Day 7 + 8 – July 12/13th
Berchtesgaden to Garmish-Patrenkirchen on The Alpine Road (Deutsche Alpenstrasse)
The German Alpine Road is really fun to drive. A lot of motorbikes have also found this scenic and curvy road, so watch out for the motorbikes, as they do not care about any traffic rules!
We stopped in Brannenburg, at the Wendelsteinbahn station, to get lunch. You can take the train up to the top of the mountain, where you, amongst others, can see the highest located church (Wendelstein Church) in Germany at 1.760 m altitude – see also here. So back to our lunch;
Helle had an interesting view;
We booked one night at the Best western Obermühle Hotel in Garmish-Partenkirschen. On our way we had been talking about staying an additional day in Garmish Partenkirchen. On arrival, we changed our reservation to two nights. The first night we had to stay at the Economy room which we booked and the night after we should change room to junior suite in the main building. Make sure, that you get a room in the main building, as they were newly renovated. While checkin-in we got two creditcards for complimentary welcome drinks (which we did not had time to use) and 2 cards for free public transportation in the city. The hotel also have 10 e-bikes which you can borrow for free.
I had checked with TripAdvisor, which restaurant were good – so we went, by foot, into Garmish-Partenkirchen. Checking out the city and the restaurants, we ended up at Koch’s, which turnes out to be a great choice !
First we got a starter.
Then we splitt a salad
Then Helle got:
and I got some black pasta with lobster
and the dessert:
You could taste, that the food was made by passion and also the service was great. We booked a table for the next day when we paid our bill !
The breakfast at the Best Western Obermühle was not the best. The crew were grumpy and it turns out, that one of the waiter reserved the best tables, so that he could give them to guest he liked (who tipped him, is my guess)
So it was a quick breakfast and the off to see Hoheschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle. We arrived at 11.00 and when we came to the ticket office, the next available tour was at 17.00 hours. Now I remembered that my friend Volker had said, make sure that you buy the ticket in advance ! 🙁 We could have walked up to the castle, but could not get in – and for us there was no point in doing so, so we returned to our car and drop away.
So instead we drow til Füssen
There are lot of things to watch in old city center and we ended up at a small restaurant to get some lunch.
Going back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen,
we partly drew on the German Alpine Road again.
Back in Garmisch-Partenkirchen we decided to find the ski jumping hills.
It is difficult to see how large they are
Drew back to the hotel and went down into the city again windowsshopping
Garmish-Partenkirchen is very tourist minded. There are free Wi-Fi several places in the city center.
Later we went back to Restaurant Koch’s. After a heavy lunch, we skipped the first course and went direct to the main course.
Once again the food was really great. Unfortunately there was an American guide there with 10-12 customers. He sitting at one end of the table and were talking so loud that everyone in the restaurant were not able to hear anything else but him. The worse part of it was, that he told a lot of BS – most from movies which then were believed to be true. The hammer was, when he told that European and specially Germans do not owe empathy like Americans. “We Americans, we stop up, when we see a roadkill and feel sorry for it” WTF, first of all, with the amount of weapons in the US and what they do with it or how many innocent civilian they kill in the Middle East – Dont you come here and talk about, that we do not owe empathy ! We European care about our countrymen, we have free hospitals and doctors. We take car of our old people and our sick people and those who cannot or will not work – What do you do in the US ? Actually you told your customers, that you were living for more than 14 years in Germany – one can wonder why you did not learn more about Europe, specially if you like to be a tourguide for other Americans. I could have posted a picture of you, but I do owe empathy ! Shame on you !
It was a partykiller and we went for a walk around before we went back to the hotel.