1. All of these countries are "melting pots" of cultures. All have welcomed immigrants.
2. First floors are really second floors... The first floor is called "ground level"
3. Biking is not only encouraged but accommodated. Train stations have special elevators for bikes so that people don't have to walk them up and down stairs.
4. There are more bike racks than parking lots.
5. Money conversion is confusing. Hungary is part of EU but has kept their currency...this has completely baffled me..,I resorted to "here's what I got, what can I get? A bier? A cup of tea? What?"
6. Internet is a problem for those who want connection. This does not bother the locals only the travelers. The locals don't know anything different.
The locals actually sit and visit at bier gardens and coffee bars. The are still engaged with each other. The visitors are known because they are looking at their screens, frustrated! (😔guilty)
7. Helmet hair is attractive only when everyone else around you has it too!
8. Cold Cuts and fresh veggies are offered at every meal here. They are staples. Like pretzels, you can have them breakfast lunch and dinner.
9. The drinking age is 16 in Austria and with all the Bier Gartens...and 'open containers' being carried about, there has been very little public drunkenness...
At least, that we have seen.
10. Creature Comforts are missed.
I dreamt my cat was walking on me last night and woke, disappointed.
Laundry done in your hotel sink and hung on your camping clothes line is clean, but stiff.
Water! All we want is water! Don't forget to buy a bottle before you retire for the night.
Cobblestones are harder on newly healed broken ankle than bikes ever were. And how do these German women walk in heals on cobbles?