Natural to the alpine area around the glacier were these funny animals. We managed to see an adult and a baby. They are mammals and were about the size of small dogs. I believe they are known as large ground squirrels - could these be long lost relatives of our dear Squirrel?!!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmot
31 August 2009
There were old mining tunnels running along the glacier so I walked up a few of these to get a closer view while Harry got even closer by going down the little cliff railway to the ice itself. There was a bit of a walk back so in the thinner air I didn't fancy the exercise!!
The Grossglockner mountain at 3798m is the highest mountain in Austria and in prominence the second highest in the Alps behind Mount Blanc! It's like a pyramid on the Toblerone boxes!!The road is 48km long and has 36 bends and rises up to 2504m!! It was a bit scary in parts as there were no barriers to stop you falling off but the views were superb!!You can find out more here: http://www.grossglockner.at/en/
Our first view of the Alps came on our way to Zell Am See , a beautiful town named after the lake it sits by. A lake cruise was included and then free time to explore.
My lovely husband!
The boat and me on the lake cruise! The lake water is drinkable apparently but we didn't like to find out!
We chose to take a cable car ride to the mountain above the town for the views.
Zell Am See from the top of the mountain behind!
A view from the top.
The view looking down from the cable car!