Some apprehension, added to by the sight of a flock of birds on the runway but . . . we were airborne less than half way down the strip and away towards the white pointy bits.
Same section taken with Garmin VIRB camera with GPS data:
The climb was slow as we made our way towards Füssen and after a brief glimpse of Neuschwanstein castle we crossed into Austria talking to Wien Information. We followed the VFR route aiming for 8500′. Innsbruck Tower gave us a CTR crossing at 8000′. The airport looked pretty small from up there.
Elp . . . Alps ahead! . . . . . Getting closer . . . . . . . . Won’t get over that!
We struggled to get any glimpse of the pass at Brenner as we signed off from Innsbruck tower and headed downhill into Italy but did see the extensive motorway viaducts on the E45. We had no success in making radio contact with Bolzano or Padova Information even at 8000′, despite Nick’s brave attempt at an Italian accent and we continued into the increasing haze. It wasn’t until we were almost overhead Bolzano that we heard the tower.
The city, however, was very Italian. Impressive cathedral, good café, great restaurant, nondescript hotel.
On to Venice in the morning.
Next leg: Padova to Venice Lido