|Oktoberfest & The Alps|
Leisurely Escorted Tour
to Bavaria and Austria
Majestic Mountains, Alpine Lakes, Historic Cities
Austria's Highest Mountain Peak
OVERNIGHT IN SALZBURG
We again traverse the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and cross the border from Austria into Germany and the resort town of Berchtesgaden.
Adolf Hitler visited Berchtesgaden in 1923 and was so impressed by the alpine landscape that he decided to settle on the Obersalzburg at the foot of the Kehlstein.
The Nazi dictator's retreat at 1834 meters above sea level offers spectacular views. It was built for Der Führer under the direction of his secretary, Martin Bormann.
The road leading from the Obersalzburg to the Eagle's Nest parking lot is a feat of engineering. In only 13 months, it was blasted out of solid rock, making a road that is unique in the world.
The great difference in elevation from start to finish is reached using only one hairpin turn.
Take a 400-foot elevator ride through a shaft in the Kehlstein Mountain to the summit.
SALZBURG WALKING TOUR
OVERNIGHT IN SALZBURG
Meet in the lobby at 9:30 am for our Salzburg walking tour. Our local Salzburg guide will educate you about this charming city.
Probably the highlight of the tour is the beautiful Garden of Mirabell Palace, with its spectacular rose garden, ornate flower beds, fountain and statues, cared for by 14 full-time gardeners.
You will see the locations where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed.
Among the other sights:
(1) the house where Salzburg's most famous native son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born on January 27, 1756 (2) the theatre where the annual Music Festival is held (3) the Residenz of the Bishops who ruled Salzburg (4) the Dom (Cathedral) (5) the ancient catacombs of St. Peter's Monastery built into Mönchsberg, a massive rock which dominates the city (6) the statue of St. Rupert , bishop of Salzburg from 696 to 718.
We end our walking tour in front of Cafe Konditorei Fürst, founded in 1884, original makers of the Mozartkugeln, delicious balls of chocolate with marzipan. The chocolatiers also make delights named for the composer Johann Sabastian Bach and Archibishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau.
Children at the Window
Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
The Residenz, built by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau in the 16th century, is one of the most significant buildings in Salzburg's historic center, with more than 180 rooms and halls.
The Residenz was used by the princes for entertainment purposes for centuries. Today the 15 State Rooms on the second floor are used by the state government on formal occasions.
The Residenz Galerie, also on the second floor, displays works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Brueghel, as well as Austrian 19th masters like Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and Hans Makart.
You may want to attend a Palace Concert this evening in the Marble Hall at Mirabell Palace, what was once the archbishop's music room, where Mozart performed. This series of chamber music performances, founded 35 years ago, is now one of the most important in the musical world and enjoys international acclaim.
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