Bavaria, Salzburg & the Eagles Nest

Bavaria, Salzburg & the Eagles Nest

A fantastic tour based in the resort of Bad Reichenhall and including a visit to the Eagles Nest

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A fantastic tour based in the resort of Bad Reichenhall and including a visit to the Eagles Nest

Bad Reichenhall

The spa town of Bad Reichenhall in the Upper Bavaria district is located near Salzburg in a basin encircled by the Chiemgau Alps. Together with other alpine towns Bad Reichenhall engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the alpine arc. Bad Reichenhall was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2001.

Bad Reichenhall is a traditional center of salt production, obtained by evaporating water saturated with salt from brine ponds.

Among the many sights and sites are the old town hall with its outdoor market, the old salt works building (tours offered regularly), St. Sebastian's quarter, the pedestrian Ludwig Strasse, Reber's Café, the Axelmannstein hotel, the spa park with its unusual brine inhalation building and the Minster of St. Zeno.

 

Chiemsee - the "Bavarian Sea"

The largest lake in Bavaria is the Chiemsee, which is otherwise known as the "Bavarian Sea". The name has a kernel of truth in it: not only does the lake, which has an area of 80 square kilometres, have tides like the sea, it also originated from the primeval Thetis Sea which once covered almost half of Europe.

It has three islands – Herreninsel, Fraueninsel and uninhabited Krautinsel – which all benefit from frequent ferry connections to the mainland. On Herreninsel King Ludwig built Schloss Herrenchiemsee, while Fraueninsel has an 8th century Benedictine convent.

The Chiemsee is under the protection of the international Ramsar Convention, which was founded to preserve ecologically important wetlands. Since 1954 the mudflats in the delta formed where the Tiroler Ache flows into the lake have been a protected retreat for many endangered species of waterfowl and wader.

Schloss Herrenchiemsee

Unlike the medieval themed Neuschwanstein Castle begun in 1869, the Neo-Baroque New Palace stands as a monument to Ludwig's admiration of King Louis XIV of France. Its great hall of mirrors' ceiling is painted with 25 tableaux showing Louis XIV at his best. Only 16 of the 70 rooms were on the ground floor. It was to have been an equivalent to the Palace of Versailles, but only the central portion was built before the king died and construction was discontinued with 50 of the 70 rooms still incomplete. Like Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors has 17 arches, the Hall of Peace and the Hall of War on either side have three windows each. The dining room features an elevator table and the world's largest Meissen porcelain chandelier. Technologically, the building also benefits from nearly two centuries of progress. While the original Versailles palace lacked toilets, water, and central heating, the New Palace has all of these, including a large heated bathtub. Ludwig only had the opportunity to stay within the Palace for a few days in September 1885, after his death by drowning at just 40 in the following year. The formal gardens are filled with fountains and statues.

 

The Eagles Nest

Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" was designed and built for Adolf Hilter's 50th Birthday by his personal secretary and Head of the Nazi Party Chancellery Martin Bormann. The monument is called "Kehlsteinhaus" in German because of it was originally intended to be a "Teahouse" for the head of the Third Reich.

The allied bombing and battles of World War II left the building intact and today the Eagle's Nest remains in its original state. In the years after the war, the Eagle's Nest and the surrounding area of Berchtesgaden remained a part of US Armed Forces property in southeastern Germany. The US military set up a recreation center where service members could hike in the summer and ski in the winter. The US military returned the area to Germany in the 1990s. At that time, the German government demolished the American General Walker Hotel at Obersalzberg, to make way for the existing bus depot that serves the Eagle's Nest.

Today the building is owned by a charitable trust, and serves as a restaurant offering indoor dining and an outdoor beer garden. It is a popular tourist attraction to those who are attracted by the historical significance of the "Eagle's Nest". 

 

Salzburg

Salzburg is on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River with the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank. Salzburg's "Old Town" is internationally renowned for its baroque architecture and maze of charming pedestrian alleyways with many famous and historic landmarks: Mozart’s Birthplace, the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the beautiful Mirabell Gardens to name just a few and is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on the river's right bank. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.

 

 

 

 

Day 1

We leave Cumbria in the morning for the journey via York to Hull and the P&O overnight cruise ferry to Rotterdam.

Day 2

After we disembark, we travel through Holland to Ahrweiller for a lunch stop before we continue south to Wiesbaden and our overnight hotel - the Mercure, dinner in the hotel.

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Day 3

Our journey continues south through Germany with a lunch stop in the lovely city of Ulm, before arriving in the spa resort of Bad Reichenhall and the Wyndham Grand Hotel. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we have time to explore Bad Reichenhall which has been a spa town since the early 19th century. We can discover the picturesque pedestrianised old town. Alternatively, we can take advantage of the hotel’s beautiful landscaped park and spa facilities. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 5

After breakfast this morning we make our way to Prien, a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Chiemsee. Many of the houses are decorated in the traditional Bavarian style with elaborate frescoes. We take a 15 minute boat trip to Herreninsel, a small island on Lake Chiemsee, where we enjoy a guided tour of Herrenchiemsee Palace and Gardens. This extravagant palace was built on the instruction of King Ludwig of Bavaria and modelled on the Palace of Versailles. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 6

Full day visit to Berchtesgaden and the aptly named Eagles Nest dramatically perched on a mountain top - the famed location of Hitler’s alpine hide-away. We begin with a drive up the Obersalzberg Mountain from where we catch a local post bus for the breath taking journey along the Kehlstein high road. We then ascend by elevator to the Eagle’s Nest summit from where you can see Berchtesgaden and the Salzbach Valley. We return to Bad Reichenhall and dinner at the hotel.

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Day 7

This morning we head to one of Austria’s most famous cities, Salzburg. The old town is a maze of charming pedestrian alleyways with many famous and historic landmarks: Mozart’s Birthplace, the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the beautiful Mirabell Gardens to name just a few. Final dinner at the hotel tonight.

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Day 8

We begin our journey home stopping off in Augsburg for lunch en-route to Wiesbaden and the Mercure Hotel. Dinner in the hotel.

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Day 9

We continue north to Rotterdam and the overnight sailing to Hull.

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Day 10

After arriving in Hull we complete the journey back to Cumbria.

B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

The Wyndham Grand Bad Reichenhall Axelmannstein Hotel

The Wyndham Grand Bad Reichenhall Axelmannstein Hotel in Bavaria is idyllically and peacefully located in the pedestrian area, right across from the spa park. The hotel offers 148 exclusively furnished hotel rooms and suites, most with a balcony or view of the beautiful Alps mountains. On the many sunny days of the year in Bavaria our guests enjoy finding relaxation on the lounging lawn of the vast park (30.000 m2), which features its very own lake. The elegant Park Restaurant and the cozy Axelstueberl have many culinary pleasures in store, including authentic Bavarian treats, national and international cuisine, pastries, cakes and sweets are all on offer. The fabulous views out over the hotel park and lake enhance the dining experience. The hotel's own patisserie lures guests to the "Axel Pur" or the sunny garden terrace for sweet treats and coffee. In the evening, the sounds of subdued music in the Axel Bar set the backdrop for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

The bedrooms offer single or double bed, seating area and desk, en-suite facilities, hairdryer, flatscreen TV, telephone & safe

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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