Berchtesgaden and Munich

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010 Thursday: Berchtesgaden and Munich

We set off from Salzburg and headed to Munchen (Munich). On the way we stopped at Maria Gern where there is a lovely little Church, way up very steep roads, nestled in a tiny hillside village.  Our Ford Focus chugged up the hill.  The weather was glorious with bright blue skies and puffy white clouds.  We went back down the hill, much faster than we had come up it. 

We drove the road to Berchtesgaden and parked in the parking lot.  We had to ride the bus up to the top, so we bought tickets and looked through the gift shop until it was our time.  When we got to the top we had to sign up for a time to come down so since it was 11:30 we gave ourselves two hours.  The next leg of the journey up the mountain was to walk through a tunnel into the mountain to an elevator which took us the rest of the way up.  When we got there we could see all the way back to Salzburg.  The view was spectacular.  The cross at the top was decorated with Edelweis, which is a flower that is only found at the highest elevations.  Traditionally young men would prove their love to the young ladies they fancied by bringing them bouquets of edelweiss.  If the bouquet was accepted that meant the young lady returned the affection offered her.  After we climbed around on the rocks at the top, we went down to the Eagle's Nest, Kehlsteinhaus , and had some lunch.  Berchtesgaden is the area and the Eagle’s Nest is the bunker where Hitler spent some of his time while chancellor of Germany.  The exterior buildings were destroyed at the end of WW II.  The tunnel and elevator are from that time, I think.  The building at the top is a reconstruction.

Our next stop was a tourist trap at the lake, Konigssee, we could see from the Eagle’s Nest, so we waited in line for the elevator, and then the bus.  When we got back down, I stopped in the gift shop and got a pair of socks with edelweiss flowers on them.  We drove down to the Lake, parked, and walked past lots of souvenir shops until we found the ticket booth.  We got tickets for the boat ride back to an old Church, St. Bartoloma.  One of the neat features of the ride was when we stopped, one of the tour guides pulled out a trumpet and played a song one line at a time.  Each line echoed off the sides of the steep mountains. The ride was supposed to be 35 minutes each way.  By now the weather was pretty hot and sunny.  When we got back to the Church we spent a few minutes looking at the church and sitting in the pews to get cooled off.  The line for a ride back on the boat took an hour, so we were running behind to get on the road to Munich.  We all agreed that this was the first "dud" trip.  The church wasn’t that good and the wait in the hot sun was sweltering.

We arrived in Munich and it took us a few tries to find the AVIS center to return the car.  But we finally found it and it was block from our hotel, King’s Center Hotel.  We walked to the hotel and dropped off all our bags and headed for the S-bahn (metro).  There was a station just two blocks from the hotel, so we walked over and went down to buy a ticket.  They had a family ticket that lasted 24 hours, so we bought one of those.  We headed from our station at the Hofbahnhaus (central station) to the Marienplatz which was close to the Nurnberger Bratwurst Clockl am Dom where we ate. It was on the Frauenplatz just down from the Frauenkirche (Dom).  When we got there at 9:00, there were no tables.  We saw a couple who were leaving and took their table before someone else did.  The waitress was miffed that we had sat down before she had a chance to clean it up.  We were so hungry we didn’t care.  We all ordered what Derek and Erin suggested: nurnberger sausages (yum!) with sauerkraut.  Erin got kartoffelsalat instead of sauerkraut, of course.  We had beers + radler for me.  We planned our Friday schedule and went to bed.
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