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  • Day20

    The Eagle's Nest

    June 23 in Germany

    As I emerged from the Munich S-Bahn at Marienplatz, I had a feeling of déjà vu. I remembered having been at this exact spot with Mum and Dad during our trip to Germany many, many years ago. We sat outside under an umbrella in the square opposite the famous glockenspiel Clock Tower enjoying a German beer. Mum was so taken with the fine lager glasses that she put two in her handbag and I believe still has them. Munich was busy with Friday night revellers, but I resisted, and had an early night at the comfortable Blauer Bock Hotel nearby.

    This morning I set out on a trip to visit the Eagle’s Nest - part of Hitler’s mountain retreat, the Berghof. After a pleasant train journey from Munich, I arrived at the charming town of Berchtesgaden. From there a bus took us to Obersalzberg location of the now demolished Berghof, which in the 1930s became, surprisingly, the 2nd seat of the Nazi government after Berlin. Then a further specially constructed bus to cope with the steep climb up the mountain to Kehlsteinhaus (The Eagle’s Nest), where, with its panoramic views, Hitler entertained special guests. It is virtually the only building not to have been bombed or demolished, and now serves as a restaurant / bar.

    To reach the summit you had to walk through a long tunnel constructed in 1938 and take a beautiful copper decorated lift to the top. What fabulous 360 degree views over the Bavarian Alps and Lake Konigsee. It is hard to imagine in this idyllic mountain setting that Hitler and his followers made world shattering decisions on war, persecution and genocide.

    I enjoyed bockwurst and potato salad and a cool, German lager in the main reception room, featuring a marble fireplace gifted by Mussolini, although it was a bit unsettling to see photographs of Nazi leaders and dignatories pictured in the same room. The excellent museum Dokumentation Obersalzberg provided a great insight into the Nazi takeover of this hitherto quiet mountain community.

    I did contemplate making the very short train journey over the border to Salzburg, Austria for some pink lemonade. Some light relief in The Sound of Music city would have been welcome. However I headed back to Munich for dinner and to get ready for the next part of my trip - the overnight sleeper train to Hamburg. Another very special day, sobering in part, but with breathtaking scenery.
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  • Day58

    Munich

    August 3, 2017 in Germany

    For Alan and Rozzie Munich was a re-visit after some 35 and 40 years respectively so for them it had changed dramatically. For me, it was all new! We walked the length of Old Town taking in the old and new buildings. Both Alan and Rozzie had a vivid memory of the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel but a vague memory of where it was located. When we came to the Town Hall and saw it had a very impressive clock, it reminded them of the famous clock and seeking help learned that it indeed was the Glockenspiel. Their memory was of a much bigger Clock, nevertheless, I was impressed with it and the building. Dinner and a drink could be at no other place but The Hofbrau Haus. A great night and great way to leave Germany (back for a brief visit in mid-September).Read more

  • Day22

    Oktoberfest

    September 24, 2016 in Germany

    This was our longest stay in one city so far but it was much needed. Although we didn't do much besides attend Oktoberfest it was ok because we got such a local experience! There is no event that compares with people from all parts of the world coming together to enjoy a beer in massive "beer halls" or what we'd call tents! We met people from the US, Germany, Australia, Luxembourg to name a few, we learned some Germany songs, we ate a lot of German carnival food and we had a great time! It was a lot of fun seeing everyone dressed up in the traditional clothing which we contemplated buying but decided not to since we wouldn't have room to pack them anyways. We're glad we could check this off the bucket list and I'm sure we'll be back at some point!

    Side note: We're writing this post on a train to Salzburg Austria which is our next stop and are pretty pissed because we just got charged 72euros for accidently getting on the wrong train!! We had bought a regional train pass and took the non-regional train which isn't marked anywhere! There's nothing more frustrating than these German ticket checkers who are the rudest people then dare to say "have a great journey" after he just charged us twice the cost of a ticket in addition to the one we already paid for! Moving on...
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  • Day48

    Destination #7, Munich

    August 16 in Germany

    Vi Vadi Hotel, downtown Munich

    Following some incorrect directions from the airport info staff and a mis-leading train going a different way we found our hotel. Perhaps with a little luck of the Irish (we are meeting them here later) our room was one of the few available and we were able to check in early. After settling in, a rest and a snack we await our next reunion.

  • Day5

    Day 4 Munich

    July 4 in Germany

    We got up early (for us) and breakfasted on unusual but tasty food. This was served by a lady in Bavarian dress! We walked to the station armed by the hotel reception with a Map and instructions on the over and underground. We already had our all day travel card and once a Solln station validated it and hoped on the first train to Munich. The journey took about 20 minutes and with no firm plans we splashed out Ona tour bus. We were going to do the full circuit first but at 11.50 we were at a stop where an automaton in the spire of a church was going to start moving at 12. This only happens twice a day so we hopped off and watched the mechanical story. I went up the tower by lift waving to John who remained on the ground. We looked round the market nearby and Hopped on the bus to continue the tour. We decided to visit the English garden where we had a light lunch. After more exploring we hopped back on the bus to the largest beer garden in the world (probably). It certainly was large. Finding that the tail end of the afternoon match was being shown on large screens all around we decided to stay and have an evening meal there before watching the England match! The atmosphere was quite friendly for most of the game with a big cheer when England scored but there was an even bigger cheer when Columbia scored. We stayed to the bitter end although it may have taken years off John’s life. In the end John was thrilled to win on penalties. We had to go swiftly in order to get our train homeRead more

  • Day3

    Day 3 Munich

    July 2 in Germany

    We started out from Strasbourg for Munich before 9 as that was when the parking charges started (it was free on Sundays). We stopped on the way to eat coffee an croissants in the sunshine. Meandered through Germany to the outskirts of Munich to Hotel Heigl where we are staying for 2 nights. A really lovely room, huge with settee etc and lovely balcony with table and chairs overlooking the garden. After a short rest we set out to explore the surrounding area where we saw a depiction of herons etched in the concrete on a house wall. We checked out the best way to get to the Centre of Munich tomorrow ( it is about 10 kilometres away). We found the local railway and timetable and bought tickets to be validated upon travel. For our evening meal we settled on a restaurant with outside ding bordering our hotel. The restaurant only had menu’s in German but we used google translate to check what we were letting ourselves in for! The waitresses all wore traditional Bavarian dress, which would have seemed very touristy if it had not been for the fact that everyone else in the busy garden appeared to be German! I had Schweinebraten (pork with dumplings and pickled white cabbage) followed by Rohrnudle ( a Bavarian hot pudding crossing bread and cake with plums in the centre and a sauce, highly recommended by the waitress) John had Zwiebelrostbrat (a Bavarian steak) and creme brûlée. It was all absolutely delicious. Then about five steps back to our hotel to rest before what we expect to be a busy day tomorrow.Read more

  • Day1

    Unterwegs in die Champagne

    August 15 in Germany

    Treffpunkt 8 Uhr bei Hundriesers wie immer
    12.30 Uhr Pause auf einem AB Rastplatz in Frankreich
    15.30 Uhr Ankunft in Loisy sur Marne.
    Die Zimmer sind verteilt und das erste Glas Wein haben wir auch inzwischen getrunken. Die Vermieterin ist sehr nett und hat uns alles auf französisch erklärt. Verstanden hab ich sie, aber antworten war schwierig mit deutsch und englisch gemischt.
    Zum Abendessen gab es klassische französische Spaghetti 🍝Read more

  • Day58

    Munich

    August 3, 2017 in Germany

    More photos of Old Town and The Hofbrau Haus...

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München, Landeshauptstadt, Muenchen, Munich, 80638, 81245, 81673, 81737

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