Saturday, February 26, 2011

Reutte, Austria

Reutte Austria is a nice little town located about five minutes south of the German border by car. We stayed in this town for several days and used it as a base to visit several sites in Germany.

We stayed at the Hotel Goldener Hirsch which was a very pleasant experience. http://www.goldener-hirsch.at/hotel-in-reutte-near-neuschwanstein-castle.html

Stepping into the lobby of the hotel is a bit like taking a trip backwards in time. The dining room is on the left and the check in desk is a little way further in. As you check in you can see the breakfast room off to the right.

You can take the stairs up or you can use the elevator.

Here is something we learned about this hotel and that is when you walk into the breakfast room you will find your table by your name on a placard. We ate several meals here and they were all very good.

There is one thing to be aware of when driving to Hotel Goldener Hirsch and that it is on a traffic circle so when you are coming from the north the circle curve takes you view of it away. We drove by it the first time and coming back we wondered how we missed it.

The staff is friendly and helpful. Apparently this is a place that Rick Steves stayed as we were asked if we found out about them by reading his book. I found the hotel by using Map 24 and starting a correspondence with them about my travel plans.

We used this as our base of operation so to speak to visit Ludwig’s castles. We naturally went to Neuschwanstein from here. I would suggest that you visit also Hohenschwangau while you are there. For some local flavor or a change of pace take the horse drawn cart up the hill. I’ve been to Neuschwanstein a couple of times and I take the bus up as it is a pretty good climb. I walk back down so I can check out the tourist shops along the way.

We also visited from here Linderhof castle. This is my favorite castle to visit. You should take the time to walk the grounds and visit the grotto.

When you are in this area you should take the time to visit Die Weis one of the best examples of a Rococo church in Germany. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wies_Church You can there on a tour or by car. On your way out or back you should also stop to visit Oberamergau. The half timbered houses and views are spectacular. Oberamergau is noted for its wonderful woodcarvings along with the Passion Play. This is a wonderful day trip for a family or friends.

Garmish-Partenkirchen is also not far from Reutte. If you have a car then anywhere you drive has beautiful vistas and the Alps are ever present.

If you are driving you should also take the time to drive south a couple of miles to Plansee a glacier lake that you can drive along. We found this lake coming back from Oberamergau and it was a very nice find.

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