Berchtesgaden & Salzburg

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The Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden
The Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden

We had another fun day together checking out some cool sites. We awoke this morning to a really nice breakfast spread put out by our host, Jutta. The house we are staying in is really nice and our hosts have been great. We have heard some friends tell us that they have had some bad AirBnB experiences, but after about 20 of them on this trip we have nothing but great things to say about the service. As for our day, it started with a drive to Berchtesgaden, the home of Hitler’s Eagles Nest hideout, which doesn’t open until this weekend, and the Salzbergwerk salt mines. We parked in the parking lot for the salt mine, but you could see the Eagles Nest up on a mountain right behind the town. I understand it’s a 2 hour walk up the mountain to the lookout, which was used by Hitler during WW II.

Ilise, Drew and me posing for a silly picture in Mirabell Gardens.
Ilise, Drew and me posing for a silly picture in Mirabell Gardens.

We spent the next 90 minutes touring through the salt mines, taking some trains and traveling on slides that took you further and further into the mine. They had so much information about how salt is mined and how the process has evolved over the past 500 years! The tour was really cool and we came out with a whole new perspective on our grainy white friends. We left the salt mine and headed toward Salzburg to take one last walk around the city before we head to Vienna tomorrow. We spent some time at the Mirabell Gardens where Drew and I took a few hundred pictures. The flowers were beautiful and the weather was just perfect.

 

Drew taking pictures at the gardens
Drew taking pictures at the gardens
Some beautiful flowers in the gardens
Some beautiful flowers in the gardens

We spent a while walking around the gardens and then went looking for food as both the kids were hungry since it was 4:30 and all we had all day was breakfast and an apple each. We found a supermarket and got some snacks before driving back to the town where our AirBnB apartment is. We found a nice little corner pub and ordered some food. All in all we had a really nice day, got to see some great sites and now everyone is home in time to get some schoolwork done, get some sleep and we’ll be off for a 2 hour drive to Vienna late morning tomorrow.

To a life well lived!

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