Hotel Reif - Urdlwirt
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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 ...
Wien to Graz
A leisurely packup this morning. We
have taken to breakfasts of the local dark heavy bread with cheese
and salami type sausage along with an expresso coffee.
We bought OBB train tickets to Graz
and this was obviously a mistake as they are very much dearer than
the internet prices I had seen previously (about X3). Even though the
train was sparsely ...
... so wrong?
The small, industrial towns are neat, clean and pollution free with typical Alpine houses. Even the most non-descript town is postcard pretty. All the towns have churches with narrow, tall steeples that can be seen from a great distance.
The people we have met have been, without exception polite and friendly. Everyone seems to have some English and willing to give it a try.
Speeds signs appear to be ...
... stunning above the rooftops of Graz. We sat there soaking it all in for a while and then decided to continue taking in the history and beauty of the place. After a few hours we were done, but spotted a rooftop bar so popped in for an even more breathtaking view. For the way down, we decided to take the Schlossbergbahn, a funicular railway that has been operating for over 100 years, albeit now funky and modern. This one was ...