At the beginning of this month Ross and I went away to Munich and Austria to celebrate our six year anniversary.
|Beautiful yellow clock tower|
|The church next to the main square Hitler addressed the SS|
|A speech given by Hitler was made between these two lions... Maybe we should have been doing a frowny face in this pic|
|Busy town square- Hofbrauhaus on the left|
|Inside the Hofbrauhaus|
|Smelly, yummy cheese at the farmer's market!|
|Fresh fruit and veg|
|Dinner at Augustiner's Beer Garden...yum!|
|Wild flowers in Bavaria|
|Linderhof- King Ludwig's Palace|
|View from the front of the palace|
|View of the garden and mountains from behind the palace|
We then hopped back on the bus and stopped in a cute little village where men and women were decked out in their lederhosen and dirndls and the homes were covered in hand painted murals.
|Our stop along the tour in Oberammergan, where we bought our Christmas ornament|
|Beautifully muraled buildings|
|Men in their lederhosen enjoying the sun|
We then headed back on the bus for the drive to the ultimate of ultimate castles----Neuschwanstein!!!!!!! This is the castle which inspired Disney. As you drive into the town down below, the castle is nestled away up in the hills. We hiked 45 minutes up the mountain with great anticipation! Before our tour of the inside we were able to enjoy the best view of the castle from the bridge across the ravine. I can't even put into words how amazing it was, but I think the pictures speak for themselves! We then toured the inside, which wasn't nearly as impressive as the outside (because King Ludwig had died before it was completed), but still very worthwhile going into.
|Charming town at the foot of the mountains below Neuschwanstein|
|The breathtaking beauty of Neuschwanstein|
|View of the bridge from the castle|
|View hiking back down the mountain of the surrounding Bavarian countryside... no wonder King Ludwig wanted his castle here!|
|Ice cream after touring the castle... my kind of day!|
|30 rows of barracks where the prisoners slept|
We then started the 2 hour drive south to the valley of Zillertal, Austria where we were staying the next four nights.
As we had booked this hotel deal through Groupon, we were a bit skeptical as to what we would find once we got there, but it surpassed our expectations and ended up being an amazing deal! Zillertal, which is located in the Tyrol area of Austria in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is known for its unbelievable beauty, and it is well deserving of this! It is truly one of the most beautiful places! Our hotel, being in the valley, was surrounded on all sides by bright green, snow-capped mountains. Stunning!!!
|In Zillertal Valley and almost to our hotel... getting excited!|
|If I were a cow, I'd want to graze here too!|
Our hotel was fabulous!!!! We would go back in a heartbeat!
|We were just a little excited about seeing how dang cute it was!|
I immediately took a walk around and took a few snap shots of the grounds.
|Gutshof Zillertal Hotel|
|Bedroom and balcony view|
|And the first thing I did was crack open a Toblerone and I enjoyed the scenery!|
|Then I read a book with a glass of wine... I could get used to this!|
The four days we were there, it was drizzly and raining off and on, but fortunately our hotel had a great spa area that we made great use of! At one point as we laid out in the glass enclosed pool area and watched a thunder and lightning storm. It was a perfectly restful trip filled with reading, the steam bath and sauna, massages, and good food.
|Our second room|
|Creepy eyes looking at us!! We still aren't too sure what they're about|
|We sure sat in these lounge chairs a lot... quite the view!|
|Outside Swarovski Crystal Factory... about the only cool thing to see there|
|Every girl needs a sparkly pen!|
|Driving to find a hiking trail|
|View during our first hike|
|Along the drive|
|The view at the top of our second hike... down below us in the valley is where our hotel was located|
|Going up the track!|
|Picture proof that it wasn't a dream :)|