Sunday, 13 September 2015

St Anton, Austria

We arrived at our campsite just a few miles outside of the famous Austrian ski resort of St Anton this morning.
Our journey was made more exciting as the Arlberg Tunnel was closed, so we had to drive over the Arlberg Pass instead. The tunnel is one of the longest in Europe, at 13 kms, but it is closed for six months to upgrade safety features inside of it.
We followed a steady stream of traffic up many hairpin bends, through a ski resort at the top of the Pass, and then down through St Anton and along to our campsite at Pettneu.
The views from the campsite are superb, with pics 1 and 2 being taken about ten metres away from our van.
The local town was on very quiet, although the flower displays were beautiful. So in search of a bit more action, we walked to St Anton.
The most interesting thing that I can say about it was that it was completely uninteresting. After the hustle and bustle of Lake Titisee, Lake Constance and then Bludenz over the past two weeks, it was a shock to find nothing going on and almost everything closed.
There was lots of ski lifts - all closed, shops - all closed bar one, bars and cafes - most closed and the few that were open were a bit rubbish.
We wandered around looking disappointed, like all of the other tourists, but then with less than half an hour until our bus was due we found a nice bar.
We had a quick drink, quickly paid and even more quickly headed to the bus stop for our ride home.

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