First impression: they don’t tether their bikes!! They lock then with small locks, free standing! Crazy…
These things are close to the Austrian knödel, but still far enough removed that they would be foreign to Austrians. It’s essentially potato and flour, shaped into a ball with salty meat stuffed inside. Yummy 🙂 We eat it with boiled vegetables, and butter ot treacle if you’re from the north like me.
The next stop on the journey is Bamberg. It’s close-ish to Nürnberg, and is a very charming old city. Currently there is a festival on, a Kirtag of sorts.
There are several hills in the city, as well as a river that runs straight through it.
The old city hall is on an island in the middle of the river. Seems the place has a ridiculously rich history, but I’m here for only a few days so I doubt I’ll cover all of it.
This is the home of the famous smoked beer. I can’t quite describe the taste… it literally tastes like smoked beer!
And there are many cool door knockers in Bamberg. It’s my new obsession….
The Twin city liner goes several days to Bratislava, which is the capitol of Slovakia. It takes less than an hour, and will set you back about 30€ if you take it one way. I’ve never done it, as I favour Blaguss (bus) when I go to Bratislava, as it’s only a 12€ return fare, but I think it could be quite nice on a sunny day to take the boat.
This train station is quite small, and gives you a certain early 80s feel… I am not sure that it’s going to be the centre for southbound trains much longer when Hauptbahnhof opens. Well, this is where I’m at. You may have noticed that it’s been harder for me to blog every day lately, and that is because I am going on a conference in Ljubljana that start tomorrow, and I am the head of the organising team for this conference. It’s a lot of work! But after I get home on Friday I should have more free time, and it will be just wonderful, I can do my own things again, and work on my PhD. So, I won’t have much free time in Ljubljana, but I will post a picture whenever I can – Everyday life in Vienna on tour!!
The city is about 700 years old, and here is some of the local history as can be found on Wikipedia:
Bruneck (Italian: Brunico; Ladin: Bornech or Burnech; Latin: Branecium or Brunopolis) is the largest town in the Puster Valley in the Italian province of South Tyrol. Bruneck lies at the confluence of the Ahr with the Rienz (which itself flows into the Eisack river.
Bruneck lies 35 km (22 mi) from Brixen and 70 km (43 mi) from Bolzano and from the Brenner Pass. To the east, the town is 60 km (37 mi) from Winnebach on the border to East Tyrol.
Bruneck was founded by the Prince-Bishop Bruno von Kirchberg of Bruneck, and was first mentioned on 23 February 1256. At that time the town consisted of two rows of houses forming a narrow lane. The town walls and moat were completed in 1336 under Bishop Albert von Enn. Soon thereafter, further rows of houses were built outside the eastern gate. These led to the small Church of Our Lady (today’s Church of the Assumption of Mary). The first church inside the town walles (at first only a small chapel) was built beneath the castle by the Brunecker burgher Niklas Stuck. This church is today the Rainkirche. In 1358, Heinrich von Stuck, Niklas’s brother, funded the hospital/almshouse that was built in the following years.
Today is the first anniversary of my blog! One year ago I posted my very first post. I promised myself I’d keep going for at least one year, which technically speaking means I’ve made it. But, Now I’m really attached to it, so I’m going to keep going. Initially the goal of this blog was to connect with Vienna, as I was always criticising it for not being Wellington. Poor Vienna… what an unfair judgement I had passed on it! Still there are thousands of photos that could be posted. And there are so many wonderful restaurants yet to be visited, places and sights to see, churches to behold, events to attend, wonderful people I have yet to meet, and a whole new chapter of my life just waiting around the bend in the road. So yes, it has worked. I ❤ Vienna.
By now my blog is also starting to be the archive that I wanted it to be… it's possible to search for things – and find things – that you want to know about Vienna. Hurrah!
So today I have a scary clown for you. I think (or at least for me) it is supposed to be IT, from the Stephen King book/movie. And it has been there for the whole time that I have lived in Vienna, almost amazingly never tagged over. For us who live here it is a familiar sight, one which I see on averge twice a day when I'm on the U4 or cycling past it on the canal.