Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sigmund-Thun Klamm

Went by bicycle from Zell am See to Kaprun
- somehow managed to take the longest way via Bruck...
and from there to see the famous gorge of Sigmund-Thun
- again didn't take the shortest way...
passed the sign without noticing it,
rode up a couple of kilometers
or actually walked the bike...
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Had to have a break and a cup of
hot chocolate with cream
to get some energy to continue
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In 1893, the gorge was developed as a tourist attraction
with a boardwalk planned by
Kaprun tourism pioneer Nikolaus Gassner.
It was named after Sigmund Graf von Thun,
who was governor of Salzburg at the time.
The gorge was designated as a natural monument in 1934,
and closed in 1938 when the boardwalk had to be condemned.
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The boardwalk was rebuilt in 1991
and reopened in summer 1992
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More snaps of the impressive gorge:
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In the afternoon took City Xpress lift
to Ghf. Mittelstation in 1400m
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Going up
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Starting to go down
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And going down
- the lift operates till 5pm
so didn't have much time to spend up there
- no problem, it was rather chilly
.

Gorgeous balcony flowers everywhere!
- how can they do it???
My balcony stays ok max 1 week...

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