Like every year, spring has arrived again. The temperatures here in Vienna are at the moment around 15 degrees when the sun shines. Perfect weather to go outside and explore the beautiful landscape of Austria.
This weekend we drove to Bad Traunstein, a little village located in the Waldviertel (Forest quarter), 130km from Vienna. The forest around this village is really nice with big stones lying around, even some rocking stones. The rocking stones in this area are left behind by retreating glaciers that covered Europe a long time ago.
The Wachtstein is a rock located near the church of Bad Traunstein. On top of the stone is a little observation deck (almost 1000 meter above sea level) that offers a great view when the weather is good. Behind the Wachtstein in the forest is nice festival area between the rocks and the trees.
The Franzosenstein is rocking stone located nearby the Wachtstein. The stone is approximately 100.000 kg, and even though it looks like it is easy to rock, it doesn’t move at all.
The Wiegenstein can be found in the forest around Bad Traunstein, in the direction of Weidenegg. Like the Fransozenstein, the Wiegenstein looks like it is easy to move. We tried it, and failed.
I made more photos from this nice part of Lower Austria. I am sure that it looks even better in different months because of the colors.
All photos are made with my Fuji X100 without flash. All photos are unedited, just resized.