to Trieste. NABRESINA. 28. Route. 199
small lake in the Grosse Doline. Issuing from the lake, the river again
enters a narrow rocky gorge, and finally disappears from the light of day,
to emerge from its subterranean course 18 M. off, as the Timavo (p. 212).
The grottoes and waterfalls are easily accessible from all sides by means
of new paths and bridges constructed by the German Alpine Club. The most
interesting points are the Lugeck (with the ''Giant Gate Gorge'), the Toma-
sini Bridge, the Guttenberg Halle, the Schroder Gang, the Oblasser Warie
(amidst foaming waterfalls, reached by a natural subterranean passage),
the Tominz Grotto, the Plenkersleig, the striking Schmidt Grotto, and the
subterranean passage from the last grotto to the Rudolph Cathedral, into
which the Reka dashes in waterfalls and rapids from the rocky gorge
mentioned above. Thence we may go on via, the bold Devil's Bridge, the
Brunnen-Grotle, the Svetina Cathedral, and the Valvasor- Wand, to the Mailer
Cathedral (260 ft. high) and the magnificent Alpine Club Cathedral. The
"Stefanie-Warte (1425 ft. above the sea-level; 525 ft. above the Reka Lake)
offers a magnificent view of both Dolinen with their cataracts, St. Can-
zian, the Krainer Schneeberg, Nanos, etc. The visit requires in all 2-3 hrs. ;
tickets of admission and guides are obtained at "Gombac's Hotel at Matavun
(72 M. to the S. of St. Canzian), the headquarters of the Alpine Club. Ad¬
mission to the grottoes^ 30 kr. each pers.; guide for 1 pers. 20 kr. per hr.,
for more than 1 pers. 10 kr. each (guide advisable for every 3-4 pers. in
a party). Torches, candles, magnesium wire, etc., are sold at a fixed
tariff. — From the station at Divaca we may walk via Unter-Lesece to
Matavun in % hr. (carr. at Divaca dear). From Trieste to Matavun, by
Corgnale (with a large grotto), is a drive of 272 hrs.
Feom Divaca to Pola, 76 M., railway in 3-4V2 hrs. 8 M. Herpelje-
Kozina (1703 ft.; Rail. Restaurant), junction for Trieste (p.211). Bleak stony
region. To the left the Slavnik (3376 ft.). We traverse the bleak plain of
the Cicen, inhabited by poor charcoal-burners. 13 M. Podgorje; 19V2 M.
Rakitovic; 22*/2 M. Pinguente, with superb view over the whole of Istria.
Skirting a steep slope, we descend to (26 M.) Rozzo and. (31 M.) Lupoglava.
Fine view of the Monte Maggiore (p. 198), the lake of Cepii?, and the is¬
land of Cherso. Long curves and a tunnel carry us down to the valley of
the Foiba and to Borutto, Cerovglie, and (4572 M.) Pisino, Ger. Mitterburg
(850 ft.; Inn), the capital of Istria (14,972 inhab.), grandly situated on the
Foiba, which here disappears in an abyss. Then (57J/2 M.) Canfanaro
(junction for Rovigno, 1 hr.; p. 213), and past St. Vincenti, on the left, to
(62 M.) Zabronich, (681/2 M.) Dignano, and (76 M.) Pola (p. 214).
Beyond (204 M.) Sessana (1630 ft.) the train descends to (211 M.)
Prosecco, noted for its wine, and (216 M.) Nabresina ("Rail. Re¬
staurant 4' Hotel Bbswirth), where the line to Gorizia and Venice
(p. 211) diverges. As Trieste is approached by long curves, a magni¬
ficent view of the blue Adriatic is enjoyed. 222 M. Grignano (p. 211),
the last station, is less than II/2M. below Prosecco as the crow flies.
On the Punta di Grignano, which here projects into the sea, is the
handsome chateau of Miramar (p. 211).
227 M. Trieste, see p. 208.
29. From Marburg to Villach.
Comp. Maps, pp. 200, 172.
103 M. Railway in 4-6 hrs. (fares 8 fl. 10, 6 fl. 5 kr., 4 fl.).
Marburg, see p. 194. The train diverges, on the right bank of
the Drave, from the Trieste Railway (p. 194), and stops at the (2M.)
Karntner Bahnhof, or 'Carinthian Station', near the suburb of St.
Magdalena. To the left, at the foot of the Bacher-Gebirge, rises