Three Countries In One Day

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Camping Sonnenberg 3*

Flag of Austria  , Vorarlberg,
Sunday, September 26, 2010

Excited to find out that the expensive hotel price included breakfast so obviously we ate enough to warrant the cost and also filled my bar bag with butters, cereal bars and little tubs of nuttella - excellent. It had almost stopped raining, just a slight drizzle and in dry clothes again, we set off really excited about crossing into a new country. It was mostly uphill until we got to Wildhaus were I went skiing a long time ago. We took a video to show Mum and Dad, but I didn't recognise anything really. All different without the snow: By then the sun had come out and we cruised down 3 miles to Buchs, a big town on the border. Had Sunday lunch in MacDonald's as it was the only place open and we needed to use the Internet to find out where we were going. (You can also have beer there in Switzerland)  Sundays are a bit difficult when everything is shut.  Spent all our Swiss Francs in the Coop stocking up on supplies then crossed the border into Lichtenstein. Gorgeous sunny cycle along the river to Vaduz the capital, where we saw the national football stadium and the Prince´s castle. He didn´t seem to be there, and we didn't fancy cycling all the way up the mountain to knock on his door so we carried on through, and reached the Austrian border after half an hour. Austria immediately seemed different, much livelier, lots of people around and all the shops were open. Seeing enormous mountains all around we felt a bit nervous about what we were heading for, but the rest of our ride to the campsite was fairly flat. Camping Sonnenberg was a fantastic surprise with the most amazing facilities we´ve seen, including a drying room to warm up all our clothes for the morning, and the showers were more suited to a luxury gym. The campsite owner and his dad gave us masses of advice about the route ahead, explaining that the quickest route was over the Alberg Pass - 1800m! They also told us that they would be playing the Alpine horn at 7pm, as was their Sunday tradition. Everyone on the site turned out for it, and listening, drinking wine and looking out over the mountains was a pretty great start to our Austrian leg. We then cooked dinner and went into the hot room with a fire which the campsite owners dad had said we had to go to, He (and the other old folk on the campsite) was very worried about us in the tent. Nobody believes us that its snuggly and warm. relxed in there till Mikey nearly fell asleep at the table, then went to bed after everyone at the campsite said goodnight to us. Feeling a bit nervous about what was instore the next day.
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