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Trip Report My first trip report - Part 1- Bavaria and Austria

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N.J to FRA and on to MUC. without any incident. We flew Lufthansa and had a rental car from Budget, all booked through Travelocity.
Day 1 - Oct. 16 (Mon)
Landed in Munich 9:45 am., got our rental car (at the airport), and hit the road. Our 1st destination...the picturesque small village of Ramsau, Germany. We found Ramsau to be an ideal place to base out of to visit the Berchtesgaden area and Salzburg and the nearby lakes. We stayed at the Mayringerlehen (for 3 nights) and could not have been more pleased. In the front yard, a few goats and out back, a sloping pasture to the mountains, home to their cows. The owners, Johann, who makes some of the cheese served with breakfast, and Sabine Grassl, immediately made us feel at home. Everything about this place, from the great breakfast to the gorgeous mountain views from our peaceful balcony, was just perfect.

Day 2
We drove to a town we’ve wanted to visit for a long time, Hallstatt, Austria.The scenery along the way was quintessential Austria. Rolling green (like we’ve rarely seen) hills and lakes surrounded by mountains. Beautiful. After reading about it so much and seeing pictures, we hoped our expectations weren’t too high. It didn’t dissapoint. We parked in the 1st lot “in” the tunnel and we walked down a lot of stairs, into town. Homes are built verticaly from the “mountain” down to the waterside, or vice versa. We walked the town and had coffe with apple strudel outdoors at a lakeside restaurant. This is a great place to walk around and relax. Everything about Hallstatt was just as we’d imagined. A true gem. On our way back to Ramsau, we stopped in Salzburg for dinner at the Zum Mohren. This is located in the old town, dates from 1423 (I believe) and is loaded with old world atmoshphere. The food and service were all very good and a good way to end to a great day.

Day 3
Went to Konigssee and took the boat trip to St. Bartholomew. The boat is electric (slow) and while the lake is beautiful with sheer walls rising from the water, we we’re a bit disappointed with St. Bartholomew itself. In our opinion, we have seen much nicer churches and there was not much else there besides an outdoor “beer garden” and souvenier shops. The rest of the day was spent walking the old town of Berchtesgaden with it’s cobblestone pedestrian zone full of shops, cafes, restaurants, etc. We definitley like this place and hopefully we will be back.

Day 4
Left Ramsau and headed to the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, a road we’ve wanted to drive but for one reason or another never did. Thankfully it was a very clear day. Actually, on our entire trip (11 nights) we had only 1day that it rained at all. After 10 minutes I REALLY wished we weren’t driving a 1.4 liter Opel! I felt bad for the car. On some of the steeper grades, I was getting tired! We ended at Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Hohe Visitors Centre and were right there in front of the Grossglockner and the Pasterze Glacier. All in all it was worth the 26E, but be sure to leave at least 3 hours for it. Our next stop, just down the road so to speak, is Heiligenblut, Austria. We were just floored by the vistas we had driving up to the Pension Ederhof (we spent 1 only night) at about 2pm. On one side were green fields with the Grossglockner right there in front of us and on the other side the valley way down below. If you ever stay here ask for a Grossglockner view room! Upon our arrival, Frau Lackner, the owner, served us coffe on her patio and was a very gracious host. Just a note, it really helps to know some German here. At breakfast, Frau Lackner (Anni) sat and talked with us (I speak fairly good German) for about an hour, as she was just as interested in us and where we were from as we were about her and what life was like there. This Pension is about 5 - 10 minutes outside of town, so if you seek peace and quiet, and I do mean quiet, this is it. We will definitely be back to stay a bit longer. Heiligenblut is a very small town and the church, that I’ve seen in brochures so often, was it’s highlight for us. Next, on to La Villa, Alta Badia, Italy, Hall in Tirol and Mittenwald.

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