Europe Trip – Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

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After crossing the unguarded Austria/Czech Republic border, we felt like we had travelled in time by 20 or so years. The older shop, cars, and flaky drywalls were a sharp contrast against the modern infarstructure in Austria. A Farming museum we happened to pass by with some very interesting machineries. Driving a rental Opel Corsa with a 1.2L engine. The …

SamEurope Trip – Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Europe Trip – Vienna

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Our next stop was Vienna, the capital of Austria. During our stay it was unfortunate that the weather was gray and foggy, but we were still fascinated by the historic buildings everywhere. Most notable was the interior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral with it high arched ceilings and details on the pillars. Exterior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The busy Wien Westbahnhof …

SamEurope Trip – Vienna

Europe Trip – Grossglockner High Alpine Road

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A short distance from Zell Am See is the famous Grossglockner High Alpine Road leading to one of the tallest peak in the Austrian Alps. This road was built between the years 1930 to 1935, with a total length of 48 kilometers on the side of the Alps. Our ascent vehicle, a VW Tiguan with a 2.0 Diesel Turbo engine, …

SamEurope Trip – Grossglockner High Alpine Road

Europe Trip – Zell Am See

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We arrived in Zell Am See, a town at the foot of the Austrian Alps. The weather was already turning chilly and in the peak of autumn. We roamed around town and visited some of the retired freight trains. An interesting orament. Rescue helicopter doing routine training. Reminds me of the game Choplifter! We took the Schmittenhöhebahn AG, a cable …

SamEurope Trip – Zell Am See

Europe Trip – Hallstatt

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Hallstatt, a peaceful village in the heart of Upper Austria, is one of my favorite places in this trip. It is the oldest salt mine in the world, with tools and artefacts dating back to 7000 years ago. Two main street run parallel to the waterfront both lead into the town square and the ferry dock. All the houses are …

SamEurope Trip – Hallstatt

Europe Trip – Salzburg

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Salzburg is the 4th biggest city in Austria and is the name means “Salt Fortress” for the salt trades derived from the Salt Mines of Hallein. It is also famous for its setting in the Sound of Music. Offering many “Sound of Music” tours to tourists to visit the scenes in the movie. The Festung Hohensalzburg, the city’s fortress, was …

SamEurope Trip – Salzburg