Martin – Austrian Lakes & the Sound of Music – September 2012
Austrian Lakes & the Sound of Music
Today my feeder was out of Clacton and by the time I got to Thurrock I had 48 passengers for various tours but I had 16 which were traveling on the tour to Austria. John gave the go ahead to change over at 09.30 so we were soon on our way. I had to call into Gravesend for 2 who were traveling with me and 2 at Dover so in total I had 38 to Austria.
We were on the 12.05 ferry which was the Spirit of France and sailed on time. We were off at 14.30 then on my way to Dunkirk and then onto Lille. Talked about various things to the passengers but like always they like to have a snooze because they spent most of the previous night worrying about not getting up in time for their holiday, not like us drivers who can sleep anywhere.
We had a good run into Belgium and stopped for our afternoon break at Spy Services then onto the Ardennes which was nice with the sun behind us. There where animals out grazing so all in all a nice drive down to Luxembourg. We got to our overnight hotel for 20.15.
Monday – journey from Luxembourg to St Georgen.
Breakfast from 06.45, we managed to leave for 07.45 and hoped to miss rush the hour into the city. When we get onto the motorway we were into fog which spoiled the view of all the vineyards. Soon over the German border and heading for Trier. We cross over the Mosel, we stay on the motorway up to Hundsruck and leave the fog behind, we got some great views of Mosel slopes with all the vineyards, down pass Ramstein. Sometimes we get lucky and see the big aircraft come in to land, today only a Hercules. Onto to the Pfalzer Wald region and Hockenheim Services for a coffee stop, then we just follow for Nuremberg, having lunch on the way at Frankenhohe, our afternoon stop was at Bayerischer Wald for coffee and to our hotel for 17.15, we had a super drive.
Tuesday – day off, it was a wonderful day.
In the morning our local guide Gunter took the passengers on a guided walk of the town. We headed back to the hotel for a rest by the pool. In the afternoon we had a train ride to Attersee and a boat ride on lake Attersee for two hours and twenty minutes. It was a beautiful day and was a great trip, after dinner Gunter put on a slide show about the area.
Wednesday – Sound of Music
Today we drive to Mondsee and had free time to look at the church where the wedding in the Sound of Music took place, must say it’s a wonderful church. On the drive to St Gilgen I drove pass and stopped for photos over looking St Gilgen which was our lunch stop. We then headed onto St Wolfgang, made a quick stop for a photo opportunity which the passengers like. After St Wolfgang we had a nice drive via Altmunster to Steinbach and along Lake Attersee to the hotel, after dinner it was Mr Wimmer playing decent Zither-music.
Thursday – Folk Evening
A guide had been organised in Salzburg for the passengers who wanted to take part in the optional walking tour. Turned out to be very hot afternoon. On the way back I done a little detour for some photos and tonight we had our folk evening in the hotel and the passengers enjoyed the meal and evening.
Friday – The Eagles Nest
Today we go to Berthesgaden and it was a glorious morning so we went straight up to the Peilstein and the passengers who wanted to go up to the Eagles Nest had some wonderful views and afterwards time to visit the museum and the bunkers. We then headed into town which has wonderful murals on lots of the buildings, had a nice drive back to our hotel.
Saturday – Hallstatt
We left our hotel in the rain but by the time we got to Bad Ischl we drove out of it and when we got to Hallstatt it was nice and sunny and our boat was waiting for us. I have to park up quick and join the passengers on the boat. The tour around the lake was nice, I could point out all the interesting points from the lake, like the water fall, Rudolf’s Tower and the Island Garden. Afterwards I walked the passengers into town and showed them the sites to visit, some passengers told me that it was “magical”. The sun was nice with all the reflections in the lake, sad to leave it but we had a nice drive back to the hotel.
Sunday – heading for England
We returned to our overnight hotel, the Ramada in Bruhl. We did have a few hold ups on the way but got booked in for 18.30 and enjoyed a buffet meal in the hotel. In the morning were heading for England and I have a couple of days off!