In Central European folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved. This contrasts with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.
A week ago I was in wonderful Salzburg for some pre-Christmas cheer. The picture shows the Salzach River that bisects the city and the pedestrian Makartsteg bridge, with the cathedral spires and Arenberg Castle in the background.
Having taken organised tours on previous trips (Sound of Music x 2 and the Bavarian Lakes & Mountains), I decided on a trip for Mrs Wilbur & I under our own steam (so to speak) this time. The Salzburg to Zell am See Train Trains run about every thirty minutes from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, taking 90-minutes […]
This morning’s photo designed to beat the drudgery of many a Monday morning comes from my current trip to Austria. The beautiful alpine lake is situated at the winter resort town of Zell am See, a 90-minute train ride from wonderful Salzburg.
Zell am See in Austria Yesterday we took the train from Salzburg the 90-minutes to the ski resort town of Zell am See (Zell on the Lake). We also took the Schmittenhöhebahn – the single car cable car, up 2,000 metres onto the Schmittenhöhe mountain, offering breathtaking views of the peaks of the Hohe Tauern […]
Last night Mrs Wilbur and I went to a classical concert at the majestic Marble Hall at Mirabell Palace in Mozart’s home city of Salzburg. From the moment we climbed the ornate staircase we knew that we were in for a treat. The ensemble including Greek violinist Dimitris Karakantas and oboe player Valerie Colen from […]
Today I am in my favourite pre-Christmas location of Salzburg in Austria. Salzach River, Salzburg, Austria
The feats of engineering that has enabled road & rail bridges to be built in the mountainous regions of Central Europe & Scandinavia is nothing short of mind boggling. Couple that with the atmospheric canal bridges in the likes of Amsterdam, Bruges & Stockholm and you get a rich tapestry of crossings throughout the regions. […]