Ellmau, der Bergdoktor

A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

On my drive to Mittenwald I planned a stop at the town of “Going at the Wilden Kaiser” in Austria. Wilder Kaiser is the name of the mountain. Here, and in Ellmau was my all time favorite show “Der Bergdoktor” or Mountain Doctor filmed. If you ever seen the show or movie, you will recognize where I am standing. Continue reading A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

Edelweiss flower in Austrian, Bavarian mountains

Edelweiss, the “Eternal Flower”

The Alpine Edelweiss (also Leontopodium alpinum) is the only native plant in Central Europe representative of the approximately 40 known Edelweiss species, which are widespread in the mountains of Europe and Asia. It is found in the Alps, the Carpathians and in the Jura, where it settled after the last ice age as an immigrant plant from Asia. The Alpine Edelweiss belongs to the Asteraceae … Continue reading Edelweiss, the “Eternal Flower”

Stift Melk, Wachau Austria Sticky post

Stift Melk and Dürnstein in the Wachau, Austria

While staying in Weissenkirchen, Austria, and the wine region of Wachau, we did day trips to Vienna, the castle of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Schloss Artstetten), and took a day cruise to Stift Melk. It was a week full of history and sightseeings Arriving at our Bed & Breakfast “Donauhof” Hotel Garni in Weissenkirchen Wachau is a Wine region along the Danube, with a mild climate … Continue reading Stift Melk and Dürnstein in the Wachau, Austria

Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian

Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Born and raised in North Bavaria, it was natural for us to wear the traditional costumes or “Tracht” at least once a year to a festival. Sometimes I wore my Dirndl to the “Kiliani” Festival in Würzburg. Wearing the Tracht to the Town Festival or Biergarten is becoming popular in other parts in Germany, not only Bavaria or Austria Continue reading Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Cemetery, Hallstatt, Austria

Beinhaus (Hallstatt) with Bones and Skulls

A few steps behind the Catholic church in Hallstatt, Austria, stands the 12th-century Saint Michael Chapel (Michelskapelle). There is the famous Beinhaus with its approximately six hundred rows of rows of painted skulls. Some of them were painted at the end of the 18th century, some only in the 20th century. Its bloom had the skull painting however during the 19. Century. About six hundred … Continue reading Beinhaus (Hallstatt) with Bones and Skulls