With our two nights in Munich behind us, it was time to move on to our next location, Salzburg, Austria.
We woke up to find it was raining outside. But it was only drizzling by the time we left. Pulling our luggage, we walked to the train station where we would be renting a car for the next several days. Before going to the car rental office, we stopped for our daily chocolate croissants and sandwiches. When we got to the rental office, we walked right up to the desk. We were in and out within ten minutes. By the time we left there were several people waiting in line.
Keys in hand we had to walk a couple of blocks to a garage to actually get the car. Once in the car, J turned on the GPS and set it for our next destination. Since we were heading to Austria we had to purchase a vignette. This is a toll pass that is required to be displayed on the window in order to drive in Austria, or risk a high fine. We visited a gas station about 30 miles out from the boarder. When we passed the last stop before you enter Austria, the convenient centers were packed and I presumed that is where you picked up the pass before crossing the border. We were glad we had stopped earlier.
Having a car allowed us to change our plans. We had planned to visit a castle on the way, but the rainy conditions put a damper on this idea. It was to early to check into our hotel, so instead we headed to Berchtesgaden, which is surrounded by high mountains, located in the south eastern part of the German Alps.
As we were driving I saw this beautiful restaurant along the river that was running parallel to the road. The glacier fed stream makes the water a gorgeous shade of turquoise.
Upon arriving in Berchtesgaden, we ended up parking in a garage.
TIP: Take your parking ticket with you, as you will need to pay at the machine, before you exit the garage.
There were plenty of tour buses and people walking around the town, but since it was Sunday almost all the stores were closed. Only a few restaurants were open. We walked around the town and took pictures.
TIP: Most stores are closed on Sunday. Plan your day accordingly.
Notice in the picture below, the shrine on the top of the hill. We will be heading toward this during our walk.
We made our way up the hill to get an amazing view of the town.
This religious memorial, which I pointed out earlier in a picture, looked down over the town.
We walked along the wooden walkway to go back down the other side to reach the town.
By this time we were getting hungry. We stumbled upon Café Spiesberger, where they sat us at a table with three other people. We started talking to them, and found out they were directing a tour and came to the restaurant all the time. They recommended the goulash and pretzels. It was very tasty and hit the spot after being out in the cold.
After our very late lunch we got back in the car to drive to our hotel in Salzburg, Austria, where we would be spending the next two nights.