18-Aug-2004 -- Having done N48 E14,
the last 2 days and having spent a couple of days in Vienna we would head back to Salzburg taking the scenic
route via N49 E15.
An early start from Vienna saw us drive via Stockerau, Horn, Waidhofen a.d. Thaya,
Heidenreichstein to Litschau. On the way, between Waidhofen and Heidenreichstein we visited the "Grosse Basilika", a
sort of Upper Austrian Stonehenge which looks impressive from the road and was lovely to walk around as were the
nearby woods. It made a nice break to the journey.
From Litschau we headed to Josefsthal as instructed by previous visitors, and then towards Haugschlag. We took
the road off to the left (sighposted to Gasthaus PERZY)and after 1.4 km stopped at a road leading left into
the forest (coordinates: N48"59'46.4 E15"01'09.3)
This forest road seemed to head directly to the CP so we walked along getting closer and closer to the CP. At about 290 metres distance we came to a T-junction and turned left getting to within about 270 metres before heading slowly
away. So we turned into the forest and took a direct line towards the CP.
After a short while we picked up a trail that took us to within a few metres of the CP and almost to the Lake which presumably marks the border with the Czech
The CP was found a short distance from the trail, and after a confluence dance got those zeros, and took the usual photos.The altitude shown by the GPS was 465 metres.
We then took a walk down to the lake. Over on the other side (Czech Republic) we could see people bathing. I can
imagine it is a most pleasant area to do this. On our side
there was a border warning sign in the Czech language. We also noticed there is a rough path aong the
edge of the lake so it might be possible to walk to this point providing the lake can be reached elsewhere.
For our return route, we followed the trail we had come across which eventually lead to the forest road we had been
on and which we had left to head into the trees. If we had walked another 100 metres we would have seen the sign
post for the Meridian stone. We didn't actually see this so maybe its not there yet or maybe its at the Austrian
coordinate system N49 E15?
20 minutes later we were at the car and heading for the Gasthaus Perzy for lunch which was unfortunately
closed. There was no obvious road to the lake along this road but we did not carry on further than the Gasthaus. So
then we had the long drive back to Salzburg - but 5 CPs in 3 days were a reasonable catch for our efforts.