Kaprun Off The Beaten Path

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    CASTLE FISCHHORN

    by balhannah Updated Jan 16, 2014

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    Castle Fischhorn is a castle in Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse in the Pinzgau region of Austria.

    As we were following the road along the Valley, I happened to notice this Castle sitting on the hill, overlooking the Salzach Valley and the Oberpinzgau. We found our way to the Castle, so parked the Car and had a look around the outside. This Castle also has been a victim of fire, parts were rebuilt in 1920.

    There are several wings that branch off from a central keep, its the East Wing where the Castle Chapel is.
    The Castle is believed to be first built around 1200, known then as Vischarn.
    At one stage, the Nazis took over the Castle and the surrounding buildings making it a base for the SS as a part of Dachau concentration camp. It was captured by American soldiers in May 1945 and now is once again owned by the Gildemeister family.

    In March 2007, workers doing excavation work found the remains of an old Roman settlement believed to be from the first century BC.
    It is thought the settlement was a trading centre for goods transported through the Alps

    Since 2007 the owners make parts of the castle open for events.

    ADDRESS - Zellerstra├če 38, Fischhorn

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    KITZSTEINHORN GONDOLA RIDE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 16, 2014

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    Following the road further up the valley, we came across the Kitzsteinhorn Gondola station. Located above the village, is Kitzsteinhorn glacier skiing.

    It was in June, so there was no skiing, so we did the Gondola ride for the views. As it takes quite a while to reach the top station, we couldn't go the whole distance before closing. What we did see we thought was a very nice view, but drizzly rain set in at the higher altitude spoiling some of the views.

    For those who like winter skiing, here is some info...

    The base station car parks have a shuttle system to take people from their cars to the various lifts, and there is a regular ski bus service from Kaprun village centre.

    Skiiing starts at 2000 metres in altitude. The Gletscherjet I and the Panoramabahn both allow exit at the intermediate Langwied station, where skis can be hired ski and there are refreshments.
    From here, take the Gletscherjet II gondola or the Langwied chairlift higher up the Mountain.
    The cable car takes you to the highest point of the area at 3029m - the Gipfelbahn.
    Some say, it's the highest cable car (above the ground) in the world??

    At the top, a mountain funicular takes skiers a short distance to the main slopes. There is also a rock tunnel through to the viewpoint with a panorama out onto Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner.

    This link gives up to date pricings.
    http://www.kitzsteinhorn.at/en/skiing-resort/tickets-prices/spring-summer-autumn/day-tickets-ski-passes

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    WOOD-CARVINGS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 15, 2014

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    I didn't know anything about these wood-carvings, we just came across them as we were driving in Bruck.
    When I saw them, we had to stop and go for a look. It looked to be a business that was run at home.
    I just loved all the carved faces, they all had different expressions and were so well done!
    They were scattered around the garden, and then there was a display area, also a shop that sold much smaller ones and souvenirs.
    I was really happy we made the stop, I just wished I could have bought something to take home.

    Where to find...
    Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse which is about 6kms from Kaprun.

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