Innsbruck to Fuessen

I started by going up the hill to Schloss Ambras.  For some reason I thought it would be easier to take my pack with me.  One metre up the hill and I was regretting my decision.

The schloss is in a very nice park.

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Nifty birdfeeder!

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The lower castle

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The upper castle

It has a ‘Bacchus grotto’ where guests were tied up until they had drunk a certain amount and were allowed in to parties.

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Doesn’t look very pleasant

The area around the castle is very forested.

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Waterfall in background

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Viewing spot

It’s worth going up just for the view of town.  The view of town, unlike entrance to the castle, is free.

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Not bad

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Inside the upper castle

I returned back down the hill.

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Entrance path

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Warning sign at the gate. No hammocks or tightrope walking!

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View on the way down

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Cat I met on my walk down

The bus stop for the cheap bus is about 5 min south of the main station.  I arrived quite early thinking I could leave my bag and go wandering.  There’s only a petrol station there and nowhere you can leave your bag.  I went wandering with my bag on anyway.

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What do you do with an old chimney but turn it in to a cell phone tower?

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Derelict house near the bus stop

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I did notice how everything is amongst everything else – a working paddock in the city, for example

There was a gathering of food trucks near the Olympic centre.

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The trucks.

There was the usual selection – with one notable exception.

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Maori steak?! With traditional kiwifruit sauce?!

I did not have a traditional Maori steak, and opted instead for a Hungarian langos ‘all in’.

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The langos

It’s fried dough, with salami, ham, cream cheese, lettuce, onion, capsicum and cheese.  It was delicious.

The bus was 10 min late, and I found that I couldn’t download my ticket because my super roaming data German sim card did not in fact allow me to get data in Austria.  Fortunately another bus showed up at the same time that had free wifi transmitting and I got my ticket just in time.

The driver was Italian and on his own programme.  We arrived in Fuessen 40min late.

I took a footpath track to my hotel, which turned out to be in this lovely little area of similar lodges.

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My hotel

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View from my room

It was very late 70s/early 80s inside, and therefore perfect.  I now understand what people were trying to go for with that early 80s dark wood look.  When done well it works.

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My room

I set out on a walk to the Kalvarienberg.  On the way is a manmade waterfall that attracts a lot of tourists.  I’m not quite sure why.

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At the Maxsteg

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The other side

The Kalvarienberg is on top of a hill.  Along the way you pass the 12 stations of the cross.

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First station

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2nd station

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3rd station

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The rest of the stations on the way up looked like this

Each had some scripture and a question for reflection.  As someone who uses time in the bush for reflection I thought it was a good way to have it, so you had the question and then a couple of minutes walking up the track to ponder before you arrived at the next one.

The walk up takes about 30 min.

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The Kalvarienberg

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The stations had paintings like this inside

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A shrine under the Kalvarienberg

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There were paintings of Biblical areas like this around

There is an excellent view from the top.

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View of Fuessen from the top

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Looking to the west

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Looking to the north east. Neuschwanstein is visible up the hill on the left

I descended down the other side (to the east).  The track was a bit less maintained.

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The track down.  Note the painting on the tree to mark the track.

Near the bottom the track became quite rough.

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Not really suitable for running shoes.

You also get a view of the mud flats to the north.

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The mud flats

The track down took about 15 min.

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Back in town

I wandered about the town.

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The Benedictine monastery

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Crossing the Lech

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Old town

While looking at timetables I went in to the railway station magazine shop

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My kind of magazine!

I also noticed that cigarettes are much less regulated than back home

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465 cigarettes!!

I also saw Max Weber was branching out . . .

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He’s gone for something that will be more commercially successful this time

I bought a couple of buns for dinner, and a ‘snowball’.  It was about the size of a softball, and rather good.

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On the TV ARD was doing a ‘summer series’ of long-form interviews with politicians.  If only we had unhurried interviewing like that back home!

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