Imperial Splendor

Vienna owes much of her imperial glory and splendor to the grand Habsburg Dynasty, which ruled a vast stretch of central Europe for six centuries from its capital city Vienna.   www.aboutvienna.org. Germans by origin, the Habsburg family gained power when Pope Gregory X needed support for a new crusade. To secure a counterweight to the King…

Google What?

A long, long time ago, long before the idea of a world wide web and the Google search engine was conceived, a sleepy hamlet along the Iron Curtain, as the Austrian and Czechoslovakian border was called back then, bore the cute, funny name Guglwald, Googlewood.  I was quite lucky to get to know Guglwald in…

Octogenarian Passion

Meet a very unusual woman. Miss Erna Haselgruber, octogenarian and artist who stumbled on her ultimate passion late in life. It all began one dreary Austrian fall day when, out of the blue, inspiration struck. 69-years young back then, something compelled Erna to buy a paintbrush, art supplies, and enroll in an art class. What…

In Linz Beginn’s-It Starts in Linz

In Linz, that’s where it begins. IT. A product launch. A new invention. A travel adventure. Whatever. The possibilities are endless. This slogan of my hometown was the going phrase the day I kissed my parents good buy on a snow drenched December day in 1981. And today, after thirty years, the saying has morphed…

Fall Colors

While going for a walk yesterday the sun came out and I just had to take pictures of the lovely fall colors.

Beim Heurigen

Day three greeted us with another stunning blue sky over Vienna. Not at all a certainty in Austria to have so many sunny days in a row. Glad not to worry about umbrellas, sweaters and jackets, we hopped on the Tram, the Underground and then on the bus and headed up into the surrounding hills…

Four Hoofed Perfection in White

When visiting Vienna one can expect to experience and discover things not found in other places. Such precious gems are the white Lippizzaner Stallions of the world renowned Imperial Horse Riding School which we went to see on our second day in Vienna. This exceptional breed of muscular horses dates back to the 16th century…

Circling the Ring

A visit to the Austrian capital is a must for every tourist who steps onto Austrian soil. As during our last visit to my homeland, Bob and I, along with my niece Alia, hopped on the train (not any train but the Jet Rail) and zoomed at a speed of 200 km per hour (125…

Auf zur Jaus’n

Auf zur Jaus’n (Let’s go for a snack). With that thought in mind, we decided to hike up the hill to the Mirellen Stueberl, a popular Jausenstation (across between café and snack bar) where hikers, bikers and city folks gather to enjoy the fresh air, great view and good food. From Gallneukirchen, we ventured on…

Castle in the Air

As we left Goldegg and followed the Salzach River downhill into the valley, a majestic sight unfolded beyond the car’s windshield like a fairytale setting. Green meadows spreading across the valley floor, mountains reaching into the blue, and a castle in the air shining like a gem under the sun. The Hohen Werfen Fortress. One…

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein, a historic spa resort built into the steep slopes of the Hohe Tauern mountain range, was our destination on day two of our mini vacation. After a hearty breakfast and a two hour hike through the Goldegg woods, we hopped into the car, headed east and then south into the Gasteinertal. Cruising between…