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What is great about backpacking with no fixed agenda or itinerary, is that you can make changes to your plans at any time, based on how you feel or based on things you read & hear. That was the case with our visit to Vienna & Kitzbuhel. We had not planned to visit Austria, but since we were so close to Vienna we decided to go there & since we were in Austria, ...
... a bit out of the way for getting to Salzburg but many pretty scenes, houses and mountains were evident on the road there. This little town is very pretty indeed – high, snowy mountains and a great big lake. Plenty of pretty little houses also. We had a good walk around – took plenty of photos including a funny one of Craig wearing an interesting hat – he looks so much like Poppa in that photo. Only bad thing was that ...
... of the mountain in Kaprun. From there we ascended the mountain in three steps:
1. Gletscherjet 1: a small gondola that took us up the steep lower slope of the mountain to some beautiful green meadows.
2. Langwiedbahn: a chairlift with an optional cover that we left open even though it was pretty chilly. We went over more rocky terrain and got our first views of the snowy Kitzsteinhorn summit before disembarking ...
... red ferraris that were zooming past people.
We then went up another spur road, that would lead us close to the Grossglockner. We tried to stop at a pretty lake to have lunch, but somehow we had left our sandwiches at home. So we continued on to the end of the road at Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe. It was named that for the Emperor Franz Joseph who visited the spot in 1856. It was high on the side of a large glacier valley, with the Grossglockner directly across from ...
... and lakes. The yellow castle on another hilltop below is the Hohenschwangau Castle, which can also be visited.
Onward, we arrived in Austria to the small but very quaint town of Koessen. Everything had been meticulously arranged by Sally’s beloved ...