Friday, January 31, 2014

Kaprun Alpine Reservoir

I noticed that many of us search for advice about visiting a place or another, so searching engines like Google or Yahoo! lead us towards travel sites or travel articles. So, no matter if travelling either for business or for pleasure, we want to know what is Top 10 "Things to do/visit" for a particular destination.

In Zell am See - Kaprun, a visit to Kaprun Alpine Reservoirs (1,068 - 2,040 m above sea level (asl)) is in Top 10, so one can take it as a recommendation! The round trip is described below of a step by step manner. I hope that it will be useful for your next trip in Kaprun, Salzburgerland! And if you are along with your kids, don't worry! They will not be bored up there! You'll see why around the end part of this post.

A view towards the dams
A view towards Wasserfallboden, Mooser and Drossen from Gasthaus Glocknerblick
The above picture was taken during the trip on Maiskogelweg, near Gasthaus Glocknerblick, a wonderful restaurant with a magnificent view towards the tallest mountain in Austria, Grossglockner (3798m asl, the smallest peak in this picture), and Kitzsteinhorn (the one on the right side). Wasserfallboden, Mooser and Drossen are in the center of the picture, just under the snow layer (Pasterze Glacier, the largest glacier in Austria). 1. I reached Kesselfall-Alpenhaus by car. Here I parked my car on a 6 storey garage. This is the "final destination" for my car (anyone's car actually). Buses are available from here "to the top".

Parking lot
2. A bus take me through the Lärchwand tunnel to the Lärchwand funicular valley station at 1,209 m asl. Garages and car parking, kiosks and restaurants are available here.

By bus
A bus for Lärchwand tunnel
3. Lärchwand Funicular is the Europe's largest open funicular. From 1,209 to 1,640 m asl it glides almost soundlessly through mixed beech woodlands and rugged mountain flanks. It travels a distance of 820 meters, and ascends an incline of 431 meters.

Lärchwand Funicular - the rails
Lärchwand Funicular
Lärchwand Funicular
4. Buses (again) take the tourists from the mountain station of the funicular located near the Limberg lock.
Bus driver
By bus / bus driver
From the bus (whenever it is not into tunnels) one can see the Wasserfallboden reservoir and the Fürthermoar Alp.

5. Two arch shaped walls, Mooser and Drossen, retain the water in Mooserboden reservoir (85 million cubic meters of water).
Mooser and Drossen
Mooser dam is the one on the left, and Drossen dam is the one on the right.
Pasterze Glacier
Pasterze Glacier
The main source of water of the Mooserboden reservoir (60%) is the melted water from the Pasterze, Austria's largest glacier. The link from the Pasterze and Mooserboden reservoir is a 12 km long tunnel (looks like the Austrians have a passion for tunnels!).

6. If you want an adventure (hiking), there is a well-marked alpine path between Mooserboden, Sedlgrat and Kleiner Grießkogel summit (about 90 minutes). Don't forget to take a break at Mooserboden Mountain Restaurant prior to proceed to hike! I did not followed that path due to the fact that I planned to take a trip to Kitzsteinhorn right after the visit to Mooserboden reservoir (I was lucky enough to catch the latest cable car on my way back from Kitzsteinhorn!).

Kitzsteinhorn - 3203 m asl
7. After crossing the tunnel between Mooser and Drossen, I noticed a path towards Höhenburg (2,108 m asl). I followed it, and although I was not quite in a good shape for hiking, after a few minutes, I reached the top. Some 70 meters above the lake, the view is spectacular! One can enjoy the view of both dam's walls and the (relatively) eternal ice of the glaciers (I am not sure about this "eternal" when we are speaking about ice and about the rising temperature of the atmosphere...).
Höhenburg - 2108 m asl
8. I wrote at the beginning of the article about the fact that if you are accompanied by your little children, they will not be bored up here. Little "fairy electricians" are telling short stories about electricity and power generation in simple words for your kids!

You may notice a little yellow propeller as backpack. It is a Pelton propeller, and on my website are some details about what is a Pelton propeller: Impulse (Pelton) Turbines.

9. Between the two retaining walls of the dam (Mooser and Drosen), one can visit the interactive exhibition "Power & Ice".
Power and Ice
Power and Ice - Strom und Eis - the entrance
Technical details, the interactive screens, the videos, the photos, and all the other objects from the exhibition are really interesting, but for me the most interesting was the "Ice" part of it!

Power and Ice
Power and Ice - objects at an exhibition
I really appreciate the accurate reproduction of a glacier arch!
Glacier arch
Glacier arch at Power and Ice exhibition
You can find more information about the Kaprun Alpine Reservoirs on VERBUND Tourism.

Enjoy your trip!
Originally shared on Three Years After blog, it now finds its place on this new photo travel blog!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Severin - Dubova, One Day Trip.

A while ago, Tripadvisor has published my review about a one day trip between Drobeta Turnu Severin and Dubova Bay, in Mehedinti County, Romania.

I was posting the material on Sleepless Bobby in order to add some more information. Now I am copy-pasting it here on the reason mentioned in the first post on this blog: to methodize my travel photos...

Starting by car from Drobeta Turnu Severin, you can follow E70 towards Timisoara.

After 15 km you can stop at Iron Gates 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP), in order to visit its museum. After chronologically arranged artifacts from the area, starting stone age, continuing with bronze, iron, Roman period, and Otoman/Turkish one, you will have a visual description of the construction and the hydro power units of the Romanian side of the HPP. You will also have a glimpse of the machine hall (approx. 220 m long, 25 m tall), descending by an elevator.
Iron Gates 1, dam and hydroelectric power plant
After visiting the power plant, continuing towards Timisoara on the Romanian shore of the lake formed by the Danube River behind Iron Gates 1 dam. There are more than 30 viaducts and bridges over many golfs formed by the Danube. You are already in the Iron Gates Natural Park, so obey the specific rules.

After driving 5 km, you will see a road sign to the right, indicating 1 km to Vodita Monastery. Worth a visit!
Vodita Monastery
Continuing 5 more km on E70 you will reach Orsova (now you will leave E70, continuing on DN57), the city rebuilt after the level of the lake raised 30 meters! You will enjoy a walk on the Danube's shore, and in the evening take a break near the ship yard or the train station in order to take some photos of the city lights reflected on the water. In Orsova you can rent a ship and take a cruise on the Danube!
Before leaving Orsova towards Eselnita, go to St. Ana Monastery.
Orsova - Dragalina Park, and a cruise ship in background
So you are about to leave Orsova, and after 15 km you will reach Mraconia bay, the place where a sculpture of Decebal is carved into the mountain.
Decebalus Rex - Dragan fecit
I think that you've had many stops and you are already hungry or at least thirsty, so continue 3 more km to Pensiunea Melba, located on the shore of Dubova bay. "Papanasii" (home made donuts) are my favourite desert there!
Pensiunea Melba: Reflections first...

Bon apetit!
Delicious! Siting at the table, enjoying your meal... can you see where the Danube is entering the gulf/bay? There is its narrowest and its deepest point!
Dubova bay (above and below)
Can you notice the Ship Shaped Shadow in the center of this photo? :-)
Well, this is a 100 km tour in the the SW of Mehedinti County, and enough places to visit for a day!

Travel safe!

MBM Travel Photos

Sometimes blogs become "crowded" even there are no frequent posts. Even though I've managed to divide the posts for Romanian readers and for international readers (in English) on, there are still some issues to "segregate" on different grounds. So In Awe Of Rock was created as a distinct blog also on, and Three Years After on

Recently I've concluded that a new website/blog is necessary in order to methodize my travel photos and make them available for all my readers, no matter if co-nationals or not, rockers or not, movie watchers or not. So here I am explaining the reason for this new blog.
Summer clouds over the mighty Danube River
I hope that the photos from my European travels will help other travelers in their decisions to either visit or not a place that I already visited.

Celtic nations
What will you find on this photo travel blog? Photos and personal experiences from my travels in the following countries (links goes to
I usually travel during my summer vacations, or for a (rock/metal) concert every now and then.