Sometimes going the extra mile, or in our case 1,750+ miles across Scotland, really does pay dividends. However, we realise the thought of racing around Scotland in winter might not be for everyone... yet the pull of seeing snowy mountains towering over crystal clear lochs proved too much for us.... and we weren't disappointed by the epic roadtrip adventure that awaits you the moment you depart the shores of Loch Ness.
Perhaps it's more luxury alpine camping due to the cost and facilities at this tastefully decorated campsite... but camping in the high mountains is truly something special. Imagine spending the evening on your pitch, breathing in the clear mountain air while you enjoy the spectacular views all around you at the award winning AlpenCamping in Austria.
So with Austria treating us to an Alpine Pass on the Gerlos Alpine Road (see full blog here) and a chance to hike up the Stubai Glacier (see full blog here), we've moved across to the Tiroler region of Austria.... and a chance to stay at a campsite with its own cable car at Tiroler Zugspitze! So not the normal facilities you might find at a campsite, but then again nor was the Volcano at Camping Solfatara in Naples, Italy (see full blog here). But read on to find out just why this campsite is rightfully the best campsite in Austria
For those who've followed our progress, you might remember our last visit to the Stubai Glacier in April 2016. Yet again it was the lure of the outside space nr Ranalt which proved the perfect spot for a family breakfast and morning's free entertainment (apart from the 3 Euros parking fee for 3hrs)... But this time we wanted to go one better and explore the 'Wilde Wasser Weg / Grawa' waterfalls
Having driven from Lake Bled across the Gerlos Alpine Pass to get to Camping Aufenfeld, we'd been blessed with scorching hot weather for late May... and this didn't relent with the thermometer reaching the dizzy heights of 33°C. So what better place to spend a couple of days than a campsite with it's own outdoor lake!
It seems almost impossible to take a road trip without stumbling upon yet another wonderfully scenic journey in Austria.... a country we've enjoyed visiting, especially our time in Vienna. However 'stumbling' might not quite describe it accurately... as the wonderful Gerlos Alpine Road website conjured up some exciting images that meant we simply couldn't miss a scenic drive through the raw, rugged natural beauty of the Austrian Alps.
It's been an eye opening view into another side of European culture for our girls. Full of new adventures with plenty of new friends met along the way. It's been full of 'wide eyed' stares at the poverty witnessed in Poland or Hungary, yet these are often the places with the warmest of local people... We've seen the impressive canals of Venice, climbed the steep cliffs of Split and been staggered by the beauty in Budapest, Vienna or Prague.
So this morning had seen us visit 30 European Countries in just over 40,000 miles across Europe. But today has seen us add 2 more countries to the growing list. As we left Vienna and headed east through Slovakia and into Hungary.... Each part of our European travels detailed in a total of 491 travel articles, blogs and reviews to try to help other families who love to travel across Europe too
If you've missed yesterday's article 'Checking Out Austria's Imperial Charms' about our first experience of this stunning city in the very heart of Europe - both politically, historically and geographically. You'll have heard that Vienna is famed as both a 'City of Dream's & ' City of Music'. Yet it also contains undoubtably one of the best city experiences across Europe... making it perfect for searching the city for fun things to do, see and explore. So what better way to explore Vienna on Day 2, than with the Vienna Pass!! And a mission to see if we could see 7 of Vienna's top attractions in just 24hrs!
Heading south from the wonderful city of Prague, we'd opted to visit the captivating city of Vienna. A mecca for museums, imperial charm and stunning architecture that matches any other we've seen across Europe. But interestingly, Vienna's history goes much further back than Roman times with a past of riches and woes to match any city in Europe!! It really does have a little bit of everything for kids and adults alike... so we couldn't wait to get out and explore the city.
From Edelweiss to Bayern Munich in one day... and a family experience at Mystery Rooms Escape Room!!
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