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2016 Germany / Austria / Hungary Travel Blog

Berchtesgaden

Well I actually got into bed before 10:00 last night and I must have been tired because I fell fast to sleep. I awoke just before 7:00 and felt rather energetic so after I found a Starbucks and downed a latte with a cinnamon bun I said what the hell, let’s go to Berchtesgaden. I […]

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2016 Germany / Austria / Hungary Travel Blog

Munich – BMW / Olympiapark

Todays the last full day in Munich and I headed up to Olympic Park site of the 1972 games. Unlike what has happen to many ex-olympic venues Munich has beautifully maintain the facilities and grounds. People use the grounds for walking, hiking, jogging, boating, picnicking, etc. I did climb the hill that looks over the […]

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2016 Germany / Austria / Hungary Travel Blog

Day in the Alps

Well the rental car was here and after the paper work I did leave at 7:30 am. The drive took 2 hours because of construction so I arrived in Hohenschwangau at 9:30 am. The place was already already packed with people everywhere in this very small area. It is a major attraction and very, very […]

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2016 Germany / Austria / Hungary Travel Blog

Munich – Pinakothek

Another speed bump this morning but, blessing in disguise as they say. I went to the rental office at 7:00 am to pick up the rental and no car, keys or even a contract. Young student called his office and no one answered. I told him to tried again and finally his boss picked up […]

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2016 Germany / Austria / Hungary Travel Blog

Munich – Tour, Beir & English Garten

Woke up at 2:00 am and completed my blog until 3:15 then could fall asleep. Took just 1 Tylenol PM and finally fell to sleep. I awoke at 9:00 and wanted to make the 10:00 tour but, there was another at 10:45. Here is where being a Hilton diamond level is a plus. Top executive […]

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2016 Germany / Austria / Hungary Travel Blog

Munich Arrival

Well, all of the flight changes came off smoothly with very little time to spare. Arrived in Munich just before noon and slid through boarder control easily. The officer in my line was yelling at several people ahead of me but, I couldn’t exactly hear what it was about. I was getting a little nervous […]

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2016 Germany / Austria / Hungary Travel Blog

Depart from San Diego

Another year takes me to more locations on the good old bucket list. From San Diego to Munich, then onto Salzburg, Vienna & finally Budapest before returning home. A lot of things to do and several day trips. One day trip from Munich to Füssen and then to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Another fro Salzburg to Halstatt and […]

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2014 Germany / Czechia Travel Blog

Mittelrhein ( The Middle Rhine)

This Hilton really put on a spread for their breakfast buffet. Swedish meatballs and eggs are yummy and I have it free for being a Hilton diamond member. After breakfast I grab a train to Bingen where I caught another train to Koblenz. Koblenz is at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhein rivers. That’s […]

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Old Heidelberg City & Castle

A short walk from my hotel is the old city and perched on a ledge above it the old castle. Heidelberg has one of the oldest universities in Europe and has the oldest library. I took the funicular up to the station beyond the castle where I caught another funicular to the top of the […]

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Dinkelsbühl – Rothenburg

Picked up the rental car and drove to Dinkelsbuhl this morning. It is one of many old medieval cities on the Romantic Road in Germany. It was a pleasant surprise as they were having a city festival. I left there around 1:00 pm and headed to Rothenburg along the Romantic Road. It wasn’t as crowded […]

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Potsdam

Another sunny warm day to enjoy on my visit. First to Potsdam which is like the German Versailles. Potsdam was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, until 1918. Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest […]

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Berlin – Third Reich Tour

Had a very nice tour of Third Reich and current German government sites today. Our guide Ryan was from Scotland and had a degree in German history. He came to Berlin 8 years ago and decided to stay. He was very informative about WWII facts was well as Cold War insights. It is interesting how […]