Hotel & Spa Der Steirerhof
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A lot of driving today sadly leaving the beautiful mountains, heading to Graz. Graz is the 3rd largest capital of Austria, but more of an industrial hub, no mountains etc. Our hotel is about 10km out of the city centre booked here because I couldn't get a city centre hotel, have learnt today that's because the Austrian Grand Prix is on, which is one of the huge races ...
... book had a wide range of hymns from Johann Sebastion and before, right up to the 1990's. We skipped queueing up for the bread but I did say a little prayer for the rain to stop. It was only drizzling when we came out so I am not sure if that counts. The climb up involved some serious stairs but it was well worth the views. The fortifications were destroyed by Napoleon in 180X, ...
The town has a central old quarter
which is remarkably preserved. The Holy Roman Emperor had a
residence here at one stage so the cathedral and many palaces of the
officials are suitable magnificent. This area, protected by the
overlooking schloss, survive the 2nd ww bombing but large
swathes of the surrounding residential area were destroyed.
The tourist office runs a walking tour
around the old city which worked really well for us as it ...
... br> The trip over the Semmering pass was
as spectacular as indicated in the literature. The train was a real
contrast to the rattletrap we recently took up to Albury. Very
smooth, free wifi on board, display screens with info about next
stop, speed, current location maps, and of course, on time.
At Graz we walked around to our
apartment. It is perfectly adequate and ...
... of the May Day celebrations and we think it is kind of a variation on a Maypole. We have seen them in many towns and cities in Austria.
The food is all organic and locally sourced. The dinner buffet offered a wide range of food including lamb, fish, salads, pasts, beef, and a range of desserts and cheese.
This has been a welcome break from being a tourist. Tomorrow we head to Rust for one night before returning the rental car in ...