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April 4, 2019

Austria: Graz, Murinsel

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Murinsel floats in the Mur River in Graz Austria.

The Murinsel in central Graz Austria is an artificial floating “island” in the middle of the Mur River. Like the Kunsthaus 500 feet or so downstream, Murinsel was constructed for the 2003 European Capital of Culture. The floating island holds café and a children’s playground. More practically, Murinsel’s access ramps serve as a pedestrian bridge across the river.

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April 3, 2019

Austria: Graz, The Stairs of Reconciliation


The Stairs of Reconciliation at Burg Graz

We happened on the Doppelwendeltreppe, or “The Stairs of Reconciliation”, at Burg Graz by chance. Walking by we saw the door open and a sign on the wall. So we walked inside not really knowing what to expect. On the inside we found an unusual staircase that splits and rejoins several times as it circles. Graz people call it the “stairs of reconciliation” for if you go separate ways, you will ultimately reunite at the next landing. (more…)

Austria: Graz, Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, future governor of California

On a wall of our hotel in Graz there was a wall with pictures of the famous people. Among the photos of the celebrities is one of Mick Jagger, who according to my informal survey has slept in nearly every upscale hotel in the world. On the wall is also a photograph of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. The picture served as a reminder that Schwarzenegger is from Austria, a fact that we are inevitably reminded of when we tell any Austrian that we are from California. Austrians love to tell us that Arnie, their native son, was once governor of our State, as if we might have forgotten. (more…)

April 2, 2019

Austria: Graz, the Styrian Armory

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Inside the armory

One of the truly unique things to see in Graz is the Styrian Armory. Accessible through a door in the city’s tourist office, the structure holds 32,000 pieces of weaponry, tools, and suits of armor carefully organized and displayed over three floors. It is said to be the largest intact historic armory in the world. The collection of armor, enough to outfit 5,000 soldiers, was brought together between the 15th and 17th centuries. (more…)

March 31, 2019

Austria: Graz


Pedestrianized central Graz

In retrospect I knew surprising little about Graz Austria before we decided to visit in October of 2018. I didn’t know that the commune is Austria’s second largest city. Before we planned to visit I did not know of the existence of Schloss Eggenberg, a Baroque palace located on Graz’s perimeter. Nor did I know that Graz was the capitol of Styria. In fact I didn’t know of the existence of Styria at all, though I probably should have. As always, travel is a great teacher. (more…)

March 27, 2019

Austria: Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape and the Semmering Railway


Fertö / Neusiedlersee on light wind day

In Central Eurpoe, near the border of Austria and Hungary, are two UNESCO World Heritage sites, “Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape” and the “Semmering Railway”. We “visited” both briefly on way from Bratislava Slovakia to Graz Austria. (more…)

March 4, 2019

Austria: Hellbrun Palace

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Hellbrunn Palace

Hellbrunn Palace (German: Schloss Hellbrunn) is an early Baroque villa to the south of Salzburg Austria. It was built in 1613–19 and named for the clear spring that supplied its water features. The palace is famous for its jeux d’eau or water games that are spread throughout the estate’s grounds. Indeed it is the playful water features that make Hellbrun a popular tourist attraction in the summer months. (more…)

Austria: Salzburg


Inside Salzburg’s cathedral

Salzburg Austria has it all. It’s scenic and historic. UNESCO agrees: The “Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. If there were a modern-day Grand Tour route, Salzburg would clearly be on it and for good reason. (more…)

March 2, 2019

Austria: Eisriesenwelt

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The trail winds up the side of the mountain to the entrance of the Eisriesenwelt cave.

Roughly forty minutes by car from Salzburg Austria is Eisriesenwelt, the world’s longest ice cave. A two-kilometer portion of the 42-kilometer-long cavern is open to the public for guided tours from May until the end of October. In late September of 2018 Becky and I detoured on our way from Munich to Salzburg to check it out. (more…)

January 7, 2019

Liechtenstein: Vaduz


The Vaduz Castle, the Prince of Liechtenstein’s principal residence

It’s good to be the Prince of Liechtenstein. Or at least that is what I imagine.

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