A great lakeside site – Camping Murinsel, Austria

    Leaving Slovenia was hard.

    Despite more rain than I’ve seen for the year to date, Slovenia is a stunningly beautiful country.

    It’s small, heavily forested, lightly populated, and green, oh so green.

    It feels ancient, and yet bang up to date.

    A bar might be full of old boys in from a hard day in the fields, but they’ll have iPhones using high speed internet to check out whatever they need to know.

    Although staying so long that roots might begin to grow was desperately tempting, we have to remember that this is but a short foray. We have already established that we live in the most beautiful place imaginable – St Just in the far west of Cornwall. But this place, on the edge of the Triglav National Park, gives home a hard run for its money.

    Our route north was through the Loibl Pass where tunnelling under the mountain started in the 1500s, although we have the Nazis to thank for today’s easy route through the peaks.

    It was the site of a German concentration camp, marked by a poignant memorial today that we glimpsed on our drive. It’s on the list to visit when time is on our side.


    The Slovenian side is relatively easy, the Austrian, despite being wider, better made, is slippery, bendy, and a challenge as the Porsches and Beemers rush past on bends that have ArchieVan clinging on with every bit of grip he can muster.

    Diving through rivers of rain – but who cares?

    Our route is determined by getting from one green lined (scenic) road to the next. We’re now using a mix of Google Maps and real map reading. Other than getting snarled up in Klagenfort which seemed one big traffic jam, the strategy has served us well.

    Who cares about the rain? With scenery like this every day is a beautiful day.

    I’m convinced that the rain has less of a depressing effect in the van, I guess it’s being above the worst of the spray.

    We were headed for Judenburg, and somewhere around there we fired up the Park4night app which recommended the site at Spielberg, just outside of Knittelfeld.

    What a gift!

    Camping Murinsel

    After winding ArchieVan through residential streets avoiding kittens and rolling kids balls we cross a narrow concrete bridge to arrive at the wonderful Camping Murinsel, easily the best site of the trip so far.

    What makes it so good?

    Well, for a start the whole place is generously spread around a lake with huge fish, free swimming, and you can even catch the fish if you happen to have one of those pole and string affairs.

    The Lake at Murisel – utter tranquility.

    And then there’s the great restaurant where, over two nights, we ate good schnitzel, goulash, and pasta, washed down with fine beers at a reasonable price.

    ArchieVan stretches his awning for the first time.

    Then there were the facilities.

    Camp sites usually have rudimental facilities, a loo, a shower of some sort. This place had better bathrooms than most friends’ houses I’ve stayed at en route. And no push button luke warm shower either.

    Everything was included in the admittedly higher than usual price – so we stayed two nights. Ace.

    A quick visit to a monastery for the Sunday service at Seckau Abbey (really) and then to a bakery cafe (the only thing open on Sundays) for the best cakes and coffee.

    It’s just a hinge – Seckau Abbey.
    Gmunden on Traunsee.

    More following of green lined routes took us to a car park on the edge of Gmunden, the main town on the Traunsee lake.

    I love a road shot.

    How romantic can a car park be?

    The schloss was built by peasants punished for revolting.

    Well, it offers free camper / motorhome parking. There are super clean public loos at 50 cents a visit, it’s on the lake side, and the town is pretty special too. So all in all a great base. Especially when….

    Karl Spiesberger’s – if you get the chance do go.

    Especially when you go to Spies restaurant for a couple of beers, and then book a table to go back for dinner.

    Wurst, kraut and mash at Spies.

    This restaurant is a place that takes you back in time.

    Low lighting. Secret booths. Smoking allowed!

    And great wholesome food. We speculated on who was there with their wives, versus who was with their lovers. We tucked into fish fresh from the lake, and apparently reindeer sausage.

    The slept like logs. In the car park!

    18th September – Minty’s birthday!

    Oh she’s a lucky girl. So many girls I know would love to wake in a car park.

    Birthday girl on Traunsee.

    And as we wander into town to the bakery for breakfast the sun finally puts in a show.

    After Traunsee we travel more green en route for Germany’s Chiemsee, and then on to Bad Endorf where we check into the lovely Seeblick Hotel for a proper birthday feast and hopefully a bed that’s even better than ArchieVan’s.


    Polly at tonight’s luxury stop, the Hotel Seeblick, for Minty’s birthday.
    Music: today’s standout track, among many beauties, had to be:

    Anthem – Leonard Cohen. Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in


    3 Replies to “A great lakeside site – Camping Murinsel, Austria”

    1. I am really fascinated with the diary of your travels and it’s so so interesting.
      Glad the birthday girl got a fab hotel tonight and Polly looks chilled too.
      Good tales from an old git in socks and sandals…….Have you changed for dinner?

    2. Hi Wanderers – I think we have been doing your journey in reverse. We travelled from Graz, via Klagenfort, to the lake at Krumpendorf, then onwards to our friends at St Margarethen a couple of weeks ago. This morning I was sitting looking out from St Agnes Beacon in glorious sunshine. Hope the weather in Cornwall stays like this for your return. Safe travels.

      1. Ah, despite the glory, the beauty, of southern Europe, the special parts of Cornwall such as St Agnes Beacon, Carn Galva, and Cape Cornwall will always reign supreme for me.
        Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately rain falls on us every day, but still we’re loving this long trip.
        Best wishes. Kelvin.

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