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Day 1: Saalbach Ski Trip, Austria – getting to Saalbach

By on March 4, 2006 in Austria

Getting to Saalbach, Austria, from the UK was not easy.

The start of the trip was delayed as the Lufthansa flight was over an hour late taking off.  The delay was due to a fault with the flight computer!!!!

We arrived at Munich airport over an hour late, in a raging snow storm.  We collected our luggage and headed for the car hire (Hertz), which was in a building on the far side of the airport.

I have no idea if Hertz at Munich were normally that bad, but it took over an hour to get a car. It was crazy; the queue was three deep and only four people were serving.  All the other car hire companies in the hall had no queues.

Finally, we got the car and headed south to for the 190 km drive to Saalbach (driving directions).

The road conditions were terrible.  There were huge traffic jams around Munich, the roads were covered in snow, and there seemed to have been no attempt made to keep them clear.  A 130-mile journey, which should have taken around 2.5 – 3 hours, took just over 5 hours. As we approached Saalbach, it stopped snowing.

We arrived at the hotel, Baerenbachhof,  around 8 pm.  The room was very nice – two bedrooms, bathroom and loo. The hotel restaurant offered a good menu.  The hotel also had a very good ski room with a boot drying rack, and sauna, steam room and hot tub.

Baerenbachhof Hotel, Saalbach

Baerenbachhof Hotel, Saalbach

Footnote:  On the 5th March we heard on the news that the snow storm we landed in at Munich had resulted in travel chaos across southern Germany and Austria.  A number of flights were cancelled and a number of Austrian flights were diverted to Munich.  This explains why a 130-mile journey took so long and may explain why things were so bad at the Hertz counter.

Munich to Saalbach – driving directions

Saalbach, Austria – map it

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