Lichtenstein day 2

This morning we took the bus up into the mountains and hiked. The area where we hiked was almost too beautiful to believe. It prompted Duke to yodel! And I expected to see Heidi around every corner. 

After our hike we took the bus up to the ski resort at the end of the road and had a coffee. 

For dinner we took the bus into Vaduz and walked around a bit before we ate. Here is the castle where the Prince of Liechtenstein lives. 

And here is our dinner. 

Innsbruck to Lichtenstein 

This morning in Innsbruck we had a yummy breakfast of pastries and coffee at the strudel shop just down from our hotel. 

Then we walked to the train station and caught a train to Feldkirch near the Austria Lichtenstein border. The train route took us through an idyllic picturesque countryside of green fields, villages and snow capped mountains.

In Feldkirch we changed to a bus to Valduz the capital of Lichtenstein. There we changed to a bus to our hotel. Lichtenstein is only 24 km long by 12 km wide With a population of about 37,000.  This is the view from our hotel. 

TripAdvisor only lists 19 restaurants in Vaduz. We ate a a very good restaurant next to our hotel. 

Innsbruck day 2

Today we hiked! But first we went to the top of the mountains to the north of  Innsbruck. 

From the city center we took the cable railroad up the mountain to Hungerburg. It starts out as a subway then becomes a funicular. Each car swivels independently. As we were going up the bottom of our car was about even with the top of the car below us. 

At Hingerburg a group of people were exercising. What a great setting for an exercise class!

In Hungerburg we changed to a Cable car and went up to Seegeube. And then from there took another cable car to the very top at 2,256 m / 7,400 ft. It felt like we were on top of the world. 

It was a bit hazy so the pictures don’t really do it justice. In the winter you can ski from here all the way back down to Hungerburg. 

We took the cable cars back down to Hungerburg and hiked from there through the forest back to Innsbruck. It was a perfect day for hiking. 

To reward ourselves at the end of the day we enjoyed a couple of beers. 

Salzburg to Innsbruck 

Innsbruck in western Austria is in a stunning setting. It is surround d by snow capped mountains.  Today we walked to the train station in Salzburg. 

Caught a train to Innsbruck and then walked to our hotel. 

Our hotel, the Goldener Adler is just down the street from this building. It is called the Golden Roof but it was actually covered with gilt copper tiles by the Emperor Maximilian in 1500. 

We explored the town a bit enjoying the great weather and had beer and pizza for dinner. 

Salzburg Day 3

Where else but in Salzburg would the hotel TV have as one of the options on the main menu the movie The Sound of Music!

Our plan today was to do the Rick Steves walking tour of Salzburg. We started out at the Mozart Statue. 

Outside the cathedral the angels on the facade seem to be crowning the statue of Mary in the courtyard. 

The cathedral is beautiful and it has three organs!

From the cathedral we climbed up to the bluffs overlooking the town. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining. 

We walked along the ridge top. The birds were singing and there was lots of green grass and wild flowers. The views were stunning. 

We stopped for some fresh bread on the way back. 

I think the highlight of dinner was my steak tartare. It was very good. 

Salzburg Day 2

One of the things about traveling for two months is that occasionally you need to take a bit of a break. This morning we slept in, worked on the New York Times crossword and took it easy. We went out for coffee and pastries and brought them back to the room. We finished the crossword and read our books. 

Eventually we decided to go out and explore Salzburg. We walked along the river and through the park to the Mozart Museum. 

The museum was interesting but a bit disappointing because it was small and fairly expensive. 

It was, however, a stunningly beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed walking the streets. 

For dinner we had an elegant dinner at the Hotel Sacher. 

And finally we had the famous Sacher Torte. 

Vienna to Salzburg 

The train ride from Vienna west to Salzburg took almost three hours. We rode through lush green countryside. 

We walked from the train station to our hotel in Salzburg. 

We are staying at the Hotel Goldgasse.  As we were unpacking we realized that we left the cord for our USB charging hub in the hotel in Vienna. So we got directions at the front desk and took a bus to a shopping mall 20 minutes away. We found the electronics store and bought a new hub. 

Dinner was great. We had potato soup. 

The grill plate. 

And finally had apple streusel. 

Budapest to Vienna 

Today we took the train from Budapest back to Vienna because tonight we had tickets to a concert at the Vienna Opera House. The  concert was by the opera singer Edita Gruberova.

The performance was quite extraordinary. I enjoyed it immensely. Here you can see the people in the standing room section. You can’t buy standing room tickets in advance. People line up the afternoon before the show. 

Ms. Gruberova sang a variety of songs for 35 minutes. Then there was a 25 minute intermission. She sang for another 30 minutes or so and then there were at least 6 encores. 

Afterwards we took the subway back to our hotel. 

Budapest Day 3

It was a lovely Spring day in Budapest. The temperature was in the 70s. We took full advantage of it and had a great day sightseeing. We visited St. Stevens Basilica. It is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals I have ever seen. 

St. Steven brought Christianity to Hungary. This reliquary contains his mummified right hand!

We also went to the top of the Basilica and enjoyed an expansive view of Budapest. 

The Big Bus hop on hop off package that we bought yesterday included options for a walking tour and a boat tour on the Danube. We took the walking tour this morning. Our guide, Thomas was entertaining and very knowledgeable. I think his tour alone was worth the cost of the ticket.  

Here he is telling us about one of the very few Soviet era monuments that is still in place. This one commemorate the Russian soldiers who died liberating Budapest from the Nazis. 

Do you recognize these two guys?

We took the boat tour tonight. These are the Houses of Parliament. 

After the boat tour we went to the Opus Jazz Club for dinner and a show. A Canadian singer, Melissa Lauren was singing with a quartet. 

It was a great day and a lovely last evening in Budapest. There are several interesting sounding things that we didn’t do here. We will have to come back. 

Budapest day 2

Duke and took the hop on hop off bus tour of Budapest today. Budapest is a beautiful city. The castle and parliament particularly stand out. 

We rode the funicular up to the castle and explored a bit. 

The Budapest Bridges over the Danube are also beautiful. 

The Big Bus Company has a night tour. The parliament, the castle, and the bridges were especially beautiful all lit up. 

In between all this we took a rest at our hotel and watched the live coverage on BBC of the terrorist attack in London. It makes you realize that something like this can happen to anyone anywhere. 

For dinner we went to a restaurant recommended by our nephew, Wes and had a great dinner. Thanks for the recommendation Wes!