Bad Gastein, Austria

Trip Start Jun 28, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2007

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Bad Gastein, Austria

From Lisa:

Now how could we NOT stay in place with a name like that?? In Austria, "bad" means baths, like thermals. We found out about it in a magazine we picked up and it was touted as a great place for "Outdoor Enthusiasts". We thought we fit that description pretty well and this turned out to be a great place to stay for a few days! We hiked and biked everyday, and found that in the Alps, hiking and biking trails are laced with SCHNAPPS STANDS along the way for making the trek easier! It was too cool! We were told at the mountain-biking rental to ask for "Zerbens schnapps" made from the huge fir trees that are on the mountains. YUM!! It was very tasty!

We decided to stay for the annual Harvest Parade that went through the village. It was so much fun -- and of course, there were girls walking around with little casks of schnapps that they we selling on the street! This was a fun town! Football Sunday we were able to plug into the bar downstairs and watch all of the games again -- six hours later than EST, but it was football, so it was okay! :-)

Food in Austria is good, too. We tried Munchner Schnitzel and Devil Schnitzel, and when we got tired of Schnitzel, we found a great Mexican restaurant by the huge waterfall in the middle of town. Mexican in Austria? I know it's a stretch, but the food was great!

From Cheryl:

Bad Gastein was a beautiful location.  The hostel where we stayed had a wonderful view of the mountains and a ski lift which has previously been dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven".  It is certainly understandable why. 

During our bike ride we met three really nice people from Munich.  They gave us all sorts of tips for Oktoberfest, which is right around the corner.  Of course the biggest one is to have reservations for accommodations and we do not, but that is okay!  The three of them sat with us at a schnapps break.  The gentleman in the group decided that I needed to try a piece of bread and a spread from their plate called Verhackeles (I had one of the women right this in my journal because I was not sure how to spell it).  I asked him what it was and he just piled it on the bread, laughed and handed it to me.  Well...  not being one not to share, I tore it in half and gave some to Lisa.  You know, it is rude not to accept food from a new friends plate after all..  We tried it and it was not too bad.  Odd consistency..  Again I asked him what it was and he said that the best English way to describe it would be speck tartare.. Now speck means bacon.,  not sure about this one!  Well, the USDA might not approve of this tasty morsel, but we survived it (and the schnapps!)

The Schnitzel on the other hand was fabulous!!  I want to try to cook this stuff at home some day.  I highly recommend it..

Well, on the road again soon!  Off to Prague..
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