Before our holidays Dirk told us about going to Oktoberfest of Munich and after diving in lake Walchensee.And that at our last holiday weekend. Perfect! We wanted to go before to lake Walchensee because another friend told us a lot about the lovely lake and this special spot with its scarp face. So Dirk didn’t need to ask if we are interested, too. YES!!! We invited us ourselves. 😀
While we stayed at lake Attersee he told us what he planned and so we ordered the right gases at Bocki’s a day before. And we agreed meeting for breakfast at 8 in the first café on the left side.
But in the meantime the flow of refugees increased and because of that they introduced border controls. We heart about waiting time for a lot of hours. So we started our tour from Attersee to Walchensee at 5 o‘ clock in the morning. But we passed the border without control and were half an hour before meeting time in the small café. Perfect. With some information about the lake and a lot of laughter we had a good start in the diving day. And there were also no wind so no wind or kite surfer could be on the parking zone for the dive spot.
We met some other diver on the parking zone. After a short briefing and making a dive plan we arranged our equipment and placed our stages with a rope in the water because the entrance isn’t comfortable. Balancing over the stones and with the help of each other we reached into the water with our equipment. But that was no problem.
Boah – what a scarp face! Steep down initially! We needed only to let us fall. And we fell. Lovely! Then we followed it and its beauty with a clear view. Because of our lights there were light actions which let the steep face being more imposing. Gigantic. Unfortunately the bottles come also to an end at the best dive and so we began to finish the dive. But at first: deko! With rising very slowly, the wreck of a car and some grimaces it was a short time. At the second entrance we came out of water and began with gushing about the dive.
We spent our diving break with talking and a piece of apple or cheese cake. In the café it smelt of it in the morning. The granny baked them. And the apple cake was still warm. We died for it.
Our second dive was also at the scarp face but to a special rock formation. That eclipsed everything. That was better again than the first dive. Wow. The two very very good dives ended too fast at ‚Galerie‘.
Actually we wanted to finish our day with pizza but there were no restaurant any more for eating it. So we ate something at a Bavarian restaurant with a bad kitchen. Damn. But the two perfect dives aren’t forgotten.
What is also great at big cars? We have tested it. We slept in our car with diving equipment and our holiday luggage. And we have to slept under a blanket because we weren’t primed and in the front on driver’s seat. Yes it worked for two person. It is a little tight and the neck is stiff but for one night it was okay. But the temperature drop from 25 to 11 degrees was hard.
We continued our holiday trip from Venice via Udine, Villach to lake Attersee. And on the Tauern Highway we liked the rest area to sleep there some hours. After a cup of well smelling coffee and arriving at lake Attersee – diving spot Schlierwand – enjoying an extensive breakfast in the sun the short and uncomfortable night was forgotten. But with the view over the lake we became tingly: DIVING! FINALLY!
But at first we visited the supermarket in Seewalchen – nut kifli, quark cake, special Austrian salami sausages, some apples, special Austrian bologna and spice bread are very important. Now! – and refered our holiday flat in Weyregg. And the we lost the patience. We left the not required things in our flat and started the way to the lake.
We spent some great days at lake Attersee and dived at our favourite spots Schlierwand, Ofen and Hinkelsteine. But also we experienced Twin Towers and Liebesbrücke (but in our opinion the place isn’t profitable). The visibility from a depth of 0 to 20 m wasn’t good. But under the thermocline it became much better. It became really good from the depth of 23/25 m. The deeper the better. We had then a visibility of over 20 m, especially at dive spot Ofen. So we experienced the steep face differently to the dives last year. Because of the still warm weather we can spent the decrompression time at pleasant 18 degrees. A lovely thing when the temperature is about 4 degrees in the depth.
As an highlight we wanted to find a small submarine boat in over 46 m. But Peter felt sick while the dive and we must break it. We are a little bit out of luck on our holidays this year. However all other dives were lovely. Well the spot Liebesbrücke seemed to be more onshore. But for a relaxing dive it was good.Apropos relaxing. Because of a busy time until our holidays our time at lake Attersee wasn’t only diving. We visited some friends in Linz / Austria, enjoyed the natur around lake Gosausee and visited Hallstatt. The initially late summer 30 degrees und the lovely weather allowed one or another sunbath. Steffie couldn’t leave her running clothes at home so she spent the one or another run along the lake road. At the last evening we paid a call on Mario with a shandy and a roast at restaurant Bachtaverne. After all the Viennese Schnitzel and the potato salad at restaurant Seeimbiss in Kammer is to be highly recommended. And we filled our gases at Bocki’s and his team by Under Pressure as always. Thank you.
Visibility: 5-25 m, max. dive time 100 Min., max. depth: 80 m, water: 4-18 °C
We started a small trip of desaturation to lake Gosausee. In the sunshine we could enjoy the nature and discover also the small things.
After a cup of coffee in the sun we continued our trip and visited Hallstatt. Finally we could experience this special place in lovely weather. 🙂
… but without diving.
Before we can move into our flat at lake Attersee we had three days of our holidays. So we research what we can do until. A trip to Valstagna in Italy for diving in three caves „Grotta dei Fontanazzi“, „Elefante Bianco“ and „Grotte di Oliero“ seemed to be a good idea.
So we booked a flat on Monte Grappa. We were a little bit surprised about the twisting road. On the half way to the top we found our accomodation. The name „Space of love“ was a little bit crazy but the flat was good and the view breathtaking.
The view over the Po plain
On the day after arriving we went to the diving place. But the thunderstorms on the days before especially on the last night made high water in the cave and a very heavy current. There was nothing with diving. We were disappointed. But we did know that there was a risk for diving in the caves. We didn’t know before if there ist the possibility for diving because of weather etc.
Also it wasn’t possible to dive in the other two caves because of high water.
At Grotte di Oliero
At Grotte di Oliero
At Elefante Bianco
At Elefante Bianco
And now? The region has a lot of sights. So we decided to spend the rest of the day in Bassano del Grappa without trying Grappa but with a big pizza.
Because of having one day left in Italy and the city isn’t far away and Peter had never been and Steffie 25 years ago we planned a trip to Venice. With sunny, hot weather we let gondola, small alleys, channels, bridges, cappuccino, gelato and more act on us. At the end of the day we were happy but broken of this exiciting town.
The same evening we had to say: „Ciao bella Italia! We will come back – but for diving!!!“