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  • Day25

    Hallstatt, Austria

    September 27, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    It took us 3 hours on the public bus to get to Hallstatt but it was totally worth it! The trip went by quickly even though we had to change buses 3 times since most of it was spent admiring the scenic drive through the mountains and small villages of the Austrian Alps. We also got to watch all the local kids get on and off the bus since we quickly realized they don't have traditional school buses.

    Once we made it to Hallstatt we came upon such a tranquil and pristine view of the lake that surrounds the tiny town in the heart of the Alps. We rented a little cottage apartment right by the park where we got to sit out and enjoy the swans in the lake. The following day we had a little adventure where we went to the ice caves formed over 10 million years ago and hiked the Alps to get some amazing views and fresh air! We also discovered a new hobby we hope to take up one day.... paragliding! How cool would it be to soar about the mountains and experience things from another perspective!?
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  • Day166

    Scharnstein

    December 9, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    It was a short 20km hop to our next stop at Scharnstein. The Bord Atlas book we are using to find these stopovers stated the cost as €10 with extra people being charged €3. The check in process at the cafe wasn't the most efficient; we were told to find a pitch and come back and after we'd done this and filled in the form, we were told we needed our passport numbers, so made yet another trip back to the van. After all this, we were told the cost would be €20.90! Our German wasn't good enough to argue so we just paid up. This would definitely be a one night only stop!

    The site itself was in a good setting, nestled amongst the mountains with grass dividing the gravel pitches. Apart from regular trains sounding their horns as they passed, it was a peaceful place with a good electricity supply included in the price. Upon exploring the facilities Will found an iron and board which came in handy for a project Vicky was working on. There was also one of the best showers we've had!

    In terms of facilities, upkeep and position the site was great, but the attitude of a site manager brings so much to bear on your experience at a place and we were keen to get going in the morning.
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  • Day165

    Schlosser Advent at Gmunden

    December 8, 2016 in Austria ⋅ 🌫 4 °C

    Having reached the north western Austrian border, we set off eastwards, through the Austrian lake district and towards Vienna, where we plan to spend Christmas. The going was flat on the motorway and as we moved in and out of valleys and you could tell which ones had industrial chimneys even before you saw them, due to the light smog hanging in the air. As well as this artificially produced haze, there were valleys filled with morning mist and at one point it hid a lake (Mondsee) which appeared only when we were nearly at its shore. It was a serene sight, with features fading the further they were from us.

    Arriving at the large Gmunden car park we couldn't see any designated van parking but there was a fluorescent clad official who told us to park up. We were very lucky to have arrived when we did because in another 15 minutes the car park was full. There dozens of people heading to and from the far end and so intrigued, we followed them, to find a hut selling entry tickets. We didn't know what we were buying entry to but we thought we'd go for it based on the number of people who'd travelled to be there.

    The big attraction turned out to be a Christmas craft market called Schlosser Advent due to the fact it was held inside two lakeside castles and their grounds. The first castle was called Landschloss. We entered its central square through an archway to find huts arranged around an old central tree under which was a quartet of traditionally dressed men playing seasonal tunes brass instruments. The second castle (Seeschloss) was reached by a wooden bridge over the lake Traunsee. There were floating palates supporting lit Christmas trees, a nativity scene and angel to name but a few things. The Landsee market was inside the castles first floor rooms which were impressive in themselves.

    We enjoyed looking at the stalls here more than in Salzburg because there was a far greater range of original handmade products, often with the craftspeople behind the stall creating new items for us to see how they did it. There were some fascinating processes, such as the hand weaving of angels using threads on wooden spools that were plaited around an array of individually placed pins. A chainsaw and angle grinder was used to carve faces in a tree trunk, candles were dipped and wire twisted into jewellery... we could go on but it would take a lot of time to list all the different crafts on exhibit!

    It was exceptionally busy for a Thursday so we searched the date on the internet and found out it was a public holiday to celebrate the immaculate conception!
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  • Day162

    Gollen

    December 5, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    The Rough Guides had emailed Will a list of seven places that were even more beautiful in winter. One was Hallstatt, a town in the Salzkammergut (Austrian Lake district) that is wedged between a cliff and a lake. It was only 50km away so we made a detour and drove through a winter wonderland to get there. The journey was zebra striped with frosty scenes as we passed repeatedly in and out of shadows cast by tall peaks. Icicles ran down walls of rock and were suspended from overhanging sections. The most striking sections were those where the sun had just risen on to frost coated scenes, reflecting brightly or backlighting the rural landscape. The contrast between these areas and those where the sun shone regularly was amazing; the solar heat having melted the ice and revealed the countryside's true colours.

    We reached Hallstadt via a series of tunnels running alongside a long lake within one of the deepest valleys we've seen. The town was at the head of the lake and while its position was incredible, the town itself wasn't anything out of the ordinary. We'd planned to park up and look around but weren't allowed in the main cat parks, being directed instead to one out of town that cost €15 to park and ride. We didn't want to pay that much so after taking a few photos we left to have lunch at a lakeside layby.

    Gollen stopover was a sectioned off area of the spa and sauna car park. It was a short walk to town so when evening came we wandered in to admire the Christmas lights on the main street.

    Once again this town was surrounded by mountains but one mountain was shaped so that when the sun rose over a peak, it travelled westwards and behind a raised crag that jutted up, causing the sun to set again after only a few minutes!
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  • Day3

    Op zoek naar zout

    July 9, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Wegens nog ietsje te fris beslissen we om de duikplank van ons privé-strandje te houden tot morgen en we rijden naar Hallstat om de zoutmijn te hezoeken. Klaarblijkelijk waren we niet de enigen met dit idee. Alle parkeerplaatsen zijn bezet en afgezet. Juist als we aan plan B willen beginnen, ruimen enkele Chinezen een plaats voor ons. Weliswaar aan de rand van de afgrond, maar de Audi,past er netjes op. We laten het treintje omhoog voor wat het is en kiezen voor het echte werk, 883 meter stijgen langs een zigzag over de steile helling. Een uurtje later staan we voor de ingang van de zoutmijn, nemen afscheid van Mitzi en rijgen ons in een overall.Read more

  • Day2

    Heenreis naar Sankt Wolfgang

    July 8, 2019 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Na een lange autorit kwamen we ongeveer 12uur later aan in Sankt Wolfgang, onze eerste stop. Een gezellig dorpje, gelegen aan de Wolfgangsee en ook de perfecte uitvalsbasis om Salzburg te bezoeken.
    Veel zit er niet meer in ons programma voor vanavond, maar het dorp zelf denkt daar anders over. We worden namelijk gastvrij onthaald door een dorpsfestival, met livemuziek en vele eetkraampjes.
    We laten echter de drukte achter ons, gaan snel een hapje eten en maken een kleine wandeling op zoek naar een strandje aan het meer.
    Daarna trekken we ons terug in ons appartementje voor een deugddoende nachtrust.
    Katrien
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  • Day2

    Na 12 uur rijden eindelijk daar

    July 8, 2019 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    De heenweg verloopt redelijk vlot ondanks de vele wegenwerken. Twee keer stuurt de gps ons van de autosnelweg af om een monsterlijke stilstaande file te vermijden. In Sankt Wolfgang is het even zoeken wegens voetgangerszone, eenrichtingsverkeer en omtrekkende tunnels.
    Maar we komen, door een regenbui, toch in ons appartementhotel aan. Ons klein maar fijn hotelletje ligt aan de straatkant, in de hoofdstraat waar de muziek van de live bandjes omhoog dwarrelt tot ons balkon. Vandaag is het immers Summer Nacht mit Musik u. Kulinarischen Angeboten. We laten de pulled pork, paella en scampispiesjes aan ons voorbij gaan, en we proberen de spätzle in een echt restaurant. Daarna een kleine wandeling door het stadje op zoek naar het meer voordat we ons op ons appartementje terugtrekken na een lange vermoeiende dag.Read more

  • Day4

    Bootje varen

    July 10, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Vandaag een iets rustiger dagje: stadje bezoeken, boekje lezen aan het meer, plonsje in het meer en bootje varen.
    Het is dezer dagen niet zo fantastisch goed weer in Sankt Wolfgang. Toch had ik me voorgenomen om minstens één keer in het meer te springen. Vandaag was het iets beter weer, rond de 22 graden. Dus ook de uitgelezen kans voor er in te springen. Helaas geen boei in de buurt van ons strandje om naartoe te zwemmen.
    Rond 16uur besloten we om een elektrisch bootje te huren. Mama heeft haar angst overwonnen en is mee aan boord gegaan, maar het meer dwars over varen ging haar toch een brug te ver.
    Ze voelde zich toch niet zo comfortabel, maar gelukkig heeft kapitein Katrien haar heelhuids weer aan land gezet.
    Katrien
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  • Day5

    Overgangsdagje

    July 11, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Vanmorgen namen we afscheid van Sankt Wolfgang en zijn witte paard en zetten koers richting Stubaidal. De weg wordt steeds langer wegens toenemende files en regen. We besluiten om Innsbruck voor een zonnig dagje over te houden maar doen wel het plaatselijk winkelcentrum aan op zoek naar een muilkorf voor Mitzi, een powerpack voor de GSM's en wat landkaarten en zaklampen. Kwestie van volledig klaar te zijn voor het hooggebergte. We installeren ons in ons hotel en genieten van de wellness terwijl buiten de regen neertokkelt. Aangezien het geen otogenieke dag was, enkele foto's van de volksdansavond van gisteren op het dorpspleintje van Sankt Wolfgang.Read more

  • Day4

    Wolfgangsee und Bad Ischl

    December 28, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ -1 °C

    Ach ja, wer uns folgt hatte ja schon gelesen das wir einen Tag weniger wollten, als was wir reserviert hatten. Heute früh war uns das Geld egal. Wir hatten alles gesehen was wir wollten. Nun noch mal reinfahren in die Stadt ( es gab eine Cacherunde) fehlte uns die Lust. Wir sattelten die Pferde und ritten um 11:00 Uhr von Hof.

    Unser Weg führte uns am Wolfgangsee entlang nach St. Wolfgang. Ein hübsches Dorf, eine schöne Kirche. Das weiße Rössl hatte ich anders in Erinnerung.
    ACHTUNG: die Parkplätze kosten für Wohnmobile 10,00 Euro pauschal. ( bis 15 Stunden).
    Unser Ziel heute war das Sommerhaus von Königin Elisabeth ( Sisi) in Bad Ischl.
    Leider durfte man keine Fotos machen. Aber es war lohnend. Wobei 15,00 Euro pro Person wirklich nicht wenig sind.
    Danach liefen wir durch die Stadt, gönnten uns noch einen Punsch und bewunderten die schönen Häuser, ehe wir beim Griechen einkehrten und voll gefuttert Richtung Sofa ähhh Womo schlenderten.
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