Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Road Trip - Summer 2011 (Salzburg, Austria) cont..

The next day, we did another tour, heading out of Baroque Salzburg, and crossed over to the Austrian-German border into Bavaria.  We drove to valleys, passing through scenic farmhouses to reach the foot of Obersalzberg.  We then took a special bus for the rest of the ascent to Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus).  There,  a WWII brass elevator transported us to the Eagle's Nest perched on top of the mountain.  Eagle's Nest has a special history as it was Adolf Hitler's 50th Birthday gift intended for him as a retreat as well as a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries.  The funny thing is, Hitler has this fear of height that he never once stayed overnight in this magnificent place.  In fact he rarely visited this property and reports have been suggested he's only visited around a handful of times and thankfully for that, due to the lack of associated with Hitler, this place was saved from demolition at the end war.

Clouds floating..
Imagine how beautiful this place would look during winter..  Snowcapped mountains..

Guess who that silly goose is hanging off the cliff, trying to get some shots!  I have a fear of height, and was too scared to do it =(

The summit cross

Walking back down to the restaurant
This place is now owned by a charitable trust and serves as a restauran
The restaurant

Our tour guide
Chicken Schnitzel - our brunch!
Walking out again, the clouds are slowly sweeping across the view
Obscuring everything in sight..
Back to the brass elevator
Through the tunnel
Reminds me of a movie...
and back down to the bottom where we await the special bus to take us back down
More views..

The tunnel
Mother and son

Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden, where we stopped for lunch
This concludes our travel in Salzburg...