I arrived Zürich at about noon. Zürich was very expensive, and I had little idea what I wanted to see, if anything. I had earlier thought that I may spend the time doing a little bit of gift shopping for some of Switzerland’s fine merchandise, but I forgot I’d be arriving on a Sunday, so … Continue reading Zürich and Lugano, Switzerland
Breakfast this morning was good and plentiful, and I’ve been feeling much better since. I packed my things and headed back to the train station for the 10:40 a.m. train to Zürich. I have nothing interesting to report about the train ride except for the beautiful woman from Jordan who was sitting across from me … Continue reading Bregenz, Austria
I decided to disembark at Bregenz, a particularly good idea in retrospect. Bregenz is this pretty little resort town on the Bodensee, which didn’t even merit a mention (surprisingly) in Let’s Go Europe. It seemed like a good place to stop because I would not need to transfer at Munich, it was by a huge … Continue reading Bregenz, Austria
Three Mormon girls (they volunteered the information) boarded the train at Munich and sat in the same little seat section with me. They are students at Brigham & Young University in Utah, with names of Lisa, Julie, and Camille. They were planning night trains for the rest of their trip because both of Lisa’s credit … Continue reading En route to Bregenz
I’m still on the train. I think I may go to Bregenz instead. This train goes there and it will be considerably closer to Zürich than Innsbruck. Let’s Go has exactly nothing to say about Bregenz, so all I know is that it is a stop on this train and it’s in Austria. I talked … Continue reading En route to Bregenz
I just found out that the reason this train is an hour behind schedule is because the train hit and killed an old man on a bicycle at a level crossing just outside of Prague.
This morning, Saturday, I got up a little before 6:00 a.m. and checked out of the hostel. The train I wanted left at 7:23 a.m. and it took me until 7:15 to get to the station, so I ended up with no time to change my funny-money back to D-marks. This trains serves good coffee … Continue reading Prague, Czech Republic
Stepping off the train in Prague was like stepping out of a time machine 15 or 20 years back in time. Or rather, it was a mosaic of old and new tiles pieced together somewhat haphazardly in a manner which is not too terribly pleasing. Until then, every train station I’d encountered had been ultra-modern … Continue reading Prague, Czech Republic
The train to Prague was on Czech rolling stock which was old looking. All the signs were in Czech first, then Russian, German, French, and sometimes Italian and English. I was in a closed compartment with just one other gentleman who spoke no word of English, but I politely chatted in German, which he also … Continue reading En route to Prague
The train to Nuernberg was notably uneventful. It was a smooth ride at night on a clean, comfortable German IR (Inter-Regional) train. It was practically empty, so my reservation money was completely wasted (3,5 DM). I saw Nuernberg from the the inside of an empty train station at 12:15 a.m. — pretty boring.
I’m laid over here in Munich and I’ve been taking an impromptu walking tour of the city, which is compact and quite seeable in an afternoon without going too in-depth. I found a lively beer-garden near the town marketplace. The beer is “Münchner Hell”. A half-liter cost me 4,20 DM and it is delicious. The … Continue reading Munich, Germany
I’m now on the train to Munich. I’m almost at the German border, and no one has bothered to ask me for my ticket. The system on these international trains is interesting. When a train crosses an national border, a whole new crew will board the train from that country’s national railroad. Furthermore, they stop … Continue reading En route to Munich
We ate breakfast Thursday morning and then said goodbye to our Canadian friends and Titti around 11:00 a.m., although the Canadians rode down the hill with us so they could see the zoo.
Kirsten pointed out that it was not hard to take a perfect picture in Mutters, and she was correct, generally speaking, except that we woke up on Wednesday morning to find it raining. We had Titti’s breakfast, where we were politely scolded if we didn’t eat enough. At breakfast we met Ed and Lydia, two … Continue reading Mutters, Tyrolia, Austria
I’m sitting here on the balcony from our room at Haus Wolf at Dorfstrasse 48 in the beautiful village of Mutters in the outskirts of and hills surrounding Innsbruck, Austria. This place is so wonderful that we haven’t even bothered to go into the city of Innsbruck since we arrived on the train a little … Continue reading Mutters, Tyrolia, Austria
Haus Wolf is listed as a best bargain both by Let’s Go and Frommer’s, and that’s about all the advertising she needs. The Stubaitalbahn (STB), the train into the hills from the city of Innsbruck, seems like extortion at almost 5 US$ for an 18-km round trip. But one can really appreciate the breath-taking views … Continue reading Mutters, Tyrolia, Austria
We checked out of the pension this morning around 10 a.m. and made it to the train in time for the 11 a.m. train to Innsbruck. The train is surprisingly empty and we had our own little set of seats, but not in a cabin, rather in the coach.
I’m now on the train towards Innsbruck, less than two hours away from Salzburg. It is 11:45 a.m.
A nice breakfast was served at Tauernhof, but there was no meat. The first stop on our day tour of Salzburg was the post office, where Kirsten mailed about a half-million postcards by airmail at about 80 cents (8,5 ATS) a whack. At that point I decided that only immediate family would receive postcards by … Continue reading Salzburg, Austria
Kirsten and I arrived in Salzburg around 3 p.m. on Sunday. We went to the hotel reservation desk and got a room at Pension Tauernhof (325 ATS per person per night) (15 ATS per person reservation fee). The room was wonderful, with W.C. and a full bath, and it came with breakfast. It was located … Continue reading Salzburg, Austria
After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and took the streetcar back to Westbahnhof. We arrived just in time for one of the hourly IC trains to Salzburg. The scenery from the train (when I’ve gotten to look up from this book) has been wonderful. It is however a very hot day in Austria … Continue reading Vienna, Austria
I haven’t written anything down for about four days now, so I have some catching up to do. I am westbound on IC train 566 from Vienna to Salzburg. (Actually at St. Pölters Hbf.) These IC trains are not nearly as nice as the EC trains like the one we rode on Friday. The woman … Continue reading Journal Update
The woman hostess at the hotel-pension sold us farecards for the Vienna subway-bus-streetcar network (nice, because we were a little puzzled about how to buy them the night before) and we did a one-day exploration of Vienna — a lot of footwork but very fun. We took a lot of pictures and did a lot … Continue reading Spending a Saturday exploring tourist attractions in Vienna
When we arrived in Vienna we made a bee-line for the hotel reservation desk, only to have it occur to us that we had zero schillings. So Kirsten held a place in line and watched our bags while I ran upstairs to an ATM. I came back to find Kirsten had not moved at all … Continue reading Arriving in Vienna with neither hotel reservation nor money
Friday morning we actually, really, truly, honestly got up at 6 a.m. We checked out of the hotel and took the RER and Metro to Gare de l’Est. We had our Eurail passes validated and found out we were too late to make reservations, which we tried to do on Thursday, but when we went … Continue reading First use of our Eurail passes, Paris to Vienna in one day