I thought about skipping these recaps but these were some of my favorite days on our vacation so I decided that it’s better late than never.
On day 6, we decided to take a trip into Germany on the recommendation of Joe’s mom who visited this part of Austria/Germany almost thirty years ago (with baby Joe, who doesn’t remember!). She wanted us to check out Lake Konigssee and Berchtesgaden so that’s what we did. The lake was beautiful, a super clear turquoise or green depending on which part of the lake you visited but we only had the day so we didn’t spend a whole lot of time there, though I would have loved to take a kayak out there.
We then visited this gorgeous little bridge which gave me some good vibes about what we’d see in Berchtesgaden, which was just a little walk up a hill from here:
This is pretty much exactly how I expect this part of the world to look. Everything we saw here was so beautiful.
We made our way to the town but we couldn’t figure out why everything except some restaurants/bars were closed! I voted we just sit and have a beer, given that it was 96 degrees outside, but Joe wanted to make sure we weren’t missing things that needed to be seen. Well, we quickly found out why everything was closed!
We turned a corner and literally smacked into a parade, I had to stand in a window to avoid standing in their way! It was a national holiday, it turns out. We listened to their music and watched the parade file by but I have no idea where they marched on to, the town wasn’t very large.
Since now we knew that everything was going to stay closed, my logic won out and we picked a place to sit and have a beer. It turned out to be the best decision. Not only was it super refreshing to sit in the shade and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine but have a little respite from the heat, but we had the most awesome waiter who came by often to chat with us about German customs and just make us laugh. I had been dying for some real German pretzels and he brought some out for me, though he thought that it was downright hilarious that I wanted mustard with them (apparently, butter is what you use unless you’re American!).
We ended up staying there all afternoon, trying all the local beer and eating lots of pretzels (me) or crazy desserts (Joe) and making friends with the waiter.
On day 7, we wanted to stay local but we had already climbed the biggest mountain twice and wanted to tackle one of the smaller trails for something that wouldn’t leave us too sore on the flight home. It didn’t help that it was in the mid-90s again so we definitely wanted to stay in the shade so we located some waterfalls on a trail map and decided to find them. Side note: this part of Austria is crazy amazing with how well they mark everything, there are trail markers EVERYWHERE. We ended up in what I ended up calling the Enchanted Forest. This place looked like something out of Fern Gully the whole way.
It was just so beautiful. And so hot, so I kept taking my shoes off to play in the glacial water.
And eventually we ended up at the waterfall we were looking for. It wasn’t anything like some of the big ones I’ve visited in Hawaii or even the ones in the Shenandoah, but it was so fairy-tale-forest and I ended up taking some photos that I just loved thanks to the freak of nature lighting we had in this little secret spot in the forest.
I have always wanted to go to Austria but I was still impressed by absolutely everything we saw and did. Our last day was so low-key and close to where we were staying (the whole outing was about a two hour walk) but it was no less amazing than everything else. I’d go back in a heartbeat 🙂
Did you take any vacations this summer?
Has anyone else been to Austria? What part?