I had a wonderful hike in Lower Austria over the weekend with an international group of very good, good and not-so-good (aka me) hikers. When we got off the train, the hike leader laid out the map to show us the route we would take. He showed us where the Roman Empire ended and the German speaking part started. An Italian in the group corrected him and said “Barbarians, not German speaking”. It was all said in fun and we laughed while having the impromptu short history lesson.
- Shrine at the area we began the hike
2. I liked the view at the area we started
3. Walking by the stream was quite relaxing
4. Some small horses. There was a sign that the horses are for breeding with Arab horses. Quite interesting to think that this establishment in the middle of nowhere (or so it seems) has horses for breeding internationally.
5. Totem pole at the falconry/bird place next door (maybe it’s on the establishment, I don’t know)
6. There is a playground after the bird place and there were some sculptures like this one:
7. I have never been this close to donkeys and was surprised at how docile and sad they look. In comparison, I think horses look like happier and more alert.
8. I was informed that in ‘proper’ winter, people ski on these slopes. There is actually a ski lift beyond the trees on the right.
9. We had lunch at a restaurant which had a clock stuck at 12.40. Not sure whether it was am or pm.
10. Tree contributed by one lady 300 years ago.
11. We once had lunch at this restaurant during an earlier hike.
12. See that little tree house in the distance? It is for ‘hunters’ to hide in and shoot animals that eat a trough. I don’t think it’s a fair way of hunting. I don’t know the proper term for such hunting, though….
13. Just a beautiful view, especially in summer when everything is green or in the fall with vibrant flowers.
Vienna and the surrounding areas are beautiful for hiking.