Alpenhof Hotel Semmering
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... river gorge.
Soon the rafts start to arrive, the paddlers laughing and shrieking as the fast river rushes them downstream. Just upriver from the footbridge there is a landing place where the rafters beach their craft and climb up to a jumping platform for a high plunge into the river.
Then it's back ...
... I was taking a coffee. Within minutes I was surrounded by several hundred of the huge bikes, all playing different tunes through their on-board music systems and hailing from half a dozen European countries.
i was the only GB plate there, but as I was on a BMW not a single person spoke to me! Obviously Klaus wasn't among them.
Suddenly Klaus gets quite excited (for him). "Come, come" he gestured towards ...
... only took cash so have no credit card details for auto top-up. They can always send us a bill!!
Proceeded into Austria. We had read about the Unesco listed Semmeringbahn Railway, completed in 1854, which enables the train from Vienna to reach Trieste in Italy in 13 hours, travelling through the mountains, climbing 457 metres with 16 viaducts, 15 tunnels and over 100 bridges - what an achievement for that era!
Hartberg is a very cute little town and our hotel is beautiful! Situated next to the castle, the Alter Gerischtof is sophisticatedly decorated and very well presented. My room is rather large! With big bay windows that open out onto a balcony. The bed is SO comfortable I literally feel like I'm sleeping in a marshmallow. Breakfast is alright... No toast though. And you have to pay for eggs! So I guess it's another week of eating muesli!! On ...
... to stay in bed also (praying not to catch it).
Feeling better on the 10th, we eventually made it to Bratislava. Found old town, surprised by how many Asian tourists there were, then enjoyed a delicious meat bun for lunch at the towns Christmas markets. By the Afternoon we were back in Austria parked up in a fancy rest area planning our next few days. ...