Just recently, I told you about the pretty dress that spring has put on in Burgenland. Rabbits, pheasants, white donkeys, coloured birds & magnificent flowers have all come out to celebrate what may easily be deemed the most beautiful time of year, when everything awakens and comes out to play. Same for us travel bloggers. Together with my Austrian colleagues Christina, at CitySeaCountry.com, as well as Melanie & Jürgen, at Lifetravellerz.com, we discovered what else there was to see and do around our hotel & holiday resort Vila Vita Pannonia.
Or did you know that the so-called “Alpha Run” didn’t even make you sweat? That not only horse and carriage, but also horse & geese go wonderfully together? That the largest Canon photographic lens costs some wicked € 12.000 and you may actually, easily, even try it on your own camera?!
Let’s start with the so-called “Alpha Run”. A unique way to build or increase your running abilities, striving to combine meditation with this popular sports pastime.
“If I had known this before, I would have joined you …”, Christina tells us, Christina who actually does not even like jogging. She looks at the rest of us, a little regretful I feel. “Next time”, I tell her with a warm smile. Jürgen, though, has already chosen to come with me, himself certainly being more of a professional runner than me.
Whatever your individual training is, Alpha Run (http://www.alphalauf.at) opens up new dimensions of physical experience while jogging. Our trainer Johannes Huber tells us this: “Everybody who manages a good walk without panting, can join.” Because Alpha Run is not about crazy running experiences, no: It is about managing and gaining mental strength. To this end, running is only practised several minutes at a time (at most), interspersed with activities for raising your awareness to the surrounding nature, your mind, your thoughts, your feelings, etc. I like it – and find I am subconsciously already doing some of the elements that Alpha Run promotes when I usually go jogging. Check this out.
There might not be much sport in riding a horse-drawn carriage. But we did have a lot of fun on this one out by the national park Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel!
Especially, when the ride has been peppered up with some fun and informative local stories about wine growing, the nature and cultural traditions around, as well as the national park itself of course. For fans of large carriages …
We continue with animals during a quick visit of the Steppentierpark Pamhagen, some ten minutes’ drive from Vila Vita Pannonia.
This park holds many animals with funny names (and some funny animals, by the looks of them!), such as the “Zackelbock” goat, “Jacob’s sheep” or the simple “water buffalos”. A park of a kind, built in an enclosure of woods. Who would have thought we’d even see wombats & kangaroos there?
And of course, it’s the national park itself that offers many a highlight right now, at the time of the “Bird Experience”. We even get a glimpse through some of the most expensive photographic lenses currently available!
Or at least, this is the impression I get, “only” carrying around my own 150 millimetre zoom lens. However, as a travel option, me & my very light, easy-and-quick-to-handle system camera are simply inseparable. Still, I marvel at the major lenses next to me, whose largest, I am told, costs up to € 12.000. That’s almost as much as I spent travelling round the world back in 2011. Wow.
My tip for you: Ask for a man named Alois Lang at the national park centre Neusiedlersee. A very kind, very knowledgeable man who loves to share what he knows with other visitors and nature friends. And besides, who does not love a trip out into the blue (and green) of nature?
See you soon in Burgenland! Do not miss what my friends have to say on their blogs either:
- Christina at CitySeaCountry.com: “Hotel and Holiday Village Vila Vita Pannonia in Austria“
- Melanie & Jürgen at Lifetravellerz.com: “Vila Vita Pannonia – Urlaub am Neusiedler See“
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Vila Vita Pannonia on this trip to Burgenland, supported by the Austrian Eco-Label. All opinions are my own.