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The Cache is located in the 13th district in the southwest of Vienna. It´s in the popular recreation-area "Lainzer Tiergarten" a former hunting ground of the emperor.
This cache is the second one of two caches in this area and the longer/harder one. (See also "Lainzer Tiergarten I".)
Details about the area can be found at:
You can reach the cache area by public transport. Take the U4 till "Hütteldorf". Walk 10 minutes to "Nikolai Tor". Those coming by car, can park close to the entrance.
The trail is most of it`s length a gravel walk. Strollers can be used. Only for the very last meters before the cache you have to leave the way. No special equipment is needed, a map could be useful. Animals and bikes are not allowed. Length: 10 km (minimum), Difference in Height: 400 m.
Opening hours: From mid-february till mid of november everyday at least 9 to 5 (depending on the season. See notice at the door!). In winter the park is closed except a short period from 24th of december till 6th of january (only "Nikolai-Tor" and "Lainzer Tor" are open during this period!). Don´t get locked in!
NB: The above difficulty and terrain rating was done with the program from geocaching.com. To be international comparable I´m using this result. (See the discussion in the forum also.) My personal opinion is a rating of 2.5 stars for difficulty and 2 stars for terrain.
Stage 1: Prelude
N1 = 48° x1´ where x1 = 11.896
E1 = 016° y1´ where y1 = 15.160
There are lots of wild boars in this area. At the given coordinates a farrow introduces itself. Convert the 4-letter name into numbers (A=1, B=2,...Z=26). Add these numbers and call the result A.
(If not available due to renovation: Use hint)
Stage 2: An old Building
N2 = 48° x2´ where x2 = x1 - (A - 28) / 1000
E2 = 016° y2´ where y2 = y1 - (A - 31) / 1000
At this stage you will see an old building. In what year was this building documented on paper for the very first time ("erste urkundliche Erwähnung")? The result is B.
Stage 3: The visit of the emperor
N3 = 48° x3´ where x3 = x2 - (B - 338) / 1000
E3 = 016° y3´ where y3 = y2 - (B - 897) / 1000
Find a memorial stone which describes the last visit of a foreign emperor and empress. Take the date in the format dd/mm/yyyy.
Stage 4: The board
N4 = 48° x4´ where x4 = x3 - (dd * mm + 56) / 1000
E4 = 016° y4´ where y4 = y3 - (yyyy / 2 - 177) / 1000
At the given coordinates look for an information board. How far is it to "Lainzer Tor". The result in meters is C. (Don´t forget the closing hours...). ;-)
Stage 5: Built of stone
N5 = 48° x5´ where x5 = x4 - (C / 10 + 288) / 1000
E5 = 016° y5´ where y5 = y4 - (C / 5 + 115) / 1000
Look for an object which is built of stone. Count the number of stairs inside that lead you to the top. The number is E. (If not available see hint.)
Stage 6: The Cache
N6 = 48° x6´ where x6 = x4 - (E * 4 - 19) / 1000
E6 = 016° y6´ where y6 = y4 - (E * 5 + 12) / 1000
(Att: Take the minutes of stage 4 as basis). Good luck!
To go back to civilization you can use the same way back to "Nikolai Tor" or you can go to "Lainzer Tor" which is a little bit shorter...
The cache a loc-loc container initially contained:
- cachenote (please don´t remove)
- logbook (please don´t remove)
- pencil (please don´t remove)
- some trading items
Happy caching, PlanetEarth
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[Stage 2:] Rknpgyl bar uhaqerq lrnef nsgre ivraan erprvirq vgf gbja punegre.
[Stage 5:] Vs abg npprffvoyr R = N + P / 250 + 50
[Final Stage:] Arne n ebnq, gerr fghzc