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  • Day139

    Österreich Donauradweg

    October 17, 2020 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Die Autobahn gen Osten quer durch den Kontinent. Zwischen den Bergen immer entlang der Donau. Ich mag Österreich. Schon als Kind mochte ich es hier. Obwohl ich fast 4 Wochen nicht im Sattel gesessen bin spielen die Muskeln mit und das Rad läuft.Read more

  • Day16

    Biking from Germany to Austria

    September 30, 2017 in Austria ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    The main event today was our long anticipated bike ride from Passau, Germany to Engelhatszell, Austria. All six of us have been planning to do this for months. We started with another hearty breakfast (porridge for extra fuel). The whole idea with the bike ride is that we bike while the boat cruises. Pretty cool to think that we nearly kept up with the boat for a total of 28 km! But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    We got set up with our bikes (Tyler ended up with a helmet that had maple leaves on it). The first few minutes of the ride were through the town to get to the bike path along the river. Definitely easier to bike through the city when you have a near 7 ft tall German man named Lars holding traffic for the group. We had three guides: Ilse, Lars, and Jeanette. We even passed the spot where I had my small fall yesterday and all was good! This part was a little stressful with the cobblestones and slight hills but everyone made it and then we were on a path by the river.

    It was a brisk but beautiful morning. The whole bike ride was quite a lovely experience. It was overall quite even terrain, occasionally small incline up or down. I mostly stayed near the middle of the pack and was very comfortable with that (Tyler liked to be near the lead but frequently checked in with me to give me water and make sure I was ok). I think Tyler was hoping to get up to a faster speed than we did. It just wasn't that type of bike ride.

    For me, looking around at the beautiful autumnal leaves was a highlight. The scenery was quite breathtaking. We took a brief pause at the German/Austrian border (no passports just a sign on the side of the road). The guides had mentioned at the start that we would be taking two ferries later in the ride. We got to the point where the first ferry was supposed to pick us up and after a few minutes, the guides realized that they'd already changed to the winter schedule and no ferry would be coming. Ilse described it as a "curious situation." What this meant was walking through a couple felled cornfields and carrying our bikes up and down 45 stairs when we got to the bridge by the lock. It did mean we got to see our boat as it had entered the lock and was still in the process of going through. We can now say we caught up to the boat! After the lock, it was just a short bike ride to our beer stop in Engelhartszell. I had a radler (beer and lemonade) and we all had pretzels. It was probably the most well earned drink of the trip so far since we had biked all morning... excluding Brett's drink after the marathon of course.

    The last bit of the bike ride flew by. We did get to take the short ferry ride across the river to the area near where our ship was docked. What a beautiful way to spend the morning!!!

    We returned to the ship and it set sail just about immediately. We had lunch and then had a very relaxing afternoon. Sitting on the top deck reading was beautiful although a bit windy. I did have a short nap and then there was tea served in the lounge. It was a refreshing snack and peppermint tea. I went back to the room and iced my bug bite (of course I got a bug bite when Tyler and I were hiking in Passau). I've also got some great bruises from biking on my other leg... I'm overall a bit battered and bruised but that's kinda par for the course for me.

    Tonight we were invited to an exclusive gala dinner because of the type of room that Kelly and Celeste booked. This dinner was served in the Captain's Club area. The highlights of the meal were the cheese ravioli that was much like a perogy, the yummy pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto and especially the pastry chef surprise dessert. It was a white chocolate dome that was hiding a macaron and whipped cream inside. Tyler's favorite dessert of the trip!!! We also had a cake for Celeste's birthday and sang Happy Birthday. I had asked for a cheese plate as well and they brought a huge cheese plate. Way more than we needed and everyone (except Tyler) just had a few bites.

    Right after supper, we all got changed for a stroll into Grein, the town where we had docked for the night. We were just docked there until around 3:30 am actually as it was intended as just as much time as the captains needed to rest after the long day.

    Grein looks to be a very tiny place. We meandered around for a while and found a fountain to take some photos with. Then we headed back to the boat after a photo with the Auf Vedersen sign as homage to The Sound of Music. In the boat, they had a concert of Austrian musicians playing Dixieland music. We caught the last couple songs which were very enjoyable. We finished the evening in the lounge. Looking forward to exploring Spitz, Austria tomorrow!!

    Brooke & Tyler
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  • Day352

    Jochenstein (English)

    May 22, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We're now preparing to say goodbye to Germany as we enter chapter 5 of our GPS tracks heading through Linz in Austria to Bratislava in Slovakia. We enjoyed the luxury of a picnic bench alongside our pitch at "Camping Panorama" and had a long slow breakfast of beans on german bread toast before having a quite chilled Sunday heading through Passau.

    The route took us along the river Inn through the valley which eventually joined the Danube at Passau. The Austrian cycle routes are pretty challenging in terms of the terrain and navigation consisting of mainly loose gravel which is pretty unstable for a weighty bike on corners and descents. The route signposting has also been pretty unfortunate at times; namely concerning signs which look to be pointing uphill.... 15 sweaty minutes later we realise it should have been a "straight ahead" arrow! 😅

    The latter part of yesterday's route leaving Passau was very scenic in the winding Danube valley, thousands of trees either side. Occasionally a small house pops up to highlight how forested this area is.

    Tonight's campsite was a tiny piece of land with 5 permanent caravans and a handful of tourers. As usual, our curious neighbours watched us busying around our camp with our now well-rehearsed routine and of course asked where we were going 😅
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    Sarah and Peter


    Sarah and Peter

    Don't let money be your idol! Interesting grafitti in Schärding - Austria.

    Danny von Nordheim

    Old but gold ;-)

  • Day351


    May 21, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Wir sind nun an der letzten Ecke der Deutschen Grenze angekommen, schlafen aber auf Österreichischem Boden.

    Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück haben wir es heute ruhig angehen lassen. Den Inn hinuter nach Passau gab es unerwartet viele kurze Anstiege. Es wollte kein richtiger Fluss zustande komme. Außerdem sind die Österreichischen Radwege größtenteils mit ziemlich groben Kieselsteinen ausgebaut, der einen ziemlich hohen Rollwiederstand hat. Die Macher waren wohl keine Radfahrer.

    Nach 40 km in Passau angekommen haben wir beschlossen, nur noch etwas über 20 km weiter die Donau hinunter zu fahren, da danach auf einer längeren Strecke, zumindest laut OSM, kein Zeltplatz zu finden ist. Passau ist sehr schön, was hier allerdings bei Hochwasser abgeht, wage ich mir garnicht auszumalen. Die Wassermassen die hier von Inn und Donau zusammenlaufen beidrucken jedenfalls sehr.

    Sarah interessiert sich brennend für die Technik der Wasserkraftwerke entlang der Donau, die ich ihr morgen ausgiebig erklären werden ;-)

    Das Tal der Donau ist hier ziemlich eng und sehr tief. Man fährt nicht mal eben heraus ins Nachbardorf. Aber der Radweg ist hier wieder 1A.

    Noch 360 km ist der Weg bis Bratislava. Dann ist das Gefühl der Heimat doch irgendwie nahe zu sein wohl endgültig vorüber und wir beginnen blinde Flecken auf unserer Karte, auszumalen und mit Erlebnissen zu füllen.
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    Sarah and Peter

    Eine Linde- 1000 Jahre alt

    Danny von Nordheim

    While the right blossom was smiling, the left spent its days with a grave unsmiling face, scaring away every bee in sight ;-)

  • Day3

    Penzstein mit Donaublick

    July 14, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach dem leckeren Frühstück machen wir unsere erste Mini-Wanderung, denn es soll bis mittags trocken bleiben- juhu!
    Wir laufen zum Penzstein, ein Stein am Hang mit einem super Ausblick auf das Donautal. Von dort aus sehen wir auch die Schleuse, auf der wir gestern die Donau überquert haben.
    Elli sammelt total viel Löwenzahn, das sie später direkt an die Kaninchen verfüttert. Leider sind die Ziegen auch scharf drauf und Elli wird von einem Bock umgestoßen 😬
    Nachmittags saunieren und planschen wir wieder! Vielleicht wird die Nacht heute mal etwas ruhiger?
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  • Day16

    Engelhartzell - Creepy Church

    June 25, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    The outside is very pretty and even the painted frescos on the ceiling are beautiful. Then inside you take in more of the detail and it is just creepy. There are 6 glass coffins with the skeletons dressed in luxurious robes and jewels . Also weird statues of Jesus adorn the walls and floor space.

    We left the Abbey feeling like we had been in a horror movie, certainly not a church that you would like to sit and reflect.
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  • Day16


    June 25, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We docked at Engelhartzell for about an hour. Earlier some of the guests went for a bike tour along the Danube and this was the stop that we picked them up.

    Rather than stay on the boat we went for a walk, this town only has a few residents but they have the creepiest church I have ever seen.Read more

  • Day16

    Engelhartzell- Creepy Church

    June 25, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    The original Abbey was founded in 1293 by a Bishop of Passau, as a Cistercian monastery. It was settled in 1295 by monks from Wilhering Abbey. It suffered a considerable decline, both spiritual and financial, in the period of the Protestant Reformation, and for a time passed into private ownership. From 1618 onwards the intervention and support of Wilhering Abbey gradually restored it.

    On Easter Sunday 1699, a disastrous fire plunged the abbey once again into financial difficulties and from 1720 it was in the hands of administrators. In 1746, the last of Engelszell's abbots of the Common Observance, was appointed and soon rebuilt the financials. Between 1754 and 1764 the Abbey was rebuilt as the present day abbey church. In 1925, Engelhartszell was occupied and re-founded as a Trappist monastery by refugee German monks expelled after World War I. (Trappist monks are a branch of the Cistercian order of monks founded in 1664 and noted for an austere rule that includes remaining silent for much of the time.)

    On 2 December 1939, the abbey was confiscated by the Gestapo and the 73 community members were evicted. Four monks were sent to Dachau Concentration Camp, while others were imprisoned elsewhere or drafted into the Wehrmacht. At the end of the war in 1945, only about a third of the previous community returned. As at 2012, the number of monks in the community was 7.
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  • Day1

    Ankunft im Pühret

    July 12, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Um 2 Uhr nachts starten wir Richtung Süden. Die Kinder schlafen, wir kommen gut durch und machen erst zum Frühstück hinter Nürnberg eine längere Pause, um den Berufsverkehr zu vermeiden. Drei Stunde später sind wir am Ziel. Der Ort Pühret gehört zum Mühlkreis und liegt nur wenige Kilometer hinter der deutsch/österreichischen Grenze. Das Hotel top! Das Wetter nicht so. Den Nachmittag verbringen wir im hauseigenen Schwimmbad und sind abends (nach dem 3 Gänge Menü) total ko. Die Nacht wird leider nicht gut. Theo weint ständig...Read more

  • Day7

    Donaustrand und Zille

    July 18, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Heute verbringen wir den halben Tag am hotel UND genießen nochmal den schönen Garten mit Seilbahn, Schwimmteich und Streichelzoo. Nachmittags geht es los auf eine Piraten Bootstour auf der Donau. Wir fahren mit ein paar Leuten auf einer Zille und jeder darf Mal ans Steuer! Danach gibt es eine "Schatzsuche" und die Kinder dürfen am Donaustrand spielen. Steine ins Wasser werfen ist sooo toll😊
    Abends wird im Garten gegrillt- ein schöner Abschluss für diesen Urlaub. Wir könnten locker nochmal eine Woche dranhängen! Besonders Elli ist traurig, weil sie zwei "Freundinnen" gefunden hat!
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