And a castle ruin, too.

On Sunday we could not wander far, as Tony needed to travel for work later in the day. With a lazy (for us) start to the day of 0630; the morning constitutional with CTF; and finally a favorite weekend breakfast of Syrniki (sorry, no photos. We nom-nomed the crispy and slightly sweet Russian cheese pancakes before I thought to take a snap.) a small wander through the nearby  Naturpark Sparbach won the vote for the day’s activity.

The park is Austria’s oldest and is tucked into the Vienna Woods just 30 minutes from our house. Wooded, with several trails to follow; a romantic ruin; and…Wildschwein piglets!  The park is home to several families who appear from the woods in the morning to feed, then return to the quiet to resume their nocturnal behavior.

This little piglet ventured off to visit friends in the petting zoo. Adorable!

The park does not offer a dining option, so afterwards we followed signs to the nearest Gasthof, one serving fresh smoked Steckerlfisch. Steckerl is the Bavarian word for “stick” or “pole;” and refers to a traditional preparation of skewered fish on a grill, with the fish typically being mackerel. Add grill-roasted potatoes and a crisp salad, and our little outing was complete.