I’ll simply begin by answering that query with an enormous spoiler alert – a roadtrip from the UK to Austria is soooooooo a lot enjoyable! It isn’t essentially the obvious street journey route we’d have considered (largely as a result of we within the UK reside on an island bodily disconnect from mainland Europe) however it was completely good each step of the best way!
There are a number of causes for this although… 😄
First off, the automobile! For this street journey, we partnered with BMW (who’re the official sponsors of Snowbombing Competition… extra on that later) the place we got our very personal shiny BMW X3 to drive from the UK to Austria!
There are undoubtedly so many cool options concerning the BMW X3 – you could find all the small print on that proper right here (proper all the way down to the tech specs) however my favourites half have been most likely the ‘smaller particulars’.
Like how one can management the leisure in your automobile with simply touchless gestures (felt a bit like utilizing a magic wand).
Or how there’s a wi-fi charger in entrance.
Or the heated seats for ALL the passengers within the automobile (not simply the driving force and the passenger up from).
Or how if you happen to cross the strains on the street with out indication, the protection function permits the wheel to steer you mechanically again into the principle lane you’re driving on.
Oh, and I significantly cherished how we drove all the best way from the UK to Germany (*our first cease) without having to cease for gasoline as soon as (we did cease for a ‘relaxation’ however that was simply an excuse to get waffles in Belgium).
There’s a lot extra to find and every day, we simply saved discovering out an increasing number of particulars as we went alongside. I’m only a sucker for issues that make my life simpler and located this automobile such a deal with and a delight to drive to Austria.
The second purpose why this was so thrilling was that we have been going to be driving to Snowboming Competition – a fun-filled week up within the Austrian Alps with the most effective music, events and throughout good enjoyable anyway may ask for!
I don’t know if it’s simply right here within the UK however it’s simply a type of festivals that nearly wants no introduction in any respect. Ski by day, celebration at night time (or you possibly can simply half by day and night time).
That’s not all although – seems, it’s an enormous custom yearly for pageant goers to organise a street journey from the UK to Austria so the celebration begins even earlier than the celebration begins!
This 12 months’s theme was “The 90s” and just about everybody confirmed up dressed of their favorite 90s-inspired fancy costume! We’re speaking Spice Women, Ninja Turtles, The Masks, Toy Story, Jurassic Park – the works!!! Automobiles have been painted / stickered / made-over – all for the street journey and pageant.
As relative novices, we confirmed up completely unprepared and anticipating only a few folks on this street journey, solely to search out ourselves thrown into essentially the most vibrant crowd ever!
Fortunately, my FOMO dissipated rapidly as one in every of our fellow road-trippers (who had come very ready) gave me additional props they’d (wigs, costumes), permitting me to remodel into what I can solely describe as a ‘fringe-dressed rocker’. 😀
After grabbing breakfast, selecting up our pageant passes in addition to different goodies (…and some impromptu boogie periods), all of us started our journey from Canterbury in direction of Dover (40 minutes-ish), the place we’d catch the ferry to France and embark on the following leg of the drive in mainland Europe.
Even the ferry crossing was enjoyable as all of us piled on in vibrant outfits, a lot to the delight and shock of different passengers on the ferry who have been most definitely not anticipating the colourfulness that was our street journey entourage.
In France, we had fairly a number of choices for the drive as we may head down South (nicely, comparatively South – we have been in Northern France so this might have taken us extra in direction of central France), or we may head up in direction of Belgium.
After a lot, “Umm”ing and “Aah”ing, we lastly determined to go for the latter route via Belgium, deciding on the final minute to pop into Ypres – a historic city I knew little or no about prior to creating the snap resolution to go to (Lloyd was a bit extra clued up on Ypres than I used to be).
Though our go to to Ypres was a fleeting one, it was positively one which left us impressed! It’s such a stupendous Belgian city and a reminder that we positively hadn’t spent as a lot time visiting Belgium as we maybe ought to have.
In reality, I can categorically say that we left Ypres feeling like we positively wanted to spend extra time in Belgium come summer season!
The streets of Ypres as surprisingly quaint – particularly so for a city of its measurement and there’s a lot historical past within the city, of explicit poignancy is the battle right here throughout World Struggle 1 that’s nonetheless until at the present time a vital a part of the city’s id (you’ll see a lot of references and memorials to the battle dotted throughout town – to not point out that plenty of the important thing buildings within the metropolis have been rebuilt shortly after the battle of their authentic fashion).
Leaving Ypres, we stopped off briefly within the metropolis of Kortrijk (one other “saw-on-the-map-and-decided-to-visit” cease).
The principle purpose we determined to pop in was to take a look at the well-known Broel Towers within the metropolis…
…although discovering this home right here made me wanna keep even longer! Hehehe! (Simply think about proudly owning this Belgian magnificence).
With that, we determined it was excessive time we headed for our ultimate cease for the night, the German city of Saarbrücken!
I can’t actually say that there’s a lot to see or do in Saarbrücken – largely as a result of we didn’t arrive until round 9.30pm anyway and went straight for dinner proper after within the lodge and promptly to mattress after that. 😀
The subsequent day, we obtained up shiny and early to hit the street (after breakfast, in fact). At this time, we’d be heading straight to Mayrhofen – the Austria city the place we’d be primarily based for the Snowbombing pageant however as with all good street journey, we quickly discovered a distraction within the type of the German city of Augsburg.
Augsburg is one in every of German’s oldest cities and boasts some quite spectacular German structure.
It was promptly determined (after a little bit gander on the metropolis), that we must have lunch right here and with that, we discovered ourselves a superb previous trend native restaurant and picked seats out within the sunshine for lunch.
Lloyd went for the Schnitzel (as a result of, why not? 😀 I do know we’re not in Austria but however would possibly as nicely get began on the Austrian meals)…
…whereas I went for a standard German meal of dumplings and a aspect of pork with gravy and sauerkraut. (Love these dumplings! I can’t actually let you know why I do really, I simply appear to at all times get pleasure from them a lot at any time when I’ve them).
Lunch over and performed with, we simply went straight on to Mayrhofen, which we arrived into, simply as the remainder of the group have been arriving.
As extra folks arrived, a celebration of types kicked off, with a reside music efficiency – earlier than one thing of a victory lap in Mayrhofen.
Now, if you happen to thought we have been the one ones excited concerning the street journey and arriving in Austria for Snowboming, you’d be critically mistaken. 😄😄
Seems, there was an enormous crowd gathered on the town ready for the procession of automobiles, 90s fancy costume costumes and our fellow about-to-be-revellers to welcome us all in grand fashion!
I’ve obtained to confess, I used to be barely shocked by the turnout! I had no concept there would even be something like this and the thrill within the air was contagious.
My shock in a short time gave technique to over-excitedness and far car-dancing, with excessive 5s doled out to the gang from our (very slowly) transferring automobile (additionally value noting that for this half, we really had a driver so we the dancing and high-5’ing wasn’t performed whereas driving).
Ultimately, we bade the procession farewell, and headed off to our lodge to test in, earlier than heading again into city for an evening of drinks and good meals with our fellow street trippers!
The subsequent couple of days introduced in snowboarding up within the mountains within the mornings (It was nearer the tip of the ski seasons however this needed to be performed! Even in that foggy climate, we had on the primary day 😄).
One one of many days, we stayed up within the mountains for lunch on the Schihütte Schneekar restaurant, with a panoramic view over the mountain – which alas, we couldn’t actually see due to the fog. (Sarcastically, it was solely foggy for that in the future we had lunch booked up right here and completely cleared out the very subsequent day! 😀 )
Lack of views although did nothing to dampen our lunch as we tucked into scrumptious steaks, burgers and the largest pancake dessert ever!
Submit-lunch daytime was spent exploring the close by space (which has some fairly gorgeous views – a few of which, alas, we couldn’t entry because the roads weren’t open but for summer season – they’re closed attributable to avalanche dangers in winter).
The roads that have been open, nevertheless, confirmed off the great thing about this a part of Austria. It’s simply such a stunning place and hands-down probably the most superb venues for a pageant.
Evenings have been spent flitting from venue to venue, having fun with probably the most enjoyable festivals we’ve ever been to!
I don’t know if it’s the mountain air, or if it’s simply the truth that everybody’s centered on a good time right here however boy did we had such a tremendous time!
You possibly can virtually present up wherever with out figuring out anybody and go away with an enormous horde of recent mates. It was good!
Alas, finally, we needed to say farewell to Snowbombing and hand again the keys to our epic BMW X3 (we have been gonna fly again house to London although I’m fairly positive there’s a return street journey leg to this).
We’d really wished to do Snowboming for years and have been disenchanted a number of years in the past after we couldn’t organise mutual break day for our group of mates to go collectively to do it (it was like herding cats that 12 months) and in plenty of methods, I’m kinda glad we didn’t get to do it then as attending to expertise it the best way we did, with the street journey and that magnificence that was out BMW X3 (which I stuffed to the hilt with as many street journey snacks as attainable) was simply such nice enjoyable and simply among the finest methods to do this street journey. 😀
It was simply the good farewell to winter I didn’t even realise I wanted and simply essentially the most superb, loopy, vibrant enjoyable few days within the Austrian Alps. 😀