Sharing our trip from Alsace, France to our home in Hungary. The journey took 9 hours, two days and spans five countries.
After 3 hours on the road, we went searching for our hotel in the countryside which we booked online (from the back of the wheel). Because we don’t know where we will be, we always book our hotel about an hour before we stop for the day.
The accommodation is located just outside Munich overlooking the southern Bavarian alps.
This is the joy of booking in rural bed and breakfast accommodation – the green, peaceful and beautiful countryside where we could walk Charlie in bliss, parking is easy and the charm and hospitality of family-run hotels add up to the delights of a long distance journey.
Our hotel used to be a farmhouse built in the 17th century. After one hundred years, the first guesthouse was opened. It has been operating as a hotel for 280 years. It is right next to a 12th century church (onion dome in the background).
The next day, we continued our drive across Germany
This German motorway will soon reach the crossroads leading to Austria and Italy
Time for a selfie stop in one of the many “raststations” (motorway stops).
These two are posing for a photo. The HR sticker below the registration plate indicates that the van is registered in Croatia (Republika Hrvatska in their language)
Pee stop. They do it in the green to save themselves 70 centimes (toilet charge)
Along European motorways, you see tourist signs like this. They are often referred to as a brown sign whose purpose is to direct visitors to tourist destinations such as historic buildings, tourist regions .
This sign announces that the next exit is the town of Traunstein. Traunstein is famously referred to as a Pope Town because this is where Pope Benedict XVI (the predecessor of Pope Francis) grew up and spent his childhood and teenage years.
We are now entering Austria.
Republik Osterreich in German language which is also the language of Austria.
But first, we had to buy a vignette (motorway tax sticker for affixing into the car windshield), 8 euros for seven days.
At least motorists are putting their vignette film cover strips into the bin.
This Austrian motorway will soon reach the crossroads towards Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy
The most famous lake of Austria, the Mondsee
A solar panel farm in Austria
The Austrian Alps
Another tourist sign promoting the famous Vogelgesang gorge and waterfalls.
Border sign to Slovenia, indicating that a vignette is required to traverse their motorway.
The vineyards of Slovenia
Slovenian and Hungarian translation given because Lendava is just at the border of Hungary.
Grad/Var – city
Terme/Termal – thermal pool
Border sign of Hungary, which is called Magyarorszag in their language.
Church (Templom) in Letenye
A busy lake in Kistolmacs
Must be a summer camp. These tents are always up in the summer.