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Vienna

This morning we set off to tour Vienna fist looking at the Schonbrunn Palace. It was big set on 400 acres of grounds with various French gardens, fountains, mazes, aviary’s and much more that we would never have enough time to see. The Palace has over 100 rooms with 40 of them still still with original furnishings.

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The walls were filled with gold leaf patterns and huge paintings on the ceilings and on the walls. Each room was decorated in different themes with a lot of Asian art as that was the most expensive in the day.

Next we toured the city with a guide, went through St Steven’s Cathedral, which is a slightly smaller version of the Cathedral in Cologne, through Hofburg Palace and then through the streets of Vienna. We then had a bit of time on our own to see what we could. Vienna central is a very old and nice city, most of the inner city is old with the occasional section that have been rebuilt after the war. What previously was nice old buildings were replaced by 1940’s style box shaped buildings.

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Tonight we are went to an Opera, since we are in the heart of Mozart and Strauss home town why not do as the Austrians do. The concert was in a lovely concert hall in the centre of Vienna that was built in 1865. The orchestra played well known music from Mozart and Strauss, some with opera singers and waltz dancers. It was a great night and great at a venue, it certainly made us feel like we are in Vienna.

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Munich to Vienna

We left Munich this morning and headed into Austria. The first stop was Salzburg the home of Mozart and the Sound of Music where we had a local guide to take us around. Some areas that we saw were Mozart’s birthplace and the place where he later lived, also areas where Sound of Music was filmed.

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We had a nice lunch at a café in the older part of Salzburg, potato strudel and coffee. Spent a little more time walking the lanes and streets then headed for Vienna.

Arrived in Vienna at about 5pm and checked into our hotel, the Hilton off course which is right on the Donau river. We all got rooms looking over the river.

For dinner we went to an interesting restaurant called Murchfelderhof which was a fascinating place, there was not one piece of wall or roof that wasn’t covered in pictures, artefacts or anything else they probably could find. They had musicians going around the tables playing and music and dancing on the smallest floor area. We all had a great night.

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Lucerne to Munich

4 Countries in one day

A big day, visiting 4 counties in one day

Left Lucerne this morning and first headed for Liechtenstein, all day we drove past wonderful mountain scenery of the Swiss alps, photos just don’t get the whole view in.

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We stopped at Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein and where the Prince has his castle. Off course it was on a hill overlooking the town. The town was very quiet (Sunday morning) but very nice. We got our passports stamped, sort of a novelty stamp to say we’ve been there then had a look around town. I don’t think Liechtenstein is much bigger than Phillip Island. Apparently it’s a tax haven and it has more registered businesses than population. We had a look around then headed for Innsbruck in Austria.

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Innsbruck town centre was very old, 1200 to 1600 AD. We walked around and had lunch, tried the traditional chocolate cake. We found souvenir shops that had tee shirts with “there are no Kangaroos in Austria”. We thought that was quite good.

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We then headed for Munich, Germany and arrived about 4pm. Passed the BMW factory (huge) which also had BMW world which is a type of museum. After checking in to the hotel we went into town for dinner. First had a look around the centre area of the city then went to the Hofbrahaus for dinner. It was a busy place with a Barvarian band playing and the place packed full of stein drinkers. We had a good night there.

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Lucerne

Day of adventure

Wow what a day, Lucerne is really a beautiful city. We started today for a trip to the top of Mount Pilatus and first went up by the worlds steepest cogwheel railway, which went up an incline of more than 45 degrees. Once on the top we could climb steps to get to the very top of the mountain, 6953 feet high, had magnificent views over the Alps from the top. We were lucky with the weather, it started cloudy but cleared and by the afternoon there was hardly a cloud in the sky.

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After having a good look at the top we headed down by cable car, got great views on the way down.

Then we went back to town and had a cruise around the lake. From there we had the afternoon to ourselves so we spent that walking around the streets and shops, cafes etc.

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Dinner was at the hotel and after we went for one more walk down the paths along the lake, it’s still great weather, a warm summer’s night.

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Karlsruhe to Lucerne

Left Karlsruhe this morning, it’s a rainy day. Our first stop was in the Black Forest at a Cuckoo Clock maker, they had hundreds of cuckoo clocks and assorted wooden carvings, all made there. They also claimed to make a famous black forest cake and after trying it we agreed that it was very good, yum.

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From there we went to the Rhine falls, walked around the fall and had lunch there. We were lucky that it stopped raining while we were here.

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After that we crossed the border into Switzerland and stopped at Lucerne. First we walked across and around the Chapel Bridge, saw the lion monument then checked into our hotel. We had about 2 hours to spare before dinner so we caught a tram to the centre of town and had a quick look around the streets and shops. It is a very pretty town with magnificent backdrop of the Swiss Alps.

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For dinner we went back to town to a Swiss folklore restaurant where they had yodelling and horn blowing. The got a number of people on stage to yodel, thanks to Carol I was dragged up and had a pretty bad attempt to yodel!

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Went back to the hotel and finished with drinks at the bar with some from the tour. We met a very loud, animated and fun Russian who was wrapped to talk to us and shout drinks. The problem was he didn’t speak a word of English so there was a lot of sign language and guessing, we really didn’t have a clue what he was talking about but it was a fun night.

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