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Action on the Annaberg

We stand in the car park, squinting at the sun and the deep blue sky, with an excited mind and a large portion of anticipation. It is a little strange - suddenly walking past lush green meadows, past a - still - empty reservoir; anything but winter, which I associate with this place. Annaberg, where I learned to ski a few decades ago and where we whizzed down the slopes at least once a year. That would be in store for us now, too, albeit in a slightly different way. And so we set off, marvelling at the modern Arial prepared for summer, while showing off our Niederösterreich-CARD and redeeming it for a ride on the Annaberg 4-seater chairlift.After we've hiked down the first little slope - where I've done many a race in the past - and the wildflowers beside us poking their heads in the wind, I notice how much is new here and am delighted to be here once again. Numerous hiking trails await, then a small bike facility as well, and finally we hear the zipline facility before we can


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