Emma

Assorted Deutschlandsberg

Here's some assorted photos from Deutschlandsberg. It's a very ordinary small Austrian town near Graz. Although it's a pretty and nice place, it's probably not where you'd pick for a holiday in Austria (although they do get hikers and people coming for the wine trail in the summer).... Read More...

Arrival in Deutschlandsberg

My next work assignment was in Deutschlandsberg, a small town at the foot of the Koralm Alps, near the Slovenian border. (Austria is a lot further south and east than people imagine). I was there three years ago (at a different school), when it was snowing heavily. This time I arrived to brilliant sunshine, and went for a walk up in the vineyard filled hills with Jemeala, one of the other teachers.... Read More...

Graz Art Museum

While I was in Graz I went to a show at the art museum. I've been in the cafe many times, but I always seem to be there when they're changing the exhibition over, so this was the first time I'd been into the spaceship-like exhibition hall. (This ... Read More...

Graz

En route to my next work assignment in Deutschlandsberg near the Slovenian border I stopped off in Graz overnight. I've been to Graz loads of times. It's a really nice city, even if everyone does have a thick Arnie accent. ... Read More...

Crossing the Alps playlist

To travel in between Vienna and Graz, until the never-ending tunnel under the mountains is finished later this decade, you have to take the train over the top of the Semmering Pass, going up and down over the Alps. You get some spectacular views, and the trainline itself is a UNESCO site. It's hard to take good photos out of the train window, so here's my playlist for over the mountain.... Read More...

Eszterházy Castle- The Versailles of Hungary

Fertöd is also home to Eszterhazy Castle, a baroque palace often called "The Versailles of Hungary". The Eszterhazy family were the ultra-rich landowners in western Hungary and eastern Austria, and have palaces and castles dotted all over the place. This wasn't even their main palace. It's now a museum with guided tours. The tour was all in Hungarian, but luckily with an English crib sheet. ... Read More...

Assorted Fertőd

Fertőd is the village in Hungary just across the border from Pamhagen. It has a huge Baroque palace there (which we also visited) and therefore more places to eat than Wallern (and the exchange rate is very favourable). The train takes about five minutes, but only runs every four hours. In fact the train journey was so quick a lot of the time the conductor couldn't even be bothered to sell us a cross-border ticket.... Read More...

Pamhagen and Wallern-im-Burgenland- the Kansas of Austria

My next work assignment was in a small village called Pamhagen on the Austria-Hungary border. The main hotel in the village was closed, so we were put up in a neighbouring village called Wallern-im-Burgenland. Pamhagen is only about 70 miles away from Vienna, but it's a million miles in reality. Until 1989 it was pinched between the lake and the heavily militarised Iron Curtain. The border is open again now, with no passport controls (thanks Schengen Agreement!) but the area still feels like the end of the line.... Read More...