Tern­berg OÖ

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Tern­berg is a small town in Ober­ös­ter­reich, very near Weyer where I went a few years ago. It’s in a nation­al park, but sadly when I was there I had three days of torren­tial rain, so I didn’t get to do as much explor­ing as I’d like. I still saw some spec­tac­u­lar views and did some field record­ing however.

My flight was delayed, caus­ing me to miss the one semi-direct train of the day, mean­ing I had to change trains multiple times in the middle of nowhere. At least I had some scen­ic views.

It rained a lot. In the summer there are a lot of hikers for the moun­tain trails, but in April it’s too wet and muddy, so the town square was often deser­ted.

I liked these wonky saints and Jesus outside the church.

Really, this?

We were stay­ing in a very old pub. Austri­an build­ings are all plastered smooth on the outside though, so you often can’t tell how old some­thing is. Don’t go think­ing of Tudor style half-timber­ing. For a coun­try with a huge forestry industry, they don’t really build houses out of wood. More Fort Knox like stone bunkers.

It was wild garlic season (Bärlauch in German) and the inn did excel­lent soup.

This is an extremely Rural Austri­an thing: the pub savings club. Members post money through their numbered slot, and the innkeep­er keeps track of it for them. I saw a few old men put coins in after a few beers. I guess the idea is you put a bit of change in when you’re drunk and then have a pleas­ant surprise later.

I did try to go up into the moun­tains, but you couldn’t go off this tarmac path because the ground was too soggy.

Look­ing down at the village

I did however get to visit a lake outside the town

The lake is actu­ally a reser­voir for a hydro-elec­tric dam.

A pretty idyll­ic street by the lake

There was also a ridicu­lously scen­ic sports pitch

And an even more ridicu­lously scen­ic BMX track

After a while in rural Austria, you get sick of bread-based meals, but this was my first week, so I still had enthu­si­asm.

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