The Bones in the Church
Favorite thing: The Church of St Nikolaus in Hall in Tirol contains a grim but captivating collection of remains of various minor saints on display in glass cabinets in the Waldaufkapelle.
These were donated to the church by the knight Florian Waldauf and the collection consists of 45 skulls and 12 other bones. They rest on embroidered cushions and are decorated with elaborate headdresses, all of which makes it seem more creepy but also more enthralling.
There is also what appears to be a complete skelton further down the same side of the church in another glass cabinet. Unfortunately I have no idea who this is/was or about the identities of the other individuals whose remains are now in the church.
Gruesome but essential viewing in Hall.
Favorite thing: I just love this square at the centre of the old town of Hall in Tirol!
It's just what I would have hoped for. Surrounded by lovely old buildings, lined with good cafés and not crowded with other tourists. There views of the tower of St Nikolaus Church on a fine day are superb.
Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Austria:
Gas leaks: 128
Alpine rescue: 140
On-duty medical unit: 141
Support for children and teens: 147
Few words in German (Austrian)
Favorite thing: Here are some words you might like to know:
good evening: Abend
good night: guade Nocht
hi / hello: hallo / servas
good day: grias God
good morning: Morgen
good bye: Wiedaschaun
bye: pfiat Di
thank you: donksche
cheers: prost / servas
please: bitte / bittsche
bless you: Gsundheit
I feel sick: mir is schlecht
Favorite thing: Well this is another specialty, that you don't have to miss.
Sachertorte is a chocolate cake, invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Klemens Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties.
The trademark for the "Original Sachertorte" was registered by the Hotel Sacher, which was built in 1876 by the son of Franz Sacher.
Nobody knows the real recipe because is well kept secret... You can imagine why.
It consists of two layers of dense, not overly sweet chocolate cake with a thin layer of apricot jam in the middle and dark chocolate icing with shreds of chocolate on the top and sides. It is traditionally served with whipped cream without any sugar in it.
Favorite thing: Apfelstrudel is a traditional pastry of Austria and a popular dish in many countries that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire. It is the most widely known kind of strudel.
Well if you like sweet, don't miss that, you are inside the country who is really specialist in making that, in every way, so taste it, well the portions are usually pretty big, so enjoy it and lick your mustache :)
Don't forget your camera
Favorite thing: You will be screaming and kicking yourself for days if you forget your camera... There are so many things to take pictures of here. Around every corner is a beautiful building with the most incredible decorations and paintings. There are lots of flowers bringing color to the city, and the scenery around the city is amazing. Take lots of pictures, and look at all the details that are all around the city.
Favorite thing: the cute city for a while! There are many things to explore....... Last but not least you will find many churches here......Hall also has a castle and a beautiful townhall in an old castle......So, just wander around and make the best of it.....
Fondest memory: The heavy rain when we have been there.... It must be much nicer when the sun is shining...but that´s the case everywhere, isn´t it? Hall is beautiful, even in the rain!!!