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             Mike and Andy's Trip To Austria and Bavaria

                                                                                           St Wolfgang in the Salzkammagut Area

Hello all! Here are a few photos of my recent holiday with my wife Andrea. I hope you enjoy them. (Click on the photos to see the full-sized photo).

We cycled some 560km up the Danube, Inn and Salzach Rivers, riding from Vienna to the Salzkammagut area just outside Salzburg. It was a brilliant way to see some great parts of Austria and Bavaria.

Not all the trip was wonderful scenes. On the way we visited  Braunau, the birthplace of Hitler where a monument in the street where he was born apologises for those killed in the war. We also went to Mauthausen Concentration Camp where more than 195,000 were imprisoned and where more than 105,000 perished.

We took our own bikes and managed some 40 to 60km a day. The bikepaths over there are fantastic, well maintained and usually dedicated cycle paths (ie no cars). So it was relatively safe riding. Accommodation was easy...when we were tired we rode into the nearest town or village where it was easy to get a bed for the night. We stayed in hotels, pensions, B&B's ("Zimmer Frei's") and Youth Hostels. Staying in the Youth Hostels was fun...imagine having breakfast with 200 kids!!

So here's the photos.......

First problem was to find the bike path.                               Vienna when we arrived. It really was a little cool for sandals!!
  Horse and carriage sir?                                   Tuln on the Danube with one of the passenger ferries.
The Abbey at Melk.                                                                     Grein was a favourite with great bakeries for hungry cyclists.
Advertisement for an extraction.                                     Linz looked lovely here...till it started to snow.
Mauthausen Concentration Camp was only one of many Nazi camps in Austria.
Passau in Bavaria had been historically important in the salt trade.
Hans was the well-travelled boatman.                               Salzburg from the fort.
St Gilgen in the Salzkammagut heralded the best weather of the trip.
We were to ride the cable up this amazing vistas.