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Nov 15th, 2014, 09:17 AM
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Munich & Berchtesgaden 22 Oct - 3 Nov 2014

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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Nov 15th, 2014, 01:24 PM
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Did you take any day trips while you were in Munich?
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Nov 16th, 2014, 04:25 AM
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My language classes were 9-5 on weekdays, so no time then for day trips. On weekends I visited different areas of Munich - no more than a few S-Bahn or U-Bahn stops away - rather than leave the city. For example, I walked through the Englischer Garten, through the university quarter in Maxvorstadt and Schwabing, and I visited the Olympia Park area, including the BMW World. (The latter is really just a big automobile showroom, but it includes Rolls Royce and Mini Cooper as well as BMW models on display.)

My train from Munich to Berchtesgaden and the train back both stopped at Prien am Chiemsee, on the lake where Ludwig II built a residence, but alas I did not have time to visit.
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Nov 16th, 2014, 05:26 AM
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You should have taken the tour of the factory. Very interesting, loved seeing all the Mini Coopers in the huge showroom. I have never eaten at the Löwenbräukeller, have to try it. Did you get to go to the Kehlsteinhaus? We just did the bunkers and museum, it snowed so much that day no buses were running. My husband had been before and wanted me to see it but couldn't.
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Nov 16th, 2014, 05:30 AM
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Thanks for the report and very sorry you were not able to visit the palace at Herrenchiemsee which makes the inside of Neuschwanstein look like a junk shop!!!
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Nov 18th, 2014, 07:23 PM
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1122ion, thanks for the report. We really liked Berchtesgaden, including Konigssee; sounds like you did also. Always more to enjoy for a return trip to that area!
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Nov 19th, 2014, 10:14 AM
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Re the BMW factory tour: I had written twice to the e-mail address provided on the BMW website to try to reserve a place on a tour. I gave them a specific day and told them any time was OK, and either German or English. But I never got a response to my e-mails -- even checked my spam filter. Very strange.

We had seen the Kehlstein area, so we took some hikes instead. I had originally budgeted time to see Herrenchiemsee on the way back to Munich, but the weather in B'gaden was so nice we stayed there for one more hike instead.
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