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.
Bereits einige Zeit vor unserem Urlaub erzählte uns Dirk von seinem Vorhaben zum Oktoberfest nach München und an den nahe gelegenen Walchensee zu fahren. Und das auch noch an unserem letzten Urlaubswochenende. Walchensee!?! Da wollten wir dank der Schwärmerei über den See von einem anderen Dirk doch schon vor über einem Jahr mal tauchen. Nur leider ließen uns die Surfer an dem Tag nicht ans Wasser. Dirk brauchte also nicht einmal mehr zu fragen, ob wir auch interessiert wären. Wir haben uns einfach eingeladen, mitzutauchen. 🙂 (mehr …)
Was ist eigentlich noch super an großen Autos, außer dass alles an Tauchkrams hineingeht? Wir haben es getestet. Wir haben trotz Tauchkrams und Urlaubsgerödel in unserem Auto geschlafen. Unvorbereiteterweise mussten wir mit einer Wolldecke auskommen und die Fahrerbank als Bett nehmen. Ja, man kann vorne zu zweit schlafen. N bisschen eng und der Nacken ist steif und ein wenig gerädert fühlt man sich auch, aber eine Nacht geht das mal, dachten wir uns. Allerdings der Temperaturabfall von 25 °C auf 11°C war dann doch etwas mies. (mehr …)
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. 🙂
Einen kleinen Entsättigungsausflug haben wir an den Gosausee gestartet. Bei strahlendem Sonnenschein konnten wir die Natur erleben und auch die Kleinigkeiten entdecken.
Nach einem Kaffee in der Sonne ging es dann weiter nach Hallstatt, um diesen besonderen Ort endlich einmal bei angenehmen Wetter und nicht im strömenden Regen zu erleben. 🙂
At Mike’s birthday Party we talked about a trip to Roche Fontaine in Franchimont / Belgium. Suddenly we planned the trip for the following weekend. We simply needed a new spot. And so we, Beate and Manfred, Mike and we both, accepted to drive 250 km each way. We wanted to see something new and we wanted to dive deeper than 35 m.
So we met at 6 o’clock in Eupen to start with Bea, Manfred and Mike to Carriere de Roche Fontaine. Anyway we need 2-2.5 h for one way and Mike’s friend recommended to arrive at 8.30 a.m. So we could get a parking zone in the front row. First we passed some motorways and after a lot of kilometres on a country road through the Ardennes. Lovely – like a holiday day. The architecture of the houses and the country connect another flair. And then we arrived our goal – right in the middle. Nobody was there and the cold and wet weather doesn’t communicate cosiness. Equal! Coffee and breakfast! A little later other diver arrived and with the entrance to the spot it began to rain really heavy. But the other diver sprinted to the reception.
After we got to know why. After we checked in, inspired the diving place (it is not bigger than a pitch), assembeled the equipment, went to the water and had a view under water we realized that the visibility was bad – agitated. But it became better in the depth. So we had two good dives next to slick marble walls. Peter and Manfred searched the 50 m hole but didn’t find it. Also some relicts of the decomposition time impressed us, too. While waiting the decompression time we met some fishes.
In the next village of Franchimont we found a Frikandel snack bar. Altogether we had a lovely day at Roche Fontaine.
The photos aren’t so good this time because Steffie had some problems photographing in this light situation. And the visibility wasn’t good for taking pictures. Beate Kleemann took the group photos.
Visibility: 2-5 m, max. dive time: 70 min. max. depth: 40 m, water: 11 °C
Bei Mikes Geburtstag haben wir noch in der Runde drüber gesprochen, dass wir ja mal nach Roche Fontaine fahren könnten und prompt kam eins zum anderen und so stand das dann für das darauf folgende Wochenende fest. Es musste einfach mal ein neuer Spot her. Und so nahmen wir auch 250 km pro Strecke in Kauf, um a) einmal wieder etwas Neues zu sehen und b) tiefer als 35 m zu tauchen, denn das ist ja in den umliegenden Gewässern Kölns eher weniger möglich. (mehr …)
We have been with Manfred, Mike, Danni and Mike (there are two Mikes in our circle of friends) for diving in Panheel often. With a partly very good visibility we rejoiced in the numerous underwater objects (helicopter, „gallery“, plane, boat…). Although we met some animals and found the 30 m-place. Especially amusing is the morning ado on Sundays, from 8.30/8.45 on. For some Dutch it is really important to be the first on the parking place of the (mehr …)
Wir waren in letzter Zeit häufiger mit Manfred, Mike, Danni und Mike (den Namen gibt es zweimal in unserem Freundeskreis) zum Tauchen in Panheel. Bei zum Teil richtig guter Sicht und immer besser werdendem Wetter haben wir uns an den zahlreichen Unterwasserzielen (Hubschrauber, Galerie, Flugzeug, Boot…) erfreut. Dabei sind wir dem einen oder anderen Tier begegnet und haben die 30 m-Stelle gefunden. Besonders amüsant ist auch das morgendliche, sonntägliche Treiben, so ab 8:30/8:45 Uhr, wenn es bei den Niederländern (mehr …)