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Phespirit goes to Austria
Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße     September 2007

AROUND AUSTRIA

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1 Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße

Phespirit very much enjoyed the hospitality at Hotel Lukasmayr in Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße.

With a fine buffet breakfast each morning, a freshly-made packed lunch each day, a varied choice of carefully prepared three-course meals each evening - plus complimentary glass of wine - this was as good as full board for a hiker.

Some heating in his room wouldn't have gone amiss, but Phespirit would still heartily recommend the place.

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2 Zell am See

Despite all that Zell am See has to offer in its own right, Phespirit really only used it as a gateway to other places, either by train or bus or cable car.

It has lots of shops, but Phespirit didn't go to the Alps to shop.

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3 Salzburg

By Österreichische Bundesbahnen: a stroke of good luck:

Phespirit last visited Salzburg six years ago when he holidayed at Fuschl am See. Having wrapped up all the mandatory sightseeing back then, he was able to content himself with token visits to the Rupertinum gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 2004. Thereafter, he simply relaxed.

In his relaxed state, he came close to missing the 6:18pm train to Bruck. Having arrived at the station three minutes late, he couldn't believe his luck when he saw it still listed on the departure board, but in his haste he mistook the train number - s3 - for the platform number. By the most stupendous coincidence, however, the train just happened to be standing at platform 3. Phespirit managed to board it with less than ten seconds to spare.

Now that's good luck.

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4 Krimml

By Österreichische Bundesbahnen: a stroke of bad luck:

A quaint little narrow gauge line called the 'Pinzgau Railway' runs direct from Zell am See to Krimml. Unfortunately, when Phespirit needed it the last section was closed due to flood damage, so he had to buy a return to Mittersill and complete his journey by bus.

His larger misfortune occurred at Zell am See. When he asked to buy one return train ticket he was actually sold two, each costing €17.40. He hadn't noticed the second ticket, sandwiched between the first and his credit card receipt, until he was on the train and it was too late.

Back at Zell am See in the late afternoon they didn't want to hear about it. So Phespirit now has an €17.40 grudge against Austrian Railways (bastards!), but he had a lovely day out nonetheless.

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  1. Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße
  2. Zell am See
  3. Salzburg
  4. Krimml
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Bruck an der Großglocknerstraße Zell am See Salzburg Krimml