Austria + South Germany \\ Europe Trip Part Two

LFP blog header words Hallstatt Austria Germany_0001 I hope everyone had an AMAZING Christmas week! Tim and I were able to have some much needed and fun family time and just enjoy the holiday together! My big present from him this year was a new MacBook Pro (including a rose gold case, since they don’t make the Pro in rose gold!! He knows me well!!). It’s pretty much a game changer to be able to have a functional laptop to be able to edit personal photos in a more relaxed setting while hanging out by the Christmas tree – which is exactly what I did over the holiday weekend, and finished up part two of editing our European Alps roadtrip from October! Today I’m so excited to share some of our favorites from the incredible Austria and southern Germany! After leaving Venice (see that post here!), we drove through the Italian Dolomites into picturesque Austria. We arrived at Hallstatt, Austria as our first stop and it was everything I had seen on Pinterest – it was SO beautiful!  AustriaGermany2015-4 AustriaGermany2015-8 AustriaGermany2015-11 AustriaGermany2015-21 AustriaGermany2015-23 AustriaGermany2015-28 AustriaGermany2015-31 AustriaGermany2015-34 AustriaGermany2015-36 AustriaGermany2015-38 AustriaGermany2015-39 AustriaGermany2015-43 AustriaGermany2015-46 AustriaGermany2015-48 AustriaGermany2015-49 AustriaGermany2015-52 AustriaGermany2015-53 AustriaGermany2015-54 This town seriously looks fake, right?! I can’t even believe people live here!  AustriaGermany2015-55 AustriaGermany2015-56 AustriaGermany2015-60 AustriaGermany2015-66 AustriaGermany2015-68 AustriaGermany2015-69 AustriaGermany2015-72 AustriaGermany2015-73 AustriaGermany2015-75 AustriaGermany2015-76 AustriaGermany2015-77 AustriaGermany2015-84 AustriaGermany2015-90 AustriaGermany2015-93 AustriaGermany2015-94 AustriaGermany2015-97 AustriaGermany2015-98 AustriaGermany2015-99 AustriaGermany2015-100 AustriaGermany2015-105 AustriaGermany2015-107 AustriaGermany2015-109 AustriaGermany2015-111 The best potato soup, hot chocolate, lager and sausages!  AustriaGermany2015-115 AustriaGermany2015-117 After leaving Hallstatt (reluctantly!), we passed through Salzburg and met up with one of our awesome couples, Bonnie + Paul, as they were doing a similar trip at the same time as us with their friend! So fun wandering the streets of Salzburg at night, seeing all the famous spots from Sound of Music and eating enormous amounts of meat in a traditional Austrian brauhaus!  AustriaGermany2015-122 AustriaGermany2015-124 AustriaGermany2015-127 This is the “Maria Fountain” from Sound of Music!  AustriaGermany2015-128 AustriaGermany2015-130 AustriaGermany2015-142 After Salzburg, we headed to the incredible little mountain town of Innsbruck! We loved this town and definitely have plans to come back in the winter and snowboard! Sadly the cloud cover was so low that we couldn’t see the enormous mountains surrounding the town, but the clouds cleared up amazingly once we got to Switzerland and those were the biggest mountains we wanted to see!  AustriaGermany2015-145 AustriaGermany2015-148 AustriaGermany2015-153 Every restaurant had these plush sheepskin blankets!  AustriaGermany2015-162 AustriaGermany2015-167 AustriaGermany2015-169 AustriaGermany2015-173 I love these two photos that a nice stranger took for us in the town square! AustriaGermany2015-174 AustriaGermany2015-175 AustriaGermany2015-176 AustriaGermany2015-177 AustriaGermany2015-192 AustriaGermany2015-194 AustriaGermany2015-195 AustriaGermany2015-203 AustriaGermany2015-206 AustriaGermany2015-207 Once leaving Innsbruck, we started passing castles just on the side of the road, literally, and crossed the border into the very south part of Germany and the cute little town of Mittenwald! First, we went on a long hike through the woods to the absolutely incredible glacier gorge of Leutaschklamm. It started snowing and raining during the hike and it was SO COLD here! The funniest part was that the town was absolutely covered in blooming flowers in spite of the snow and cold temperatures. I’m not sure how their flowers survive so long, but I want the secret!  AustriaGermany2015-211 AustriaGermany2015-216 AustriaGermany2015-217 AustriaGermany2015-218 Hallstatt Austria Germany_0002 Hallstatt Austria Germany_0004 AustriaGermany2015-219 AustriaGermany2015-223 AustriaGermany2015-232 AustriaGermany2015-251 AustriaGermany2015-255 Me, wearing every single layer I brought, haha! At least 5 shirts and sweaters on underneath my rain jacket!  AustriaGermany2015-257 The town of Mittenwald!  AustriaGermany2015-263 AustriaGermany2015-265 AustriaGermany2015-269 AustriaGermany2015-267 AustriaGermany2015-268 AustriaGermany2015-272 AustriaGermany2015-273 AustriaGermany2015-275 AustriaGermany2015-277 AustriaGermany2015-280 AustriaGermany2015-286 AustriaGermany2015-290 AustriaGermany2015-294 AustriaGermany2015-296 AustriaGermany2015-298 AustriaGermany2015-301 AustriaGermany2015-307 AustriaGermany2015-312 AustriaGermany2015-318 AustriaGermany2015-317 AustriaGermany2015-321 This was one of the best  meals I can remember! Bavarian pretzel cheese soup and tasty lagers!  AustriaGermany2015-327 After a night in Mittenwald area, we headed to see Neuschwanstein Castle! This is the castle that the Disney World castle / Sleeping Beauty castle was modeled after, and was built by crazy King Ludwig.  AustriaGermany2015-342 AustriaGermany2015-343 AustriaGermany2015-350 AustriaGermany2015-351 AustriaGermany2015-352 AustriaGermany2015-389 Hallstatt Austria Germany_0005 Hallstatt Austria Germany_0006 Hallstatt Austria Germany_0007 Hallstatt Austria Germany_0008 AustriaGermany2015-356 We stayed in the ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen for our final night in Germany and it was another one we definitely want to come back to in the winter!  AustriaGermany2015-359 AustriaGermany2015-353 AustriaGermany2015-361 AustriaGermany2015-365 AustriaGermany2015-366 The clouds finally started clearing up as we left Germany and crossed into Switzerland, and then we REALLY started seeing the Alps! Up next post, Switzerland and the incredible mountains!  AustriaGermany2015-370

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