20 Jul 2013 Reutte (3)
21 Jul 2013 Sondrio (2)
24 Jul 2013 Kufstein (2)
25 Jul 2013 Zugspitze (1)
26 Jul 2013 Biberach a/d Riss (4)
27 Jul 2013 Zell am See (1)
29 Jul 2013 Mauterndorf (2)
30 Jul 2013 Salzburg (3)
2 Aug 2013 Herzogenaurach (4)
3 Aug 2013 Mainz (5)
4 Aug 2013 Hilversum (3)
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 at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
Landed at Bad Frankenhausen airfield
Final runway 04 Nordlingen airport
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 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).
Others exploring the surroundings
Rene at Reutte airfield
Bernina mountain range
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
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. On the return way we flew north of the Alps over Füssen back to Reutte airfield (map).
Take-off from Reutte, Höfen airfield
Rene at Kufstein airfield
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
With the St. Mang church in Füssen
Round trip to Bavaria, dinner 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 was organised. In the evening we had dinner at a nice restaurant in Rieden.
Rene at Biberach airport
Tannheim airfield tower and restaurant
In the kitchen of the holiday house
Laurence and Merie-Ellis at dinner
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
Arrived at Zell am See airport
On a hill near Saalfelden
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.
Veleda in the kitzlochklamm
On the Hochalpenstrasse
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
Over Mauterndorf airfield
Piper Archer at Mauterndorf airfield
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
Rene at Scharnstein airfield
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
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 at Salzburg airport
Rene at fuel station at Schärding airport
Final runway 20 Sonnen 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
Charlotte, Bart and Rene
Rene, Klaus, Karin and Bernd
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
Arrived at Paderborn-Lippstadt airport
To fuel the Piper Archer
Maurits and Rene at Hilversum airfield