Bad Gastein, Austria
Trip Start Jun 28, 2007
52Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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Now how could we NOT stay in place with a name like that?? In Austria, "bad" means baths, like thermals. We found out about it in a magazine we picked up and it was touted as a great place for "Outdoor Enthusiasts". We thought we fit that description pretty well and this turned out to be a great place to stay for a few days! We hiked and biked everyday, and found that in the Alps, hiking and biking trails are laced with SCHNAPPS STANDS along the way for making the trek easier! It was too cool! We were told at the mountain-biking rental to ask for "Zerbens schnapps" made from the huge fir trees that are on the mountains. YUM!! It was very tasty!
We decided to stay for the annual Harvest Parade that went through the village. It was so much fun -- and of course, there were girls walking around with little casks of schnapps that they we selling on the street! This was a fun town! Football Sunday we were able to plug into the bar downstairs and watch all of the games again -- six hours later than EST, but it was football, so it was okay! :-)
Food in Austria is good, too. We tried Munchner Schnitzel and Devil Schnitzel, and when we got tired of Schnitzel, we found a great Mexican restaurant by the huge waterfall in the middle of town. Mexican in Austria? I know it's a stretch, but the food was great!
Bad Gastein was a beautiful location. The hostel where we stayed had a wonderful view of the mountains and a ski lift which has previously been dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven". It is certainly understandable why.
During our bike ride we met three really nice people from Munich
The Schnitzel on the other hand was fabulous!! I want to try to cook this stuff at home some day. I highly recommend it..
Well, on the road again soon! Off to Prague..