A reluctant departure, but excitement for what new horizons hold… Hallo Österreich

Leaving Slovenia north of Kranj we made our way to the Austrian border. Only a few weeks earlier we had cycled into Austria and Italy and commented how freely we were able to move between countries but since then due to the current economic migrant crisis the Austrian government had implemented border controls. There was a light military presence at the border and after checking our passports and taking a look in the van we were on our way into Austria.
Our first stop was just outside the town of Gallizien in the Carinthia region. Our camper contact app showed a suitable overnight parking spot at a restaurant and although when we pulled up there wasn't anything to suggest overnight parking was allowed, we stayed anyway and were not disturbed. Overnight parking is generally well tolerated in Austria. A stroll to a nearby waterfall gave us chance to stretch our legs after the days travelling.

The following day we drove into the Styria region and spent the day exploring Sankt Lambrecht. The town has a beautiful landscaped gardens with pavilion, and a stunning town hall.

It is also home to St Lambrecht's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1076. During the Second World War the Monastery was actually seized by the Nazi's and housed two sub camps of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. The monks returned at the end of the war in 1946.

The days reminders of the war and the Nazi's rule over Austria did not end there. We spent the night camped in the town of Judenburg, the town gained its name, meaning 'Jews Borough' from the Jews who lived there and played a vital part in its role as a trading outpost. In 1938 the town became part of the Third Reich and efforts were made to change the towns name to Zirbenstadt or Adolfsburg, a decision which was never finalised and so the name remained.
It had been a great few days exploring beautiful areas and towns with sobering reminders of not only the history embedded into these countries but also current political problems.

4 Comments on “A reluctant departure, but excitement for what new horizons hold… Hallo Österreich

  1. Hallo schönes Österreich von Gentle ( Beate= half austrian and loving the country ) 🙂

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    • Hi Beate, we all love Austria it is such a beautiful place! We’ve explored all of the country except Tirol which we are saving for the cooler month of September. If you have any recommendations of places for us to visit and mountains to climb please let us know 👍😊

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  2. Well, well, what an interesting story Adam. By the way the photographs are excellent, hope all is well with you, one is soooo envious!!
    Just to let you know I am leaving Amtico at the end of August, please keep in touch. My email address, you already know.

    Keep them coming my friend.

    Phill….

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    • You’d be proud I’ve been teaching myself how to use manual mode on the camera and taking advantage of the dark sky’s! Hopefully some of my Milky Way pictures will turn out well!

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