Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Austrian Alps











Having been in Austria several times and having had enough 
of sea views and heat, we thought that a mountain’experience 
would be perfect for our summer holidays abroad, 
away from the noise of the cities already visited and 
discovered in the past.
 So, we did! 




Our itinerary included three little towns
Igls-Kitzbuhel-Mondsee.
In Igls, we enjoyed cycling and walking along 
the countless hiking paths at the foot of the Alps and ...







we have had our first high-altitude fun!







My husband  while taking a photo of an Italian cycling team

at 1300m.altitude



From Igls, we easily popped over to Innsbruck,
but not for very long....




Next stop, the legendary and stylish town of Kitzbuhel
Definitely the most beautiful place of our journey. 
A medieval town with high level tourism which really offers
 a sublime mountain experience to its visitors. 
Leisure-time possibilities and sport facilities are available 
for those who wish to explore this unparalleled sport area.










From the center of the town, we used all kind of transports 
to reach the top. We got on cable cars, cableways, aerial 
tramways, ski lifts and arrived in unbelievably unspoiled 
areas ready to breathe the fresh, clean air and 
enjoy the fabulous Austrian landscape!












So many hikers up there!






Magnificent views!!!








Third destination, Mondsee, located on the shore 
of the homonym lake. 



We were lucky to be followed and helped by some good
friends who live in Austria, who accompanied us
between their call duty (thank you doctors!) and so, we
 managed to make an unforgettable excursion to the
1783m. high summit of Schafberg.


During the summer, there is the Schafbergbahn, a rack railway 
opened in 1893, which runs from the small town of St-Wolfgang 
im Salzkammergut on the shores of the Wolfgangsee to the summit. 




The SchafbergBahn is the steepest cogwheel railway in Austria
After a few minutes from the lake-side base, the track crosses 
the provincial border between Salzburg and Oberösterreich, 
before continuing its steep ascent through 
lush fields and green forests. 




The last segment of this trip, about 10 minutes, is probably 
the most spectacular and already offers 
impressive views in multiple directions.



The peak offers a panoramic view of the surrounding 
mountains and lakes.














 From the top you may see numerous Alpine lakes 
and the Dachstein glacier









A last walk in Salzburg before heading for Munich

leave the car and fly for Athens!




So nice to have you here, thank you 

regular and occasional readers as well!

Wish we can have enriching experiences whatever we do!

O


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