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Trip Report Munich & Berchtesgaden 22 Oct - 3 Nov 2014

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Had a lovely time visiting the Berchtesgaden region the weekend of 1-3 Nov 2014. The weather was sunny and warm (ca. 60 degrees F), so we didn't need the gloves and long underwear we had packed just in case.

Stayed at the Best Western Plus Berghotel Rehlegg in Ramsau. Ramsau is a village in the greater Berchtesgaden region about 11 minutes by car west of the Berchtesgaden main railway station. A cab from the station to the hotel costs about 20 Euro but we took the local bus at 3,80 each, getting off at the Neuhausenbrücke stop. (From the bus stop it's a bit of a hike up a paved road to the hotel, but OK if your suitcase is on wheels.)

We had booked a package that included a modest room and one table d'hôtel dinner for two. On arrival we were upgraded at no charge to a larger room. The dinner was good, the breakfast buffet each morning fantastic, including eggs cooked to order, sausages and meats, cheeses, breads, three different kinds of muesli, half a dozen kind of juices, and more ... .

Only fly in the ointment was that this was the off season, and a holiday weekend to boot. So bus service was extremely curtailed, and we ended up walking to most places. Our walk to the Königsee took 2 hours (but was lovely). On the other hand, there is a charming "Zauberwald" walk much closer to the hotel.

The week before visiting Berchtesgaden I took a week-long German course at the Goethe Institut in Munich. Friendly, experienced instructors and bright and interesting classmates.

While in Munich I stayed at the CVJM youth hostel, just a few streets away from my language classroom. The hostel is simple -- shower and toilet down the hall, and breakfast the only meal served -- but clean and friendly. Wireless internet service in the lobby but not in the room. I am not young anymore, but older guests are welcome for a slightly higher fee (and can reserve private rather than group accommodation). I paid about 40 Euro per night with breakfast, and this for the center of town within walking distance of the main railway station.

Lots of good places to eat in downtown Munich. Each of the big department stores has a cafeteria on its top floor with a mouth-watering array of choices, and the Karsten store has an excellent fish restaurant as well in the basement Lebensmittelgeschäft. Of the numerous Bavarian beer hall-type restaurants, my favorite was the Löwenbräukeller at Stiglmaierplatz, just a little north of the railway station.

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