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It's always the farthest shore, the story yet untold, the world hidden under the surface of the ordinary world having the greater fascination on us; and the desire to reach that land, know of the fate of those unsung heroes, visit those hidden halls keeps pushing us moving forward, even when circumstances are not the greatest. We reached June after an infernal year (not the greatest health - nothing serious thanks goodness, but a lot of annoying and continual issues - a gigantic move, and working around the clock too often) and when we finally hit the "vacation time" we had absolutely no program and no idea of what to do. Which is one of the best things in life because paradoxically you're really free to do whatever you want. A "no program" program.

Thus, since we've been talking for a while of a dream journey to Austria to visit a few less-known places, we decided it was time to pick up a camera, the car, and a PC to write this journal, and go free.

What follows is a collection of memories, stories, and images presented here as we live them first hand; the geeklist will receive a daily entry until we're back home.

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1. Board Game: Arkham Horror: Innsmouth Horror Expansion [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
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Day 01 - The Innsmouth Consipiracy

We arrive at our destination in Bad Goisern at about 6.30 PM, get the room, and then we go out to grab a bite to eat. There's not much around, but TripAdvisor points us in the direction of a "friendly" nearby pub, which seems a good place to talk logistics for the coming days. Turns out the pub exists, but all the rest... well, it's quite spooky: the village seems to be "closed" to the public. There's only a Maypole welcoming the new guests just outside of the train station



and then... abandoned places

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Scary passages

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And in case you really need something, there's always the local supermarket to stop by...

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Humidity is getting to insane levels, to the point that Andrea suggests we're in an HPL story, and all inhabitants, hidden in the only apparently abandoned houses, are actually Deep Ones. Laughing at the silly joke, we reach the place for dinner, and of course

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glasses are green!


Shall this be our last supper?
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2. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:309]
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Day 02 - Caves, flowers, and graveyards

Part 01 - Journeys into the dark
After a shortish trip to the local tourism office (where they gave us a wide array of wrong information), we reached the first destination of the journey: Koppenbruellerhoehle, the caves of the roaring water. It's not the most scenic cave you can see in the area: it's a dull tunnel, going down in the earth. But it's that descending into the dark, with nothing but a lantern in hand to show you the way, with the walls of passages closing down on you more and more as the rumbling of water that you cannot yet see increases more and more like the reverbarating echo of a maddened drummer that makes the experience unique and special. And sure there are the classic dripstone formations around you




but it's the water that's keep casting its spell on the explorer, until you finally see it erupting just below you, and you and the water are the only items defining the existance of breathable space: everything else is just pressured rock, coming down on you:

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After that, we keep going for a bit more, until we reach our final destination: the entrance of an underground lake. We can see only a bit: to explore further you need proper equipment, dive into the lifeless cold water, pass the syphon and reach the vast cave that hosts the whole water body. We can't, clearly, go further, but yet the colors and the idea of being there are enough:

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From there we come back to light, following the subterrean stream, up to the very entrance




Part 02 - Narzissus und Goldmund
We leave the cave, a quarter to noon, and we decide to quickly go to the nearby village of Bad Aussee to see a bit of the local festival of daffodils. Which is not a "standard" flower market, but more of a celebration of nature through art: flowers are used to create sculptures of immaculate perfection that after a short showcase in the village streets are placed on rafts to navigate the lake. From characters coming from the local tradition (such as Frau Holle) to more modern icons (Garfield), the selection was huge. Here are some examples of what you might see if you decide to come:

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Part 03 - Hallstatt
It's time to move (the showcase on the lake would go on for a few more hours, but we wanted to visit a few more places along the road), and after a failed attempt at going to the Mammoth Cave (closed due to too much snow, so, we need to return another year), we go to Hallstatt, a tiny hamlet on one of the most beautiful lakes in Austria:



She might be small, but she has seen a lot of history passing by, starting in the Iron Age. Of that we'll talk (hopefully, we need clement weather) tomorrow; for now, we're just taking a stroll through the local cemetery



up to the church of Saint Michael, where we visit the charnel house (also known as the Bone House). The point here is that the cemetery of the village is incredibly small, and at some point the number of the dead outnumbered by large the number of available burial places. So, when an existing grave was reused for a new burial, the skull or bones were transferred from the grave to the charnel house as part of a second funeral. The identity of the deceased family member was preserved by decorative paintings and inscriptions. Depending on the family relationship or based on artist choice, the skulls were labelled with names or initials. At times, no markings were used to identify the deceased. The macabre view is actually stunning (but I'm putting images between spoiler tags in case you don't wanna see);

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First image: panorama view of the ossuary
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Second image: detail of the skulls
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Third image: a wall of bones
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Fourth image: the snake-skull (possibly the most famous of the collection due to the fact that the snake represents the devil, and was used nonetheless to ornate the skull of a deceased person)
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3. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Day 03 - The Cradle of Mankind
Back to Hallstatt (very early) in the morning. We leave the car just outside the city, and we walk through a scenic landscape



to the very beginning of our next adventure: a steep cable car (we wanted to hike, but the hiking path was closed :/)

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will bring us to the very core of the Hallstatt civilization, which dawns to 7000 (yes, seven thousands) years ago, when the first salt mines were escavated and the first settlements thus built. With the passing of time, settlements became bigger, and during the earlier Iron Age (between 800 and ca. 400 BC) salt commerce reached its peak, with commercial routes going up in the north to the Baltic Sea and down to the south up to Africa (as amber and ivory items found in the area witness). And thus alone makes walking through the area something really unique, especially because those mines are active still today (gives a sense of transcendence if it makes sense: we're both today and in the Iron age at the same time, it's the same mountain, the same mine, the same salt). Ascending to the mines requires a bit of patience tho, and at first you're asked to cross an ancient, prehistoric burial site (more than a thousand graves were found in the last 200 years): workers in the mines and their families lived there, died there, and were buried there. Most of what's been found is (rightfully so) in the Naturhistorischesmuseum in Vienna, but part of it can still be seen on site (follows the image of a human skeleton)

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Long was written about the way they were buried - mostly along the East-West axis, with the eyes watching East towards the rising sun; and from the items found in the graves, a lot more was inferred about the cult of the dead, and the different social classes of that society: the rich were cremated, whereas the vast majority was inhumated; and so on


Visiting this tomb represents an obligatory first step to enter this ancient, sacred place. Going to the mines represented the second one. So, here we go, entrance and first tunnel:





It's a long, long tunnel, and despite we keep a quick pace, it seems it's never gonna end. It gets smaller, and deeper and at some point we know just that we're lost somewhere within the mountain. With 30 km of tunnels around us scattered on several levels, and the need to go down a level. How? With a slide, of course, like in the days of old (image courtesy of the internet, I didn't have the time to frame properly the slide):

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(yes, it's fast, and furious, and I loved it)

There, we were shown the variety of salt crystal that could be found in the mines (color depends on other elements being mixed to the salt):

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And then we went down one level more until we reached a new hall. A huge hall, hosting a gigantic salt lake. A lake you can walk on, such is the density of the water. And a lake that's used as playground for an amazing light show.

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(sorry, it was impossible to take any better pictures: the hall was too big, and kept in almost total darkness, but possibly you can sense the lake by the reflecting rocks)


At that point, we're about to leave, but there's one last gem waiting for us to see: the oldest staircase of Europe (dates 1100 B.C.) was found during escavation works in the area. Again, the weight of history is tangible.

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Back to the outside, back to the "real" world, still lost in the mountains: we take a couple of hours of freedom to hike up, away from civilization, to admire the mountains and the lake beneath us, where many and many years ago history began. Please, if you can, take a couple of minutes of your life and look at the woods, and the colors, and the air surrounding you, and feel the unity: now, then, the future, it's all one breath of light.



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4. Board Game: Cats in a Box: A Game of Feline Photography [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Day 04 - From civilization to the forests again

Part 01 - The Emperor's Villa
Early in the morning we drive to Bad Ischl (not that it was needed to start early, but we wanted to get there before the tourist hordes arrive) to visit the Kaiservilla, a summer residence of the Habsburg since 1854 (it was a wedding gift for Franz Joseph's and Elisabeth's wedding from Franz' mother, Sophie).



The palace is neither huge, not luxurious like the ones in Vienna, but it's of great interest nonetheless because it allows to give a look at the sovreigns lives when they were not under the limelight. So, there's a few rooms to visit where Franz received the guests or Sissi trained in fencing and did gimmickry; there's also an impressive collection of hunting trophies (from embalmed albino animals to a couple of venison skulls eternally bound together due to their horns being forever entwined after a crush) and a great park to see, where colors of the most different trees shape a landscape of peace and seclusion (sorry, we weren't allowed to take pics of the inside).





In the midst of the park is kept a little hidden treasure: the Marble Palace, a smaller building where Sissi went to write poetry or read whenever she had the possibility:



Here, the filigree veranda surrounding most of the building and covered in luxuriant creepers to represent a smoothed transition between the nature surrounding the palace and the architecture of the palace itself. You can still walk on that veranda, and read some of the pomes Sissi wrote while being there:



On the inside of the Marble Palace there's now a permanent exhibit of ancient photography. Starting from the first daguerreotypes and moving to ambrotypes, stereographic images, the first photografic sets and an ancient camera obscura there's really a lot to explore (and try! there's a set of stereographical images taken in the 19th century you can vision with special glasses):




At this point we have just the time for a last stroll in the park, see a deer passing by, and before moving to our next destination...

...never forget to talk to your inner child

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...when possible, decide that you can eat your sandwich on a bridge nearby just to stay in the nature

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Part 02 - The Forbidden Lake
After eating our sandwich at the impossibly-steep bridge, we drive back to the Bad Aussee area, with the intention of fleeing civilization as much as possible. So, deep in the woods



where a lake (and a new Maypole) awaits



Of this lake (Toplitzsee) we heard many stories over the years: from the nazi gold supposed to be buried somewhere in the surroundings, to the spiritual ways mushroom eaters can walk to pass into a different dimension. I don't know which stories are true, but I do know that from here, a new path should go forth; a path leading through a waterfall, beyond the forest, to a small, impossible to reach, higher lake (Kammersee). Unfortunately, for us the way is barred: there's no path, the only way to go forward is take a boat, but there's no boats available because we arrived too late in the day. It's then time to stop, and spend some time with the sacred lake's ferocious guardian

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Then, we move on the other side, following a path that leads us through seven springs to an ancient boathouse:



it's not abandoned as it seems, an old man at some point opens the door in the water and walks away after securing his boats for the day.

While still thinking about the lake's secrets, our gaze lingers once more on the secluded horizon. It's time to head back.

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5. Board Game: Fields of Green [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:748]
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Day 05 - The sea of green

Part 01 - Tales from the Thousand Lakes
Dawn of day 5. We're kinda sore and scorched by the sun, but nonetheless we're up early to pack and leave (we'll be spending the night in Salzburg). The idea is to go see some more lakes in the surroundings, but - I guess you've gotten the drift already - we don't want to go (only) for the most famous ones.

The first one we go see is the Schwarzersee. Winding up a long and steepy road in the forest, parking atop of a pass, then walk down in a sea of yellow flower and silence embracing the riparian forest.



Then, an opening, and down to the shores to look ahead.



Time spent going around the lake, enjoying being alone for most of the time. Some images of trees, lights, and colors








It's about noon when we finish the tour of the lake, so, there's plenty of time to go see another one nearby: Nussensee. It's a very small lake, almost off-charts (not surprisingly, comes with free parking and zero tourists) which is well worth an hour or two spent there reading a book, contemplating the landscape, fishing, or taking a stroll:




Part 02 - Return to the world
We have lunch there, and then we return to civilization, stopping at the world-known Wolfgangsee.



It's a magnificent lake if you wanna go skysurfing or kayaking or just bathing, but it's a bit too mainstream and crowded for us to spend much time there. However, it comes with good things as well. Delicious ice cream, a marvellous little village with interesting viewpoints




and... do you have an obsession about the passing of time?

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Are you sure you don't?
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Some pics of St. Wolfgang's church:




From there we go directly to Salzburg and take the room, and then we walk a bit more (close to 25 km today) to reach the city center and look a bit around. (I'll up all Salzburg pics in tomorrow's post tho)
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6. Board Game: Catacombs & Castles [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2881] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky.
Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in eternity.
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Day 06 - The tenuous light that dims the rocks

It's the 6th day in our travel, and we're running low on energies. Having spent an almost sleepless night is of no help, but the "tavern" with running folks in the evening and shouting hosts at 6 AM results in an inevitable sleep deprivation. There's no breakfast available here either so, as soon as possible, we crawl to the nearest café to grab a little something. Then, since we're already out, we walk to the city center. Our first stop is the St. Sebastian's graveyard: a very small cemetery, but it's very well worth a visit for how beautiful it is



and because it hosts Paracelsus' tomb:



just be aware,

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death's always waiting


From there, we cross the Salzach over the Mozart bridge (marvellous example of art nouveau)



and reach the old town. There's a lot to see in a very little space, meaning that every second of our stay in Salzburg is dense with emotion and history. The highlight of the day for us was visiting another cemetery, the St. Peter one, right under the cliffs where the city's oldest fortress was built.

The cemetery of St. Peter is old. Dates back to the 7th century, but what makes it so interesting and special is the series of catacombs hewn out of the Mönchsberg itself. Only part of these is visible from the outside: their whole body expands within the cliffs of the rock.



The first one you'll encounter in your visit is the Gertraudenkapelle, erected within a natural cave (later expanded by man),inaugurated in 1178 and still in use today:



Then, you go out and follow a pretty steep staircase (all carved within the cliffs)



until you reach the second cave (Maximus chapel):





At that point, we start walking our way up to the Hohensalzburg fortress. Some images of our visit:





And then there's still time to visit the puppet museum (spoiler since one of them - or all of them? - is scary - PS: I made the scary one smaller so it's probably ok regardless)

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And the Christmas museum (very little and yet very interesting), hosting curiosa (see the tree decorated with wartime decorations) and krampus masks as well:



Along the way we went into a few other places as well, but one experience will remain in me for long. We stopped at the Nonnberg's monastery (for those familiar with the Sound of Music, it's the convent where young Maria stays at the beginning of the movie). We were allowed to visit shortly the graveyard and then the church. When we stepped into the church, we heard some female voices, feeble and yet loud enough to be a tangible element in the temple. The nuns in the choir hall were praying, and singing at times, and their melody followed us as we, in religious silence, moved along the aisles and halls. For this reason, I'd rather leave with something embodying the experience. Celebrating the matter will be done another day.

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7. Board Game: Sanssouci [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1330]
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Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.
(In the moment of our talking, envious time has ebb'd away.
Seize the present; trust tomorrow e'en as little as you may)
- Orazio, Carmina, 1,11


Day 07 - The eternal return

Part 01 - The Castle of the Mad Archbishop
The start of the last day followed closely the passing of the worst night: in the suburban tavern where we stayed, they had live music until 2 AM, and then at 6.40 AM our neighboring civilised cell-mates started arguing on the aisle in front of our door. A. dropped his Gandhian lifestyle and barked, just once. The neighbors shut up, but the owner started cleaning the main room so, the night was gone. Thus, we decided to seize the day and get the most out of it: quick tour to the train station to grab breakfast, and then go directly to the Hellbrunn castle.



Hellbrunn is world known for two things: for having hosted several scenes of The Sound of Music, and for having a very unique garden.



The castle was built by will of Marcus Sitticus, archbishop of Salzburg, between 1613 and 1615. The bishop loved playing delicious pranks on his guests by drenching them with water on the most unexpected occasions. Thus, his gardens are an authentic trap, filled with unexpected water sources that were mechanically activated to target his guests.

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So, you're out, in the gardens, having lunch under a marvellous sky. At some point, you end up this way:
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As you can see, the head of the table has no water coming out....


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In another part of the park, in a small temple, there's a crown floating in the air due to the pressure of water rising from a central pipe:




And as you obviously look in awe, there's a trillion waterjets coming out from the walls and the floor drenching you even worse than the tricked lunchtable


These are just a couple examples. There are literally hundreds of waterjets coming out of the most unexpected places in the gardens, from the paved floors, from the statues surrounding you, even from a couple of stag heads hanging out of the main walls of the castle.


Water's used also in several other ways

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to animate figures portraying scenes of the ordinary life of the commoners



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to create decorative patterns between non-automated figures



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to animate a gigantic theater filled with automatons.




Each group of figures moves according to a different pattern:




Finally, the park is also filled with curious animal figures (something you wouldn't expect in the gardens of an archbishop):




We then visit shortly the castle, hosting a bit of backstory about the archbishop and how the various watergames were created, and then we move to visit the park, including the Folklore museum (not really worth a visit, too few items, and nothing particularly new or enlightening) and the Stone Theater. The latter is amazing (and well worth the long walk to reach it). No words can really describe it, so, I'll leave that at images. But yes, you can walk everywhere (in and out of the scenes, and over two different levels of the theater), and experience first hand the incredible acoustics of the place.







Also, if you're lucky, it might happen that you catch a glimpse of some bizarre spirit passing by like a capriocious summer wind

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Part 02 - Return to the forbidden lake
At this point it's almost 1 PM, we're uber-tired, with no working muscles or energies left in our body, and the only wise decision would be calling a day, and returning home (it's still a 5-hour drive in front of us). Clearly, we did nothing of this. A. mentions we might be able to make it to the last boat to cross the lake we couldn't pass on day 4, and it's only a question of few instants before we grab one quick coffee to go and have lunch while driving east. The highway's a mess, so, we detour for old "landstrassen", we park as close as possible to the start of the path, and we run to the first lake. A bit dehydrated (and a lot more aching than a couple of hours before) we made it back to the guardian, who, benevolent, allows us to pass this time.

So, let's start from where we left previously:



The lake has the morphology of a fjord (I could ask details to A. if there's interest) and as such we have a few waterfalls opening up as we proceed with the navigation:



when we finally reach the end of the lake, there's a smallish and steep path going deeper in the forest, across the fault, and onto the next lake (Kammersee): a magical poll deep within the forest, with no way to move foreward.





There, in the heart of the forest and at the end of civilization we finally drink the last drop of the chalice, and are ready to go back, across the water, leaving behind the enchanted trees, and heading home.

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8. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:980]
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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”
― Plutarch



All the things strange and rare: a collection of the unexpected

During a journey it's inevitable to find something that makes you laugh, unexpectedly. It can be because it's the perfect surreal cocktail of situation and people, or because it's simply too different from our cultural archetypes; regardless, that item, thing, person, moment makes you smile. What follows is a short list of unexpected, surreal, fun images or situations we came across over the last few days. It's not to be intended tho as making fun of a different land or culture.

Sometimes being a waiter can be very hard, especially when you have tables on the outside...

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Some other times, sculpting seems just a lost art

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(seriously, can anyone help out here? What are these supposed to represent?)



In a greenhouse, we know temperature can raise; but can such a raise be so high to justify this?

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There's always a bigger fish...

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The heatwave can play some nasty tricks

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(yes, they are in the water with their clothes on)



In a graveyard, you could find

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Angels like zombies coming out of the ground??



And, for those curious, this is the oldest brothel of Austria (built in 1513). Fun fact: we were looking for a restaurant where to eat, and we found this one instead.

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9. Board Game: 1824: Austria-Hungary [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:4108]
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So, this is it, the end of our journey. Some travelling tips based on our experience (in case you wanna follow our footsteps or wanna explore further):

a) Information and organization of activities
In Salzburg and surroundings, everything runs just smoothly, with proper indications and bilingual / trilingual panels explaining each and every area you visit / enter in. The same cannot be said for Upper Austria (Oberoesterreich): information is mostly in German language only, and there's no transparency of sort in how things are organized. For example, when we headed to the festival of the Daffodils in Bad Aussee, nobody told us there was a ticket to pay: not the tourist office we visited in the morning, not the flyer with the manifestation, not even people there present. So, we went there, walked for an hour under the scorching sun, took a free shuttle from Bad Aussee to a different village near the lake where the rafts where floating, walked another 15 minutes and once there we found that to see the lake we had to pull 15 EUR each. On the way back, we took again the shuttle, and left the shuttle where we picked it a couple of hours before, BUT in the meantime the route of the shuttle was changed so that we could have gone a lot closer to our car. Again, locals knew of the change, but nobody told tourists. More of the same: at the tourist office in Hallstatt they told us to park in Zone 2 which is free (paid 3.50 EUR for the first hour of parking) and that both caves on the Dachstein were open (only one was open instead). These are just examples, but when these sum up, then it's more than an unwanted accident.

b) Language and other barriers
Similar to point a), Salzburg and surroundings are super-toutist friendly, whereas the Upper Austria region is not. Almost none of the people we met (including our hotel owner) spoke a word of English, and basically nowhere our credit cards were accepted (including at our hotel, the owner was "nur Bargeld" with an advanced payment, the day before leaving. Sure, there's ATMs everywhere, but on an ATM the commission's usually quite high, so, better going with some cash reserves, also because of the following point

c) Prices
Salzburg is acceptable as price range, both in terms of attractions and in terms of food. For the attractions, you can go everywhere basically for free if you buy the Salzburg card. For one day is steep (27 EUR), but if you plan on staying a couple of days, the cost of the card is entirely covered. In Upper Austria, on the other hand, prices are insane. Some examples: minimum fee for parking we found was 2 EUR / hour (with peak in Hallstatt of 3.50 EUR on the first hour); a 2-flavor gelato could cost you up to 5 EUR; the cave we visited on day 2 was 12.50 EUR each for a tour of 30 minutes. For going to visit the Mammoth cave they asked us about 45 EUR each (we passed).




I'm leaving you with a poll, to help me improve the quality of these lists for our coming journeys and hikes:

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What would you like to see changed in these lists?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I'd like to see more pictures, and it doesn't matter if the list becomes "pics heavy"
12.5% 2
I'd like to read more stuff, such as curiosities about the places visited / more about art and history
6.2% 1
For me these lists work just fine: keep'em as they are
81.2% 13
Voters 16
This poll is now closed.   16 answers
Poll created by Scarlet Witch
Closes: Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:00 am






A big "thank you" to all the people who followed this blog, commented the posts, thumbed the images or simply spent a few hours of their lives travelling with on yet another marvellous adventure!
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