Exploring Austria: Burg Hohenwerfen
While in Salzburg this summer, my girlfriends and I went on all kinds of fun day trips – Hallstatt, Zell Am See and a stunning Alpine gorge hike called Leichtensteinklamm. Cruising through all the beautiful Austrian valleys en route to these destinations though was an experience in it’s own right.
Returning after a long day of exploring Zell Am See, we spotted the beautiful Hohenwerfen castle rising just above the trees. Spontaneity and curiosity got the best of us and we quickly pulled off to see what it was all about.
Arriving at the base of the hill in which the castle sat, we walked up through the forest for 20 minutes crossing our fingers that we’d be able to get in.
But…our little adventure to the top of the castle quickly flopped. A huge locked gate surrounded by the high castle walls obstructed our path. We turned back reluctantly.
A bit bummed, we treaded back down towards the car. Our disappointment quickly evaporated as we took in the view and attempted to take a group shot using my carefully balanced camera (on a log) with a 10 second timer (never enough time).
Then ‘adventurer’ shots were in order. I particularly appreciated Tara’s scouting pose, a real Christa Columbus, if you will. (hardy har)
Meanwhile, the view was nothing to complain about, just another scene from an Austrian storybook.
So, when’s the last time you did a bit of exploring?