Located at Griffen is a service station where we bought our Vignette.
Also for children, was the Horse in my photo. Her name is Dolly, and is coin operated.
A nice idea, as most of you would know, children get of sick of sitting still in a Car when travelling for a while.
We haven't got Dolly in Australia!
The Burg Griffen we saw as we entered Griffen. These Castle ruins sit 130metres high on a limestone Mountain above the town of Griffen in Carinthia, Austria.
It's a real old Castle built by order of Bishop Otto of Bamberg between the years 1124 & 1146.
About 1520, the Castle was reconstructed to provide resistance to the Ottoman forces, how-ever, they never did come!
In 1659, one of the towers was destroyed, and the Castle started to fall into ruin. In 1768, the last religious service took place here.
There is a steep footpath that leads to the Castle, and I should imagine the views would be excellent. Too steep, and not enough time for me!
There is also a dripstone Cave which has been open to the public since 1957.
Dravogard is just over the border in Slovenia. This is the way we entered Austria, following quite a quiet road with some very nice scenery.
Along the way were small villages, some had small Churches with tall spires, another was a massive Church.
The area was farmland, so we saw our first Austrian Cows and the crops growing to feed them and us humans. There was plenty of forest and scattered amongst the countryside, were some bigger buildings that looked like monasteries or small forts.
It was a nice drive of about 33kms.