GET ROADTRIPPY: AUSTRIA & BAVARIA (PART I)
In the middle of April we made our way down to beautiful Bavaria and Austria. Actually we didn’t really go super far into Austria - we stayed near to the Alps almost all of the time. I thought it was about time to show you some more insights of what our roadtrip was about. If you followed along on Instagram stories you’ll already have seen quite much of what we’ve been up to. But here are some more insights coming your way - hope you enjoy part one of this series!
Würzburg - Reutte - Grainau
All the restaurants and hotels tagged are personal recommendations. If I leave something out it's because I can't fully recommend it to you. I hope the recommendations will help you if you are planning a similar route :-)
PLANNING THE TRIP
Before I dig into the trip I wanted to give you a little insight in our way of planning. First of all I use mapify to search for cool spots to visit and read about the experiences of others. To share the trip schedule and edit it together we use a simple Google Drive table where we record dates, places, hotels, activities and links. Very convenient as you can (both) access and edit the list at any time any place. Especially when planning city trips I love to use mapstr to save some food spots as it can be tricky to quickly find a restaurant you both agree with when the hungriness already kicks in - if you know you know. It’s also really helpful to use Google Maps to set the route and sometimes visualize the ways.
Sources: Google Maps & Google Drive
First Stop: Würzburg
Würzburg is such a charming little city. It reminded me of Heidelberg in a lot of ways! Mainly because of the castle, the bridge and its homely atmosphere and warm-hearted people. We spent two full days in the city and visited the residence and its garden, the castle and strolled around town. Würzburg has a crazy high church density, which is why we were in about 100 churches (joking). If you take a closer look at the pictures we took from the castle with view on the city you can already spot countless of steeples.
Our Airbnb was a lucky pick as it was located directly in the old town with view on the castle - bliss. We also found some cute food spots during our stay. But see yourself. *flood of images incoming*
The Würzburg Residence houses the greatest cohesive ceiling fresco in the world that you can sneak a bit of in these pictures. Stunning isn’t it?
Unluckily the beautiful gardens of the fortress were closed during our stay but if you’re able to witness them then do so as they seem to be so lovely! However, the view from the castle on the old town comforted us over this little disappointment.
Second Stop: Reutte, Austria
Reutte was the perfect place to stay at to tick both spots in one day: The Plansee and Highline 179. For that night we stayed in a idyllic litte hotel near Reutte called Tannenhof, that I can unreservedly recommend to you. We ate at a Restaurant called Alina, that serves local food and pizza & pasta.
The Plansee welcomed us with melting snow and fog clinging to the mountain peaks and the lakes’ surface. On our way down to Austria we were still hoping the snow would’ve already melt down and the sun would be peaking through but yeah… you see. Anyways we made our way to the lakes’ bank and enjoyed the foggy views. In the end it was actually really cool to experience such a strong change in weather as at the end of our road trip we drove home at 26 degrees - crazy how the weather can change within such a short time and distance, isn't it? From winter to summer in just one week! I hope to come back some time soon in bright sunshine though to see the lake shine in its deep turquoise color.
Right after we visited the Plansee we decided to go up to the Highline 179 - even at risk of limited sight and freezing one’s feet off. But we were lucky! Only the day before the Ehrenberg Liner was opened that took us up to the Highline instead hiking up the hill ourselves - winning at life. Up there it was incredibly quiet and we were able to look far in the distance. The world among us looked like a snow globe, everything wrapped in white. But if you’re afraid of floors through which you can see the ground, you should not walk on the bridge. Besides, it wobbles a little (only as a small hint).
Third Stop: Grainau, Bavaria
When we made our way to Grainau we were so lucky as the weather conditions changed from winter to spring in only car drive - yes. We stayed at another guesthouse that was only a ten minute drive away from the Eibsee.
I can’t really hide it - the Eibsee was my absolute favorite lake we visited on this tour. Still the Königssee is unbeaten but oh my word the Eibsee is a real beaut. We made our way there early in the morning when the lake was still calm and the light so soft. There weren’t many people around as well. As we went however it felt like busloads of people were coming so an early wake up call is the key to happiness when it comes to a deserted Eibsee.
We then decided to return the same day for a little sunset session and it was so so worth it. Seeing the sun glow behind the Zugspitze and its reflections on the lake is priceless.
EIBSEE @ SUNSET
And that’s it for now. If you really followed this (long ass) photo spam till the end I’m impressed. To be continued with some more pictures (joking, it’ll be looots). Stay tuned. If you have any questions regarding our trip always feel free to ask!
All pictures taken by talented @kleehausen and myself