Innsbruck

As we continued our journey north from Italy to Germany we made a day trip through Austria stopping in Innsbruck for a little look around. A very pretty town, the old centre is rather touristy but most old centres are! We stayed for a drink to cool off in the heat and got back on the road as we had to make it to Stuttgart by the evening. The countryside in this part of Austria is so beautiful. The mountains and valleys at every turn and some fun and twisting roads to keep you on your toes!

Before we got to the Austrian-German boarder we saw a very high and very long bridge between two tall hills. So we pulled over to see what it was.

It so happened to be the longest Tibetan style pedestrian suspension bridge in the world! There was even a plaque from the Guiness World Record. The Highline179 links two significant areas of the Ehrenberg castle, the ruins and Fort Claudia. The suspension bridge spans up to 114 metres above ground across the valley between the two fortifications and the Fern Pass.

It was terrifying! I don’t usually have a fear of heights but it bobbed up and down from the other visitors footsteps and when you reached the middle started to sway from the wind blowing through the valley. So I was holding on for my life even though I knew i was perfectly safe.

The whole time I was walking across, all I could think of was Indiana Jones scared on the bridge in the Temple of Doom!?!

When we returned we walked to path further up the hill to the fortress. There are various updates to the fortress up until 1730s and the older top of sections date from around 1290AD. Its incredible to think people lived and worked in the very place I stood. I reflected to myself “I wonder what they knew of the world and if they ever imagined someone from a far away land would visit hundreds of years in the future.”

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Skills: Austria