S: Schonn and Brenda's 5 year Anniversary trip - July 2011
FC: July 8-17, 2011 GERMANY AUSTRIA SWITZERLAND NETHERLANDS
1: We finally made it! by plane, train, foot. 1st stop Munich, Germany | View from hotel was beautiful. No AC, we were on 7th floor so we left the door open all night. It stormed hard and Schonn slept like a baby. | Our bed for the next two nights - interesting covers.
2: The Hike | WOW! fuel by the liter. $$$$$$ Bikes are the way to go!
6: Records and items that were saved.
10: Barracks and one of the six watch towers
11: Religious Memorials
13: Hooks used for hangings
14: Sept.12, 1944 A memorial for four young women officers of the British Special Armed Forces were brutally murdered and their bodies cremated.
15: McDonald's of course! | Munich | Beer Garden??? | Salzburg
16: Advertisement outside on wall in Munich | Canal bus in Amsterdam | Schonn??? | U-Bahn in Munich | On a store front in Munich | While on Zurich boat tour saw this on a building.
17: On Train headed to Fussen to see "Mad" King Ludwig II alpine castle, Neuschwanstein. Through the Bavarian Alps
21: View from inside castle. No wonder King Lundwig II remained in his castle for so many years. It was breathtaking!
22: Bridge we were standing on to view castle.
23: Kitchen | King Ludwig II | Random door in the wall.
25: American tourists are already familiar with Neuschwanstein; the sleeping beauty Castle in Disney Land, was modeled by it.
26: Hohenschwangau (meaning "high above Schwangau" a city nearby) King Ludwig II grew up in this much older castle, known as the yellow Swan Castle.
28: Swan Castle
29: Grass and oil paintings on buildings.
30: Main train station
31: Munich, Germany | Glockenspiel
32: We had BIG beer at the Augustiner with some friends from our castle tour.
33: Leaving Munich heading to Salzburg, Austria First trip on the EuRail
34: Salzburg, Austria Home for the next two nights. Nice small room, no AC, no ice, small corner shower, walking distance to town.
35: Hellbrunn Palace built in 1615 orders of Markus Sittikus von Hohenems. He tried to recreate an Italian atmosphere in this castle
36: Salzach River
37: Salzburg Palace "Salt Castle" | Salzburg is the oldest town in Austria dating back to 700.
38: "The Sound of Music" | Mirabell Gardens - Maria & children sang and skipped thru the arch on the far right at Mirabell Gardens | Do-Re- Mi Steps
39: Pegasus statue - the children danced around here | Untersburg Mountain used in opening scenery | Fountain in Mirabell Gardens
40: Outside of house used for Baron's house when Maria got off the bus & walked to the door the first time. This is a private home and they do not want visitors nearby. | Van Trapp family estate - Leopoldskrun Palace was used when the children all fell out of the boat. It was the back of house. | Edelweiss
41: St. Peter's Cemetery dates back to 1627. The cemetery was the place where the Von Trapp family hid from the Nazis in "The Sound of Music". | Maria Anna Mozart, oldest sister of the famous composer is buried here.
42: Residenzplatz and Fountain Maria crosses Residenz Square in a bus on her way from Nonnberg Convent to the Trapp villa singing "I have confidence in me"
43: Mirabell Gardens
44: Gods of the Elements Earth, Sea, Air, and Fire
46: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791) was a composer of classical music. | Mozart's birthplace at Getreidegasse 9, Salzburg, Austria He was born in the front room. | Bell - had to pull for it to ring upstairs. | Where Mozart spent some of his younger years.
47: Herbert von Karajan (1908 -1989) was a famous Austrian orchestra and opera conductor. He is the top-selling classical music recording artist of all time, with an estimated 200 million records sold. | Johann Christian Andreas Doppler 1803-1853) was an Austrian mathematician and physicist. The "Doppler radar" is used for weather reports and the Doppler effect measures the velocity between the Earth and the stars. He was born in Salzburg.
48: These were the store signs, each very unique to what they sold.
49: Lots of the older buildings had two dates on them. When they were built and then renovated.
51: Sternbrau beer garden and restaurant. Had great food and of course lemonade beer. | Loved eating outside in the cool air.
52: A roof between two buildings. Smallest house in Salzburg haha | Outside diner that we ate after city tour - view of Mozart's birthplace
53: Pulley system to get things to top floor through windows. | The new decor on an old church.
54: Salzburg, Austria Great view of Salzburg Castle
55: Really Old Castle | Salzburg Castle: Festung Hohensalzburg Fortress One of the largest medieval castles in Europe, construction began in 1077
56: Residentz Plaza
57: The old the older, and the renovated church on left.
58: Cathedral of Dom First building was recorded being built in 774. 842 burned down from being struck by lightening. In WWII Americans bombed and dome collapsed. Rebuilt
61: You can do it Schonn!
64: Germans dressed up for a party. Women wore dirndls and men wore lederhosen.
65: Interesting Art | Check out the branches on this tree, behind Mirabell Gardens.
66: Really??? | Mercede's Taxi | Advertisement in Fussen by train station | The eye is always watching. Sculpture in Munich. | Sculpture in Salzburg | Woman waiting for tour in Salzburg.
67: Veal, Turkey and other meat spreads. One morning I got this for breakfast thinking it was cream cheese. I got bologna spread - YUCK!!! Austria and Munich | Only in Amsterdam you would find a museum like this
68: Berchtesgaden, Germany Hitler's "Eagle's Nest" was designed and built for Adolf Hitler's 50th Birthday. | The monument is called "Kehlsteinhaus" in German because of it was originally intended to be a "Teahouse" for the head of the Third Reich. This mountain-top hideaway played a prominent role as the main unit objective in HBO's critically acclaimed mini-series "Band of Brothers."
69: Walking through a marble lined tunnel 400 feet into the mountain. | Riding the original brass elevator 400 feet straight up into the Eagle's Nest building at the top of the mountain. | What a spectacular view at 6,017 feet altitude
70: Views from the top!
72: Happy 5th Anniversary to us! No better way to celebrate than on top of a mountain.
73: It is more beautiful than what a picture can show. You must experience it!
74: Another one of King Ludwig's Castles
75: Inside Eagle's Nest, they have changed the great hall into a restaurant. | Old fireplace dates 1938
76: Some old writing under a lamp inside, I was intrigued. It probably means nothing. | Of course you can drink a beer on the mountain top - we were in Germany. That's what they do!
77: These arch windows were in "Band of Brothers" HBO series. Now a mini museum, all in German. We couldn't even read it. | Door to get underground - locked.
78: Schonn on hike up to the cross. Beautiful backdrop of Eagle's Nest!
79: Brenda at the top! Notice edelweiss in middle of cross. | Some pretty flowers we saw on our hike down from mountain.
80: Area on same mountainside as Eagle's Nest. One of the many underground bunkers.
81: Where's Schonn? Oh that's him in the gun barrel target. | Bathroom and shower
82: Obersalzberg - country retreat for Hitler
84: Leaving Eagle's Nest in Germany, going into Austria. | Between the mountains in the dividing line of the two countries.
85: Enjoying the last moments at Mirabell Gardens
87: Their version of "Locks of Love" When a couple wanted to show their love to all they would lock it on a fence going over the bridge. | One man band! He sounded pretty good.
88: Last view of Salzburg, Austria before we had to leave. It will remain in our dreams.
89: Very small room, no AC, no ice. We left the window open at night still pretty hot and stuffy. Took cold showers to cool us off. | Road EuRail for about an hour to our next stop Innsbruck, Austria | View from our room.
91: Of course we had to check out the shopping and downtown area.
92: Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) and Maximilianeum 2,657 gold-plated tiles, built in the beginning of 16th century to serve as a royal box where Emperor Maximilian I could sit in luxury and enjoy the square below. | Notice the dates on this building.
93: One of the many churches in the area.
94: A lady stood on pedestal, blowing kissing at anyone who put money in her basket.
95: Annasaule (St.Anna's Column) built in 1706 to celebrate the withdrawal in 1703 of invading Bavarian armies during the War of the Spanish Succession.
96: Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch) modeled after those in Rome. Maria Theresien built this in 1765 to honor her son's marriage and husband's death (one side is happy the other sad) | We ate lunch and shopped and she was still standing. Very dedicated, so we decided to donate to her cause, of course we had to get a picture as well.
97: Another church on our tour around town.
98: Very interesting church we found with some creative artwork. You had to enter a gate before getting to the main building. Very pink and lacy on the inside. I only took two close-up pictures of the four sculptures. Schonn said it wasn't appropriate.
100: Innsbruck had the same store signs as Salzburg, each personalized. | Beautiful college with mountains in the background.
101: We went to a traditional Tyrolean dinner and theater. A wonderful evening of singing, yodeling, dancing, laughing and fun. | traditional weiner schnitzel | followed by apple strudel.
102: Log cutting | Yodeling
103: The "Hackbrett" | Alphornklange Alphorn sounds
104: They finished with musical tributes for all countries represented in the audience, which was impressive. A Tyrolean band playing traditional Chinese and Indian songs? It was great! | We even met some friends from Japan. It brought back memories for Schonn.
105: Leaving Innsbruck and headed to our third country - Switzerland! | While waiting for our train, saw ski ramp. Innsbruck has held the Winter Olympics twice. | Schonn is not looking forward to the four hour trip. | We did go pretty fast though!
106: Our trip started out with green grass and foggy, then ended in Zurich with an overcast and sprinkling rain. With beautiful mountains the whole way. I had plenty of time to take pictures on our 4 hour trip.
108: Zurich, Switzerland | Holiday Inn - Twin beds, we didn't care. There was AC and ICE! It was great!
109: Right across the street from our hotel was a hockey stadium.
110: Main Train Station Rail City | Needless to say after our train ride, getting to hotel we were hungry. Had to get some Swiss Francs US $1 = 1.28 franc Big Mac #1 value meal $17.19 US Cup of coffee $8.30 US 128% more than in USA
111: Statue in a park where we ate lunch (our snack) It was too expensive to actually get a full meal, we decided to wait for dinner.
112: Like all the other places we decided to do a little shopping. Very $$$ | 37,000 franc | As you can tell I took pictures, but didn't buy much. A little chocolate was about it.
113: I was getting hungry and had read that Zurich had great fondue. Schonn would NOT eat in the fur chairs for dinner, not even for his wife. | We even had to pay for the public bathrooms. It was crazy! Schonn's washing his hands? | Lamborghini
114: We decided to take a boat tour of the city. It was a little chilly, but we were able to see more of the city.
115: Swiss Chocolate Factory Yummy!!!
116: I bet we could afford these houses, right?
117: Looked like an outside theater using a wing flap for a plane as the stage.
120: Schonn enjoying his $10 Coke
121: Public drinking fountain
122: Swiss National Bank
124: One day was plenty in Switzerland, not what we expected.
125: Back in Munich, Germany, where we can afford to eat and drink.
126: At main train station, a cool eatery.
128: Marienplatz Glockenspiel
129: We bought candy from this girls basket to help during her bachelorette party.
130: German pork knuckle YUMMY!!!
131: Hands free air drying in bathroom. | We met people from all over the world!
132: Schonn's Women! Dirndl: Traditional Women's Clothes from Germany and Austria
133: I bet they serve gummy bears for snacks on this plane. We were sad to leave Munich, but it was time for another adventure.
134: Last stop Amsterdam The Netherlands! | Look it's a hamster wheel for people.
135: Best room overall - very large room with AC, ice, and a TV that we could actually understand in English.
136: We had a 23 hour lay over and tried to see the sights. It was misting the whole time. Amsterdam was dirty and of all the places we traveled this was the place we felt most uncomfortable. | Town hall in Dam Square | Magna Plaza - 4 story shopping mall | Peek and Cloppenburg - shopping
137: Bikes are the way to travel here! Don't buy a good one though, it will get stolen. Over 20,000 are found in the canal every year. | H&M Fashion got it start in Sweden. | A flower we saw walking on streets. Schonn said it is probably something you can smoke.
138: Marijuana and "coffee shops" were on many corners. We realized we had entered a gay bar after it was too late. Schonn's face was priceless though.
139: We decided to go on a boat tour of the city and stay dry. | Ann Franks House where she and her family hid from the Nazi's during the war.
141: Didn't get very good pictures, the weather was crummy.
142: Notice all the houses leaning all different ways. All the buildings were built on stilts into the mud below and some have become unstable. | The stairs inside are too steep, so they use a pulley on the outside to get things up to apartments.
143: To get an apartment (canal house) you have to get on a waiting list, sometimes up to 10-15 years. | Time to say good-bye and head back to Texas! What a great way to spend an anniversary. We had an amazing time and made lots of memories.