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Langenwang - Vienna, a warm day

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Austria, summer 2003, Langenwang - Vienna, a warm day

Hotel LangenwangWe had a good sleep in this rather luxurious hotel and we stay for a cup of coffee to enjoy the bright morning sun. When we leave, the sun hides between the clouds and the mountains become less and less high; we even see some flat pieces of land.
At 11 we arrive already at the campsite in Vienna and there is still a lot of space on the field for small tents. After a short shower the sun breaks through again and we put up the tent. In a few minutes we are covered with sweat. But soon the bus and the subway bring us to the centre of the city and we sit at a café for a refreshing drink.
Palace, Vienna Statue, ViennaVienna is a baroque city, full of buildings from the 18th and 19th century. Everything is big and bombastic and we won't tire you too much with pictures of all those impressive (but also often very ugly, we think) buildings.
Hidden in and on these monuments are often nice details to be found, like these ladies in old Greek style. They stand guard on a palace opposite of the emperial palace.
Fountain, ViennaThere is much to tell about Vienna, as a city and its history, but we won't bother you with that here, either. You can better buy a guidebook when you want to know more about this town.
With a map in our hands we walk from monument to monument and sometimes pause when we see a special statue or Fountain. It is a bit too much, all those buildings in such a small space and often we have forgotten the name or the function of it even before we have passed it.
A very tired Elisabeth Elisabeth getting a restA tired Elisabeth, a resting Elisabeth. We walk for hours and we don't notice how tired we are until we sit down. We are glad it is cloudy again and not too hot.
Plague pillar, Vienna Living statue, ViennaThe shops in the pedestrian shopping area are also very monumental and there are many memorials like this plague pillar (not very clear on the small picture). Such a pillar commemorated a plague epidemic and we have seen them also a lot in Hungarian towns.
On the square near the cathedral many artists show their trade, like this living statue. It is very crowded, but we get the impression that most people are tourists since they are all studying maps and walking with cameras.
A crowded campsiteExhausted, but very satisfied, we return to the campsite. To our surprise the whole field is covered with tents. There is no current, the car is not allowed next to the tent and there are few toilets and showers. All really primitive...
Tomorrow we have another, whole, day for seeing Vienna. We have planned some specific things we want to see, since there is so much to choose from. There are more than 100 museums, so we skip those, we wouldn't know where to begin.


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