Day 6 – Doh! Oh Dear! Snow in spring!
2 April 2015
Koblenz > Lorelei > Innsbruck
Breakfast was delicious at Hotel Mercure, you could even get an omelette made at the buffet. We were there during Easter and so the easter eggs were displayed all around.
Things on the list today:
1. Cruise on the Rhine River (which we didn’t do as it was raining and it was pretty cold)
2. Stop over at Lorelei
3. Drive to Innsbruck, Austria
Because we decided to opt out of the cruise (there were a few of us from the tour who did) we went straight to Lorelei, a small town at the bank of the Rhine River in Germany. The Rhine is the second longest river in Central and Western Europe at around 1230 km long. This was around 9am in the morning and it was raining, it was below 10 degrees, it was windy too. And we couldn’t stay in the bus! And so we walked towards the town to find a warm place to stay at and see what it had to offer.
There were a few shops, but most of them were not open. There was a cafe/bakery but we didn’t go in there either. You could probably explore the town centre in 30 minutes. All we could do was take pictures and continued walking to keep ourselves warm. We went inside a cuckoo clock store, took 15 mins just to buy a magnet so we could savour the warmth of the shop even for just a little while.
I think this town would have been a really nice place to visit if it weren’t for the weather. One good thing about it too was the public toilet was free and they had tissues! Perfect for my emergency hahaha #toomuchinformation.
The rest of the tour came back from the cruise, I asked one of them how it was “It was freezing, we didn’t really see much because of the rain”. I guess we didn’t really miss out on anything.
We all got back on the bus and made our way to Austria. Clarisse put on the movie “The Sound of Music” to get us in the Austrian mood. The movie was filmed there in 1965. We stopped over at Malsch, Germany and had a mystery schnitzel (My guess was veal haha) and a glass of Apfelschorle, apple juice mixed with mineral water.
Back on the road again and instead of rain, the higher we got up the mountain, the colder it got and so rain turned into snow! I have never really experienced snowfall before. I’ve been to the snow in Melbourne, specifically at Mt Buller but it didn’t snow when I went. We could only see from our windows the snow was falling heavier and heavier. After another two hours we stopped at another service station and that is where we first felt snow falling on our faces. It didn’t feel cold at all, maybe because it wasn’t windy but we didn’t notice it, we were just enjoying the moment. We didn’t feel the cold that much that we even had icy poles in the snow haha.
As pretty the snow was, eventually it lost some of its charm as the further we went up, the more snow we saw, the traffic was ridiculous! There was probably an accident due to the snow and it took forever to get to our hotel in Innsbruck, Austria. It probably set us back 2 and a half hours. We got to our hotel around 10pm. It was nice of the hotel (Hotel Rumerhof) to still serve us dinner at that time since all of us were hungry and tired from the trip. The wi-fi was very slow though lol.
So that was our Germany and Austria experience haha. Apparently we were supposed to have seen the rolling hills of Austria from the Sound of Music but the snow in spring covered it #learntospringaustria.