Austria

September 2007

(A 10 year anniversary trip for Elaine and I.  We had a great time hiking in the mountains of Austria!)

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Our two week trip started in Vienna, where we were able to explore the city on foot, seeing the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), Schatzkammer Meuseum (Imperial treasury) and St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom).  After a couple of days surveying Vienna we hopped a train to Innsbruck and finally a bus to the small town of Neustift in the Stubiar Alps to begin our hiking holiday. 

Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate with our plans to trek the Stubiar Hohenweg (an 8 day hut to hut tour), raining down in the Neustift valley and dumping copious amounts of snow on the high mountain passes the first couple of days we were in town.  The snow up high was a deal breaker as crossing the various passes was essential to trekking between the huts.  We altered our plans and made day hikes instead, which between the nice atmosphere at the Pension Mondail (our hotel) and the creature comforts in Neustift, ended up being an excellent adaptation of our original plans and afforded us many of the same views as the Stubiar Hohenweg.

Days were spent hiking, and evenings were spent exploring the Tyrolian culinary delights in Neustift.  It was a great way to rekindle our old backpacker spirit with the modern luxuries of Europe.  Eventually the pull of our new adventure in life, Sierra and Cooper, took hold and sent us scrambling back to the nearest airport (Innsbruck) and home.

We would like to take the time to thank our parents (Grandma Nita, Grandpa Bill, Grandma Carol and Papa Howard) for taking time out of their schedules to watch the kids and making this trip possible for Elaine and I.  We couldn't have done it without you!

Also, Sierra and Cooper deserve thanks for allowing us to leave for two weeks, although I'm sure all of the grandparent spoiling helped to ease the "pain" of Elaine and I being gone.

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Vienna

Street scene

Vienna

Street scene

Vienna

Street scene

Vienna

Street scene

Vienna

Street scene panorama

Vienna

Street scene panorama

Vienna

Stephensdom

Vienna

Stephensdom

Elaine

walking up the Stephensdom tower

Vienna

View from the roof of the Stephensdom

Vienna

View from the roof of the Stephensdom

Vienna

Panorama view from the roof of the Stephensdom

Vienna

Danube riverfront

Vienna

Train station

Elaine

On the train ride to Innsbruck

Innsbruck

Street scene

Innsbruck

Street scene

Innsbruck

City view

Innsbruck

Panorama city view

Innsbruck

River view

Neustift

Neustift

Pension Mondial

Elaine

On a hike

Neustift

View from above town

Jake and Elaine

Above Neustift

View

Above Neustift

Elaine

Hiking up to the Elferhutte

Elferhutte view

Panorama above Neusift

Elferhutte view

Panorama above Neusift

Jake

Enjoying a beer at the Elferhutte

View

From the Elferhutte

Elaine

Above the Elferhutte (note the paragliders)

View

Of the Neustift valley

View

From the Elferhutte

Sign

There's no getting lost on these well marked trails

Switchbacks

Anybody up for a steep hike?

Elaine

Enjoying a walk in the woods

View

Panorama

Elaine

With Habicht in the background

Jake

With Habicht in the background

View

Panorama

There is no shame in being passed by 70 year old Austrians

(Or so we told ourselves)

Elaine and Jake

Taking a break at a hutte

Elaine

Sampling a bierfass at the Karalamhutte

Karlamhutte

Crowded at lunch

Habicht

From the Pinnisbach valley

Elaine

Taking a break in the Pinnisbach valley

View

Pinnisbach valley

Old world barn

Pinnisbach valley

New world hay lifter in the barn

Elaine

Hiking up to Bacherwaldenhutte

Fungus

Note the Euro coin for a sense of scale

Elaine

Taking a break on the way up to the Bacherwaldenhutte

Bacherwaldenhutte

Panorama view

From the Bacherwaldenhutte

View

From the Bacherwaldenhutte

View

Of the Neue Regensbergerhutte from the Bacherwaldenhutte

Fungus

Growing on a tree

Elaine

Surveying the beirfass at Bacherwaldenhutte

Well marked trail

Panorama view

Taken from the Falbesoner valley

Hydroelectric powered fence

An efficient (and renewable) way to keep the cows in line

Panorama view

Of the Falbesoner valley

View

Taken from the Falbesoner valley

View of the Nurnberger valley

Taken from the Falbesoner valley

Barns protected by avalanche berms

How safe would you feel after a heavy snowfall?

View

Looking down the Nurnberger valley

Elaine

Hiking up the Nurnberger valley

Rock

Elaine

Enjoying the mountains

Can you find Elaine in this photo?

Where's Waldo?

Elaine

Circled in red

Panorama view

With Elaine circled in red

Panorama view

View from the trail in the Nurnberger valley

Jake

Enjoying a walk in the woods

Nurnbergerhutte

Nurnbergerhutte sign

Rabbits

Near the Nurnbergerhutte

Supply tram

Note the 1/4 barrel of beer making it's way up to the Nurnbergerhutte

Jake

Enjoying a quality control bierfass check at the Langetalalmhutte

Elaine

Hiking up the Sulzenau valley

Sulzenau valley panorama

Hand carved wooden gate clasp

Sulzenau valley

Sulzenau river

Trail switchbacks

The steep hike into the Sulzenau valley

Elaine

View down the Sulzenau valley

Sulzenau river

Sheep

Sheep

Elaine

Looking down the Sulzenau valley

Sulzenauhutte sign

Trail sign

(Over) marked trail

Someone went nuts marking the trail. Does it really need to be marked every 3 meters?

Salzenau glacier

Jake

With the Salzenau glacier in the background

Panorama

Salzenau glacier

Blue lake

With the Sulzenau glacier in the background

Jake and Elaine

Carin central

Near Blue lake

Mainz, Germany

Street scene

Mainz, Germany

Street scene

Rhine river

Mainz, Germany

Church

Mainz, Germany

Mainz, Germany

Street scene

Below are some links to a few short (low quality) videos from our trip.

Walking down the Stephensdom tower stairs

Listening to the choirs practice in Stephensdom

Elaine in the mountains

Blue Lake panorama

Morning wake up bells (7:30am) in Neustift

 

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