Untersberg
 

Untersberg

The Untersberg[a] is a mountain massif just south of Salzburg, where it straddles the border between the Austrian state of Salzburg and the German state of Bavaria.

The first mention of the mountain was by Konrad IV of Salzburg in 1306 - but then it was called "Vndarnsperch". The myth is that Charlemagne is inside the mountain, with his long beard growing around the table at which he sits. When the beard has grown three laps around the table, he will return and this will herald the end of the world. Another myth says that it is Frederick I - also called Barbarossa - that is in the mountain.

Getting there is easy - one can jump on bus 25 at the central station or anywhere else the bus stops, such as at the river where it passes the old town, and get carried all the way to the cable car station. The cable car is 18 euro for a return trip.

Houses at the foot of the mountain.

2006-12-27 09:40

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The cable car up.

2006-12-27 09:59

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Memorial to alpine rescuer Josef Gassner who fell to his death here February 10, 1946 "while on duty".

2006-12-27 10:18

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A metal cross at the top. When blizzards hit it turns into a cross of snow and ice with the metal skeleton completely covered.

2006-12-27 10:19

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View of Salzburg from the mountain.

2006-12-27 10:21

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View of Bavaria, Germany.

2006-12-27 10:22

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View north along the east side of the mountain..

2006-12-27 10:29

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While I did my photography a small photo crew was finishing up their fashion shots just outside the top cable car station. Here they are, walking away (the model in high heels and walking sticks) toward the sun-lit, covered-in-ice, side of the peak. The designer's name was Lisa Salvador - and I haven't been able to find any pictures of her clothes, but then again she probably isn't designing them for people who buy clothes on the web.

Update 2013-11-22: Re-visiting this entry I decided to take another look at the web, and found that Lisa Salvador has been on the web since 2008 at lisasalvador.de[b].

2006-12-27 10:38

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Small chapel near the bus station.

2006-12-27 11:18

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2006-12-27, updated 2013-11-27