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Weyregg is really easy to reach by A1 highway: turn at Seewalchen and then directly a bit to the south to Weyregg.
It's a small town, more like a village (1,400 inhabitants), especially as to its size, but it has all modern conveniences, lots of hike roads through forests to the hills, and wonderful scenery. There are a lot of mountain roads that often pass through the woods and are good for mountain-bikers and hikers...We used to walk up and down the roads to Reichholz, Bach and drive to Miglberg and Gahberg enjoying the nice forest roads and the lake views from above...
Among my fondest memories are:
- meeting different people at the agricultural school where we stayed;
- many hikes in the forests;
- dinners at the local restaurants;
- strolling along Weyregg Street
- and many more splendid things.
Playing minigolf at the beach grounds was of the "first ever things" during my stay in Weyregg. The minigolf grounds are not far from the city beach in Jubilee Alley. Although I was new in the game, I did my best! My game card reads that I scored 55 points in one game, not too bad at all. I'd like to try the game when I come there again...I would say minigolf is present in all Lake Attersee cities, but I liked this one in Weyregg for its grounds.
Weyregg is considered to be the sports capital of Lake Attersee. Beside scuba diving, other kinds of sports are well developed here: boating, sailing, running, biking and different games. Among other kinds of sports swimming is #1. What can be better than a good time spent in swimming in the lake! There are also swimming enthusiasts who swim across the lake, too. The shortest distance is 1,2 km from Stockwinkel to Steinbach. Every year there are competitions of swimmers who swim from Weyregg to the city of Attersee (about 3 km). How much time would you need to cross the lake in that distance?
It was my first long and enjoyable trip to Austria - that fabulous country. It was a trip to Weyregg with a group of fifteen kids, orphans from a boarding school in Luhansk region. I was selected by the regional educational authorities to be the group's facilitator and interpreter. The kids' vacation was sponsored by "Global-2000", a well-known Austrian environmental protection organization. We stayed at the campus of the Agricultural Vocational School in Weyregg in the district called Reichholz located on the hill. We enjoyed wonderful views of Lake Attersee from our windows every day. It was a low season visit, and there were few people on the beach, which changed on June 30, the last day of our stay, when the high season began, and the beach suddenly became overcrowded.
We experienced fascinating walks through the forests, enjoyed interesting sightseeing tours and a variety of leisure activities and admired the unique natural surroundings. No matter what the weather conditions might be, you can always enjoy every day of your stay there. We bathed, went hiking, visited lots of towns and cities and met a lot of nice people there. In addition, I took a lot of pictures and brought home some great souvenirs for my relatives and friends.
There are several nice places in Weyregg. The town's name dates back to the 17th century when there was Weyregg County ruled by the Weyr Family. So the name suggests "the Weyr's Corner". You can still see lots of houses dating back to the 17th and 18th century.
At present, Weyregg with its 1,400 residents has several districts: Alexenau, Bach, Gahberg, Miglberg, Reichholz, Seeberg, Steinwand, Weyregg. I enjoyed the atmosphere in this town and met many friendly and sincere people there.
In the morning the faculty members and students gathered in the yard and all the 15 kids performed several songs for them. It was, so to say, a welcome concert. The concert was quite short - about twenty minutes, but everybody enjoyed it. We gave some souvenirs to the school principal, Mrs.Mayr, and she was very glad.
After the concert everybody played in the yard and continued talking to girls who were free from their lessons. The kids had asked me for a couple of words and phrases in German and used them successfully. They began writing messages to their new friends and my book of poems that I had brought with me came in handy.
After lunch the kids were invited to the school swimming pool and to the gym to use their inexhaustible energy. At 4 p.m. we went to the moorage station to take a ship to Attersee, a city at the opposite shore, and from there we went to St.Georgen to have dinner at a bio-restaurant in Kogl called Biohof Soriat. We spent the whole evening there. I tasted the young apple wine and the kids had lots of homemade apple juice. The restaurant is located at a farm on the outskirts of the city and we could see the pig and six horses. We saw the horses off to their meadow where they went with their master to stay overt there.
We had our breakfast at a special place: Zur Post hotel in the museum hall. The hall was decorated as the Austrian naval glory museum. After breakfast we explored the restaurant, took some pictures there and some souvenirs.
We went along Weyregg Street and visited our baker's that baked morning buns for us and thanked the owners for their service. In return they presented us with a box of Kinder Surprise, which was a real surprise for us. We also visited Kunstschmiede Oberwanger at 49 Weyregg Street and admired the skilful work of the local smith.
We also dropped in at the florist's for who can stay indifferent to flowers?
We explored the street up to Spar supermarket and went back home full of good impressions.
After lunch Wolfgang made us another surprise. He took us to Weissenbach ( the White Stream ) located near the town of Weissenbach at our lakeshore. We went to the ice-cold stream water and were shocked at first, but later the water seemed much warmer and more pleasant. We went up the stream for some time until we found a good place to stop, make a fire and have a bite. After our rest at the bank we divided our group into two subgroups: one would go down the stream barefooted in the water and the other would go along the forest path. I was in the latter this time. You know, it was not comfortable to walk on the stone bottom of the stream. I wished I had good shoes for that. Maybe next time.
We gathered at the parking lot full of impressions, wet and noisy.
In the evening we went up the hill to Kegelstueberl located in Reichholz. Mrs.Karl, the owner of the inn, treated us with dinner. Her daughter Catherine was our waitress. It was delicious and pleasant. At the end Mrs.Karl treated us, the grownups, to the traditional Marillenschnaps, which was great.
The way home was faster than to the restaurant and we knew the vicinity already.
We spent all day in out trip to Dachstein, a mountain range in the south of Upper Austria. We went there by bus and by car and it took us more than an hour to get there.
We saw the Giant Ice cave, went by funicular, stood at Mount Krippenstein at 2,100 m and had a bite at Schutzhaus at 2,050 m. The weather was just appropriate for that activity. It was drizzling all day.
On our way back we stopped in Hallstatt because Wolfgang wanted to show us that special city. That city as well as Dachstein Massif is World Cultural and natural Heritage as UNESCO proclaimed them in 1997.
I took a lot of pictures again. In the evening we had a disco till midnight. So it was another special day during our stay.
It was a special day for we had breakfast at Gasthaus Schoeberingerhof at Miglberg and then went directly to another inn to have lunch. So we walked on the hills half the day. We had our lunch at a forest inn called Waldgasthof Foedinger in Bach. We had nice spaghetti there.
After lunch we boarded sa ship and went to the city of Attersee on the invitation of our Frau
Rosa to attend a folk costume festival.
After that we went to the opening ceremony of the city aquarium that took place in the music pavillion. The aquarium shows several fishes living in Lake Attersee.
We had our dinner at Bachtaverne in Bach, a district of Weyregg. In fact, that restaurant is the closest to our school where we stayed. I got to know about it only on our ay back home. We had our dinner with our beloved Mrs. Rosa Osterer.
In the evening at about 10 p.m. Verena's granny came to school to meet us. She survived the Second World War, was deported to the Soviet Union from Serbia where she used to live. She lived and worked about five years in the Donets Basin. It was a very touchy meeting. The kids listened to granny very attentively and presented her with toys.
It was beginning to rain in the morning and it was clear we would not go to the beach. We had known it was Fronleichnam on that Thursday, a very special religious holiday. We decided to take part in that holiday whatever the weather. This wonderful holiday - the holiday of the Blood and Body of Christ - is observed on the second Thursday after Whitsunday.
Gallina, the teacher leader of our group, had long wanted to visit a Catholic cemetery. So we went there to see the graves. They were not much different from ours I would say. I had believed there were no pictures at the graves at the Catholic cemetery, but I was wrong, there were lots of them there.
After that we went for a walk along Weyregg Street to have an idea of the town. We visited Kreuzer souvenir shop at 77 Weyregg Street.
We had a special lunch on that Thursday: we went to a holiday center of the Austrian water rescue service located at the opposite lakeshore in Zell, a suburb of Nussdorf. It was planned we would go there by water rescue patrol boat, but it was in action and we went by cars. We learnt later that there was an accident in the waters of the lake in its southern part and an emergency team tried to rescue the man, but it was too late: a 35-year-old man from Tirol died at 25 m deep soon after he had dived. He was in a hurry... RIP.
We had lunch at the camp in Zell, watched a video film about the activities of the rescue service and saw the amenities of the camp. It turned out it had all modern conveniences and could receive a large group of students.
On our way back we saw a huge white limousine at the parking lot in Zell. Its owners, Night Shift Club from Germany, allowed us to get into the limousine and I even sat at the steering wheel. It was all for the first time with us, members of the group from Ukraine. We took a lot of pictures and laughed a lot. We went back to Weyregg by the rescue boat with a lot of turns and sudden curves, and high speed. It was unique and a great privilege!
In the evening we went to the youth hotel located next to the church and its leaders treated us with dinner cooked in the open fire. Our guide Wolfgang was with us, too.
Before going to bed we had some time to watch video.
Such was our very busy and special day on Fronleichnam.
June 23: We only went to the lake in the afternoon and in the morning we had to stay at school preparing our wall newspaper. The kids also played games in the schoolyard. After dinner we played minigolf not far from the beach. It was for the first time in my life as well as in the life of all the group members. The kids turned out to be good players. So did I. Practice makes perfect.
June 24: We spent almost all day in the city of Attersee where we went for a walk, bathed and lay in the sun at the beach meadow. I took lots of pictures taking advantage of fine weather. Christoph came from Vienna in the evening, talked to the kids and invited Gallina and me to the bar to have some beer and talk. We went to the beach bar of Zur Post hotel.
We had our breakfast in the open at the school terrace for it was very hot - about 30 degrees centigrade. June was very hot in Austria then. After breakfast we went to the beach. I bought a phone card and made my first call home from the beach. It was nice to hear the voices of my wife and daughter.
Our group leader Eva from Vienna presented us with an ice cream and after that we had ice cream every day at the beach. Our three student leaders were with us every day, too.
After lunch the kids drew visiting cards for their entrance doors and at 4 p.m. we set out for a hike in the forest.
It took us more than an hour to get to Alexenau, one of the city districts at the lakeshore.
We came to the hotel and the hotel bus took us home from there.
In the evening after that delicious dinner nobody wanted to go to bed early, but we had to. Everybody stayed in the rooms drawing the visiting cards and exchanging impressions of the day.
In the evening we, a group of 15 kids, their teacher leader Gallina and me got to the place of our destination: Agricultural Vocational school in Weyregg, Upper Austria. We arrived to Vienna by "Austrian Airlines" flight from Kharkiv.
Christoph and Eva met us at the airport. I was glad to see Christoph whom I had met before in Luhansk during his humanitarian aid visit to our city. We got on the bus and sent out to the west of the country. After four hours' trip we arrived to the shores of Lake Attersee.
We had our rooms on the third floor of the school. The kids had three and four-bed rooms. Their rooms overlooked the lake and mine - the schoolyard. The school was only one kilometer away from the beach in the city district called Reichholz in the street that led to Wachtberg ( Watch Mountain ) located three kilometers from the lake.
We met our student leaders in the bus: two girls who had the same name: Verena. Verena Seemayer, a 16-year-old student of the agricultural school, was the author of the project of receiving a group of Chernobyl kids (as they called us) at Lake Attersee. She had written lots of letters and contacted a number of organizations and institutions asking for sponsor help for the kids. That was very kind of her.
The whole project was in the framework of the activities of Global-2000 under the name of Chernobyl kids.
We had to get up with the whole school every day at 6.30 a.m. After breakfast the kids worked I the school plot and hoed the weeds. After the work they stayed in the yard and played games or drew. After lunch we went to the lake to bathe and to lie in the sun. We applied the sun milk, of course, the kids ate ice cream and I drank some beer and lay in the sun.
After dinner at the youth hotel we went to the computer lab in the cellar to work on the Internet. I taught the children how to work and what to do and open Russian web servers for them. We continued visiting the lab every evening and enjoyed it immensely. The kids could do without my help soon.
We attended the God's service in St.Valentine's Church again. This time it was dedicated to those who had 25th, 40th and 50th jubilees of their weddings. It was a real holiday for the town community.
At 10 a.m. we got on our school bus and a car (Daniella's) and went to Salzburg for a day's trip. It was another pleasant experience from beginning to end.
We managed to visit the main sites of the city. First of all we, like many other school students, went to the House of Nature. We also visited Getreide Gasse where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756, Residenz Platz and Mozart Platz. Wolfgang invited us all to the coffeehouse Glockenspiel at 2 Mozart Square where the kids had some ice cream and we, grownups, had some real coffee with a cake.
We went to see Hohensalzburg - the biggest fortress in Europe - located high on the hill dominating the city landscape. From there we could see a beautiful panorama of the city.
We went home and could see the attracting countryside again. We passed Mondsee ( Moon Lake) on our way, too.
We came back home in time and went directly to Wachtberg. After dinner the kids were allowed to bathe in the swimming pool again to take away the day's fatigue.
After 9 p.m. we saw many fires at the opposite lakeshore. It was Solstice Day and according to the tradition people made a fire after 9. We made a fire too and sat there for an hour enjoying the fine weather.
In the morning Gallina and I went shopping and bought some souvenirs for home. We also had our films developed and our pictures printed. As a result each child received a nice photo album and was very glad.
After lunch we went to the beach to say goodbye to it. There were a lot more people there, you could see the difference at once: high season was beginning!
After dinner we went to Sternwarte - astronomic observatory at Gahberg located at 863 m. We saw telescopes and stars through one of them. At midnight we went to bed.
If you decide to walk along Weyregg Street, the main street of the town, you will see lots of wonderful private houses and buildings, among them big and small hotels and stores. I admired the beautiful houses and hotel buildings and wanted to visit as many places of interest as I could. Among the main things to see I would recommend the following ones:
- the town beach. If you go to the beach, you will see Weyreggulix, a nice water-spitting dragon that stands at the kid's pool. All in all, there are 6,000 sq.m/2.3 sq.miles of meadow on the beach - it's so nice to walk on! Besides, you can swim to two blue jet float islands not far from the shore and jump from them. You can also witness kid’s festival in July and go to the open-air cinema in August. Enjoy!
- the square in front of the City Council;
- the Hand Fountain;
- Indivisible Austria monument;
- Zur Post hotel with a local lore museum called On the Tracks of the Habsburgers;
- the town aquarium located at the music pavilion. The aquarium presents fish culture of Lake Attersee and you can see about 20 kinds of fish living in the lake.
- the ancient Roman mosaic on the wall and in the hall of the primary school (Volksschule) in Roemergasse (Roman Lane).
- Sternwarte in Gahberg (astronomic observatory located up the hills); http://www.astronomie.at
- Chapel in Gahberg (one of the hills that is 860 m high).
- An open-air museum in Bach (located at: 7 Reichholz) that can be visited upon reservation.
- Hoarstubn is an ancient spot in this town, an old small house that used to be a shepherd's home dating back to 1850 and located in Reichholz, one of the districts of Weyregg located on the hill.
- And, of course, one of the most popular customs along with wine drinking is beer drinking. "Zipfer" is one of the popular sorts here. I adored it after a good long hike (when I could afford it)! The brewery's motto - "A glass of pure joy" - is true to life. You will unmistakeably like this sort of beer as soon as you taste it.
We passed many hotels and B&Bs on our way to the lake and back from it and liked them very much. They have wonderful location, friendly atmosphere, and rich menu at the restaurants, great views of the lake and the hills. We have also been to several hotels where we had our meals sponsored by the hotel owners. Thanks a lot! :) Here is a selection of some of the nice hotels in Weyregg. You might find it useful and interesting just to browse these destinations:
Landgasthof Zur Post
Ferienwohnungen Blick am See
Ferienwohnungen Rosa Osterer
I was surprised to find out the local people, especially those who live on the outskirts, do not often lock the doors of their houses even if they leave for a vacation. We stayed at the agricultural school in Weyregg and all the group members were struck by the fact that the students do not have the keys to their rooms and leave them unlocked the whole school year... I got used to it quickly and so did the kids from our group, but it was something very special.
When in Rome, do as Romans do...
Our farewell party began at 7 p.m. in the big hall of the school canteen. More than sixty persons came to the party including the city mayor, bank manager and others. We were very busy all day. Gallina wanted to cook borsch - the traditional Ukrainian cabbage and tomato soup and she managed it with the girls' help. We also made two wall newspapers and painted a huge piece of cloth in the form of a sail.
Everybody was very pleased to be there. The guests donated some money to the party at the end.
There was one dangerous moment during the party: Wolfgang wanted to pour the vodka Gallina had brought to treat all the guests, which we did together. Then he put all the vodka glasses onto the tray and the bottle, too. I had to carry the tray and he distributed the glasses. Thank God I did not drop the tray. I was very careful and turned out to be a good waiter.
At 9 a.m. it was time for us to say goodbye to everybody at school and to leave for Vienna.
Many students, teachers and the principal herself came to say goodbye to us.
We arrived to Vienna in about three hours, had lunch at "Residenz" cafe and went to the Zoo. Christoph and Eva took us there. Two Verenas were with us, too. It was a wonderful excursion.
At 5 we came to our hostel in the 17th district where we stayed overnight. Christoph was so kind as to take me about the city. He showed me a lot of sites downtown, took me to the Prater Park where I had a ride in the Giant Ferris Wheel and told me many stories about Vienna. He presented me with a nice book about Vienna in Russian so that I could show it to all my friends.
At 8 a.m. a big bus came to take us to the airport. There was a city guide there, so the one-hour trip to the airport was going to be an interesting one. We did not get off the bus for we had little time before the departure, but he showed us the places we passed and told us interesting stories about them.
We got to know that:
- 50% of the city territory is greenery, 25% are farms and gardens;
- the city residents drink very pure mountain and artesian water;
- Kaertner Street is the central pedestrian precinct of the capital;
- There are 23 districts in Vienna;
- Ruprecht Church is one of the oldest in Europe: it is over 1,000 years old;
- There are 1,000 km of roads inside the city;
- Prater is the biggest park in the capital covering 1,000 ha and is one of its symbols;
- There are 1bout 1,800 coffeehouses in Vienna.
We came home safe and happy.
Than you very much, our dear sponsors and everybody who met us during our stay!
See you soon in Austria!
Our new morning began with God's worship at the local church called St.Valentine's Church. All the members of our group and our three student leaders went to the service. The Ersatzpfarrer (substitute priest) introduced our group during the public worship as Mitchristen (Christian bothers). We admired the interior of the church and the murals.
At the end of the service the kids were asked to sing a song, which they did with pleasure. They sang a rather sad song called Childhood. As some members of the parish said, Russian is so melancholic. After the worship we took a common picture with the priest at the church entrance.
At 10.30 we were already at the beach. We saw it was quite empty for it was Sunday. The kids jumped for joy and leant to swim to take an Austrian swimming test to be able to swim without ring buoys.
After lunch Wolfgang invited us to his place in Bach. It took us about an hour to get there on foot. Wolfgang showed us around his home and began cooking Kaiser, an Austrian national dish (sweet omelet). He cooked it on a huge pan in the open fire in his yard. Then his friends came to see him, his wife Sabine and his children Vivian and Felix. Everybody continued having fun, riding a bike, playing games. We did not go home on foot. One of Wolfgang's friends was kind enough to take us home in his Ford Cabriolet. It was for the first time we went by cabriolet! Of course we took pictures for memory of that event.
We had some spare time in the morning and then went to the boat hiring station, took a boat and water bikes and sailed to the middle of the lake. I had an electric boat, which was very convenient and nice.
After that ride we went to the beach again and continued lying in the sun and bathing.
In the evening Gallina, three girls and I visited the Rabl family who lived in our street. We often saw Alfred on our way to and from the beach and he often invited me to see them. So we agreed about that evening. It was also another discovery for us to see how the people live in the town.
The hosts invited us and showed us the rooms and invited us to the table at the terrace. We talked and told them about our impressions of our stay. Johanna, Alfred and their daughter Maria are very nice people!
After breakfast the kids had about an hour's rest and I decided to go downtown for the first time.
I went to the post office to buy some envelopes and postcards for my friends in Germany and went to see the souvenir shop. It was Kaufhaus Kreuzer at 77 Weyregg Street.
In the morning the kids went to the school swimming pool because the weather was not sunny and cool. I worked on the Internet in the Principal's Apartment on my floor where my room was.
The weather changed for the worst in the afternoon. There was even a storm warning at the lake: the yellow light of the lighthouse.
We stayed in the schoolyard playing games and running about.
In the evening our Verenas invited the kids to their room and they listen to the music, mainly Tatoo that everybody liked and knew many songs by heart.
We began to think about our forthcoming farewell party and what we would do there. Tolik said he could show his tricks with a string and recite a poem. He recited "My Testament" by Taras Shevchenko. I said I would recite the German translation of it at the party.
In the evening I tasted some Austrian wine and went to bed a bit later than usual.
We could stay in bed longer in the morning and only had our breakfast at 10 a.m. Everybody went home for the holiday, so we had complete freedom at last!
We took a ship to the city of Attersee located at the opposite lakeshore to bathe in Erlebnisbad - the well-known holiday spot at Lake Attersee, the best beach of all we had seen. The kids enjoyed sliding down the water tube most of all. I liked the tube, too, but I though one more second and I would be thrown out of the tube because of my weight.
After our active rest in Attersee we took a ship to Unterach located in the southern part of lake Attersee where we had lunch at Golden Anchor hotel at the beach.
It was beginning to rain, but Wolfgang said we would not board a ship right away, but would go for a walk to see a surprise he had prepared for us. So we went for about two miles and came to the canyon called Burggrabenklamm located in Salzburg Province. The thing is that the neighboring province has a piece of shore in the south of Lake Attersee.
We went to the waterfall along a narrow slippery path located not high above the canyon. We saw the waterfall and admired it. Thank God nothing happened and got back safely to be just in time for our ship. On our way to the pier we saw Old Timers Race that was going on along the Lake Attersee highway. It's a traditional annual race.
In the evening Wolfgang brought us hot dinner from home and the kids could bathe in the school swimming pool for an hour and play games in the school gym.
In the morning we had a short rest after breakfast before we went to the beach. Wolfgang took us to the youth hotel by bus where we met a group of primary school students heading for the lake. We went to the lake together. I met the local teachers who were with the group.
The kids of our group practiced the required crawl swimming style for their young swimmer test that they had to take soon.
We had unusual lunch at school on that day. The students who study restaurant business were our waitresses and served us like at a restaurant. We had frikantensuppe and knoedel. It was very unusual, but delicious. We thanked the girls very much.
After the lunch we all went to the beach again. The road down the hill was easy and fast, but the return road was a bit harder and made us sweat each time. Good exercise, though!
After our Internet hour in the evening we went to bed at exactly 9.30 p.m. As the local people say, better to be three minutes early than three minutes late!
It was the first day. After breakfast in the school canteen we were shown about the school and introduced to many teachers and our guide Wolfgang Marka, our student guides' teacher. The school year was not over yet and all the students were still there. In fact, it was a girls school for there were only three boys. There are about 200 students studying at the school's five faculties.
In the morning after breakfast one of the sponsors came - a representative of Lenzing AG, who presented us all with nice big beach towels and sun milk , very useful things for staying at the beach! We went to the beach for the first time and enjoyed it immensely. High season has not come yet and there was more than enough vacant room at the beach.
After lunch we stayed in the schoolyard playing games and picking cherries. Then we went for a walk in the forest for an hour. There was only one danger in the forest: ticks that could bite you, but, as our student leaders told us, they were not poisonous at all, just unpleasant.
We had to go to bed as all the school at 9.30 p.m. without any discussion. Order is order!