Ruhpolding, Germany & Salzburg, Austria

Courtesy of the American Spouses of Brunssum Travel Information Guide

Destinations: Ruhpolding Germany to include Bertchesgaden and Salzburg Austria area.

Time of year: We went during October break. We had one day of not so great (rainy, grey weather) and the rest of the week it was nice and sunny.

Route: You can use mapquest.com or other website, we opted for going towards Stuttgart (stopped at Patch barracks on the way down and back for gas and food) then towards Munich and south towards Salzburg. Plan on 8-9 hours depending on traffic and speed of travel.

Hotel: Stayed at Ferien-Appartementhaus Gärtner. We had apartments with full kitchens, this is nice for having food available and the option to cook in when kids are too tired to go out again, of course saves some money too. There was an indoor swimming pool in the hotel; however, it closed by 7 p.m. so a little difficult to use if you have been out touring during the day.

Things to do: Well, just about everything is possible depending on what you want to do. Here is the itinerary for our trip.

Day 1:

We went to Berchtesgaden to the salt mines, this is a must. You dress up in miner’s clothes, take a train ride, view a movie on mining, slide down a long wooden slide and take a boat ride all inside the mine.

After we left there we went to the Konigsee which is a large lake with little shops/restaurants built up near by. You can take a boat ride if you want or just wander around. We ate at a pizza place that was good and fairly inexpensive (5euro for a pizza) they also served ice cream, which we went back for at the end of the day. In the evening, kids and one parent went to the indoor pool complex near the hotel, awesome tunnel water slide, wave pool and outdoor heated pool with jets. This was a very big hit with the kids.

Day 2: Salzburg Austria.

We drove in to Salzburg, parked and walked to the square. We made reservations for the Sound of Music tour, definitely want the kids to see the movie before you go on this if they haven’t seen it yet. I think for the most part, is worth it, and depends on your kids. We had a nice day and were able to do the toboggan run (rodelbahn) as part of the tour (weather permitting) which was one of the highlights for the kids.

We then walked up to the castle ruins, we opted for the outside tour of the buildings but you can go inside and they have a guided tour of the inside. We did not have enough time, you really need 3 hours or more to complete it all.

Day3: Eagles Nest.

We had a beautiful day for this. You really need a good part of one day to enjoy the views and maybe a beer/snack at the top.

We tried to fit in a HerrenChiemsee at the end of the day but ran out of time. We went back to Ruhpolding and walked around the town. There are a lot of nice restaurants and shops and again for a tourist area, very reasonably priced. We went back to the indoor pool in town again this night.

Day 4: Herrenchiemsee.

If you just go to the castle this could be a half day, however we went to both the castle and the other island (Frauen Insel) that the ferry goes to. Tickets and boarding boats are located in the town of Prien-Stock. Again, great day. Kids loved it. Tour of the castle is not very long so even the younger kids are okay with that. The rest of the time was spent walking around the island and ferry rides. We ate at the Frauen Insel again a very nice little restaurant with a good variety of foods. We ended the day back in Ruhpolding finishing up shopping we had dinner at Gasthof Miesenbach which was excellent; this is also a B&B with a German bowling alley in it.

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