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 way of. Superb what some pine panelling and fairly stencilling inside an outdated van can do for worldwide relationships. Boris, concentrate. 

As we had no actual thought whether or not or not we’d be allowed into Austria, we had not made a lot of a plan. We did, nonetheless, know of a small city nestled between two villages referred to as Hucking and Franking on the opposite facet of the nation, that we undoubtedly needed to move in the 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, a number of mountain hikes, that form 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 undoubtedly 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 not like any hike we had loved because the begin of COVID; it was very busy.

A whole lot of individuals climbing the 400 or so meters to the highest. Puffing and panting, it did really feel a bit unusual, definitely nothing in any respect like Boris’ new regular, this was the outdated regular. We cherished the Austrian steadiness.

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 move north in the 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 fashion, we actually cherish the chance to dictate our personal course and discover areas most others don’t, or can’t. On one specific lakeside day, we wandered off following a neighborhood girl with climbing poles who had simply parked subsequent to us, she seemed prepared for a critical stroll, and so had been we. 

A discipline 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 all the things else. Quickly misplaced, and delighted by the prospect of not figuring out the place we had been, we stumbled upon a really surprising discipline of marijuana. Now, that’s not one thing that occurs day by day, and should you ever learn Alex Garland ‘The Seaside’, stumbling on a discipline 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 only a few miles from the van. Translate, Austrian to English, “this can be 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 by way of a highway crammed with 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 surprising 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 for altering the city’s identify. As a substitute, they determined to stay as Fuckingers and welded the signal to the submit 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 course of nowhere Austria, a automobile drove previous and papped its horn at us, little doubt annoyed 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 depart.” 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 a listing of missed vacationer websites that had been changed by critical surprises in considered one of Northern Europe’s little alpine jewels. Nice driving, a discipline of weed and a village referred to as Fucking. Fairly troublesome to beat that one. 

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