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!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Wednesday September 21
OUR Hotel for the next 3 days. https://www.kempinski.com/en/munich/hotel-vier-jahreszeiten/
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.
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!
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.
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
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
BEST HOT CHOCOLATE EVER!!!
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
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.
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
Monday September 26
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.
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.
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!