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April 25th 2018
Published: June 1st 2018
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Christmas has arrived early this year. As the doors were being unlocked, we were back at the Welt again for delivery day. Our scheduled pick-up time may have been at 0940, but we were there at 0759. This never gets old. First order of business was doing the paperwork in the newly renovated offices next to the Lounge. And there was quite a bit to be done. I wonder if anyone actually reads through ... Read Full Entry

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A typically beautiful Bavarian farmhouseA typically beautiful Bavarian farmhouse
A typically beautiful Bavarian farmhouse

The house itself looks picture perfect and probably is inside, but the other end of the house is the barn for the cows. That's very common here. Often the buildings are so big that they have extra rooms that the farmer rents out to tourists for a very reasonable rate. It's a great way to travel.
Our home for the next two nightsOur home for the next two nights
Our home for the next two nights

I could very easily have found reasons to spend a full week in Oberammergau, but we wanted to squeeze in some new sights this time around. This corner of Bavaria, the Pfaffenwinkel, has so much to see and do. The Winter Olympics town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a short drive away; as is Mittenwald famous for its violin-makers; the highest point in Germany, the Zugspitze, is nearby; Innsbruck, Austria is less than two hours distant and a half dozen noted alpine skiing resorts are in just a valley or two away.
Our room in the Hotel WittelsbachOur room in the Hotel Wittelsbach
Our room in the Hotel Wittelsbach

We had been booked at three different places before I found a great deal on this in-town hotel in Oberammergau. Rooms in Germany are always clean and almost always have big thick comforters. This close to the mountains you need them even in the summer.
The view from our roomThe view from our room
The view from our room

The Kofel mountain peak looms in the background. It's Oberammergau's trademark.
Another view of the KofelAnother view of the Kofel
Another view of the Kofel

At its peak it rises almost a mile above sea level. It's a popular climbing spot. A cross on the top commemorates those that didn't quite make it there.
Hitting the streets of OberammergauHitting the streets of Oberammergau
Hitting the streets of Oberammergau

It didn't take long for us to decide it was time for dinner. We headed down the street from our hotel toward the dark, woodsy Gasthof Stern.
Reversing fieldReversing field
Reversing field

Since the Gasthof Stern wasn't open we headed back in the direction of our hotel toward our second choice for a meal. Note the lawn balls to the right. All kinds of glass ornaments but none with that simple blue and white checked pattern reminiscent of the flag of Bavaria that I passed on the day before at the Viktualienmarkt.
Dining at the Alte Post HotelDining at the Alte Post Hotel
Dining at the Alte Post Hotel

Neither of us were complaining about ending up at our second choice of restaurants. Just a wee bit roomier the same Alpine decor lends the perfect ambience to a meal here. Our waiter was efficient and fine with us, but diners at another table seemed to have a big issue with him. We think they ordered wine that they didn't end up liking and he was irked about them refusing to pay for it.
Another excellent Oberammergau dinnerAnother excellent Oberammergau dinner
Another excellent Oberammergau dinner

For the price of a dinner at Chili's or Red Robin I was served more food than I could finish. The fresh mushroom sauce was "off the hook" in Guy Fieri's words.

1st June 2018

We have spent many vacations there. Friends taught at the NATO school. I've climbed the Kofel and cross country skied the King Ludwig's Lauf. I hope you have time to swim at the Wellenbad!

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