Highway Journey to Hucking, Franking & “Fucking” by Camper Van in Austria – regardless of COVID-19

We had heard that Austria was going to be a tough beast to get into due to COVID, however the potential embarrassment of being turned away from the border as a result of we had been from England was not sufficient for us to desert hope. 

Because it occurred, after a really cordial chit chat and a fast appreciative search of our self transformed camper van by the border guards, we had been waved on by. Superb what some pine panelling and fairly stencilling inside an previous van can do for worldwide relationships. Boris, listen. 

As we had no actual thought whether or not or not we might be allowed into Austria, we had not made a lot of a plan. We did, nevertheless, know of a small city nestled between two villages known as Hucking and Franking on the opposite facet of the nation, that we positively needed to go in direction of, however to spare blushes so quickly on this article, extra about that later. 

Apparently, we missed some quirky vacationer spots – a church spire half-submerged right into a lake, just a few mountain hikes, that sort of stuff. To not fear although, waterfalls are all the time an enormous hit.

Krimml waterfall

Krimml waterfall

Krimml waterfall

A fast google seek for Austrias tallest waterfall proved helpful. It’s a really spectacular 400-meter tall cascade and we positively wanted to go to it. 

Krimml waterfall doesn’t disappoint. It’s magnificent, with rainbows actually firing from its base. Nestled in a pine forest falling from the facet of a really tall, dramatic mountainside,

The stroll to the highest was a humorous one, and fairly in contrast to any hike we had loved because the begin of COVID; it was very busy.

Lots of of individuals mountain climbing the 400 or so meters to the highest. Puffing and panting, it did really feel a bit unusual, actually nothing in any respect like Boris’ new regular, this was the previous regular. We cherished the Austrian stability.

So Krimml wasn’t only a waterfall, it was a sense of normality and the primary hints again to a sense of freedom. 

From Krimml, we bounced round a bit. Austrian roads are nice to drive, and round each single flip is one other spectacular view. A winding river, a waterfall, a mountain, a cliff face, a blue sky. Great.

The great thing about this life in a van is that house is the place you park it. Persevering with to go north in direction of our final prize, we parked for a few blissful evenings subsequent to a lake the place we loved breakfast with a herd of cows, and headed out for lovely hikes within the native countryside.

Travelling this manner, we actually cherish the chance to dictate our personal path and discover areas most others don’t, or can not. On one specific lakeside day, we wandered off following an area girl with mountain climbing poles who had simply parked subsequent to us, she seemed prepared for a severe stroll, and so had been we. 

A subject of Marijuana

Striding out of the automobile park, we saved one eye on our unsuspecting information, and to be sincere in all probability a couple of eye on every thing else. Quickly misplaced, and delighted by the prospect of not figuring out the place we had been, we stumbled upon a really surprising subject of marijuana. Now, that’s not one thing that occurs daily, and when you ever learn Alex Garland ‘The Seashore’, stumbling on a subject of weed may not be the healthiest factor you ever did, and never due to the smoke.

Google to the rescue. The place are we? That reassuring little blue dot pops up and we’re just some miles from the van. Translate, Austrian to English, “it is a hemp farm, and these leaves are for medicinal functions” the signal reads, and it has a pleasant nod to the EU which feels bizarre, so we each wink at one another and switch to the blue dot for an exit. 

Hucking, Franking and Fucking – three Alpine Jewels

This was our final Austrian purpose. To drive from the southern Austrian border to Germany through a highway full of intrigue and, let’s be frank, perplexingly named villages.

Hucking and Franking. Sure, it’s true that in northern Austria there are cities that sound like a phrase that describes copulating.

After which there’s fucking.

Hucking and Franking. Sure, it’s true that in northern Austria there are two alpine jewels that sound like a phrase that describes copulating. After which there’s Fucking (pronounced “fooking” and rhymes with “reserving”). 

But regardless of its stunning identify (for Brits), it’s a fairly nondescript, little city in northern Austria, nestled between its barely much less eyebrow-raising neighbours Hucking and Franking.

The village signpost has been stolen so many instances (by British vacationers, in fact) that it prompted a city assembly about the potential of altering the city’s identify. As an alternative, they determined to stay as Fuckingers and welded the signal to the publish that holds it, which in flip has roots to the centre of the universe. It’s going nowhere. 

Fucking, Austria

Fucking, Austria

The route to Fuckng, Austria

The path to Fucking

Standing taking a selfie on the signal is an absolute (if not barely awkward) should do, and as we stood there on the fringe of this small village in the midst of nowhere Austria, a automobile drove previous and papped its horn at us, little doubt pissed off that one other vacationer had come to take one other silly photograph.

Then a younger lady with a canine approached us, I used one other swear phrase not signposted, and stated to Tara “we must always go away.” Seems the lady was native, from simply 5 minutes down the highway, and needed her personal photograph. All nice enjoyable. 

In order that’s our journey to Austria. With an inventory of missed vacationer websites that had been changed by severe surprises in one in all Northern Europe’s little alpine jewels. Nice driving, a subject of weed and a village known as Fucking. Fairly tough to beat that one. 

Extra about John and Tara:

You possibly can see John and Tara’s video on their Youtube Channel

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