There is much less people here than in Mayerling and this can be seen in the pictures above, right? Anyway, it is nice to walk around the simply decorated cloister without being jostled every three seconds by someone. Special mention for the stained glass windows, beautiful and all different from one wall to the other!
Before our return to Vienna, we travel a dozen kilometers to enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the largest underground lake in Europe, Hinterbrühl. It is a violent catastrophe that allowed the creation of one of the most impressive natural sites in the world. In 1912, after an explosion in the gypsum mine, over 20 million liters of water poured furiously dan corridors and underground galleries of the mine. This water breakthrough at the origin of the formation of the huge underground lake which is now the largest in Europe. Years after the disaster, the disused mine remained closed until an international team of speleologists discovered in the 30s this unique underground show, now open to the public all year long.
Pictures from the official website Seegrotte.at
After a visit of the galleries and a mini-cruise quite refreshing on the underground lake of the cave, our way back to the surface and its summer climate is quite painful. However, the time to join our air-conditioned bus and we’re back to a relatively normal temperature to enjoy our return to Vienna. The visit of the cave was interesting and helps to get an idea about the living conditions of minors at the time and the mini-cruise in the darkness was pleasant, even if we actually didn’t see much!