So it was off to Salzburg and after a surprisingly easy flight there, no queues at Stansted and Ryanair was actually early!! We flagged a Taxi and checked in to our Hotel. Luckily there was nice wee restaurant next door so we fed ourselves and had a relatively early night.
Saturday morning we had a bit of a lie in and then walked down the river into the old town. Salzburg is quite cool; it’s set in the mountains and has an old fort on a hill in its centre. So after a walk round we got hold of Hamish and Katie and decided to head out to their camp ground.We bowled up there and had a good ol’ catch up with Katie & Hamish, Digger & Paula, Astro & Susie and Cyrus & Annette.
Everyone at the Eagles Nest
These guys are all travelling round Europe in their vans. So we handed over all the goodies we’d bought from the UK and sat and enjoyed the sun and some nice cold beers. While doing this Mads & Kim turned up too.
Then it was off in to town to celebrate Annette’s birthday. We’d read about an old monastery that was also a brewery/beer hall, not ones to turn down such an opportunity we headed there, the Augustiner Brau Brewery. This was great, huge outdoor area shaded by trees and you could buy beer by the stein, yip 1 litre of cold beer.So we indulged in a couple of these while also having the standard pig knuckle and Bratwurst. Great fun. After this closed at we headed of in to town for a couple more, everybody leaving at differing times.
Sunday was a bit of a slow start but we met everybody in the old town again and had a walk round seeing the sights.
Relaxing at Lake Konginssee
Again it was a stinking hot day so after walking round for a couple of hours we thought it would be a good idea to head back to Augustiner and relax a bit. Once again it was great fun and we actually accomplished something by sorting out plans or the next day.
So Monday morning we were up fairly early and out to the campsite to go for drive up to Eisriesenwelt Werfen, the largest ice caves in the world! It was about an hours drive which was pretty cool, including a 21% incline which all the vans just loved. We got there and it was another stinking hot day. We parked up and it was a 20min walk to the bottom of the cable car, then it was another 20min walk to the cave themselves. Then it was an hour through the caves which is pretty amazing, including 1400 steps up and down.
After that we had a quick dip in possibly the worlds coldest stream and then Katie and Hamish drove us back to Salzburg while the rest went and free camped.
We went back into Salzburg's old town and had Weiner Schnitzel for dinner and a couple of beers before having a pretty restless night after sneaking H&K into our hotel room for the night, moral of the story, 4 people 2 single beds don't go!
The next day was an early start, we met the rest of them at in Berchtesgaden just across the German border. From there we headed up another hill 24% gradient to see Hitler's Eagles Nest. This was Hitler's mountain fortress though it's not sure how often he actually used it. It was gift to Hitler for his 50th birthday in 1939. It is built on the edge of a cliff with some stunning views. There is also a museum and an old bunker complex we checked out.
From there it was down to LakeKonginssee for the day where we ate and swam and generally chilled out before returning back to the UK at a very late hour.
Big thanks to all the gang on Van Tour for looking after us and the hard yards you did to meet us, especially H&K for all the extra driving you did in and around Salzburg.
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