EUROPE Austrian, Italian, Bavarian and Swiss Alps tour

We are about to embark on a lifelong dream to see the Swiss Alps! As we wait for our direct flight to Munich, Germany on Lufthansa Airlines, I decided to start this blog of our trip! So excited now that the packing and preparation is over! Whatever I have in my bag will have to do!! We even got to upgrade our seats to Economy Premium for this 9 hour flight. God is so good! We are so blessed!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Our Iteneriary
Good overnight flight! No sleep 3 movies and plenty of leg room!

Wednesday September 21

OUR Hotel for the next 3 days. https://www.kempinski.com/en/munich/hotel-vier-jahreszeiten/

Very Flush!

What's going on on the streets of Munich? Something called Oktoberfest. Oh My! Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.

Here is one of the 13 beer halls. Really an amazing sight larger than a football field filled with people drinking large steins of beer. The sights, sounds and smells will not leave us for awhile!

Different food. Wonder what that yellow ball of stuff is?

Glockenspiel Tower every day at noon and 5 thousands of people gather in the square to watch the figures tell a story

The wedding of the 16th century Duke most famous for building the first brewery in Munich is celebrated every day in the huge mechanical clock on Marienplatz. 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures come to life daily in the 260 foot tower, reenacting two scenes from Munich's history.

What??? An Apple Store! Of course had to go play with iPhone 7!

Thursday September 22

Breakfast at our 5 star hotel, was an experience in of itself! Two rooms of food, all kinds, a lot we didn't even know what it was. From Fish to Yogurt! Very fancy, table cloths and lots of utensils! Miss my Dunkin Coffee though.

After breakfast we found our way to the Segway office and off on these wonderful machines for a 4 hour tour of the city! Only thing I missed was a review mirror! 😂😂😂. Oh, had to maneuver around pedestrians, bikes, cars, buses and trains!

Michelle was great, from Michigan 😂

Hitler's Headquarters

Minimal Damage from Bombing
Despite being many hundreds of kilometres from the nearest ocean, Munich has a reputation as a surfing hotspot, offering one of Europe's best waves.The Bavarian capital is the birthplace of river surfing. The city has been the center of surfboard riding on a stationary wave since the early-1970s. Up to 100 surfers daily hit the waves in the city's Englischer Garten, the largest urban park in the world.
Nothing but the best furniture for the surfers waiting their turn!

We learned that Bavaria is the world's capital of beer drinking, even the statues depict it! Here's a weird one in front of the Egyptian Museum, Named "Present Continuous". Our guide said everyone thinks it depicts the ill affects of too much beer.

Tonight we began our tour with Tauck. Here's the link to the iteneriary:http://www.tauck.com/tours/europe-tours/central-and-eastern-europe-tours/swiss-alps-tour-da-2016.aspx

We met our 19 other travelers mostly from US, one from Canada and one from Austraila. We had an elegant private dinner at the hotel. Then after we continued to enjoy Ockoberfest at the original beer garden, started here at Hofbräuhaus München in 1589. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! FYI there are no strangers at Ocktoberfest!

NITE! Boy, it's nice to be pampered ☺️

Friday September 23

Oh My! It's 11PM here, we have had a FULL day, so much to share, don't know if I can do it before I fall asleep, but here goes....

Beautiful Day in Munich! Sunny in the 60's. Started our day with a 3 hour walking tour with a native lady, very passionate about her city. Learned alot about the people of Munich. They hated Hitler, they love life, very conservative.

A few pictures of our tour, each has a story, but most impressive was the story about the brass cobblestones. You see the picture from the Hitler Regime? The towns people were made to salute the flags at the square, if they did not, they were punished and maybe killed. Around the corner from that square is a street with the trail of brass cobblestones, it depicts the trail of blood from those who didn't comply with Hitler's rules. Today, it is against the law, punishment of large fines, for saying "Heil Hitler" Or having anything to do with the Nazi Party.

At 1 we boarded our bus and left Munich, headed south to Oberammergau pronounced "Obamamacow". A small town of 5000 people, and OH MY........ Their Story is amazing. It's the town that performs the passion play every 10 years.

In 1633, the residents of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play thereafter for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus. The death rate among adults rose from one person per 1000 per year in October 1632 to twenty in the month of March 1633. The adult death rate slowly subsided to one in the month of July 1633. The villagers believed they had been spared and they kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634.

The play is now performed repeatedly over the course of five months during every year ending in zero. It takes 3000 of the 5000 residents to put on the play, you can't be in the play unless you are a full time resisdent for more than 20 years. The talent has to be God given, it is impossible to tell you what we saw. Not the play of course, but the props, costumes, pictures, all kept since 1634. Even the Lord's Supper table, was mesmerizing, it almost seemed like the real thing.

Our hotel for the night is in Seefeld, Austria, OH MY (have I said that before?). Astoria Hotel and Spa.https://www.astoria-seefeld.com/en/hotel/spa-holiday-tyrol.html

Living Room
View from our Balcony, Not a very good pic

Off to a Bavarian Pub, Restaurant, Fun place!!!

Trying to get the Party Started!

Dale Got the Party Started!

Saturday September 24

Thank you, Lord for awesome weather to go up into the alps! It was perfect!

Headed to the Top of Germany via Train, Cog Train and Cable Car. Took about 2 hours 30 min of which was through the mountain tunnel. Zugspitze is the highest mountain in the country and home to three glaciers and Germany's highest ski resort. On the top you can walk back and forth over the border between Austria and Germany

Taken with my iPhone!!!

This afternoon after the mountain peaks, we headed to King Ludwig's Mountain Palace, Linderhof. It was so ornate inside, we thought it was ridiculous.

King Ludwig's Hunting House !

Best Apple Studel (Apfelstrudel). YUMMY!!!!! Then there's cappuccino and a latte! Life is hard!

Sunday September 25

Off to Innsbruck and Salzburg

Entrance to old city of Innsbruck. A beautiful day!

The Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) is a landmark structure located in the Old Town (Altstadt) section of Innsbruck, Austria. It is considered the city's most famous symbol.Completed in 1500, the roof was decorated with 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza. The Emperor and his wife used the balcony to observe festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.

The river Inn. Teal color very clear naturally filtered with limestone rock


You get steaming hot milk and put that big ball of chocolate in it add the real whipped cream


Currency we are using

Tratzberg Castle between Innsbruck and Salzburg. Tratzberg is one of the most beautiful Gothic castles in Europe.

The original castle was in the late 15th Century belonged to the Habsburg Emperor Maximilian in 1492 and completely destroyed by fire.

View from the bus window

Great tour

With wine and munchies afterward

The almost abandoned castle comes into the family of the Counts of Enzenberg through marriage. Family Enzenbergstill possesses Tratzberg. To this day it is only due to the great personal and financial commitment of the family that Tratzberg, again the epitome of a Tyrolean castle of the 16th Century, thus became one of the most important art and cultural monuments of Austria. Tratzberg is one of the most popular sites in Tyrol and Austria. Visitors of the alps compare the castle with the well known castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.

This is the Countess that is one of the owners. Very interesting story.

Our hotel for 3 nites in Salzburg Hotel Goldener Hirsch http://www.goldenerhirsch.com

Looking for room 46! A maze of narrow stairways and small archways. Easy to get lost every time

Nope wrong alcove

Ahh we found it!

Our door. The key weighs over a pound😳

Beautiful spacious room

Every hotel we have been in there are 2 separate duvets for cover no other over sheet. Very comfortable

Man size chocolate on pillow

Good night!

Monday September 26

Good Morning Salzburg! Right and left from our window. Gonna be a beautiful day

Full day today! Started with walking tour of old city. Mostly about Mozart who by the way was born next to our hotel. And about the monks and the churches the built.

He ate the cake! By the way he has to be American because don't see any obese Europeans

After lunch we boarded our bus and went to Hitler's Summer Austrian Retreat. The Kehlsteinhaus (known as the Eagle's Nest in English-speaking countries) is a Third Reich-era edifice erected atop the summit of the Kehlstein, a rocky outcrop that rises above the Obersalzberg near the town of Berchtesgaden. It was presented to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday as a retreat and place to entertain friends and visiting dignitaries.

On way to Eagles Nest. Note the castle fort on hill and the electric cables for buses

On top of a 6,017 ft peak, paid for by the Nazi Party, it was completed in 13 months but held until a formal presentation on April 20, 1939. A 13 ft wide approach road climbs 2,600 ft over 4.0 mi. Costing 30 million to build (about 150 million inflation-adjusted euros in 2007), it includes five tunnels. The road ends at the base.

Entrance to tunnel

The only way to the building is through a 407 foot tunnel. Leads to an ornate elevator.

The large elevator which ascends the final 407 ft to the building. Its car is surfaced with polished brass. Venetian mirrors and green leather.

The way the elevator looked in the past the only difference is the seats are gone.

The building's main reception room is dominated by a fireplace of red Italian marble presented by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, which was damaged by Allied soldiers chipping off pieces to take home as souvenirs.

Construction of the entire project cost the lives of 12 workers. It too 18 months and 3800 workers, an engineering marvel! The cross is above the building. Eagles Nest is now a restaurant and tourist destination. Lots of hiking trails. The German and Austrian governments do not want this to be a hitler shrine. In fact it is against the law punishable by fines and prison time to talk about Hitler. Only tour guides can do so.

Wonderful views from the top!

Off to the salt mines adventure. Below deep in the mountain underneath Eagles Nest is a salt mine that's been in operation 7000 years. Salt was traded like gold by the Monks. We went deep into the mines slid down wooden tracks and had dinner with music inside the mine. What an experience!


This journal will be continued on another web page due to the length. You can find week two here......


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