Austria & Hungary 2012

On my 2011 trip to Europe I spent a few days in my home country of Austria. From explorations around my home town and Easter celebrations with great traditional food to a family excursion to a nearby picturesque lake and a visit to some of Austria’s most famous castles, followed by a short visit to a historic Hungarian border town, this beautiful Alpine country always enchants and serves up something new and unexpected.

After 2 amazing weeks in Spain I had finally reached my home country, Austria. On Easter Monday, April 25, 2011 my brother and sister-in-law took me on a morning walk of my home town of… Read more.

In the very early morning of February 16, 2012, my brother drove me to the Austrian town of Gleisdorf from where I was about to catch a train to Budapest, Hungary’s capital. After having visited… Read more.

My second day in Budapest, February 17, 2012, started off as an overcast and snowy day. Fortunately the big cold snap had broken and the temperatures were more agreeable. As the outdoor conditions were not… Read more.

After the snowy day yesterday, the sun was shining and the cool winter sky was radiating in brilliant hues of icy blue. I got up early to get ready for a densely packed sight-seeing program…. Read more.

My last morning in Budapest had started on February 19, 2012 and I still had a few more things on my list to see before heading back to Austria from Keleti Station around noon. After… Read more.

After 3.5 wonderful days in Budapest, my time in Europe continued with another exciting experience: skiing in the Alps, something I haven’t done for more than 30 years! On February 20, 2012 I arrived together… Read more.

February 22, 2012 was an absolutely gorgeous day, so my friend Andrea and I decided to go on a sightseeing excursion while the rest of the gang went skiing.  We drove from our location near… Read more.

After an exciting day of skiing on the Italian side of the Puster Valley on Monte Elmo, followed by a day of sightseeing in South Tyrol, we were planning to spend the last two days… Read more.

My last two days in Austria, February 25 and 26, 2012, had started. After four days in Budapest and five great days of skiing in the Austrian and Italian Dolomites I was looking forward to… Read more.