Posts tagged ‘German border’

October 16, 2013

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

One of the most magnificent part of the Austrian-German border is the Untersberg, the pride and proud of the people of Salzburg. Its history is overcrowded with mythical creatures like emperors with ever-growing beards, dwarfs, witches and pretty mountain women who wear only white and like to pick handsome young humans to father them some children.

fog below Untersberg

Untersberg cable car house

Just take the cable car and simply vanish in Nothing.

Untersberg cable car

Untersberg fog 2

Untersberg fog 1

Once safely arrived at the top, try to find your way in the fog without falling down from rocks into invisible depths.

Untersberg fog 9

Untersberg fog 5

Admire the alpine flora and some leftover objects of the human civilisation.

gaz

dry grass in fog

pines at Untersberg

rodl

Reach the Geiereck (Vulture’s Corner).

Untersberg path in fog

Geiereck cross 2

Look over Austria…

view Austria

…and then Germany.

view Deutschland

Oh well. Maybe you’d better visit this place on a nice and sunny summer day instead of at the beginning of Fog Season, which with its ten months per year is the longest season in Salzburg.

Wait for the sun to come out.

sun over Untesberg

Go over to another peak, the Salzburger Hochtron. Meet (the signs of) fellow travellers, pass memorials for the fallen members of the WW2 Mountain Troops and people who failed at hiking the same trail you’re walking right now.

Untersberg fog 2 (2)

two travellers Untersberg

Leo Japan

Memorial Bergtruppen Untersberg

Do you see the tiny cross at the top? That’s your destination.

traveller Untersberg 2

sign Untersberg

Salzburger Hochtron 2

stairs to Salzburger Hochtron

Now you are at the top pf the world, high above the clouds, where the sky is always blue and the sun always shines.

Untersberg view

Untersberg clouds 3

Untersberg clouds 2

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July 12, 2013

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

Well, the Hammerauer Brücke isn’t really a place you must see before you die, but I stumbled upon it quite accidentally today, so here it is. Poor Rozi died almost a month ago and I was totally handicapped without a bike, so I hopped over to Germany to buy a new one, because that’s what you do if you live in Salzburg and need something: you hop over to Germany to shop, because Salzburg is the most expensive city in whole Austria. Just in case you were planning to move here, haha.

So I bought my new bike (Rozi, I will always remember you!) and drove it back home to Salzburg. A lazy 14 km tour beside the Saalach in the descending sun with only a minimal time spent with getting lost.

Stadler Rad

The Hammerauer Brücke:

Bridge Hammerau

On the German side you get an overwhelming amount of elementary school art:

Hammerau

Hammerau wall

Hammerau art wall

Over the bridge and the Saalach:

Hammerauer Bridge

Saalach 2

Welcome in the nuclear-free zone:

Siezenheim

Austria

flowers

February 12, 2013

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

Do you remember the place where Germany meets Austria? Well, that’s not the only one. Germany and Austria share a border of 784 kilometers, with some beautiful spots, and I plan to explore as many of them as I can in my remaining few months in Salzburg.

The place where the river Salzach takes a turn and forms the peninsula the small German town of Laufen is located on is called Salzachschleife. The word “laufen” actually means “to run” in German, which is a funny name for a city, especially for such a sleepy little one, like this. There are two bridges linking the towns Oberndorf (Austria) and Laufen (Germany): the Salzachbrücke and the Europasteg.

This is the Salzachbrücke:

staatsbrücke

The German side:

Laufen from bridge

And the Austrian:

Oberndorf from bridge

And that’s the Salzach in both directions:

view1

view2

While in Austria spring has already arrived…

spring

…in Germany somebody was greeting me personally with this huge capital A in the snow:

A

Maybe these German ducks?

ducks

The other bridge, Europasteg with the Kalvarienberg-Kapelle in Oberndorf as seen from Germany:

Oberndorf

And the view of Laufen from the Totenberg in Austria:

Laufen oben

And finally, the Salzachschleife itself (inside of the circle is Germany, outside is Austria):

Salzachschleife

Schleife

June 22, 2012

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

That’s the place called Überfuhr, where the river Saalach joins the river Salzach. They create together a natural border. One side of the river belongs to Germany, the other to Austria.

That’s the Austrian side:

And that’s Germany:

And that’s me, breaking deep into German territory:

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