Ayşegül Karaali
Slovenia

I am just a curious person who likes nature and sports, hikes up to the mountains and jumps into the cold waters, runs in the forests and travels as much as possible. I am Aisha, a 23 year old Turkish girl, born and raised in Istanbul. Three years ago I moved to Slovenia with my little sister. We planned to stay in Slovenia for a year so that she could study and I could improve my English. After a while, I decided to continue with my studies in Slovenia. Started studying the language, and now I Iive and study in this beautiful country. I explore the country and its culture while still improving both English and Slovene. Here, I am going to share my stories with you. Join me through the adventure.

AISHA'S DIARIES TRAVELING

Hochosterwitz Castle

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21/05/2019

Three Slovenian guys, a French and a Turkish girl took a road trip to a place they had never been before.

We spent a beautiful day in Austria at Hochosterwitz Castle. One of Austria’s prettiest enchanting medieval castles. Castles are always magical but this one was really impressive.

It is grandiosely standing on a 172 m high dolomite rock, attracting the people who are interested in the history of the medieval period.  It’s about two hours drive from Ljubljana. It’s located in a typical Austrian Alpine Countryside just about 25 km out of Klagenfurt. Its history dates back to the 9th century.

Hochosterwitz Castle can also be related to as a chateau. Because it is built on a high hill and is very noticeable from far away.

We were influenced by the remote image when we saw the castle. We must have been a little astonished, we couldn’t easily find our way to the castle.

We strolled around the castle until we found the first gate. A road to the castle through 14 doors.

Each of the castle gates has its own name and individual trap. They were all built in the 16th century.

Thanks to their capabilities such as hot oil-shedding mechanisms, concealed cutting tools, firing nests, and firearms.

Instead of walking on a slightly curved and entertaining road for half an hour, it is also possible to reach the castle with the lift from the parking area in 95 seconds. Mostly preferred by disabled, elderly also for lazy and rich people. 🙂 (It costs an extra 9euros)

 

Price list for the entrance:

Adults €15,00

Children (6 -15 years) €8,00

Students with student card €10,00 (They did not even ask for my card)

Seniors (65+) €13,00

Disabled persons 70%  off €10,00

It includes the museum tour with a guide.

When we reached the top of the castle, we were in a large area where we could get some food and drinks before going for the museum tour. We spent some time drinking coffee (The prices are not exaggerated. A cup of coffee is 2,50 euros).

The museum tour was surprisingly only in German. Most of us could not understand but we listened to our guide with such interest.

He explained with a great passion. Thank God that Anže knew German and he was very informative(!)

 

I was gaily shooting around until he frowned and showed me a sign. ”No Photographs!”

The most interesting place in the region, is, of course, the collection of medieval weapons. The armor, crushes, cannons, and guns of the time. In the museum, there are not only weapons but books, scrolls, seal samples, porcelain, household items and much more.

After the tour, we had a chat with our tour guide who to my surprise was half Slovenian. He spoke a mixture of Slovenian & German, threw in a few Turkish words for me.

We were in Carinthia, southern Austrian region in the eastern Alps.

After the beautiful tour in the castle, we were a little tired and hungry.and  decided to have a look around Carinthia region and find a nice restaurant to dine in.

We drove up to Sankt Veit a der Glan, it is a town in the Austrian state of Carinthia.

All over a sudden, we found ourselves in a small part of İtaly. We were surrounded by nice cafes where they serve ıce cream and a variety of desserts.

After a long search, we entered one of the rare restaurants (I guess here people only eat ıce cream) the menu was written in İtalian. Staff were speaking İtalian. Well, my friends also knew some İtalian enough to order food.

 

On our way to Slovenia, we had a lot of fun in the car. That day is among the unforgettable days of my life.

I went to Austria to see an old castle where I saw the war materials which were used

by Turks, listened to our tour guide who feels Slovenian in Austria and went to a restaurant where I could not even speak English with İtalians.

The whole time I was in Carinthia, it felt like the location is a gateway to all these different cultures. One day If you happen to pass by Carinthia, English will not be the most useful language.

German seemed really essential even as a tourist. Someone who knows Slovene will surely be around. A little bit of İtalian for the food is really necessary, at least it’s nice to try.

Language is the bearer of the cultures and the cultures are part of the languages.

When you start trying in another language, there is a step into another culture. That is why I love being in places where different languages are spoken, trying to learn and speak.

 

This is our adventure!

 

 

 

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