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Veinna, Innsbruck and Salzburg

sunny 27 °C

After surviving the hangover train journey to Vienna i arrived feeling pretty damn awful but after tracking down my hostel and having a shower i felt a whole lot better! I took a tram to the town centre and began my sightseeing in earnest as i only had 2 days to see everything! Luckily a lot of the main sights in Vienna are in close proximity (well 10mins walk) so i didnt do 2 bad as i snapped away for an hour or so before going back and looking at all of these places proper. I took in a few museums and gardens before booking a ticket to go and see the opera (standing ticket....5 euros!!) that night. I went to see a show who's name i cant now remember and of which i understodd about one percent as it was all in german (not surprisingly) but i thought it was good to go just for the experience and everything! Day two i just wandered around the main shopping centre for an hour and then got on a 5 hour train to Innsbruck where i would be stopping for 3 nights.

Arriving in Innsbruck i was amazed at how exactly like Slovenia it was, backing onto the alps, green, very very beautiful and then i noticed the difference.......it was about 10 times more expensive than Slovenia! Even so i would highly recommend it to everyone as its a very very beautiful little town with a beautiful glacier river running through the middle. My only problem was that there were no hostels there (or at least no available ones) so i had to book a cheap hotel, which though cheap was a lot more expensive than a hostel! anyway the first night i just walked rounnd the town got my bareings etc and saw the local sites of the town. basically though i never took my eyes off the hills a lot cos they were so pretty. Day two i went to a place called CrystalWorld which is a museum kinda thing run by the Swarksi (or something like that) jewellry company and everything in their is made of crystal, it was really really amazing, i loved it in there! i saw the world made out of crystal, a giant jellyfish, trees, people, the worlds biggest jewellery stone and loads of other wonderful things. I then went to the shop and looked at loads of things i couldnt afford :) Day three i went to look round the winter olympic venues they have up there which were good fun but i didnt go on anything, basically cos i cant ski! Though u could go on a bobsled ride but it was 40 euros and i couldnt afford it.

I then had a quick train journey to Salzburg, where i had exactly 17 hours to waste before a connection to Sibenik. Salzburg is famous for two things 1) Sound of Music 2) birthplace of Mozart and wow didnt they promote it! all i saw walking round the town was adverts about those 2 things (neither of which really interest me by the way!). I ignored all this as much as i can before heading to the castle, which was really wonderful even though they dont give it any promo! After finishing up at the castle i basically had nothing to do so went and read an entire book in the train station while waiting for my last night train in a while. This night train was gonna b different cos once again i had braved not booking a couchette (too expensive in austria), but luck was on my side as the train was deserted so i had a whole block of 6 chairs to sprawl myself accross which resulted in my first good nights sleep on any night train!

sorry if this is a bit of a crap update, i couldnt b bothered writing a lot!

take care

Posted by coldposts 04:12 Archived in Austria

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