Showing posts with label Austria. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Austria. Show all posts

Friday, 5 July 2013

Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves, Austria

The main reason for our stop in Salzburg was to see the Eisriesenwelt ice caves. We got up early and took the train to Werfen, Austria. The train ride was in a valley surrounded by big fields with white top mountains in the background. The little village is very colorful and peaceful. We took a mini bus from the station to the ticket office, 5 km uphill. We then had to do a steep twenty minutes walk to get to the cable car that took us closer to the cave entrance. There was another twenty minutes steep walk to get to the entrance. A good work-out well worth it but not over. The tour consist of a 1 km deep visit in the caves that are 40 km long. It is again a workout as you go up and down around 1400 stairs in the ice caves . The caves are beautiful with the ice formations inside that the guide illuminates from behind for the visitors. Unfortunately, pictures are forbidden inside the caves during the tour so we borrowed one from their website as an example. It is magical and a must see in Austria.


Werfen Castle, Austria
Werfen, Austria
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria
Inside the caves. This is a picture from them as you are not allowed to use your camera inside the caves.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Vienna, Austria

Vienna was a great stop as we came here to see two friends we made earlier on the trip. We stayed and spent most of our time with Viki, whom we met in Copenhagen on our first day after disembarking the boat that took us across the Atlantic. She was a great host, guide and we had a lot of fun seeing her again. On our first night in Vienna, we went to Porgy & Bess to see Sori. We met her in Norway and she invited us to go see her play there if we could.  The schedule worked out and we did make it. It was a great show were she was alone playing Janggu, a traditional Korean instrument. We really enjoy learning about the traditional music she played in her natal country. We also really like the city and the train journey towards Slovenia offered great scenery.

Train view in Austria
On the train
Small town in Austria
Main shopping street in the first district of Vienna
Inside view of Stephansdom
Sori and us
Hofburg Palace