When I saw this Church, in this setting, it was "WOW!".......
I think St. Vincent would be the narrowest Church, with the highest, thinnest Church steeple I have ever seen!
This gorgeous gothic Church is dedicated to St. Vincent of Saragossa, and can be found in the village of Holy Blood Glockner.
Back in 1253, a cemetery and the first pilgrimage to the "Holy Bluet" is shown. In 1390, a larger Church was built as the small one had been outgrown, would you believe, a 100 years passed before the Church was finally finished, consecration took place in 1491.
If you have time to stop, do, it really sounds worthwhile.
There is a large fresco of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers and pilgrims dating to 1490.
I read the gothic High Altar is lovely, and is known as a double shift altar, one that can be folded like a book twice, very interesting! Here, the Coronation of the Virgin is depicted. The pulpit is made in the form of early Baroque and Renaissance design. The oldest work of art of the church is a Madonna, front right side of the wall between the altar and sanctuary.
The 13-meter-high white sandstone tabernacle is to the left front of the sanctuary, here you will find precious blood of saints. a vial of Christ’s blood, as well as the monstrance with the three ears of
Briccius Chapel ..... open throughout the summer
Church Tours in the parish church of St. Vincent (on request)
Marmots are an animal we don't see in Australia, so I was keen to see some here.
There was a signpost in the viewing area pointing down the mountain side. I looked, he looked, other people looked! ...NOT a Marmot in sight!
Well, that's it, and back to the Car we went to continue our onward journey.
Now, don't be disappointed! As a passenger in the car, make sure to keep your eyes peeled, as we saw dozens of Marmots.
Further on, I noticed burrows on the Mountain sides, then I saw a Marmot, so we pulled off, and got out the Car for a look. Sure enough, there were dozens scurrying around the Mountainside, most on the bottom side of the road, but there were still quite a few on the topside. We stopped for a while, enjoying the antics of these creatures.
MORAL OF THE STORY.........
Just don't look at where the sign says they should be! Look elsewhere!
Still travelling in bad weather, we arrive at the gates to the Hohe Tauern National Park.
This is where we pay our entry fee to travel the Grossglockner High Alpine road.
The Grossglockner road is the most famous of Austrias alpine roads. The road took us into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park, to the highest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner (3,798m) which we couldn't see because of fog, never mind, we did see the Pasterze Glacier.
We followed the alpine road for 48 kms, travelling around 36 bends, and at an altitude ascent to 2,504 metres!
It is a one of the best scenic drives we have done, we just wished the weather was better, but we couldn't choose that!
PRICES IN 2013
Day ticket - Car 34 euros Motorbike 24 euros
Extra charge for 2nd day 10 euros
Round trip ticket Car 40 euros Motorbike 31 euros
FREE WITH KARTEN CARD
Winklern is where we were starting our drive along Grossglocknerstrasse through the Hohe Tauern National Park.
Before we leave, Winklern has some sights to see and a walk for me to do!
The Winklern Tower which happened to be opposite our Hotel, marks the history of this town.
The Tower is from the Romanesque and early Gothic periods, mainly used as a granary and residential tower, but was believed to be used as a Watch tower by the Romans, built to secure the road to other Roman Towns. The Tower was also built on the trade route to Italy, so in the Middle Ages was used for tolls and tariffs. It is still known as the "toll tower."
Over the centuries, the tower constantly changed its owners and feudal lords.
In 1988, the building was re-covered and a top floor with windows is used for viewing. Exhibitions are also held here.
In 2011, Weinstein crystals were exhibited.
On the ground floor of the building is a National Park information point, where you can experience a virtual tour of the high alpine region.
The Shop sells real crystals, precious stones, crystal jewelry.
8th May, September, 6th October, daily 10.30am to 4pm
June, July, August, daily 9.30am to 5pm
ADMISSION IN 2011....
ADULTS...4€ child 2€
Free admission with the Karnten Card
INFORMATION CENTRE OPEN.........9-5pm
After coming out from the tunnels, it wasn't long before we saw the Kolnbrein Dam which is the end of the road for us!
The Dam is an Arch Dam that is 200m tall, and is the highest dam in Austria.
It was constructed between 1971 and 1979. The reservoir serves as the primary storage in a three-stage pumped-storage power system that consists of nine dams, four hydro-electric power plants and a series of pipeline and penstocks.
The Dam is very impressive, and jutting out of the middle section of the wall, is a glass floor viewing platform.
Guided dam tours:
Daily on the hour, from 10am to 5pm
€ 4/adult, € 2/child (aged 6-15)
I had seen photos of Kolnbrein Dam and decided while we were in Austria, we would do the drive to see the Dam.
The road that leads to the dam is the Malta High Alpine Road, desribed as one of the most spectacular roads in the Alps!
The journey took us 14.4 kms along winding road and through 6 natural stone tunnels, from an altitude of 911 metre above sea level, to 1,900m.
It is a Toll Road, and a "no through road." On the way back, it's a chance to see views from a different direction. Even before we reached the Toll gate, we saw our first waterfall and beautiful scenery.
ROAD OPEN IN 2013.....
9th May – 26th October
7am to 6pm
€ 16/passenger car € 8.20/motor cycle
FREE WITH KARTEN CARD
As you enter Reisseck, keep an eye out for the sign to the Funicular.
We found the signpost and drove up to where a Car park and the Funicular was located.
Either before or after the funicular ride, have a look over the town, there is a real good view from here, and worth a few photos.
Next, we went and checked when the next Funicular was running. We didn't have to buy tickets, as the ride was FREE WITH OUR KARTEN CARD.
I guess the ride up is not for the squirmish, as the funicular goes up an incline of 82% and there's a vertical drop of 1,516 m.
Going up, I didn't notice it much, but coming down is a different story! Wow! It IS steep!
We change funiculars twice, and the last time we travel the final distance by train.
In June, the funicular was fairly full
OPEN IN 2012 FROM.....
13th of May till 17th of october 8.30 - 5PM (all 20 minutes)
Adults € 19.00 Children € 10.00
The Malta High Alpine Road took us through the "Valley of cascading water," a whole 14.4kms of fabulous scenery.
We saw our first waterfall before we even entered the Park!
My suggestion is.....
When - ever you see a well worn patch of earth on the edge of the road, worn by Cars pulling off, stop there too, as even though not signposted, we found these were good spots for seeing the scenery at its best.
The largest fall we saw, was the Malteiner Wasserspiele, which is a series of waterfalls which cascades down in several stages. It is reached along the easily accessible gorge of the Maltabach stream.
Further along the road is the 150m Maralmbachfall, this has a top and bottom fall.
Another, were the Strannerbach Falls which are located roadside.
We have been to the top, and now are on our way to Zell Am See on the other side of the Hohe Tauern N/Park.
There is more great scenery, mountain huts, more snow and lakes.
We found quite a few places for food, so stopped at Fuschert"o"rl, located 2430 metres above sea level. This place had quite an atmosphere, stuffed animals, and all sorts in the Cafe!
Outside, the views I imagine would have been good on a fine day.
We continued onto another viewpoint, lower down the Mountainside, this one was out the fog, and gave us lovely valley views.
It then wasn't long, and we were on the valley floor.
This concluded our wonderful drive along the Grossglockner in the Hohe Tauern National Park.
What a spot to build a Chapel! At 2,200 metres above sea level, you really would be close to God in this Chapel.
It is one of the highest Chapels in Austria, and one in a spectacular location. The Chapel is located near the mountain hut "Pasterzenhaus," and is surrounded by high peaks of more than 3,000 meters high.
A secluded place of prayer for those who like to be alone.
Lucky for us that we decided to play the waiting game with the weather.
Now, we are standing on the big outdoor viewing area, looking at the longest glacier in Austria and in the Eastern Alps. The Sun is trying to burn its way through, and it giving a rather pretty effect.
The Pasterze glacier is approx 8.4 klms in length, and is next to the Grossglockner Mountain [Austrias highest, which we couldn't see for fog.}
The length of the glacier currently decreases about 10 m each year. Its volume diminished by half since the first measurements in 1851.
The Pasterze can be reached via the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and a funicular railway.
We have turned off Route 107 and onto the Grossglockner to reach our final destination.
We parked our car, and then walked towards the buildings as because of the fog, there wasn't much of a view.
First we had a look at the huge souvenir shop which sold virtually everything!
I bought a shopping bag, and that was all, then we went up to the Restaurant. There are two, one was closed - opens around lunch time, and the other was open and empty.
Ordering Coffee & strudel cake, we made our way to a window seat. Wow! the fog was slowly lifting and we could see the start of a Glacier. We went onto the outside porch, then killed some more time before heading downstairs and out to eventually view the full Glacier.
Travelling further along the Grossglockner, we come across a series of man-made Dams that are creating waterfalls, these are located right alongside a sharp bend on the road.
Next, also on another bend, we see a beautiful lake on one side of the road, and on the other side, a picnic area, more waterfalls and another Lake.
We stop here, and I went for a walk, this is when I found a better view of the waterfalls and some nice views of the Lake and I could see down into the valley, nice! It was very calm in the morning, but still the fog hadn't lifted, so I wonder what the surrounding Mountains look like!
We are now in the National Park, and have just come across our first waterfall in the Park. It is roadside, and by the Waterfall, is a notice board giving the name of the Waterfall, and information about it.
We found this all along the way when we come across a site, there was always an information board and description.
A little further into our drive, and we see the Jungfernsprung Waterfall, plenty of water going over in June!
We just stopped for photos, didn't stop to do the walk and see it close up.
Like many Austrian places, there is a legend to tell..................
And so the legend goes that a Virgin was running away from the devil when suddenly she came across a vertical rock wall. What to do? She jumped, but did not fall as she was carried by Angels and survived unharmed!
Now, the water from the valley to Zopenitzenbaches rages over three cascades over 130 feet high where the maiden did her jump!
Starting point: Parking next to the main road between Molltal Dollach
Walking time: 1.5 hours
Height difference: 100 m
Difficulty: short, easy hike in the valley, then climb to the viewing platform, sturdy shoes recommended!
Suitable for families: rising to the pulpit is not for small children
Best season: May - October
Refreshments: "Hexenstube" right at the exit point of the path
The falls are most impressive during the spring thaw May / June!