Germany and Austria
June 26th - July 8th, 2002
Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castles
Slazkammergut Lake District
The Danube Valley
There are no more bike rental in Austrian train stations. due to the high
maintenance cost, OBB is not renting bikes anymore. In most cities,
hotels have taken over the niche and they are now renting bikes. In Melk,
I rented a very good bike from "Hotel Zur Post" (10 euro for full day, 7
euro after 3pm). OBB is also offering "Bike and Train" deals that are
good if you are not traveling on a rail pass.
- In Vienna, I enjoyed the free Music Film Festival in front of the
City Hall (Rathausplatz). Daily during the summer (at twilight),
videos of concerts and operas are shown. Good alternative for a
city that dies culturally in the summer.
Old Steam Train
At the top of Schneeberg (2075m, 6808ft, Highest Point in Lower Austria)
Puchberg am Schneeberg
- Don't go to Baden-Baden on a Monday if you are looking for theater or
concerts... everything is closed.
- At Baden Baden, I stayed at Hotel Am Markt. This hotel
deserves high marks for friendliness, superb location, and good
Pictures by Arturo Crespo