As 2017 comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to look back over all the trips and fun I’ve had this year and list my top 5 favourite places. July saw the first wander, and thanks to Adrian Thomas, who suggested I keep a blog, this sight was born. So let’s take a look back and see my favourites.
5. Ober St. Veit.
Ober St. Veit was the first. I started that day armed with a bottle of cola, a camera and the wrong pair of shoes. I literally jumped on the first train that came in and found myself at the end of the line in Huttledorf. I had to make a simple decision, left or right when leaving the train station and I choose left. It was a good choice. Despite the hills and the climbing, I found myself with a great view over the city, and as I wandered down from there, I found Ober St. Veit, the little village in the city. Filled with picturesque buildings, flower beds galore and a beautiful church grounds where I sat for awhile just cooling off, Ober St. Veit’s was a great start to my wandering, teaching me a few lessons on how to approach future wanders.
Tulln was my third trip. I was feeling good and a trip outside the city boundaries sounded great. It was. First impressions were less than favourable though, given the refurbishment work going on at Tulln Bahnhof, but pretty soon I found myself in the Stadt itself, pretty much by myself. The town was peaceful in the extreme, but so pretty. The department store, Stift was a gorgeous sight with painted murals on the walls outside alongside a statue of Hermes and his winged ankles. The Main Platz was a beautiful place to enjoy and iced coffee, but the highlight of the day was having my lunch, sat in a deckchair on the banks of the Danube. It was near silent, despite the rail bridge seeing plenty of traffic, and the pace of life slowed to an enjoyable crawl. Tulln was a nice day out.
Eggenburg was one of those rare opportunities. Lynda was working there for a few days, and on her last day, I joined her in the town to see what Eggenburg was all about. It was a long trip, an hour on the train. However the payoff was fantastic. The heat was blistering, but this medieval town was stunning. From the train station you got a great view over the whole town, with the local church being a massive focal point. Alongside the church, a wall surrounded the old inner Stadt, and in places you could actually get up on top of it and see the whole valley. Inside the walls there were plenty of old buildings, statutes and pretty little things to keep a photographer happy for hours. What really made my day was lunch in the local Gasthaus. Specialising in ‘slow food’, the family run place served me a lunch of Schweinsbraten I have yet to beat. Add in a glass of local Wine and you have the makings of a fantastic day.
I visited Melk in September. Even then the weather was warm. Melk Is impressive to say the least. The small town is dominated by the huge monastery and church sat on the hill above. It was a sight to behold that’s for sure. For me though, Melk offered me more than just the monastery. The banks of the Danube were close by, with at least half a dozen large river cruise boats docked, delivering tourists from all over to see the sights. That was more than obvious given how busy the town centre was. There were cute little alleys to wander though though and plenty to see. Climbing to the Stift though, you can’t but be wowed by the grandeur of the whole thing, and I enjoyed a wander around the grounds. Melk Is something special and I’ll be heading back there again at some point just to photograph the monastery.
This one really was my favourite. Given that I’ve travelled a lot of late, Stammersdorf is perhaps the most surprising. Sitting on the very edge of Wien, I arrived at Stammersdorf on the tram. There was a main road filled with traffic and two tram lines that terminated there. Within five minutes though, the world fell away and I found myself in a Vienna that existed 100 years ago. The quiet village of Stammersdorf is the place to go to get away from it all. Settled at a selection of small foothills and ho,e to some of the best small wine produces you’ll find, Stammersdorf was simply beautiful. Several times I followed a road only to find myself at the edge of the city looking back over fields of corn, or though vineyards. The small Platz provided me with a great place to eat my lunch with nothing but birdsong for company. Had I wanted a more cooked lunch, there were several small family run restaurants I could have eaten at where the wine would have travelled less than a mile from vine to bottle. All in all, I really enjoyed that day, and I plan a return trip this spring.
Next year I’m hoping to travel even more. There are already trips planned around Vienna and a big trip coming up to Graz in February. Krems also figures and a really cool trip that I’m not saying to much about right now, but it has me excited.
Pin the meantime, thanks to everyone who reads this blog. I love writing this stuff up and I’m so happy to have you all along for the ride. Thanks for your support and have a happy new year.This entry was posted in Uncategorized