Thursday 9 July
Exit Munich. Departure at 10.21 and a beautiful train trip through
Bavaria. Next stop is Berchtesgaden where I am at 12.51.
The day ends with snitzel with a draft.
From the railway station it is a short walk to the Hotel Bavaria in the
mountain hut style and a nice room with my own balcony overlooking a
river and a bypass.
At the hotel I get a leaflet with a walk in and around Berchtesgaden. It
is a good walk, which also takes me out of the usual tourist route. The
walk takes a few hours and there are many beautiful outlooks across
Berchtesgaden and towards the German Alps, which practically begins
here. You will have to use your "Grüss Got" in this area. It is the
polite “hello” and people here are very polite.
Friday 10th July
After a solid breakfast it is off with route at 838 at 9:00 to
Obersalzburg and Documentation.
It is no secret Hitler stayed in the area.
Documentation is a museum about Hitler, Nazism and World War II. It is
built in one of the many security bunkers in Obersalzburg. The museum is
very serious and a little boring. I've hired an audio guide that tells
and tells and tells. Under the impression of the seriousness of the
subject I stay for an hour before I turn off the guide and go down to
see the bunkers below the museum and then out into freedom.
From here there’s another bus along a very impressive road up to Eagles
Nest. It was built as a gift to Hitler on his 50th birthday in 1938. It
is a fascinating journey and a fascinating place. Despite the ugly
weather there is good view across the mountains. But it is cold - 7
degrees at the top.
Video - view from Eagles Nest
At 1 I take the bus back down and another one back to Berchtesgaden.
I rest at the hotel before an evening stroll in the small and very
touristy center in Berchtesgaden. Dinner will be at the hotel. I get on
pretty good in German. I know most key phrases - snitzel for instance.
Otherwise, such a Friday evening you can choose from a great feast for
the tourists in the city's bee-Garten with oompah band or Innsbruck
against Bayern Munich on TV. I chose football.
Saturday 11 July
Departure with bus 841 at 9:05 to Königssee. It only takes 10 minutes.
On arrival, I go down to the lake to take a trip on it, with one of the
electric boats, sailing around.
The trip goes to St. Bartholomä. During the crossing we pass Echowand.
The captain will have to stand up and start playing trumpet. There is a
Then we reach St. Bartholomä where I - and most others - get of the
boat. Here I go around for a few hours and looks at the fine lake and
the beautiful mountains, before I take the boat back to Königssee. In
Königssee I go and look at the bobsleigh runway. It is not often you see
I miss the bus back to Berchtesgaden. It gives me an hour of punishment
in Königssee, which is a tourist hell filled with souvenir shops and
other bric-a-brac. Finally no 841 is there and I can take it back to the
hotel and watch the Tour de France.
The evening-stroll is around town and dinner will be in the hotel's
excellent restaurant with a good view across the Wartzmann which, with
its 2713 meters is Germany’s 3’rd highest mountain.
Video - udsigt fra