3 months of vacation

Yay – after almost one year and two projects in the lovely city of Vienna it’s time to travel.

I definitely want to be back again in the future to meet all the great people I had the chance to get aquainted with.
But first let’s focus on the new topics.

I. Vienna – Budapest
The Jeep is parked and waits for me to pick it up after i come back to Vienna from my first stop: Budapest.
My flat in a 1840s building right besides the house of Johann Strauss, has been given back. I went via the very speedy public transportations system via U1/U4/U6 to Bahnhof Meidling. Here, the trains to Budapest are heading off.
Small and crowded, it will be replaced by the new central station (Hauptbahnhof).

The train is an Austrian RailJet which I often used to travel between the final station Munich and Vienna. This time it’s the other final station Budapest.
Also, this time it’s second class, not first or as available in the RailJet even business class.

After arriving at Budapest Keleti, I directly went to the hotel which is conveniently located. My stomach roared like an arctic bear (which was trapped for quite a while on an ice floe). So importantly, the first trip was to counter hunger and thirst. It led me to Napfényes Étterem at Rózsa utca 39. It’s a vegan only restaurant so vegans as vegetarians can order without doubt. First the delicious homemade ginger lemonade and a bean goulash soup as a starter. The main dish was a Hungarian stuffed pickled cabbage.
Website: http://www.napfenyesetterem.hu/

Soup, vanished within seconds

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Main dish: Hungarian stuffed pickled cabbage

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But that was not the end of the day. After checking out the House of Hungarian photographers (exhibition of early Magnum work) I found myself near the St. Stephans-Basilika.
The inside is amazing, I was there during mass.
Now my target was to see the Duna/Donau/Danube river. Luckily in front of me was the world’s famous Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd / Kettenbrücke). Crossed it from Pest to Buda and back.
On the way back to the hotel Hare Krishna people crossed my path while I got a hint of the astonishing architecture of Pest.

Trentino / Alto Adige

On Saturday the Munich weather was quite bad. It was cold, cloudy and raining. Everything looked grey. We wrapped up some stuff, put it in the back of the Jeep an went on the Autobahn from Munich via Brenner to Südtirol. Surprisingly there was not much traffic and the trip was quite pleasing.
Right after Europabrücke it was still dripping but with less clouds. In Italy the sun came out and weather was great.

Meran

After passing Bozen, the capital of Südtirol, our first stop was Meran, a city with thermal springs and baths. We had quite a tasty lunch with dumplings and the local Schüttelbrot.
Just an espresso and we went on to Trentino.

Trentino

Our spot for the night was near an artificial lake, the Lago di Santa Giustina, once the largest dam.
The road was small and when arriving at the dam it was quite a view downwards. Landscape around the reservoir is pittoresque with vineyards and apple farms.
The last piece of the path was not much wider than the Jeep, luckily nobody came from the other side.
Our final stop for the day was a small B&B right at the northern end of the reservoir – the balcony view was amazing.

Bozen

After breakfast we drove via the Mendel Pass to Bozen. There we went to see the famous Ötzi, a man who died in the ice about 5300 years ago. The museum around the iceman is quite amazing and provides thorough information about the scientific findings.

From Bozen we directly went back to Munich, thankfully without traffic jams.