Posted by: kcarlson1970 | June 21, 2011

June 19, 2011: German Countryside by Hunter Byler

Woke up this morning bright and early around 6:30. Ate breakfast at the hotel, which has a large selection to choose from and actually gives us motivation to wake up to eat! The charter bus picked us up outside our hotel and made the scenic drive through the German countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle, which translate in English, “new swan castle”. The famous Disney Land castle is based on this castle. The castle sits magically on the side of the mountain, which could be seen from miles away. From the castle the entire valley was exposed showing its beauty of lakes, small village, farms, and the mountains in the background. Pictures do not do the view justice. After a tour of the castle we made our way down the mountainside. We took an alternative path down the beaten path through the woods following the river from the mountain. The water was crystal clear with water-falls the entire way down. It took about an hour to make it back to the parking lot. We then proceeded to make our way to Plansee lake just across the border into Austria. We had a fresh trout lunch at a hotel on the lake. The lake was crystal clear and on a good day they say you can see 50 feet deep. However we could not go all that way just to look at the lake. We all striped down and jumped into the freezing cold glacier water. Right as we jumped in the water the sky opened up and started down pouring. So we jumped in just long enough to get the heart rate up then frantically grabbed our stuff and ran to the nearest covered area to dry off and put warm dry clothes on. Of course not ten minutes later the rain passed and the sun came out! After warming up we all pilled back on the bus and made our way to the small town of Oberammergau, Germany. We spent an hour to just look around and appreciate the small German village. The village is known for the Passion play performed there every year. We made it back to the hotel around 7pm. Everyone was very warn out from the long day of hiking and traveling.


Auf Wiedersehen!



  1. This is great! These pictures are unreal……so beautiful! Enjoy.
    Wende Ramos

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