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From Tallinn to Vienna

Tallinn Harbour

Everything started as planned. Finnjet by Siljaline departed from Tallinn at 11AM towards Rostock. We had a nice seaside cabin with window and TV in the ferry. It was quite a good to relax in the ship by reading books and doing nothing. After 25 hours we arrived in Rostock at 1PM, an hour later than planned.

We had a TomTom Navigator installed together with Bluetooth GPS in the trunk. This helped us a lot. Driving by the instructions of navigator makes the driving as easy as at home. It also helps you to save a lot of time as you just type in the destination address and navigator calculates the best route for that drive. When we left Rostock Harbour navigator estimated, that we will be in the hotel in Oberammergau, Austria at 9PM, and we were there exactly at that time.

German highways are well-known for their quality and speed. The average speed at that day was 130 km/hour. That includes rest breaks and lunch. There are enough rest areas by the motorway, where you can have a cup of coffee or just stretch the legs.

About 9PM we arrived in Oberammergau, a pretty Alpine village. There were two restaurants open in the village at this time of the day(or should I say night). One of them did not want to serve us and they talked also only in German. The other restaurant had very friendly staff and also the food was delicious.

Next day, although the weather was rainy, we visited ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Neuschwanstein Castle. This is King Ludwig’s magnificent and most famous castle, built in neo-late Romanesque style. From that castle Walt Disney has got the inspiration for the castles for his animations. The castle was extremely beautiful, but as it was rainy, we did not take any pictures.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a Bavarian town, where winter Olympics took place at 1936. The houses in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are very pretty, decorated with frescos. Also the whole atmosphere in town is very quiet friendly.

After Garmish we headed to Vienna. We crossed the German-Austrian border, paid the highway tax for two weeks. Austria requires all vehicles using the autobahn to display a highway tax sticker “Autobahn Vignette” on the windshield of the vehicle. The quality of highway declined after the border. Also, there were several road constructions, so hopefully now the roads are in much better conditions.

The gasoline prices dropped after the border, in Germany the price was 1.33-1.35 EUR per liter, in Austria 1.10-1.15 per liter.

Vienna welcomed us warmly. Thanks to the navigator we found the hotel in no time. As there were so many road constructions in Vienna city it would had been very challenging to find the right way without the help of navigator. In Vienna we visited Schonbrunn Castle and walked in the old-town. Vienna has very commodious old town - wide streets, lots of space. Schonbrunn palace is magnificent with its gardens. Also the tour inside about Maria Teresa was very interesting, I would definitely recommend. Usually it is also recommended to have a Saccer cake in Vienna, but it seems to be hype.


You have covered many miles. Like you, I also like travelling. I recently visited Tallinn and found it stunning!!