Fast Break to Berchtesgaden and Burg Hohenwerfen

We planned a rendezvous with some of Sarah’s extended family months ago and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

We’d been to Berchtesgaden before, several years ago, in that dark, rainy period before Christmas. Visiting it in the summer was a very different experience! Also, this time we stayed in the Kempinski hotel above the town. We were only there one night — just long enough to catch up with the fam and send them back on their way home to the USA.

After a glorious breakfast among breaks in the clouds, it was time to check out. We followed a tip to visit Burg Hohenwerfen while in the area. It’s only about 40 minutes away from Berchtesgaden.

It was kind of crowded, and a little cheesy, but nonetheless enjoyable for a few hours before we got back in the car for the drive home. The highlight was the climb to the top of the bell tower for the views.

Note well: our route from Regensburg took us south around Munich and into Austria, obligating us to buy the Vignette for Austrian toll roads. On the way back — a Friday afternoon approaching rush hour — we opted for a nominally slower route along the Bundestraßen instead of the Autobahnen. It was in fact slower, but at least we kept moving.

Greetings from the Top (or Bottom?) of Germany

For my birthday weekend this year, we decided to hit a corner of the country we’d heard about, but never yet visited: Berchtesgaden. It’s the Florida of Germany, if you can think of Austria as the Atlantic Ocean. It’s about as far South as you can go in Germany, and also offers the highest elevation you can drive in a loop in Germany.

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