On the road to Austria via Liechtenstein. Bern tells us that today is brought to us by the letter “S” …. Swarovski, Schnitzel , Strudel and Schapps 🙂

We drove through some stunning countryside with soaring mountains and rolling green hills before stopping at the Liechtenstein capital of Vaduz. A really quaint little town with some interesting sculptures in the town square. Overlooking the town is the palace of the royal family. We had a 45 minute stop here and we were off again, towards Innsbruck.

This drive was through a lot of tunnels through mountains , one of them was 11kms long, during this time Bern took the time to explain all our optional extras.

Our lunch stop was at an enormous service centre.
There were loads of trucks parked there because in Europe, truckies are not allowed to be on the road between 10:00pm Saturday night and 10:00pm Sunday night. So they tend to congregate at the better stops.

Because the truckies have to stay put for 24 hrs they made themselves comfortable. Can you see the yellow truck second from the left had washing hung out over his truck and the trucks second and forth from the right have satellite tv dishes set up.

On the way into Innsbruck Bern decided to do a side trip up to the ski jump that was built for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. Of course being up high it have us a fabulous view over the city. Coming down into the city, being a Sunday with not many cars around, Bern decided to “do a dodgy” and Mario stopped the coach and we all jumped off the coach for a real quick look at the Wiltern basilica.

We then headed into the city where Bern gave as a short orientation and we were free for the next 3 hours to explore. Innsbruck is the home of Swarovski Crystal and there were many of their shopping bags back on the coach 🙂

We arrived at our hotel at around 6:00, settled in and had our included Schnitzel dinner at 7;00.

Most of us turned in for an early night, as we have a 7:00 start tomorrow as we head to Venice via Verona to see Juliet’s balcony.

View over Innsbruck
Inside the Palace Square