Travel Blogs from St. Ruprecht an der Raab
Wednesday 28 May Schloss This morning we set to walk up the Schloss, the fortified area overlooking the town. It was raining so we popped into a church to have a little look around. A service was starting so we sat down and partook. A great organ and a singer led some of the hymns. Interesting hearing the hymns sung in German as they really are very syllabic, one note per syllable. ...
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 ...
... Langenwang, (the hostess, despite being on crutches with a broken bone in her foot, insisted on showing us the 7 different recycle bins we were to use, even though we were the only campers.)
Next day bused into Murzzuschlag and caught the train. Explored Semmering itself (cable car up the mountains was closed for maintenance!) as we had missed the connection through being told the wrong platform, and watched our train ...