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Lake Lucerne

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We got up early and had some breakfast on the deck at the Aescher Guesthouse before hiking back to the cable car and the ride back down to our car. Then we drove to beautiful Lake Lucerne and walked around.

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Then we continued our drive through beautiful Switzerland, passing through Interlaken, and arriving at our B&B in Grindelwald. After we checked in we got some dinner in town.

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Posted by lcostet 11:47 Archived in Switzerland

Ebenalp, Switzerland

sunny 70 °F

After leaving Fussen, we drove onto Appenzell where we stopped at an ATM so I could get some Swiss Francs, and then onto Wasserauen. We parked in the parking lot and packed what we needed for one night and headed up to Ebenalp for our stay at the Berggasthaus Aescher guesthouse. After getting off the cable car we hiked about 20 minutes to Aescher.

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Enjoying our dinner of sausage and Swiss rosti and a couple of dunkels on the deck overlooking the valley and mountains.

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After a very long day, we both settled into our loft and fell asleep by 8:00 pm.

Posted by lcostet 11:41 Archived in Switzerland

"Mad" King Ludwig's Castles

sunny 70 °F

We got up early and made our way to the ticket office by 8:00 am to pick up our tickets for out tours of King Ludwig's Castles. We first toured Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig's boyhood home.

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Then we got some coffee and pastries before we trekked up the hill to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, the ultimate fairy-tale castle.

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After the tour we walked up the hill to Mary's bridge for the best view of the castle.

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Posted by lcostet 11:14 Archived in Germany

Innsbruck

sunny 70 °F

After leaving Berchtesgaden, we headed to Innsbruck. We walked around the delightful old town.

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Emperor Maximilian I loved Innsbruck so much that he built a palace here - including the balcony topped with 2,657 gilded copper tiles. The golden roof gave Maximilian an impressive spot from which to view his medieval spectacles.

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We took a tour of the Hofkirche where Maximilian wanted to be buried, surrounded by 28 larger-than-life cast bronze statues of his ancestors.

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Then we drove on until we reached Fussen and checked into our wonderful apartment, and went out for some pizza.

Posted by lcostet 10:52 Archived in Austria

Berchtesgaden Day 1 & 2

rain 60 °F

We woke up early and got a taxi to the Europcar Rental agency to pick up the rental car. We got a brand new Mercedes 220 C Class. A beautiful car and a pleasure to drive. I made good time on the autobahn and got to Berchtesgaden about 12:00 noon but we had a difficult time finding our B&B. Even with GPS it was in a rather obscure location up a driveway. We quickly checked in and literally ran to the Visitor's Center to meet our Eagle's Nest Historical Tour which I had pre-booked. The bus took us up to Obersalzberg, three miles uphill from Berchtesgaden, where Hitler built a mountain retreat called the Berghof. and there was a huge compound of 80 buildings. Very little remains today, having been heavily bombed in 1945.

Next we were taken to the Nazi Documentation Center and Bunker. We walked through the museum, most of which is primarily geared to German visitors, and made our way down to the vast and complex Nazi bunker system, the most interesting part of the tour. This underground system held meeting rooms, offices, archives for the government and living quarters for Hitler - all connected by four miles of tunnels. Most of what you see was stripped and looted after the war. But it is a fascinating look at the inner workings of the Nazi regime.

Then we changed buses and drove up the narrow and steep road to the Eagle's Nest, a mountaintop chalet built for the Fuhrer's 50th birthday. Today it is a restaurant. Unfortunately, the weather was windy, rainy, and cloudy with no views, so we were unable to go out on the terrace and get any photos. We had a beer in the restaurant and then met the group at the bus for our return trip to Berchtesgaden. We drove to Salzberg in the rain and had a delicious Bavarian dinner at a restaurant in the Old Town.

The following photo is the view from our B&B in Berchtesgaden.

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The next day we visited the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines where you put on traditional miners' outfits, get on small trains, and head down into the mountain. You cruise a subterranean lake, learn how they mined salt many years ago, and slide down slick, wood bannisters. It was fun.

Posted by lcostet 10:14 Archived in Germany

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