Austria

The hills

The places I visited were on the edge of the Alps: good views, but not too challenging.

Bad Gastein is at around 1000m; there was an impressive cloud sea in the valley in the mornings:

cloudsea

And alpine lakes tucked under snowy peaks a bit higher:

hut

The second stop, Grünau im Almtal, was 500m lower and much greener, but still within sight of the rather intimidating Totes Gebirge:

totengebirge

Cute critters

This adder gave me a slight hissing, but fortunately no more than that (mildly venomous):

commoneuropeanviper

I’m not sure who this chap is — possibly an Aesculapian snake.

kleinerbrauner

And almost certainly not venomous:

squirrel

murmeltier

The Austrian language…

… is starting to bear a remarkable resemblance to English:

shabby

topspeakern

Enjoy your walk

Paths here are marked with very patriotic little flags, occasionally embellished with encouraging messages:

marker

And some even come with their own guestbooks:

guestbook

They also give you fair warning:

steinschlag

accident

Mentality

Station announcement: “The train … will be 90 minutes late. This is due to a delay from a foreign country”.

Some are more welcoming, however:

nocafe

Helpful advice:

don'tfall

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