1963 Visit To Austria
From the Mayfield Magazine
The School Visit To Austria, 1963 by I. Watson
On the 26th July, forty-four boys and four masters set off on the school Journey to Austria. Travelling by coach, boat and train we arrived at our hotel at ten the next evening. After a quick supper we were glad to tumble into bed with the promise of ten days in the Tyrol.
We had four full day tours ahead of us; the first being to Berchtesgarden and Salzburg, which is a historic town possessing a magnificent castle, a cathedral and the Mozarteum which commemorates the city’s most famous son. On Thursday journeyed to Innsbruck, capital of the Tyrol. This was a very beautiful city with its ‘Golden Window’, Maximillian’s Tomb and, surprisingly, a statue of King Arthur. We also saw the ‘Olympic Village’ in process of erection. Perhaps the most inspiring trip was to Grossglockner, the largest glacier in Europe. For two hours we climbed a precarious Alpine road in the confines of a coach. At the summit, over 10,000 feet high, was the breathtaking sight of the glacier.
Most of our free time was spent either swimming in the local lakes or exploring the nearby Medieval town of Rattenburg. Towards the end of our stay we were challenged to a game of football by a group of visiting German youths. We narrowly lost two goals to nil.
I think we all felt sorry to leave such a wonderful country but also felt very tired after an excellent holiday.
My Brother, Graham Crook, and myself along with our friends, Len Smith and Steve Butler, went on the Austrian Holiday in 1963. It was our first holiday abroard and we all had a great time. The teachers were great especially Mr Cutting who was very strict at school but the nicest man you could meet when away from the school.