St. Johann, Austria: A Nature Lover's Paradise

 Below is a panoramic view from my balcony:

Pano (1 of 1)-2

Austria is a very beautiful country.  It is just as beautiful as I thought it would be and as pretty as the pictures/postcards I had always seen.   It is a great place for nature lovers as well as sports enthusiasts to visit.  There are many very nice and well maintained biking and hiking trails especially in the small town I stayed in called St. Johann.

 I love seeing the mountains also known as the Alps because I live in Florida where it is very flat.  The only bad thing about the hills in the mountains is walking anywhere.  It gets a lot more tiring especially in the summer as Austria does get very warm.  It does cool off a little bit at night unlike Florida which stays very warm at night most of the year.  

I would like to return the Austria someday and stay in the cities of either Vienna or Salzburg as there are a lot to see and do there. Here are a few of my photos.  Pretty much everywhere I look I wanted to take a picture as everything was so pretty!  This is just a handful of the photos I took while I was there for a week.  I loved visiting the gorge I wrote a post about it here is the link:   

Visiting the Beautiful Liechtensteinklamm Gorge in St Johann, Austria  

I really did like Austria, but began to feel a little landlocked being an "island girl".  I was really looking forward to visiting Santorini toward the end of my stay.  St Johann is a great place to spend a few days to relax, view and or photo the gorgeous landscapes and of course visit the gorge mentioned above.

Here is a lovely church I visited:
Pano (1 of 1)-4
Pano (1 of 1)-6

Pano (1 of 1)-18

Pano (1 of 1)-84
Pano (1 of 1)-84

There are flowers everywhere in the summer and on many window boxes.  The houses reminded me of the pretty swiss chalets I'd always seen in photos.

Pano (1 of 1)-15

Pano (1 of 1)-18 Pano (1 of 1)-18There is a river in town that is very scenic:
Pano (1 of 1)-14

Pano (1 of 1)-18

Pano (1 of 1)-18

Pano (1 of 1)-18
I loved the architecture and especially this pink house!Pano (1 of 1)-18
The following two photos were seen on my LONG walk to the gorge.  I loved the lush green landscape and mountains.  I think it reminded me of where I grew up in Vermont:
Pano (1 of 1)-18
Pano (1 of 1)-18

Pano (1 of 1)-7

Many people at my hotel were simply lounging on the beautiful grounds relaxing.  I'm more of a "type B" traveler, but I decided to join them one day having severe jet lag.
Pano (1 of 1)-18

It was a little boring to me so I took the above "selfie" and "toes in the sun" photo":

Pano (1 of 1)-112

Here is an aerial view of Vienna taken from the plan en route to Santorini:
Pano (1 of 1)-18
Miscellaneous photos taken around town:
Pano (1 of 1)-18
Pano (1 of 1)-18
Pano (1 of 1)-18
Pano (1 of 1)-18
Pano (1 of 1)-18
Pano (1 of 1)-18Here are some photos of the gorge I mentioned above:

Pano (1 of 1)-42
Pano (1 of 1)-42An outdoor market I found leaving the gorge:

Pano (1 of 1)-42

Pano (1 of 1)-42

Pano (1 of 1)-42
I will leave you with a couple of panorama shots that I enjoy taking as well as one of me on my balcony.  These are of the grounds of the hotel I stayed at called the Alpenland Sporthotel. Thank you so much for stopping by as always I love to hear your comments and questions have a wonderful week my friends!

~Michelle


Pano (1 of 1)-110 Pano (1 of 1)-108

Pano (1 of 1)-110


Visiting the Beautiful Liechtensteinklamm Gorge in St Johann, Austria

Pano (1 of 1)-26

In July 2014, while in Austria I visited the gorge called Liechtensteinklamm.   This gorge is in a small town about 45 minutes drive from Salzburg called St. Johann.  It was by far one of the best experiences I've had traveling in a long time - and definitely while in Austria so far.  Somehow the locals manage to make Liechtensteinklamm sound like one syllable while I can't say it period!  

The only bad parts was I did not heed the advice given to me by everyone where I was staying telling me it was too far to walk.  They said it was only six are seven kilometers. This did not sound like a long ways to me, however, I live in Florida where all of the land is flat while here in Austria there are many hills.   Once you get to the gorge there are even more hills and stairways to climb which is quite a workout.  It is not a difficult walk as the paths are well kept, but after walking 6-7 kilometers to get there, it did become a little more difficult for me.  

I would have taken a taxi home, but I didn't have a cell phone with me...so I just decided to walk - AGAIN.  I'm just estimating, but if I were to bet, I would say I walked close to 20 kilometers that day which all seemed uphill.    I was really tired afterward and my legs and feet hurt really badly afterword.   It also did not help that I wore the wrong shoes, as you can see from one of my photos, for much of the trip.  I also brought a rather large bag instead of a backpack which would have been a lot more practical and made the trip much easier!  

The pathways are well kept and is a nice walk if you're wearing the right footwear and haven't already walked several kilometers/miles ;).  Thankfully my hotel had a nice pool and hot tub to sooth my aching feet and legs!  The cost is only 4.50 euros and you need approximately two hours at the gorge according to most people.  Overall, I think the gorge is a very well priced and a fun experience. 
Pano (1 of 1)-26
Pano (1 of 1)-26
  Pano (1 of 1)-32
Pano (1 of 1)-32
Pano (1 of 1)-32
Pano (1 of 1)-32 Pano (1 of 1)-46
Pano (1 of 1)-46
Pano (1 of 1)-46
Pano (1 of 1)-46
Pano (1 of 1)-73
Pano (1 of 1)-73
Pano (1 of 1)-73
Pano (1 of 1)-73
Pano (1 of 1)-73

My ticket stub and a house I saw in the way back:
Pano (1 of 1)-77
Pano (1 of 1)-77
Pano (1 of 1)-77
Pano (1 of 1)-77

AND finally the pool and hot tub...awww :)

Pano (1 of 1)-90
Pano (1 of 1)-90

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I will leave you with a very short video of one of the waterfalls in the gorge.  As always, I love to hear your comments and answer any questions.  Have a great week.

~ Michelle