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Berchtesgadener Land

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  • Day163

    Freilassing

    December 6, 2016 in Germany

    We wanted to stay somewhere near Salzburg to give ourselves time to explore. Unfortunately Austria didn't have any stopovers nearby and parking outside of designated sites isn't allowed. Luckily, Salzburg is on the German border and a German town called Freilassing had a free stopover so we decided to stay there and travel the 5km back over the border to Salzburg by bus.

    Vicky had wanted to visit the Salzburg Ikea to buy a frame for the van in which to put a photo collage of family and friends. There were lots of motorway interchanges, and roundabouts on the approach and when we finally got to Ikea 3 out of 4 lanes to the car parks had height barriers on them. Vicky took the only lane she could and found that the car park of the adjacent shopping centre had a sign prohibiting campervans. It was turning into quite a stressful drive and we no longer felt as if we wanted to spend any money in Ikea so we crossed the border to the stopover, only to find it had closed and been covered in piles of rubble! Will did a quick scout of the area and found a regular car park nearby for us to stay in. Germany thankfully allows camping outside of designated sites!

    Taking in our surroundings, the air had a haze of fumes that we'd noticed on the approach to Salzburg with its two tall chimneys pumping out a mixture of steam and who knows what else. One of the things we left behind when we left Dudley was the air pollution and we have loved having cleaner air in so many of the places we've visited.

    Sitting down to lunch, we looked out to see an older man getting out of his car and going behind a small bush. Unfortunately for us, the bush was leafless and we saw more than we wanted when he dropped his trousers and squatted!

    Luckily our stay improved and we were undisturbed apart from some Bulgarian people parking their van next to us both nights to transfer goods such as tyres and washing machines to a trailer. Freilassing had decorations on the main street, including a few large trees with baubles and stars made by children from the local primary school and kindergarten. It also had an independent photography shop where Vicky found the perfect frame for the family and friends collage!
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  • Day331

    Today was Day 2 of our flight 'up North' to Sweden and there were 1892km left on our journey to Gothenburg!
    We are already getting our heads in a muddle, having been in Slovenia yesterday morning, stayed last night in Austria and tonight in Germany!

    The Austrian roads were wider so we were able to make faster progress. We climbed into mountain territory, at a mile high we reached the snow line but kept rising to an altitude of 1741m above sea level! The mountain slopes were sheer, rocky and magnificent.

    We passed by several places we'd visited back in November, and eventually turned off the main road onto a steep single track country road and before long we'd passed the small sign telling us we were in Germany! We were getting close to today's overnighter, but we came face to face with a closed road just half a kilometre from it. We took a difficult diversion along which the van barely fitted, only to find a house on the site of the supposed stopover! Grrr. Quickly programming in an alternative we turned and had to retrace our tracks, scraping the underside of the van on the crest of a hill as we went.

    With a stroke of luck we came across a large riverside layby soon after rejoining the main road that we were able to stay in overnight because wild camping is legal in Germany! Had we been 1km down the road in Austria we would have had to carry on until we found a designated site. We'd managed 167km today.

    Poppy enjoyed a splash in the shallows but the current was too strong to swim. Like yesterday, the afternoon brought thunderstorms but this time they were loaded with hailstones!
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  • Day6

    Eagles Nest

    October 5 in Germany

    Here we are on the top of the mountain. To get here is 20 minutes on a subway - 2h on a big bus - 1/2 hour on little bus-walk through a tunnel - take an elevator up 240 meters and you are there. Impressive location.

  • Day50

    Train, Hitler, and beer

    August 18 in Germany

    Long day of adventure. Took 2 hour train trip east to visit the town of Berchtesgaden and Kehlsteinhaus (the ‘Eagles Nest’), Hitlers private mountain retreat. Enjoyed dinner at Hofbrauhaus Berchtesgaden biergarten and ice cream enroute back to the train station.

  • Day280

    Relay racing (but slowly, slowly)

    April 20, 2017 in Germany

    I'm on my first trip while spending the next few months in Germany, having some brother-sister time in Austria where my older brother lives. We're here​ for his birthday and for some outdoor fun and so when I arrived, we went straight into the woods to have some adventures.

    This trail is a classic brother-sister hike and the highlight usually is going up to the wattefalls, which you can walk beneath / behind. This time, the waterfall was full of icicles, turning the scenery into a beautiful winter wonderland.

    But the real adventure started after the falls. We went into deep snow - hiking, jumping and siding down the mountainside. Once we got to the base, Mo's dog Calypso started having bad hind leg cramps and soon she was unable to walk. So we turned around, and the guys took turns carrying her along the trail. She's pretty heavy and so we had to switch every few minutes (I took her a few times, but couldn't hold her longer than a minute or two). But it felt like a beautiful team effort and we got reminded of the strength of sticking together and having each other's backs.
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  • Day47

    Eagle's Nest

    October 12, 2017 in Germany

    After we finished our toboggan run, we took a short 15 minute drive to the car park at the base of Eagle's Nest. In a highly efficient operation (we are in Germany after all), we were on one of many specially designed buses which can manage the narrow road going up. Once we get up, you then walk through a 124 metre tunnel, to get in a brass lift to go up 124 metres, which pops you out right inside Kehlsteinhaus. It has been operated as a restaurant since the 1930s, with all proceeds from the leasing and tourism venture going to charity.

    The views across the Alps are incredible. The sun terrace where many of the famous photographs of Hitler and Braun were taken is now simply a corridor to another part of the restaurant, with information panels and archival photographs in place. This is the only reference to the Nazi Party that we saw at the actual site.

    We ate lunch out on the terrace with splendid views. I admit though I was surprised as I had more of an idea of it having a large grassed slope behind it, but perhaps I am just mixing up various archival footage in my mind.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Berchtesgadener Land, Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land, Beachtsgåna Land, Subdistrikto Berchtesgadener Land, Powiat Berchtesgadener Land

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