The attraction in Austria to us was undoubtedly the Salzgammergut area. We had friends who lived in Bad Ischl and hence we toured around the area. Bad Ischl was a cute town and had a lovely royal living quarters which had Baths that were well populated for summer. The river was not far off and the streets were cobbled with a lovely walk with many cafes along the riverside.
The Salzgammergut area is a beautiful area and known for the special salts in the water baths. So much so that Prince Ludwig and Queen had been successful in conceiving whilst on holidays there. This area like most of Europe has beautiful churches gold lined statues and their cemeteries are also cute with each tombstone having their own garden lined with colourful flowers. There was a small concentration camp nearby which we didn’t get time to visit however if like Dasch not far from Munich would probably well worth a see in Edensee.
Halstatt is an Austrian town situated on a beautiful beautiful lake. The area has also the oldest salt mine in the world with a steep train trip that my kids 7 and 6 years old truly enjoyed. It was only yesterday that they mentioned the grteat slides in this salt mine. A memento is a sample of the salt in a small plastic container. The kids loved the mummy of a man fossilised in salt. Nearby were lovely shops which sold,Woodcarving gifts very different from the ones in Oberammergau.
The lakes heading to Salzburg from Austria were lined with many motorhomes and caravans. We eagerly toured towards Salzburg and saw many German caravanners and motorhomers come over for the scorching summer weekend.
Something one should sample foodwise for lunch or a small snack is an Austrian dish called a Schwarzamarrin which is like little scones with cream and much strawberry jam around it eaten with skewers.
In Germany, the must do places we would recommend Oberammergau, Unterammergau and in an around Castle Neuchanstein. In Oberammergau there is a Christian play which is only acted out every 10 years due to a plague which almost killed the town. The price of the play includes a tour of the museum, churches, original church ground where the play started and open theatre is worth a visit. Oberammergau is also known for its woodcarving. One will be mesmerized at the nativity scenes, clocks and other trickets that are displayed by the many woodcarving shops there.
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Source by Michael L Skinner