Austria, the complete story

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Thursday, October 8, 1998

Austria We exited and as it was slightly late, we found a place to sleep and stayed. In the morning, we headed towards Vienna. Wein to the locals. Home of the Weiner Schnitzel. We found a campground, parked up, and then headed into town. We did the all the sites as was to be expected. The palace, the cathedral, good sausages and ham rolls next door, but not the Spanish horses as they were in Salzburg, not to worry, that would be our next stop. Being in Wein, you must visit Mozart's house and the graveyard where the musicians are buried. Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and the entire Strauss family. Quite cool actually. After this, we hit the road and headed for Salzburg. We came here because this is where Mozart lived, and also, home of the sound of music tour. So we did it. There is also another Augustiner brewery here, which the local monks look after. Good beer. The local Science museum has a two-headed goat, so that was worth a visit as well. Then there is the Sound of music tour. You get to visit the sites and sing the songs. I am 16 going on 17 gazebo, the house that they lived in and the church that they were married in. Its very tacky, but a good laugh. Highly recommended. Finally, on the way out. We did Hellbrunn palace. Home of the water fountains. It does not matter where you sit or stand. You will get wet. We also visited the Alpine zoo here, which was pretty good as well. Oh yeah, the Spanish horses were now back in Wein. Doh. As we were now on our way towards Innsbruck, we still had time to visit the Austrian saltmines. Here, you under the ground, ride on slides and pass into Germany and back again. You must take your passport. It was fun, but we were taking the long way round, as we wanted to go to the ice caves. As we had a fair wait, we decided to walk the mountain. It was a long hard slog, but we made it up. We then entered the cave. The highest ice cave in Europe. It was great, and as we were with the guide, whilst giving the tour in Austrian, he gave us a personal tour in English. We climbed back down and headed for Innsbruck. We knew where the campground was and we had only come here, as we wanted to go back to Stubai Glacier for a day of boarding. This we did and then moved on out, but before we left, I couldn't help but think, that as there were no internet cafes here, this was a perfect opportunity for the right person. We then had a quick look at some of the other places around Austrria as we headed out. We still had Switzerland and Holland and Belgium to do. We didn't know how much money we had. We pulled into a servo one-day to fill up and our card wasn't being accepted. It was slightly worrying, but the next man's didn't either. There was a weight off of our minds
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