded walkway


Island

Island


Island

Island


Island

Island


Island and alps

Island and alps


island

island


Boat and castle on cliffs

Boat and castle on cliffs


Castle

Castle


Swans and cygnets

Swans and cygnets


Tunnel in rock for the road

Tunnel in rock for the road


Castle

Castle


Coming back into Bled town

Coming back into Bled town


Pletna boats

Pletna boats


Swans making a heart

Swans making a heart


Our hostel with my attic window open

Our hostel with my attic window open


Old village buildings

Old village buildings


Supermarket photographed through my attic window

Supermarket photographed through my attic window

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Slovenia Comments (0)

Travel day through the most incredible scenery

Still raining this morning but nice slow morning and didn’t need to leave until 10am when we donned our rain jackets and started the 10 minute walk to the station. Got Mum and her bags have been all sorted so the walk was much easier for her. Flixbus leaves in front of the station. I downloaded the app on my phone so our tickets could be viewed.

10.30am bus to Graz Tickets cost 16 E and the trip took 4 hours

We left at 10.30am on this very nice new coach . Had a little tray table so I spent a few hours of this 277 km 4 hour trip sorting photos on my laptop.

The scenery was incredible on a drizzly overcast day even with low cloud often hiding the top of the soaring mountains above us. 3 out of the 4 hour trip was through incredible mountain scenery with tunnel after tunnel – the longest being at least 5 km. When we weren’t in tunnels it was incredibly picturesque with green hills, beautiful villages and houses perched on hillsides, towering majestic snow capped mountains overhead, rushing streams and rivers and castles perched on hill-tops. It was incredible on an overcast day and would have loved to see it on a fine day. Austria is such aa mountainous country The bus had a 10 minute rest stop every hour which was nice to get up and stretch your legs. at one stop it stopped outside a post office so I quickly wrote on the postcards I had for the grandchildren and mailed them off for 5.10 E

The last hour to Graz the scenery was flattening out and we arrived in at 2.30pm

The hostel was only a10 minute easy walk and just around the corner. It is a huge building and is a hotel/ hostel. I am in the female dorm and Mum in her own room. Cost 26 E

We had decided to spend a night in Graz as it was on UNESCO 's list of World Cultural Heritage sites. It says of Graz - hidden alleys, romantic inner courtyards, ornate facades and magnificent buildings with renaissance, gothic and Baroque architecture.

After settling in we headed off to the old town a 20 minute walk. We were both dragging ourselves and feeling really tired and realized we hadn’t stopped for a week since leaving home, so didn't really do Graz justice but were happy with what we did see as we wandered around for a couple of hours.As we were so tired we headed back early to chill and then do nothing in the morning as we our bus doesn’t leave until 11.30am

Graz is the 2nd largest city in Austria but weirdly does not feel Austrian. It is close to the border of Slovenia and Hungary and feels more eastern and slavic. The buildings are quite different from Salzburg and Bavaria.

Once we crossed over the bridge over the river Mur we were in the old town and followed the suggestions of a walking guide brochure the city. There were plenty of interesting buildings to look at.

Over 1000 years ago the small fort that stood on this rock ledge agave the city its name which means "little castle" The Renaissance fortress built in 1544 was the strongest fortification of all time and even Napoleon found it impossible to capture at the beginning of the 19th century. In 1809 when he occupied Vienna and was threatening to destroy the capital Graz then surrendered and the fortifications were razed to the ground.

The twin spiral staircase was built in 1499

Schlossbersteig - 260 step lead up to the clock tower The steps up to the top were built between 1914 and 1918 by Russian prisoners.

By the steps I climbed up is an entrance to tunnels that are 6.3km long with 20 entrances that were built to serve as an air raid shelter for up to 40,000 people during WW2. One of them is still open as a footpath through to the other side of the mountain. Incredible to imagine the people of the town all rushing here when the bombs were being dropped.

Instead of the steps Mum caught the lift up to the top

Up the top the clock tower is the landmark Graz and one of its oldest buildings and mentioned as early as 1265. The wooden gallery was added in the 1500's and current clock in the 1700's

Between 1554 and 1556 the Turk Well was built 94 metres down to the River Mur to secure water supply during long sieges named as it was allegedly built by turkish prisoners

Over the river we passed their super modern "alien"building - it was very unique

We grabbed a bratwurst again for dinner and then got some salad and fruit from a supermarket and went back for an early night.

View of town from the Schlossberg

View of town from the Schlossberg


Steps from a church totally surrounded by c=buildi

Steps from a church totally surrounded by c=buildi


Old wooden clad bakery

Old wooden clad bakery


View from the 260 steps

View from the 260 steps


Chinese Pavilion

Chinese Pavilion


Double spiral staircase

Double spiral staircase


Courtyards and passageways

Courtyards and passageways


Clock Tower at top of 260 steps

Clock Tower at top of 260 steps


Fortress

Fortress


Landhaus for parliament

Landhaus for parliament


Amazing facade

Amazing facade


Courtyards

Courtyards


Passageways

Passageways


Double spiral staircase

Double spiral staircase


Mur Island - man made

Mur Island - man made


Clock tower

Clock tower


Leading up to the Russian steps

Leading up to the Russian steps


Main Square

Main Square


Town Hall

Town Hall


Turk well

Turk well


Looking up those steps

Looking up those steps


Painted facade

Painted facade


Looking down to Mum waiting for me

Looking down to Mum waiting for me


Mum double spiral staircase

Mum double spiral staircase


Main Square

Main Square


View from the top

View from the top


Tunnels from WW2

Tunnels from WW2


On the top

On the top


Clock Tower

Clock Tower


Church

Church


City views

City views

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Bratwurst, Bells and Salt Mines

Rain was due in around midday so we headed out to walk around some more areas of Salzburg we hadn't been to before it arrived. Walking down Linzer Gasse I was looking for steps up to the ministry on the cliffs this side of the river and found some through an archway. I left Mum in a cafe as coming down steps is not good on her knees so she tries to limit the amount of steps which is pretty hard in these old hilly towns.

The view up her was lovely , seeing the city from another aspect. This whole rocky outcrop haas city walls. There were so many walking trails up here and again I wish I had more time to explore them all!

Next we headed to the cemetery of St Peters that we had walked through on our first day. It is in a lovely leafy courtyard and the graves have beautiful bright pansies in so many varieties of colours. We read a few of the tombstones and this families was particularly sad as both their sons had died in WW2 in 1941 and 1942.

Beside the century was the entrance to the catacombs thought to date back to roman times and lived in by hermits. These ancient caves built in the side of the cliffs of Mount Monchsberg are a part of the cemetery below. One of the chapels was inaugurated and was first used in 1178. Hermits used the arched grave as a stone bed. 50 Christians were hurled to their death from this cave in 477 AD.It is believed that early monks lived here as hermits. Mozarts sister is buried here as well as the famous composer Hayden

Walking back through the city we grabbed an early lunch of my new favourite bratwurst in a toasted bun followed by a yummy chocolate covered pretzel with hazelnut through the pretzel.

At 1.30pm we were picked up from the hostel to do another Panorama tour - the Bavarian Mt and Salt Mine Tour that goes for 4 hours and cost 50 E. It was drizzly now so the view of the Bavarian alps was spoilt.

Listened to an an interesting commentary from the guide as we drove through town and back into Germany and the gorgeous snow covered alps that we had seen from the fortress to.

Salzburg has 150,000 people and Austria 8 million

They sell beer at Mc Donalds

Untersberg Mt is 6000 feet high

Passed the hill where the opening scene where Julie Andrews was singing in the hills

The onion top church buildings came about from the Turkish invasion

Passed by Hitlers Eagles Nest centre and homes and centres for many SS officials. - all gone now except for 1 building. The elevator at Eagles Nest could hold 40 people and was made of brass to give the illusion it was bigger as Hitler was claustrophobic

Arriving in Berchtesgaden we did the 1 hour salt mine tour. Salt was called the "white gold" Donning miners overalls we entered the 490 year old mines that is still operational. It is Germany's oldest active salt mine.We jumped on a little train that we had to sit astride the seat behind the next person and went down 300 metres. We got off the train and did the rest walking. We had an audio guide to listen to at the different stops. It is10 degrees underground and If I thought about the fact that I was that far underground and that if the air shafts failed there would be no air to breathe it was quite scary The tunnels were of course dark and dimly lit. Some were hewn out of stone and others reinforced by timber. 100 years ago they mined 6cm a day and today they can advance 6 m a day.

We also slid down 2 original miners slides that they used to go lower that went for about 100 metres. Mum and I laughed so much - like being a kid on a giant slide!

On our return at the hostel we had goulash soup again for dinner with yummy warm bread dunked in it for 3.80E Did our washing 5 E

Expenses:

2E Catacomb

3.97 Food from Spar

3.60 Brustwurst in a bun

3e Chocolate coverd hazelnut pretzel

50 E Salt mine tour 3.80 E Dinner 5 E washing

Outside the monastery

Outside the monastery


View from the other side of town

View from the other side of town


Looking over to the castle

Looking over to the castle


Looking down to Mozart Bridge

Looking down to Mozart Bridge


City walls

City walls


City Walls

City Walls


Step back down

Step back down


and more steps

and more steps


Entrance where I went up

Entrance where I went up


Entrance up to monastery and City walls

Entrance up to monastery and City walls


St Peters Cemetry sad plaque - 2 sons lost in WW2

St Peters Cemetry sad plaque - 2 sons lost in WW2


Cemetery

Cemetery


St Peters Cemetery

St Peters Cemetery


Entrance to Catacombs  above St Peters

Entrance to Catacombs above St Peters


Catacombs

Catacombs


Catacomb steps

Catacomb steps


Favourite Bratwurst shop

Favourite Bratwurst shop


Yum - eaten way too many of these!!

Yum - eaten way too many of these!!


Chocolate covered pretzel with hazelnut filling

Chocolate covered pretzel with hazelnut filling


Mum in her Miners suit at Salt Mines

Mum in her Miners suit at Salt Mines


and me

and me


On the Train ready to go in

On the Train ready to go in


Salt Mines

Salt Mines


Bersherngaden

Bersherngaden


Church

Church


Decorative building

Decorative building


Going down the  slide - so much fun

Going down the slide - so much fun

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Hallstatt Beauty - could have stayed all day

Left at 9am and took 30 minutes to walk to walk to where the funicular goes up to the top of the castle. Perfect sunny day up to 26 degrees, blue skies that were a perfect backdrop to the incredibly beautiful town , birds cheeping and because Salzburg is in this gorge either side of the river and between 2 big rocky outcrops you can always see greenery and rock.

Walked a different way down Linzer Grasser and popped into a beautiful overgrown cemetery courtyard just off the street through an archway. It had the gilded signs the same as over the in the lanes over the river. Church bells were pealing all morning – just the most marvellous sound. The city was quiet at this time without all the tour groups which must start a bit later.

We bought a ticket to for the funicular and castle tour of the 11th century Burg Hohenwerfen Fortress for 15.70 E. It was a quick ride up the vertical rocky wall and the view over the city below and river was stunning. The castle covers 10 acres. We wandered around the massive castle grounds ourselves with incredible view of the snow capped Bavarian alps. We joined a 30 minute English tour through some interior rooms and dungeons. The castle was built by the archbishops and started in the 1100’s.

Photos of the view in all directions.

All the buildings in the old town are joined but are all different styles and colours with hidden squares, courtyards, some massive and others small

We then did a km walk along the top of this rocky outcrop to the other end where there is the museum of modern history. It was through shaded forests with lost of birds chirping and stunning view on either side.

Took a different way back down that bought us past private homes built in the 1400’s and ended near the Festival Halls. We grabbed a bratwurst roll in a toasted roll with mustard and ketchup and ginger drink for 5.50 E – delicious !!

In front of Mirabell Schloss ( Palace) we caught the 12.15pm bus to Bad Ischl and then a train on to Halstatt station – cost 15E. The bus was 2 hours long through the Lake District ( the Salzerkammut) Stunning alpine scenery and cute little villages. Love how lots of locals dress in traditional clothes. When we arrived at Bad Ischl we had about 30 minutes until the train left. This was a beautiful 30 minute ride alongside rushing mountain streams where people were swimming and sunbathing – it was a beautiful warm day.

At Hallstat station we had to walk down to the lakes edge where we paid 5 E for return ferry ride over to Hallstatt town.

Oh my goodness was the scenery here out fo this world.......stunning with snow topped mountains with vertical cliffs dropping down into this beautiful lake ( 8km long and 2 km wide)

Hallstatt is nestled into the rock and cliffs of one of the mountains and up high in the mountains above is a salt mine that has kept the kings of this area rich for centuries. The houses are colorful and stacked on top of each other going up the hill and the town is probably only a couple of hundred of metres at it’s widest point. Along the waters edge are boathouses. It is so incredibly beautiful - both the scenery and the style of the homes. I could have wandered for hours along the pathways between the homes some that were stone tunnels with little entrance doors off to the sides.

High above the town is a viewing platform that can be reached by a funicular train - cost 16 E to go both ways. If I had the time I would have loved to do the walk up there. At this platform were alpine meadows as the mountains still stretched hundreds of metres above. The meadows were full of bright yellow buttercups and blue forget- me -nots. Up here were the salt mines that you can go into.

We only had 1 ½ hours here and I wish I could have spent the day, but we had to catch the 4.45pm ferry over the lake to get the 5.07 pm train to Bad Ischl and then the 6.24 bus back to Salzburg arriving in Salzburg at 8.30pm. Big travel day but worth it - just needed way more hours here.

Just need to say that Austria is sooooooo beautiful – stunning jagged mountains, rolling hills and meadows full of wildflowers cutest little towns

Expenses

15.20E Fortress 15.20

30 E Bus and train return to Hallstat

5 E ferry too Hallstatt

16 E funicular

1 E coke

2.50 E Spritzer

3.80 E Goulash soup and bread

Hallstatt houses

Hallstatt houses


View from the Fortress to the alps

View from the Fortress to the alps


Any step back to street level

Any step back to street level


Alpine wildflowers and beauty

Alpine wildflowers and beauty


Salzburg old town

Salzburg old town


View from the fortress

View from the fortress


Hallstatt arriving by ferry

Hallstatt arriving by ferry


Train station at Hallstatt

Train station at Hallstatt


Fortress

Fortress


View from fortress of cathedral

View from fortress of cathedral


Hallstatt homes

Hallstatt homes


Yoho Hostel

Yoho Hostel


View from fortress

View from fortress


On the walk from the fortress

On the walk from the fortress


Cistern in the fortress keep

Cistern in the fortress keep


Stunning views

Stunning views


Hallstatt homes

Hallstatt homes


City walls

City walls


Mum

Mum


Stunning views

Stunning views


Fortress towers and keep

Fortress towers and keep


The fortress is over 10 acres

The fortress is over 10 acres


The walk out of the fortress  along the top

The walk out of the fortress along the top


City walls

City walls


Now a private home

Now a private home


View from another part of this rocky  outcrop

View from another part of this rocky outcrop


Salzach River

Salzach River


Looking over to the Monastery on the other hill

Looking over to the Monastery on the other hill


Walking paths from the Fortress the hill

Walking paths from the Fortress the hill


City views

City views


Someones delightful garden & back yard

Someones delightful garden & back yard


Dominating the skyline

Dominating the skyline


Some of the spires of Salzburg

Some of the spires of Salzburg


Funicular up to Halstatts viewing platform

Funicular up to Halstatts viewing platform


Mirabell Gardens

Mirabell Gardens


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


View from fortress to pathways

View from fortress to pathways


Fortress walls

Fortress walls


Train scenery

Train scenery


Hallstatt Lake views

Hallstatt Lake views


Hallstatt square

Hallstatt square


Yoho Hostel

Yoho Hostel


Lake beauty from train window

Lake beauty from train window


Hallstatt square

Hallstatt square


Spires of Salzburg

Spires of Salzburg


From the funicular

From the funicular


Ferry stop from the  station

Ferry stop from the station


From the viewing platform

From the viewing platform


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Looking down to Hallstatt

Looking down to Hallstatt


Train scenery

Train scenery


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Viewing platform

Viewing platform


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Flowered plots in Hallstatt cemetery

Flowered plots in Hallstatt cemetery


Looking down on Halllstatt church

Looking down on Halllstatt church


Mum and I at the fortress

Mum and I at the fortress


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Train station

Train station


Stunning view

Stunning view


Dug out staircase street with door opening in.

Dug out staircase street with door opening in.


Salzburg

Salzburg


Where the covered staircase road came out

Where the covered staircase road came out


Fortress views

Fortress views


Downhill walk from the fortress

Downhill walk from the fortress

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