VBOA meeting 2022
VBOA 2022 Program
Friday, June 3rd, 2022:
from 14.00 h check in at the Hotel Seegarten in Arbon.
16:00 h transfer by historic Saurer postal coach, visit of the Saurer-Museum www.saurermuseum.ch with its exhibition of historic heavy vehicles and textile machinery.
17.45 h ride back to the hotel.
Start of the main program:
from 18.30 h: get together and welcome-apéritif at the Hotel Seegarten
ca. 19:30 h: Dinner
Saturday, June 4th:
Touring the lovely Appenzellerland: Leisurely drive over the hills to Appenzell, sightseeing in the pictureque town. On to Jakobsbad, parking at the Kronberg cable car station. Ride by cable car to the top of the Kronberg (CHF or EUR 30.-). Beautiful view of the Säntis mountain range and over the Lake Constance region, restaurant.
In bad weather being on a mountaintop is not fun while there are other possibilities in Jakobsbad.
Return to Arbon,
ca.19:30 h: Dinner at the Hotel.
Sunday, June 5th:
Touring the scenic Thurgau: passing the medieval moated castle Hagenwil we drive to Amriswil, to visit the private collection of horse carriages, including the train of Napoleon III at his final defeat in the battle of Sedan (1870). Then a drive through the famous "apple-country" and many pretty villages to reach the historic town of Stein am Rhein. A pleasant walk along the Rhine and visit of the beautiful old town.
Continuation along the Untersee to Arenenberg castle for a short visit. (Napoleon III. and his mother Hortense de Beauharnais lived here). Beautiful gardens and fantastic views over the lake and island Reichenau. Back along the lake to Arbon.
ca.18:30 h: Apéritif, Dinner and a relaxed final evening.
Monday, June 6th:
Breakfast, farewell and departure.
For guests arriving earlier or staying longer in Arbon we have suggestions for more attractions,
VOC Switzerland: Marlyse Haefliger, Paul Herrmann, Helene und Hans Wuhrmann
updated May 8th, 2022, Hans
Getting to Arbon
From northwestern Europe, avoiding the most crowded motorways and a lot of heavy traffic.
Take the A6 to Karlsruhe, Sindelfingen, Konstanz, to Schweiz (CH)
After crossing the Swiss border take the 3rd exit, to Kreuzlingen, Romanshorn.
(Kreuzlingen has a surprising amount of roundabouts and even more speed traps. Beware!)
Follow Kreuzlingen, Romanshorn and onward to Arbon, along the lake. Do not take the motorway at the lights but the left lane to Arbon-West.
First roundabout, just after the COOP fuel station (note!), take the 2nd exit into Arbon,
2nd roundabout: (ALDI on the left) take 3rd exit, downhill. Past ALDI, then turn right, after 200m left and there you are: Hotel Seegarten!
Alternative by motorway: entering Switzerland via Basel, follow the A1 to Zürich, then to St. Gallen. After exiting the city tunnel in St. Gallen, take the right branch (A1.1) towards Kreuzlingen, Arbon, Rorschach. Beware of the radar in the exit A1.1!
Continue to Kreuzlingen, Romanshorn. Leave at the exit 1 to Arbon West (Amriswil, Neukirch).
At the T-junction, turn right to Arbon. After 1 km you will see those two roundabouts.
- Or, just continue until the end of the highway, at the traffic lights turn right to Arbon.
After 1.3 kms you will see the two roundabouts as above.
Swiss speed limits: built-up areas 50 kmph, overland 80 kmph, and there are lots of speed traps, concealed and expensive! But then we drive veteran cars and we are not in a hurry.
Direction signs: blue - main roads, white - side roads. green - motorways, Here you usually need a toll sticker, available at fuelstations, cost CHF 40.-.
I think motorways are not funny, especially with veteran cars.
January 2022, Hans
VBOA 2022 informations
Arbon / Bodensee Whitsun, Friday June 3rd - Monday June 6th 2022
Total costs for the entire event, per person in Swiss Francs:
in single room CHF 500.-
in double room CHF 425.- pp
in the gallery (family) room with 3-4-occupancy CHF 370.- pp
All rooms have shower / WC, TV, WiFi see www.hotelseegarten.ch
Prices include accommodation, halfboard, apero, Saurer museum.
Not included: beverages, lunch, cable car.
Special prices Hotel Seegarten for extension before or after the event
per person / night, breakfast included
single room CHF 108.-
in a double room CHF 79.- pp
gallery room 3-4 occupancy CHF 60.- pp
Please enroll as soon as possible. Send in your application by the end of March 2022 at the latest, to:
Marlyse Haefliger, Unterm Schellenberg 209, CH-4125 Riehen
phone. +41 61 601 68 64, mobile: +41 79 213 72 86
Payments to be made in CHF by April 15th, 2022 at the latest to:
Raiffeisenbank Regio Frick, Hauptstrasse 35, CH-5070 Frick
in favor of:
Vauxhall Owners Club Switzerland,
IBAN CH74 8080 8008 6127 8979 2
Hotel adress: Hotel Seegarten, Seestrasse 66, CH-9320 Arbon, phone +41 (0)71 447 57 57
a very picturesque town in the hilly country, renowned for its local arts and traditions photo: Hans 2014
Marlyse, Paul and three Appenzell locals (while route testing, August 2019)
May in the Thurgau
photo: Hans, May 2019
photo: Hans, May 2019
Also in Stein am Rhein, near the car park on the riverbank:
Schloss Arenenberg, https://napoleonmuseum.tg.ch/, the home the young Napoléon III Bonaparte and his mother Eugénie. He spent his youth here, generally well liked, especially by the young ladies. - Entry fee to the mansion not included. The beautiful garden is open.
A splendid view of the Untersee, into Germany (on a nice and sunny day, like July 30, 2019)
No, not the real royal thing (Helene & Hans, same date)