A group picture with the legendary Helmut from Kaprun
May the Great Experience Alps & Lakes begin! For our Guests Jade & Ming from Toronto/Canda and Dennis from California/USA all started even one Day earlier, because the three booked the spectacular Guided City Tour to Munich with Tourguide Felix. The eveniing before, Felix welcomed Jade, Ming and Dennis with a delicous Dinner in the garde of Tourstart Hotel Henry.
The other day we headed of to the trainstation in Erding and took the train Munich, Isartor - one of the old gates and the main-entrance into lovely Munich-City-Center.
Via wellknown Viktualen (=groceries) Markt, we reached the Marienplatz, with the richly decorated city-hall. Luckily we had enough time to enter Old St.Peter and climbed up the 299 steps to the towers platform just to watch and hear the famous Carrillon of the city-hall-tower with a unique view over the whole town - an experience one of a kind!
View from Old St.Peters Tower to the City Hall with its lovely Carillon and the 32 figures, that perform the ancient Schäffler-dance.
Unique moments make hapy, smiling faces! From left to right: Jade, Ming and Dennis.
But Jade was also happy, to be back on solid grounds again ... and the rain started pouring down. So time for ...
.. taking shelter in one aof the famous Breweries, to get a "zünftig's Weisswurst Frühstück" the traditional bavarian snack before noon: Wheatbeer, a pair of special white sausages with sweet mustard and an "Brez'n", the bavarian term for a soft-pretzel. Jade and Ming had another traditional dish: a crusty knuckle of pork with potato dumplings and a rich sauce. Ideal slow food for watching the rain outside))
Directly from the Andechser Brauhaus we reached Munichs landmark Number 1: the Frauenkirche, with the sepcial "onionroofed" twintowers.
Via Operahouse, the great and impressive Munich-Residenz - these are the residence-buildings of the former Dukes, Granddukes and later Kings of Bavaria - Odeonsplatz again into the narrow streets of old Munich, passing the Augustinerbräu and the worlds most famous pub, the Hofbräuhaus our city walk leaded us back to Isartor and our train to Erding.
And during the journey back to Erding, the rain stopped so we could take a dry picture of our arrival at Hotel Henry.
Jade, Ming, Dennis: it was a honour and a great pleasure to have you with me on this fabulous city-tour! Thank you all & have a beautyful and safe Alps&Lakes Tour and greetings to the whole bunch, Felix
Now it's finally starting, our first day of driving. We start in Erding. Our first photo stop is over the beautiful old town of Wasserburg am Inn.
We also took the first opportunity to take a group picture
At our highlight of the day, Herrenchiemsee, we switch to 2 horsepower so that we can get to the castle of King Ludwig II.
Herrenchiemsee was imitated by the palace of Versailles but never completed
Coffee stop at the lake Waging. The name of the tour is program
Arrived in Salzburg, on our walk to dinner we cross the river Salzach
A very special dinner is prepared for our guests. In the collegiate church of St. Peter we have our candlelight dinner with Mozart
Jade was very touched that she was included in the production
St. Peter Stiftskulinarium „Peter“ by Night
And of course we also visited the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Another sunny day with a lot of highlights is awaiting us. In the morning we are leaveing Salzburg in the direction of Berchtesgaden. First we visited Hitler´s Eagle´s Nest, the house at the top of the Kehlstein mountain, which is a memorial of the nazi regime today.
Next highlight was the Rossfels panoramic road. It´s the eastern part of the German Alpine Road with great curves up and down and a breathtaking view from the top.
After riding through the Salzach valley the next pass is awaiting us. We rode up to Postalm, where we enjoyed a traditional Austrian dessert - all of us enjoyed the "Apfelstrudel with vanilla ice cream" - jummy.
Unfortunately we have a rainy day today, so there are few pictures. But we don't let it spoil our mood and just go visit the oldest salt mine in Hallstatt
Paulin, Paul and Dennis have fun in the mine. The speziell cloth are important
The illumination ist breathtaking
This time it is reserved for Paulin and Paul
The last riding day started sunny in Kaprun and had a lot of highlights again. At Pass Gerlos we had a few clouds and fog, but could see the famous Grimmler Waterfalls on the way there. Many switch backs up and down were a great experience again. After the pass and a coffee stop at the beginning of the Zillertal we rode along the great valley souronded by huge mountains at our left and right. Next highlight was the Achensee, a lake with turquoise shining water. After another curvy road we came back to Bavaria and had another great photo stop at dam "Sylvensteinspeichersee". The final stop was at a traditional Bavarian brewery. We enjoyed the beer garden a lot before we continued to Erding.
After that day a great tour had ended. The tour guides Michaela and Armin say thank you for the great tour, good bye and hope to see Jade, Ming, Dennis, Johnny, Tom, Paul, Pauline, Kristjan and Ragnar soon again.
Jade from Canada our tough chicken
Kristjan from Iceland
Ragnar " Iceman" from Icleand
Dennis the Gentleman from the USA
Johnny from the USA
Pauline and Paul from Canada , where are the tunnels ?
MIng from Canada
Thomas "the Italy" from the USA