Austria

1 07 2014

Well, by now you know that the third country on our Central East European (CEE) road trip was Vienna. It’s a city I have been to nineteen times before but always on business and never with time to visit any of the sightseeing parts in the centre. Back in the eighties it was also the gateway into the other eastern European countries and was my starting point for trips into the then Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Roumania.

Before we left Sweden I made Pocket Queries of all the countries we were going to visit and filtered for earthcaches, virtuals and caches with high favourite points. Based on the density of favourite points in Vienna I booked a hotel that was close enough yet not at an exorbitant price. The price level for hotels, restaurants and general merchandise is about double that in the Czech Republic and in the centre of Vienna it can be very expensive to stay.

We arrived mid afternoon and met my partner’s friends for dinner. I actually left my GPS at the hotel so I wouldn’t be tempted to go hunting for a cache. Having said that I remembered one car close to the hotel Rotes Telefon and just happened to pop in and grab the cache on the way back to the hotel. It was a net way of hiding the log book. I just need to see if we have any suitable telephone boxes left in Sweden. Most of them have been scrapped!

The day after was spent in the centre of Vienna looking for caches and sightseeing at the same time. The buildings are witness to a time where Austria was a great nation. It was interesting to find two earthcaches that doubled as statues at the same time! They were Das strahlende Denkmal / The radiating monument and Lapis lazuli both of which had an interesting geologica lesson attached to them.

Goethe the poet and writer

Goethe the poet and writer

A fantastic blue statue made from a 13 ton block of lapis lazuli

A fantastic blue statue made from a 13 ton block of lapis lazuli

As mentioned I only chose to list caches with high favourite points and that just about covered all the ones in the centre. They are listed below and the photographs, as they may contain spoilers, are not necessarily listed in the same order. The FP’s listed are from my latest PQ which was on July 1.

Burgtora 400 FP
VIENNA TOILET CACHE 86 FP
Philipphof 295 FP
Parlament (vormals:Euro 08 – Fanmeile Wien) 661 FP
You have got mail 490 FP

Mikaelerplatz

Mikaelerplatz

Yes, you can hide a cache in plain sight

Yes, you can hide a cache in plain sight

Gutenberg, the father of the printed book

Gutenberg, the father of the printed book

Hofberg as seen from the Burgtora

Hofberg as seen from the Burgtora

The Anker Uhr. This is similar to the astronomical clock we saw in Prague

The Anker Uhr. This is similar to the astronomical clock we saw in Prague

St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Many buildings were embellished with amazing decorations

Many buildings were embellished with amazing decorations

Looks good doesn't it?

Looks good doesn’t it?

It was possible to sit on a small square and buy "biobeer" - environmentally friendy production

It was possible to sit on a small square and buy “biobeer” – environmentally friendy production

Of course we had to eat the obligatory Vienna Schitzel

Of course we had to eat the obligatory Vienna Schitzel

As we were staying just behind the Town Hall (Rathaus) we saw a little of the ongoing film festival and the refreshments area (of course). On the Sunday morning on my way to collect my car from the carpark I passed by the Town Hall which was draped in multiple swastika covered banners which I photographed but won’t publish. A new Disney film called “Woman in Gold” where a simulated Nazi invasion of Vienna was being filmed according to the security guy I talked to. That explained why we saw old motorbikes on a trailer the previous evening.

Film festival at the Town Hall

Film festival at the Town Hall

Parliament buildings

Parliament buildings

Parliament1You can see the cache, can’t you?

After a full day in the city which we found very pleasant, we started our drive back to Prague. Rather than drive back the way that we came, despite it being a quicker route according to Google Maps we chose to take the more direct scenic route. In that way we were able to travel quite a long way in Austria before crossing the border into the Czech Republic again. The whole trip was about 750 km and took us into three interesting capital cities in three days.

I'm just taking the tractor to the pub dear

I’m just taking the tractor to the pub dear

The route we took on our vacation

The route we took on our vacation

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