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Austrian Lakes and Mountains

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We thought we deserved a holiday, we had been doing far too much travelling, 900 miles in 2 weeks. So we settled on Wolfgansee, reputedly one of the prettiest lake, mountain, village combos about. Great cycle route round 80% of the lake and refreshments stations, ice and beer, every 5k, perfect.
St Wolfgang is probably the most visited and therefore the most looked after village on this lake, a photo opportunity on every corner. We cycled most days and just joined in with the early season holidaymakers and only thought about moving on come the end of our week. The only marker we have is the Stuttgart Volksfest for Lee's stag weekend at the end of September, so we have enough time to explore as far into eastern Europe as we want to.
We'll take a few days to get to Vienna and have promised ourselves Wiener Schnitzel there, also Goulash and any other location based meal on our way through to Serbia.
Leaving Wolfgansee we felt we had enough of what becoming a busy campsite, there are lots of seasonal pitches and people must come back year after year as lots of Austrians were chatting for hours over coffee or the national drink, beer! Add these to the weekenders up till 2 in the morning and the families up at 6 in the morning with young children and we knew it was time to move on.
We drove via the local river, the Traun, which flows through a number of lakes to the great Danube. You know when you cross the largest?? river in Europe, The landscape changing from mountains and lakes to a more arable plateau with already ripened barley forming feathery waves through the fields.
We headed toward Linz on the Wiener Strasse, hoping to stop at a car park next to the Danube and cycle in but an event was being organised there so we moved on a few miles and found a sweet farm stellplatz with an honesty box for the electric hook up and a fridge full of locally produced wine and cider, money left in the fridge door! A very well kept small holding with lovely friendly owners, the cider was lovely but went down like squash! All the drinks in the fridge were crown capped so one could tell they weren't mass produced, the lack of labels was also an indication.
We sat by the Danube the next day for coffee and changed our plan to visit Wien from a campsite 12k from the city, I had found a stellplatz by a rail station and the return fare to the city was €5. So we stayed and Jacqui explored a textile warehouse next to the station, how she finds these places I don't know, then we went in a really small bar trying to have a Spanish night? I know how I find a beer after a day driving!

Posted by cjpolley 02:25 Archived in Austria

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Hope you find a better road through Slovenia to Serbia than I did 50 years ago. I remember mile after mile on a hot shimmering motorway alongside the railway with sunflowers on either side as far as the eye could see. Enjoyed the fresh lemonade then, but probably all in a can now. Great apricots at this time of year.
Enjoy your trip.

The roads are still bad!

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