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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.






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


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 Tagged switzerland appenzell berggasthaus aescher ebenalp

"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.



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



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


Posted by lcostet 11:14 Archived in Germany Tagged germany king castle hohenschwangau neuschwanstein fussen ludwig


sunny 70 °F

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





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.


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.


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 Tagged austria innsbruck

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.


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 Tagged germany nest berchtesgaden eagle's

Munich Day 3

rain 65 °F

We woke up to rain, but finished our walking tour of Munich through the Hofgarten, the court garden, and up Brienner Strasse, where there is a black obelisk commemorating the 30,000 Bavarians who marched with Napoleon to Moscow and never returned, as well as a square called Platz der Opfer des Nationalsozialismus ("Square of the Victims of Nazism"). It's the site of Himmler's Gestapo headquarters for the entire Third Reich, now entirely gone.

When Hitler came to power, he made a memorial at Odeonsplatz to the "first martyrs of the Third Reich." Germans were required to raise their arms for the "Seig Heil" salute as they passed. People who wanted to avoid saluting Nazism detoured down Viscardigasse instead. Today you will see a stream of shiny cobble stones recalling the bypass route down this lane.

We took the tram to the BMW-Welt and Museum, the headquarters of BMW and the BMW factory. We were fortunate to have advance reservations for the factory tour. The Guided factory tour of the BMW parent plant covers all areas of production - from the press shop through to the assembly line. It was a great tour. They put out 1,000 cars a day! No photos were allowed on the tour. The following photos were taken in the BMW Welt building which gives you an exciting look at the present and future of BMW.







Posted by lcostet 14:46 Archived in Germany Tagged germany bmw munich

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