When I drive by my own I usually like to drive directly to my destination, meaning I just stop for gas or coffee. But when I drive together with someone normally the other person doesn’t like to sit for 20 hours or more with just a few super short stops. So last time when I drove from Naples to Germany I stopped in Austria for a night break. My destination this time was a friend in South Germany, the Allgäu region. Two things: I was not driving alone, so I calculated more stops and longer ones, and second, I couldn’t arrive at midnight at my friend’s house. So an overnight stop was the best choice.
As I wanted to be at my friend’s house in the late morning and the same not leaving again super early (my sweetie doesn’t like the early-morning-bird-story), I decided to sleep in a place right after the Brenner (Pass) already in Austria. I found an appealing place in Mauern, 10 minutes after Brenner.
It was super easy to find even though I didn’t go the way our airbnb-host thought I would go. My sweetheart didn’t stop saying ‘wow’, ‘how beautiful’, ‘amazing’ and such enthusiastic words when driving around in the mountains, peaks with snow, green mountain-sides and the typical architecture of the Alps. He just loves this area. It looks definitely beautiful also to me… on postcards.
The house is super nice in a very quiet area but the same a two-minutes-drive from the Autobahn/highway. Our host Maria showed us the room with an amazing balcony. Super cozy and very inviting to chill for the next 3 days, with an amazing view on the mountains. The room was very much decorated and typical for the mountain area. Coffee and tea, hot water boiler and some cookies we found in a little cupboard. The bathroom was new, nice and clean. I had a little difficulty to understand her. I am very bad with German dialects, imagine with mountain Austrian!
But we managed to find the place she recommended for a light, typical dinner (Schnitzel-and-Kartoffelsalat-heaven for my sweetie). And in the morning we stopped at a big supermarket to buy something for breakfast. Not too much because at our destination there would be more Kartoffelsalat and Bavarian sausages.
In our room we found a lot of material about hiking and what to do in the area. This would be the ideal place for a longer mountain stay.
Our host is very friendly, always happy to help and recommend and knows also English.
Innsbruck is less than half an hour away. Of course, hiking is here the number one during the spring-summer-fall season. In winter there are many places for skiing.
Bozen is about an hour away, But before there are many famous places in South Tyrol and Tyrol. Padaun, Stubaital and many other famous places in Tyrol or Sterzing, St. Leonhard in Passeier, Franzenfeste and more famous places in South Tyrol and very nearby.
We left before 9 am, had a long stroll in the supermarket (we both like to look around in supermarkets in the different countries) and a nearby garden center and arrived in Sonthofen, our destination in the Allgäu/Bavaria right in time for a homemade lunch.
If we have to stop again in the middle of the long drive, we will book in Mauern again. It is a perfect stay… not only for one night.
B&B, Mauern, Tirol/Austria:
For further information:
The Room (on Airbnb)