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SHARKHUNTERS International
2015 "Southern Patrol"
at the Castle...
Our 2015 "Southern Patrol" has to have a visit to a castle, so we are here at the Castle Hochosterwitz on a beautiful sunny Austrian day.  Join us in our photos as we walk in the footsteps of history.

One thing about our Sharkhunters - they are tough!  The lift was out of service the day we were here so we walked the whole way up the mountain doggone near into the clouds!  Come with us now - it will be a lot easier for you to travel with us on your computer.

 
We begin.............   .......will we really make it to the top?
     
 
The second gate.............   ........so far, so good
     
  Two more gates and we are still moving uphill

 

     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 
     
 

This is where the witches would be sitting - if there are any witches on the grounds.

     
 

If we look over the railing in the "zur Hexe" photo above, we see that we are a very long way up in the sky.....but as seen to the left, we still have a long way to go to reach the top.

Foreign invaders in medieval times never even got this far up the trail.  This fortress is incredible when considered from the standpoint of the 16th Century.  As long as they had food and water, they could hold out forever.

     
 
     
 
Getting closer and closer............   .........climbing higher and higher
     
 
     
 
     
 

Along the way up the mountain, we come across this crypt

 

and this is the bronze plaque on the grave.

     
 
Still climbing................    


 

And here, way up on top of the clouds, is a beautiful garden.  It was in such a garden that the Baron and his family relaxed.  Five or six hundred years ago - what else could they do?  No television, DVDs, cell phones - nothing, so they relaxed in such places and they read a lot.  This is a very peaceful garden,

 
     
 

.......and on we go, climbing even higher and higher.

 
How many more gates are there?   Seems like a thousand
     
 
     

We are almost to the top and we come across this ancient cannon.  As a former weapons expert in the military, I'm not sure I would want to be standing anywhere near this thing when it was fired!

 
     
 
...........almost to the top!   We have arrived in the upper garden of the castle
     
 
Up these ancient steps to the courtyard   The family crest
     
 
     
 

We can just hear that gift shop calling.............

   
     
 

There was an art exhibit by an incredible painter.  Here are a couple of his works.

 


Now that our castle tour has finished, we depart for beautiful southern Bavaria.  CLICK HERE to join us.

We will be uploading photos daily so please check back to see them all.
 

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