for children in the Austrian alps. 'they are doing so again this year.
During the spring seven parties of British children, girls and boys between the ages of 10 and 14, are offered at an inclusive cost of approximately E35 for each child, travel to Austria, accommodation in competently run children's holiday homes in Austria: in fact every.thing except the cost of the passport, personal spending money, and the travel costs from the home town to London. The Spring Holiday parties will leave London on April 7th, and arrive home on April 26th.
Not only in the alps, where by tradition the. church is the centre of village life, but elsewhere in Austria there is an abundance of places Of Christian interest. 'Today Austria is no longer as remote to the British motorist as it had seemed even a few years ago.
The motorways, or autobahns as they are known in German speaking countries, stretch almost continuously from Ostend to Vienna. So that by way of Brussels. Aachen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart. Munich and Salzburg you could be in Vienna very comfortably in three days, and if you are prepared for longer stretches of driving in two days.
For the convenience of travellers between Vienna and S5lzburg there is a 'Motorway' church, appropriately dedicated to St. Raphael and St. Christopher. The church, the first of its kind in Austria, is situated at Haid, near Linz, capital of the province of Upper Austria. It was opened last August.
The church is only some three hundred yards off the autobahn. and there is a special motorway exit to it. 'the church, a striking modern design, ri.e. tottlike in the shape of p■ramid. I he I tall spire stands away from the main holy of the church, which also serves as the parish church of Haid.
A reader has given us information on some unusual accommodation near the Music Festival city of Salzburg. In beautifully wooded country, with views of the distant alps, only 16 miles from Salzburg, and close to the lake district of the Salzkammergut, lies Schloss Sighartatein. Sighatistein has all modern conveniences for its guests. Each room or suite has running water and adjacent bathroom, but it prides itself on not being an hotel or pension in the accepted sense but rather a country mansion offering a suitable milieu to about a dozen paying guests, who appreciate the old Austrian way of life.
Opportunity for hunting and trout fishing is at hand. Swimming and other water sports may be indulged in at the Wallersee, which is little more than a mile away. The house, open from Easter until late autumn, hus a private chapel. 'The address is: Graf Wolf Uiberucker, Sighartstein, Post Neumarkt, Salzburg, Austria.
To the west of Salzburg, in the vicinity of Kufstein, is Thiersee. During the summer this tyrolean village will again present a mission play every Sunday and Holyday from May 30th to October 3rd. These passion plays. like those at Oberammergau, are the result of a vow made by the small community, in time of great need, in the year 1799.
The old text of the passion play was prepared by Dr. Jakobus Reimer, the abbot of St. Peter, Salzburg. The performances begin at 11 o'clock in the morning and end at five in the afternoon. Requests for tickets or further information should be addressed to Passionsspielveiein, Thiersec, Tirol, Austria.
Enquiries regarding Intel should he accompanied 13.■ a ...tamped, addressed envelope and mini Ili: "Going Away", Catholic Herald, 67 Fleet street, London, E.C.4.