Trips / Tirol

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Holiday to Tirol
20 July/4 August 2013
EDLP; Paderborn-Lippstadt EDOF; Bad Frankenhausen EDNO; Nordlingen LOIR; Reutte, Hofen LILO; Sondrio LOIK; Kufstein EDMB; Biberach an der Riss EDMT; Tannheim EDNH; Bad Worishofen LOWZ; Zell am See LOSM; Mauterndorf LOGI; Trieben LOLC; Scharnstein LOWS; Salzburg LOLS; Scharding-Suben EDPS; Sonnen EDNR; Regensburg EDQH; Herzogenaurach EDQG; Gievelstadt EDEW; Walldurn EDGM; Mosbach EDFO; Michelstadt EDFZ; Mainz EDKR; Schmallenberg EHHV; Hilversum



To Reutte

On Saturday, 20 July 2013, we left home for holiday in Austria. The group was seven persons. We travelled with two cars and one plane. The plane was a 2004 Piper Archer with registration D-ELPA and is based at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport. Maurits had joined the glider camp from his glider club from Hilversum at Bad Frankenhausen airfield near the Harz mountains, where Rene and Bart stopped by with the Piper to pick him up on the way to Reutte. After we first took-off from Paderborn-Lippstadt, the cloud base north east of the airport turned out to be too low to continue safely. We returned to the airport and waited for another hour for the low clouds to clear. Saturday was not a flying day for the gliders, and Rene made a local flight from Bad Frankenhausen with three members from the glider club. Afterwards we continued to Reutte, with a fuel stop in Nordingen. At the end of the afternoon all had arrived in Reutte.

Rene with the Piper at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Rene at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Landed at Bad Frankenhausen airfield
Landed at Bad Frankenhausen airfield
Final runway 04 Nordlingen airport
Final runway 04 Nordlingen airport
Maurits and Bart at Reutte airfield
Maurits and Bart at Reutte airfield



Round trip to Sondrio

On Sunday Veleda, Charlotte, Bart, Maurits and Merie-Ellis explored the surroundings of Reutte. Laurence and Rene made a flying trip to Sondrio in the Valtelline valley in Italy. On the way up (pictures) we passed the Fern pass, and then further via the Inn valley and the Bernina pass south of St. Moritz to Italy. On the way back (pictures) we flew via the Bernina pass to the Engadin valley, then via the Albula pass to the Landwasser valley. Then we flew over Davos and Klosters, and via the Schlappiner Joch mountain pass to the Montafon valley, over Schruns to Stuben, and from there via the Arlberg pass to the Lech valley, and back to Reutte (map).

Maurits, Merie-Ellis, Charlotte and Veleda exploring the surroundings
Others exploring the surroundings
Rene with Piper Archer at Reutte airfield
Rene at Reutte airfield
Bernina mountain range
Bernina mountain range
Laurence with Piper Archer at Sondrio airport
Laurence at Sondrio airport



Ötztal, Neuschwanstein and Hahnenkamm cable car Höfen near Reutte

On Monday, 22 July, Veleda, Laurence, Maurits and Rene made a trip by car to the Ötz valley. The route was via the Hahntennjoch mountain pass between the Lech valley and the Inn valley west of Innsbruck.

On Tuesday morning, we all went to Schwangau to visit Schloss Neuschwanstein. Schloss Neuschwanstein is the world’s most famous castle, and the model for Disney’s citadel. King Ludwig II planned this castle himself, with the help of a stage designer rather than an architect. Built as a romantic medieval castle, work started in 1869 and, like so many of Ludwig’s grand schemes, was never finished. The king only spent just over 170 days in residence. Ludwig foresaw his showpiece palace as a giant stage on which to recreate the world of Germanic mythology in the operatic works of Richard Wagner.

Veleda and Maurits already had arranged tickets for the castle itself first thing in the morning when the ticket booth opened. The queue for tickets is long and slow, and the inside of the castle itself may not be worth the effort to get tickets. All the surroundings up to the entry square in Schloss Neuschwanstein can be visited free of charge. The indicated walking times to the locations to visit appear exaggerated for persons with a normal health. We did it, in a normal pace, in at least half the time of the times that were indicated. It is, perhaps, to encourage people to buy (unnecessary) bus rides to the locations? In the afternoon we had lunch in the panorama restaurant on the Hahnenkamm near Reutte. We went up with the Hahnenkammbahn Höfen, a gondola cable car, that also operated during the summer.

Veleda and Maurits at Hahntennjoch
Veleda and Maurits at Hahntennjoch
Maurits, Laurence, Merie-Ellis, Veleda, Charlotte and Bart in Schwangau
In Schwangau
Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein
Hahnenkamm Hofen cable car
Hahnenkamm Höfen cable car



Round trip to Kufstein

On Wednesday, 24 July, Maurits and Rene made a flying trip to Kufstein airfield. We first flew around the Zugspitze, and then via Innsbruck to Kufstein airfield. The Zugspitze, at 2,962 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in Germany. It lies south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the border between Germany and Austria runs over its western summit. We had a spectacular view on the mountain and the surroundings (pictures). On the return way we flew north of the Alps over Füssen back to Reutte airfield (map).

Take-off from Reutte, Hofen airfield
Take-off from Reutte, Höfen airfield
Zugspitze
Zugspitze
Rene with Piper Archer at Kufstein airfield
Rene at Kufstein airfield
Maurits flying the Piper Archer
Maurits flying the Piper Archer



Flying trip to the Zugspitze and visit Füssen

On Thursday, Laurence and Merie-Ellis joined Rene for a local flying trip. We flew past Neuschwanstein, Füssen and the Zugspitze. In the afternoon we all visited the town of Füssen. Füssen im Allgäu is a town in Bavaria, Germany situated 5 kilometres north from the Austrian border. It is best known for the Hohes Schloss and its Basilica and former Benedictine monastery of St Mang. Füssen was settled in Roman times, on the Via Claudia Augusta that leads from Augsburg to northern Italy. It is a nice town to visit.

Merie-Ellis in the Piper Archer
Merie-Ellis in the Piper Archer
Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein
Zugspitze
Zugspitze
Charlotte, Merie-Ellis, Rene, Veleda, Maurits and Bart with the St. Mang church in Fussen
With the St. Mang church in Füssen



Round trip to Bavaria, diner in Rieden

On Friday morning Rene made a flying trip to Biberach an der Riss, Tannheim and Bad Worishofen. On Tannheim airfield the annual Tannkosh fly-in is organised. In the evening we had diner at a nice restaurant in Rieden.

Rene at Biberach airport
Rene at Biberach airport
Tannheim airfield tower and restaurant
Tannheim airfield tower and restaurant
In the kitchen of the holiday house
In the kitchen of the holiday house
Laurence and Merie-Ellis at diner
Laurence and Merie-Ellis at diner



From Reutte to Zell am See

On Saturday, July 27, Laurence and Merie-Ellis left for home. The others left Reutte for Zell am See, where we were going to stay for three days. Bart and Charlotte flew with Rene to Zell am See, while Maurits joined Veleda by car. We flew via the Fern pass, Innsbruck, St. Johann in Tirol and Saalfelden to Zell am See. In the afternoon Rene, Veleda and Bart walked to a hill top near Saalfelden, and we visited the town of Lofer. Rene took some pictures in Lofer to add to the Where Eagles Dare movie locations page.

Rene cleaning the Piper Archer
Rene cleaning the Piper Archer
Arrived at Zell am See airport
Arrived at Zell am See airport
Veleda and Rene on a hill near Saalfelden
On a hill near Saalfelden
Maurits, Veleda, Bart, Charlotte and Rene in Lofer
In Lofer



kitzlochklamm and Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse

On Sunday, 28 July, we visited the Kitzlochklamm -- a 1,500 meter gore close to Taxenbach -- and the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse. The Grossglockner High Alpine Road is one of Austria's main tourist attractions. It leads to the Hohe Tauern National Park and Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner (3,798m) and its glacier, the Pasterze.

kitzlochklamm
kitzlochklamm
Veleda in the kitzlochklamm
Veleda in the kitzlochklamm
Rene and Maurits at the Hochalpenstrasse
On the Hochalpenstrasse
Charlotte and Veleda with the Pasterze Glacier
Charlotte and Veleda with the Pasterze Glacier


Mauterndorf mountain airfield

On Monday, 29 July, Rene made a flying round trip to Mauterndorf airfield. Mauterndorf airfield in the federal state of Salzburg is the highest altitude alpine airfield in Austria. Upon returning at Zell am See airport, Rene was able to park the plane in a hangar. This because thunderstorms with hail were forecasted.

Rene at Zell am See airport
Rene at Zell am See airport
Over Mauterndorf airfield
Over Mauterndorf airfield
Piper Archer at Mauterndorf airfield
Piper Archer at Mauterndorf airfield
Piper Archer with hangar at Zell am See airport
Piper Archer into the hangar at Zell am See



From Zell am See to Salzburg

On Tuesday, 30 July, we left Zell am See for Salzburg, where we were going to stay for three days. Maurits joined Rene to fly, while Bart and Charlotte joined Veleda to drive. On the way to Salzburg, Maurits and Rene visited airfields at Trieben and Scharnstein. Our hotel was in Bad Reichenhal, just across the border in Germany.

Maurits at Zell am See airport
Maurits at Zell am See airport
Pyhrnpass
Pyhrnpass
Rene with Piper Archer at Scharnstein airfield
Rene at Scharnstein airfield
Final runway 15 Salzburg airport
Final runway 15 Salzburg airport



Salzburg and surroundings

On Wednesday we visited the Red Bull hangar-7 at Salzburg airport, a multifunctional building with a collection of historical airplanes, helicopters and Formula One racing cars. In the afternoon we explored the surroundings south and south-west of Salzburg, where we also visited the Königssee. On Thursday we visited Salzburg and Hohensalzburg.

Maurits in hangar-7, Redd Bull hangar Salzburg airport
Maurits in hangar-7
Konigssee
Königssee
Veleda, Maurts, Charlotte and Bart at Hohensalzburg
On Hohensalzburg
View on Salzburg from the castle
View on Salzburg from the castle


From Salzburg to Herzogenaurach

On Friday, August 2 2013, we left Salzburg to Herzogenaurach. Herzogenaurach is near Nürnberg, and roughly halfway in between Salzburg and Mainz, where we were going to the next day. Maurits joined Rene again to fly to Herzogenaurach. On the way up we stopped in Schärding to fuel, and two more fields in Germany. We arrived at Herzogenaurach at the same time as Veleda, Charlotte and Bart arrived there by car.

Maurits with Piper Archer at Salzburg airport
Maurits at Salzburg airport
Rene at fuel station of Scharding airport
Rene at fuel station at Schärding airport
Final runway 20 Sonnen airport
Final runway 20 Sonnen airport
Maurits and Rene at Herzogenaurach airport
Maurits and Rene at Herzogenaurach airport



To Mainz for birthday party Carsten

On Saturday, we travelled further to Mainz. This time Charlotte and Bart joined Rene to fly, and Maurits with Veleda with the car. Again we inserted some visits to airfields so we would arrive at about the same time Veleda and Maurits would arrive with the car. In the evening we visited Carsten and Maria for Carsten's birthday party.

Bart and Charlotte at Giebelstadt airport
Bart and Charlotte at Giebelstadt airport
Charlotte, Bart and Rene in the Piper Archer
Charlotte, Bart and Rene
Rene, Klaus, Karin and Bernd
Rene, Klaus, Karin and Bernd
Carsten, Roberto, Klaus, Karin, Bernd, Maurits, Charlotte, Bart
With Carsten (left) around the table



From Mainz to Hilversum

On Sunday, August 4 2013, we travelled home. Maurits joined Rene. While flying to Paderborn-Lippstadt we inserted a stop at Schmallenfeld. After fueling at Paderborn-Lippstadt, we flew further to Hilversum. Both the plane and the car arrived within 30 minutes from each other.

Rene at Schmallenberg airfield
Rene at Schmallenberg airfield
Arrived at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Arrived at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
At the fuel station at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
To fuel the Piper Archer
Maurits and Rene at Hilversum airfield
Maurits and Rene at Hilversum airfield


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