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Austria is paradise if like myself you enjoy the fresh air with wide mountainous panoramas stretching far into the distance. As soon as I pass the welcome signs at the former border I have the feeling of entering a different world. Most probably due to the sheer size of the mountain ranges in comparison to the German Alps. Many small castles & chapels dot the landscape & many long tunnels carve their way through the mountains adding to that special Austrian feeling.

The presence of the Pasterze Glacier below Grossglockner has deteriorated dramatically in the past 50 years.

“There is a dessert dish in Austria called Kaiserschmarrn – it’s kind of like a sweet raisin pancake with eggs & sugar. It’s definitely not something I can eat often, but if I’ve done well at a race, sometimes that’s my celebration treat!”

– Lindsey Vonn

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.”

– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Did You Know?

The Austrian tradition of cake baking goes back centuries, with competition fierce between towns an cities to produce the finest cakes. Even in small villages, bakeries would try to outdo each other. Almost every Austrian city has its trademark cake. The most famous Austrian cake is the Viennese Sacher torte, a rich chocolate cake invented by Chef Franz Sacher for Chancellor Metternich in 1832.

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