Okay, so I had promised to share some memories and pictures of the recent trip my husband and I took to Germany/Austria…but, I haven’t put it together yet.
But, ah ha! My husband copied me in on this e-mail he sent out to a few friends, and so I thought I would steal it and post it here to share. I still want to share my own personal favorite memories of the trip (which do not center on breakfast and other food/drink 🙂 )
Meanwhile, I thought it might be fun to post what he enjoyed most. We both truly had an amazing time, and were so delighted that we could include places associated with our beloved Holy Father Benedict XVI.
Anyway, here begins my husband’s “post.”
In Munich, we stayed four nights at the Gastehaus Englischer Garten which was located adjacent to the Englischer Garten. It was quiet there and afforded me an opportunity to take a walk, albeit short, in the famed Englischer Garten. We had a nice room, although the floors creaked.
It was a five to ten minute walk to the U-Bahn / S-Bahn station on a main thorough fare and going underground to the U-Bahn, there was a wonderful grocery store.
We loved the food in Munich … actually all over! I got schwinehaux twice and enjoyed both types.
We went to Oktober Fest, but left after a couple of hours. The crowd was worse than Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street. If I had wanted to get a beer, I would have had to wait at least an hour and then sit in a smoke-filled hall. I passed on that scenario.
On Saturday, 29 Sep, we rented a vehicle and headed to Altotting, which is a town Pope Benedict XVI had lived in at one point in his life. We spent four (unplanned) nights there. We did have to change hotels, as our first choice hotel only could give us two nights. Breakfasts at both places was good, as well as the dinners.
While in Altotting, we took a side trip to Marktl (Pope Benedict’s birth place) and to Timmering (where he grew up). Pope Benedict’s father was a policeman and got moved around a bit. Altotting is sort of like the Lourdes of Germany. Below is a picture of the shrine at night.
From Altotting, we drove to Oberammergau, which is close to Garmish-Partenkirchen. Oberammergau is the site of the Passion Play which is done every ten years. The view from our hotel was fantastic, as was the food.
While in Oberammergau, we went to the Benedictine Ettal monastery and Wieskirche … both beautiful and very old churches.
After four nights in Oberammergau, we went back to Munich to return the vehicle and to catch a train to Wein (Vienna). The train was really nice … I could drink wine and watch the monitor give the train speed (hitting 200 kph very often) and trip progress.
In Vienna, Patricia did a really good job in selecting the Best Western Schlosshotel Romischer Kaiser.
It had a great location and the best breakfast ever! They even served champagne … nothing like a little help in the morning. I would like to go back to Vienna just to stay in the hotel 🙂
I believe that the hotel was one or two blocks from the main drag. The hotel even gave me a split of wine for my birthday … someone noticed my birthday from the registration form.
From here we took the train again, but this time to Salzburg and again another lovely hotel: Hotel Elefant … not a good name, but very good accommodations and of course, breakfast!
Unfortunately, it all came to an end. But it was fun while it lasted.