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... or just has the same name... The drive up it was pretty crazy, it was a little bendy road up the side of the mountain. It went past a waterfall which was mostly frozen over and was very impressive. We also took a gondola there to the top of the mountain from where we were practicing but we didn't ski down because it looked very steep! We have our rental stuff for another day so I think we are going up another slope tomorrow to give that a shot.
... than we had seen them, great atmosphere. We each payed €2 for a lucky-dip in a swirling wind machine (and grab a piece of paper to reveal your gift), money going to cancer research. We agreed Riley was the big winner. That was our Christmas gift, done! We strolled home a long way round to see a little more of the town, arriving back at the hotel around 6. Last night in Salzburg. Merry Christmas for the final time ...
... en route but it was a waste of time.
Finally into the town of Lienz and its time for a coffee and a look at the
Coffee shop found and looking at the maps I finally decided to take the 107
road north which would be a kind of farewell run over the Alps and its also kind
of taking me in the right direction to home.
Coffee drunk and off out of town I head. Before long I am making my way up
a rather steep road which is hugging the edge of a mountain and is ...
3. Gipfelbahn: a huge gondola with only two large cars and two towers that took us up to the Gipfelwelt 3000, the building near the top of the mountain.
We first visited the "Top of Salzburg", the highest viewing platform in Austria at 3029 meters (9940 feet)! It was very cold outside at only 39 F, but we didn't care because the Austrian Alps were spread out before us.
We next went through ...
... around a small mountain and almost doubled back on itself.
From there we took a side road, with more switchbacks, up to the Edelweiss-Spitze. This was the highest point on the road at 2571 meters. There were 360 degree views, and even a restaurant with a Zimmer (i.e. rooms you could rent).
Our next stop was the Fuscher Torl, a memorial tower that commemorated the workers who built the road. We saw some sort of animals there, kind of goat-like, that were in ...