From Reutte to Salzburg
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
30Trip End Aug 31, 2010
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Today we drove from Reutte to Salzburg stopping at another of Mad Ludwig's castles. We were packed and ready to go before 9:00. We stopped at the grocery store in Reutte and bought more cookies and candy, just what we don’t need. The road to Linderhof was a back road that went over a pass through the forest and beside Plansee, a beautiful lake that was like a mirror reflecting the mountains. We couldn’t resist stopping several times for pictures.
At Linderhof we got tickets for the tour just 15 minutes before the tour started. Mad King Ludwig actually finished this castle and lived in it for 8 years. It was a much smaller version of Versailles and dedicated to King Louis XIV of France whom King Ludwig admired. "Nec Pluribus Impar" was in several places and it means something like, “I’m superior to all.” In the castle we saw the music room with a combination piano/organ
The gardens at Linderhof were magnificent. Ludwig did not want to see the “profanity” of nature, so his gardens were landscaped in such a way that he couldn’t see the lake or the woods
We stopped at the Ettal Monastery in Ettal. This was a cloister and so there is an enclosed courtyard. The Church itself was very ornate as are most of the churches here. The ceiling of the dome was painted with murals and many of the side areas and the altar area were full of paintings. I am about done with churches. I will never remember them all when I start looking at pictures.
On the way to Salzburg we passed by the largest lake in Germany, Chiemsee. Mad Ludwig built a castle on an island in the lake, called Chiemsee Schloss. We didn’t stop to see this one because you had to take a boat to the island and we didn’t have time. We got to Salzburg about 5:00 and checked in at JUFA, Jungengastehaus Salzburg which is a hostel. We have a family room which basically means 4 beds in one room with a private bath
Once we were settled in we looked for a place to eat in the Rick Steve’s “bible.” We picked the closest recommended and it turned out to be down a very narrow alley. We entered through a doorway and went up a flight of stairs and then through two rooms to biergarten which was also on the second story with real trees growing up through it and covered with umbrellas strung with multicolored lights. So great atmosphere. The meals were also very good. Derek and Erin had spatzle, Larry had Tirolean Grostl which was roast pork, roast potatoes and a fried egg, and I had Schlutzkrapfen , a stuffed pasta with roasted tomatoes, zucchini, red and yellow peppers.
When we finished eating we walked around and saw Kapital Platz which has a large golden ball about 15 feet high that has a man figure standing on it. Mozart Platz has a large statue of Mozart who was born here in Salzburg. We also went to Residenz Platz that has a large fountain with larger than life horses.
When we got back to the hostel, we all looked at email, blogged and updated our Travelpod sites. We sat outside because the internet is only available in the lobby area. Larry, Derek and Erin had beers while they blogged and I had a bottle of water. Derek, Erin and I put in ear plugs to sleep because it was a little noisy with the window open.