Jumping off the mountain.
The Diedamskopf is a 2090 meter high top
Die Forschung ist heute der Auffassung, dass der Bregenzerwald noch bis ins 10. Jhdt. ein unbesiedelter Urwald war. Die Besiedelung erfolgte nicht kurzfristig, sondern dauerte durch das ganze Mittelalter. Von den Dörfern des Hinterbregenzerwaldes wurden die heutigen Ortschaften Au und Schoppernau zuletzt dauernd besiedelt, wenn auch die waldreiche Gegend schon in früheren Zeiten Jäger angezogen hatte. Noch vor 700 Jahren hatten die Grafen von Montfort in Au ein Jagdhaus, in den Urkunden als "Jaghusen in den Owen" bezeichnet. Nach der ältesten vorhandenen kirchlichen Aufzeichnung hatte Jaghausen - heute Au - bereits 1372 eine Kapelle mit Friedhof. Erst 1390 trennte sich Au von der Mutterpfarre Reuthe bei Bezau.
Es darf angenommen werden, dass sich die ersten Siedler wesentlich früher niedergelassen hatten. Aus den Kirchenbauten und Erweiterungen ist zu schließen, dass die Bevölkerung der Pfarrei - damals waren Au und Schoppernau eine Pfarre - im 14. und 15. Jhdt. beachtlich zunahm. Beide Orte waren von jeher wirtschaftlich eng miteinander verbunden, und die geschichtliche Entwicklung verlief sehr ähnlich. Das Gebiet von Schoppernau mag wohl anfänglich von den Landnehmern als Schafweide benützt worden sein. Daher stammt zweifelsohne auch der Name Schoppernau. "Schappernouw" = Schafau. Die für die damaligen Verhältnisse weite Entfernung und die Schneeverhältnisse im Winter erschwerten den Bewohnern in Schoppernau den Besuch von Gottesdiensten an Sonn- und Feiertagen. Nicht selten starben Kranke ohne die letzte Wegzehrung und Kinder ohne Taufe.
It is impossible to write down the feeling, when you can be in one minute under and above the water... and water everywhere - on you, and in the boat ! Nice moments in my memory stays till today !
Equipment: In Austria the instructor you'll give everything - from clothes to paddles - you have only to pay !Related to:
Bungy Jumping at Europabrücke Bridge
Bungy jumping from Europabrücke Bridge (Europe's Bridge) which is 192 meter high from the bottom of the valley, is only for those who are brave and courage enough to jump! Europabrücke Bridge is located just several kilometers south of the city of Innsbruck. You park your vehicles after the bridge at the rest station on the right if you travel from Innsbruck to northern Italy. Europabrücke Bridge is among the highest five bungy jumping locations in the world as described in the website below. It was at one time the highest bridge in Europe and was constructed between 1959 and 1963.
Equipment: Equipment is not required as they will provide you with the necessary equipment. Nevertheless please wear appropriate clothing to survive the jump such as jeans and t-shirts.Related to:
- Bungy Jumping
Skydiving tandem jumping in Austria
after a short briefing, you start with a scenic flight for about 20 minutes... the aeroplane climbs and climbs... up to 14.ooo feet... the door of the aircraft opens.... you stop breathing and.. jump out(!).... after a few seconds you start breathing again.... you are flying like a bird... you start smiling (and you won't stop for the upcoming 3 days ;) ).... 60 seconds freefall... the parachute opens and you enjoy 5 minutes flying around till you have a safe landing... have fun! blue skies...
Equipment: t-shirt, short and a smile in your face...Related to:
- Sky Diving
- Study Abroad
Vienna : Eistraum - skating a great surrounding
Wiener Eistraum is an annual event - all of the square between the Burgtheater and Rathaus / Town Hall plus a big part of the surrounding park will be dedicated as a large place for scating. There is music playing outside and also inside various restaurant-tents. It is also great to watch this event on a cold day, while sipping some hot gluehwein. The icetracks are frozen by technical means, so a short time of warmer weather would not necessarily mean that the Wiener Eistraum would not take place !
This year it started Jan. 25th
09.00a.m.-04.00p.m. you pay 3,50 / children 2,50 / families 8,50
04.00p.m.-11.00p.m. the prices are : 5,00 / 4,00 / 13,- Euros
Equipment: Bring your own equipment or simply rent it there against a small fee. Even the toilets may be reached with your scates on !!
The fee for renting a pair of scating-shoes was 6,50 Euros in 2010 (4,00 Euros for children)Related to:
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
Vienna: Eisstock-Schiessen and skating in MQ
This is a lot of fun, when you come to Vienna in wintertime, mainly in the advent, the 4 weeks before X-mas-day. Inside the MQ (Museums Quartier) in Vienna you will find a big variety of winter-activities such as skating or "Eisstock-schiessen" that you will see in my main picture. This is quite a popular sport in the alpine regions of Austria and Germany and you will have to try to get your "stick" as close as possible to another stick that is placed at the end of the track. Several players try to do so and each of them also has the possibility to push the "target-stick" and the other sticks away from its original position and so the game could be ended completly as a surprise. Mostly it is played by 2 teams fighting against each other
Equipment: You get all of the equipment there, you simply should have shoes that are not extremely slippery on the ice.Related to:
- Family Travel
One of the most popular cycling trails in Europe, the Donauradweg (Danube bike trail) allows to cross Austria along the entire course of the river through this country. A perfect relaxed ride to discover large and small towns in a splendid, clean and friendly environment.
From Braunau am Inn we cycled the Inn Valley to Passau, Germany, then along the Danube. Most fellow riders reach beautiful Vienna and return by train from there but we kept rolling up to Budapest, Hungary.
This ride is particularly family-friendly for the road is not shared with motor vehicles except when visiting cities. Even in this case, Austrian drivers are concerned about safety and show great general respect for the vulnerable two-wheelers.
Ferry services are a fun way to cross the river in several points.
"As flat as a pancake" best describes this route, except for a couple of hills before Esztergom.
For details, please see the dedicated Braunau to Budapest album.
Equipment: If you can't bring your own, rental bikes are available. An option is also to rely of one among several companies that offer organized tours, packages can include bikes in addition to accommodation and luggage transportation from point to point. Such bicycles are "hybrid" type equipped with small side bags for the personal daily needs. If you bring your own, any type of machine will do. It's paved all the way. Repair shops are present in every little town.
Although every tourist information office has free publications with comprehensive maps, a specific guide book is recommended to those who want to explore the territory without missing interesting locations.
Wearing a helmet is always recommended and it's probably mandatory for kids under a certain age. Bring a lock even if it seems that theft is not much popular in this part of the world.
Summer months can be rainy, but make sure to keep some sunscreen in the pockets of your rain gear!Related to:
- Road Trip
Franz Klammer IS from Austria, you know
It goes without saying that some of the finest skiing in the world can be found in the Austrian alps. The country has hosted two winter Olympiads (1964 and 1976), and has a legitimate claim to being THE headquarters for downhill skiing. Even thirty years after his gold medal run in Innsbruck, Franz Klammer remains a national hero.
ONE NOTE FOR NORTH AMERICAN SKIERS... Most of the lifts in these Austria villages are the t-lift style, where you use the t to pull you up the mountain ON your skis. Chair lifts are the exception, not the rule. And, if you're unfamiliar with using t-lifts, be sure to line up on the right side. The person on the left has to handle getting rid of the t at the end, and it's an acquired skill. :) (Not impossible to acquire, though, as this Florida boy figured it out pretty quickly)
Equipment: You can fine excellent skiing equipment for sale all over Austria. I wouldn't describe the prices as a bargain, but if you need expert advice on fit, style of skis and such, then Austria is a darned good place to find it.
Snowboarding at its best
.. Austria is one of the best places in the world to go snowboarding I think, there are lots of different resorts for all kind of riding levels and different riding styles ..
( park, pipe, powder, piste, freeriding.. )
so if you have a question about snowboarding here in austria feel free to ask me :-)Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Study Abroad
- Skiing and Boarding
DAS GOGERS Golf - and Spahotel
“The most mankind can achieve is to be amazed”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Gogers hotel invites you to be amazed.
Emotion and good fortune, tranquillity and space,
inspiration and perfection ….
Leaves one astounded.
A feeling of well-being and relaxation, functionality and architecture, movement and service …..
awaits you at the Gogers hotel.
Nestled harmoniously in the sunny southern Burgenland region, the Gogers hotel is setting new standards with respect to golf, wellness, ecology and design.
Directly situated next to the largest European golf carousel it consolidates through its masterly architecture, perfectly incorporating nature,
perfection in every detail.
Informal atmosphere, the pleasant feeling of relaxation characterises the stay at the Gogers hotel.
Geotechnical examinations, heating with geothermal heat, solar equipment, natural building materials and many other details fulfil the ecological criteria.
Location, architecture, design and service are amazing.Related to:
- Spa and Resort
Skiing the Tyrolian Alps
The mountains are breathtaking. I was at peace the whole week, and a feeling of peace comes over me when I remember the week. The price for a lift ticket is about $20 per day. Ski school for my daughter was about $100 for the whole week. I loved the helpful people at Tyrolian Tours (www.tyroliantours.com) who made all our arrangements.
Hiking near Vienna
Go hiking in the reagions close to vienna: aroung Semmering, the 'Rax', the 'Schneeberg' (all around 1h by car, 1:30 by trains from 'Südbahnhof').
Also interesting for hiking is the area 'Wachau'.
Equipment: Good shoesRelated to:
- Hiking and Walking
Austria is one of the most famous countries in Europe for skiing. The best area is, without doubt, Tyrol. It offers good skiing, snowboarding and langlaufen. You can get ski passports that cover a whole area, which makes it easy to ski from one mountain to another and use different cable cars or ski lifts.
Equipment: You can bring your own equiment but every village also has equipment that you can hire.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
During summertime, Austria is famous for hiking. There are many cable cars leading from the various valleys into the mountains. Of course, you can also go up on foot. On your way up or down, there are always some huts for some relaxing, enjoying the scenery and having something to drink or eat.
Equipment: Good hiking shoes and a walking stick.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Hike the Donau-Höhenwanderweg
There is a hiking-path following the Danube and the hikers will mostly walk over the hills nearby.
The total length is 240km and there will be many great places with great views on the Danube.
The steep path leading up to the panorama-point in Schlögen is part of that hiking-path.
You may get books and maps for these hikes in good bookshops - BUT I am not sure about anything in English.
Equipment: Just the ordinary hiking equipment & good shoes !Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
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