Vienna – Hundertwasserhaus

Hundertwasserhaus Wien
Vienna’s Hundertwasserhaus was designed by the contemporary Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.  Its irregular checkerboard-like design and unconventional blend of elements have made it one of Vienna’s most popular destinations.
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Easter in Salzburg

Easter in Salzburg
Several thousands of hand-painted Easter eggs caught my eye while strolling down Judengasse on a fine evening in Salzburg.  Easter in Salzburg offers several varieties of hand-painted Easter eggs all year round.
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Innsbruck Images

Innsbruck
Here’s a half-dozen shots from our day-trip to Innsbruck.  We discovered shortly after arriving to the train station that there were Oktoberfest celebrations going on which meant a lot of parades, sausages, and beer.
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Patscherkofel

Innsbruck
We needed to get the most bang for our buck from our 24-hour Innsbruck Card so we hopped on the Patscherkofel Cable Car for beautiful views and fresh air.  Patscherkofel is a mountain which stands 2246 m [7639 feet] above sea level in western Austria, south of Innsbruck.
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Salzburg Castle

Festung Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Castle [Festung Hohensalzburg] holds a commanding position on Festungsberg Hill.  It is one of Europe’s largest medieval castles.  This fortress was built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard to protect Imperial troops of the Holy Roman Empire.  Ring walls and towers were built by Burkhard II of Weißpriach in 1462.  The castle was further expanded under the reign of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach [1495 to 1519].
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Five Images from Cesky Krumlov

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One of three bears that guard Krumlov Castle

Cesky Krumlov is a lovely town located on the Vltava River in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic.  Our short stay in Cesky Krumlov was the highlight of our trip for Cathy.  This historic town is absolutely gorgeous and the buildings are impeccably well-maintained and restored.  We easily walked the old town several times and never got bored.

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Swarovski Kristallwelten

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We visited Swarovski Kristallwelten [Crystal Worlds] during our day trip to Innsbruck while on our honeymoon in Europe.  Crystal Worlds contains several exhibitions related to and inspired by Swarovski crystals.
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Petřín

Metro Station

Petrin Hill lies in the center of Prague and is covered almost entirely with parks.  The summit can be reached by a twenty to thirty minute walk or by a ride along the funicular railway from Ujezd Street in Lesser Town [Malá Strana].
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The Old Jewish Cemetery – Prague

Old Jewish Cemetery
The Old Jewish Cemetery was established in Josefov, Prague’s former Jewish ghetto in the fifteenth century.  The oldest tombstone dates back to 1439 and marks the grave of the poet Avigdor Kara.  I was left in awe at the number of tombstones on such a small area of land.  There are about 12,000 tombstones and an estimated 100,000 burials.  Since space was at a premium, bodies were buried on top of each other.  It is estimated the graves are layered about 12 deep.
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