Upper Bavaria

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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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  • Day47


    August 3, 2017 in Germany

    Overnight in Munich- walked down to the glockenspiel- unfortunately we weren't there in time to see it in action, then on to the Hofbräuhaus for a 'little' drink and some hearty German food! It's been a 'few' year since I experienced the Hofbräuhaus in my youth!

  • Day58


    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

  • Day60

    Mittenwald Germany

    August 5, 2017 in Germany

    We returned to Germany a little sooner than we expected. Today's weather was rainy with more rain expected so we made the decision to go to Mittenwald, recommended for an authentic Bavarian town experience. It is about an hour's drive from Innsbruck. When we got there people wete arriving in droves and all heading in the same of course that is where we headed! It was another of those wow moments. We had entered a time warp and gone back a couple of centuries. Mittenwald was celebrating the 530th anniversary of the Bozner Market. History had come alive! Market stalls, wine taverns, craftsmen, jugglers, merchants, noblemen, theatre productions and musical performances and all the locals in the period clothing. They had assumed the roles they were playing not acting it out like a performance. It was fantastic.Read more

  • Day331

    Manching, Germany

    May 23, 2017 in Germany

    It was Day 3 of our journey to Gothernburg and there were 1724km to go. Two other vans had stayed overnight in the layby and while we were out with the camera that morning we got chatting with the young couple in the red van. Last night had been the first night of an 8 month trip to Spain!

    Being so close to the border we re-entered Austria almost as soon as we set off. We drove down some single track roads before crossing over to Germany again and reaching the autobahn! Cruise control was engaged and away we went! With the amount of time we spend near, on and in the water we'd been thinking about getting an underwater camera for some time. Having made our minds up to splash out (sorry, irresistible pun) on a Go Pro, Will found that their European distribution centre was in Munich so we drove to an out of town shop and are now the proud owners of a new underwater videocamera- watch this space!

    One reassuring thing we've discovered since returning to German speaking countries is that we are quickly recalling how to say things in the language and able to understand nearly as much as we did when we came to the end of our time in them, back in December.

    We got back on the motorway and found services and our home for the night in an official free stopover at Manching, after having driven 214km. The large car park looked a little rough but it was surrounded by grass with wildflowers and trees, with a small lake nearby.
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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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  • Day22


    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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  • Day94

    Ade arrives!

    September 28, 2016 in Germany

    We picked our good friend Ade up from Münich airport (which is huge!). After we eventually got to the terminal and found him, we shuttle bussed it 10 minutes out to the car park and set off back to one of our favourite overnighters at Hohenwart.

    It was brilliant to see Ade again, if not a little surreal after having spent so much time with just the three of us in the van. (Poppy was very happy to see him too!) The rest of the day was spent walking through the little nature area close to the stopover, showing Ade round the village and catching up. It was topped off with another glorious sunset over the village skyline.Read more

  • Day98

    Munich Oktoberfest!

    October 2, 2016 in Germany

    It may not suprise you to know that we have a spreadsheet. It contains a list of European countries, specific places we'd like to visit and what we'd like to do in them. Oktoberfest in Munich, the world's biggest beer festival, was one of those things.

    We'd booked 2 nights in the official 1500 place Oktoberfest campsite. The rest of the year the site was a car park but organisers had installed temporary water and emptying points, toilets, showers, a few small shops, a bar serving food and check in stations where you could also buy metro tickets for the nearby underground station. At €50 a night for the three of us it was expensive but it was very well run and had easy transport to the festival.

    Despite its name, Oktoberfest started in mid September. The two days we visited were its last, with the final day falling on the national holiday celebrating Germany's reunification.

    The festival was in the city centre and the majority of space was taken up by a huge fairground. More people than not were dressed in the traditional brown leather lederhosen or a bosom framing dirndl dress.

    All sorts of wurst in bread buns were available for lunch and after we'd eaten, we headed towards the traditional section where we found one of many huge tents, filled with tables, benches and beer! Ours was decorated with evergreen ropes and had a stage in the middle where traditional dancing was taking place, supported by a brass band and sometimes live singers. The public could use it to dance on but there were regular dance groups showing choreographed routines, some of which included leg slapping in time to the music. There was also a skilled display of 4 men with long whips, cracking them in the air as a sort of drum beat.

    Entry was free but the beer comparatively expensive, with a traditional litre tankard costing €10.50. Tables were waited on for drinks and meals and people walked around with baskets of huge pretzels or decorated gingerbread hearts hanging from poles for you to buy. Funnily enough we were joined at our table by a family whose Dad had originally lived in Sutton Coldfield!

    The festival atmosphere was good and we were glad Ade was there to share it with us. The one ride he wanted to go on was the bumper cars so we visited them on the way back. Unfortunately Vicky left her coat on one and because of the no bag policy, her wallet was in the pocket. When she returned to try and retrieve it, someone had handed in the coat without the wallet. There was no joy at the central lost and found either and so the next morning was spent cancelling cards and ordering a new driving licence and EU health card. We are very grateful to Will's sister Sue, who will post them out to us when they have all arrived!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Upper Bavaria, Oberbayern, Alta Baviera, Haute-Bavière, Øvre Bayern, Regierungsbezirk Oberbayern

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