it was raining when the bus dropped us off by the train station where a ferry would take us across the lake to hallstatt, a small village in the salzkammergut region of austria.
we left germany on a good note by having a picnic lunch in the park at the foot of the tegelberg mountain in schwangau. several of us went for a ride on the park’s luge course barrelling down the stainless steel track on a wheeled bobsled. it felt great to be like a kid again.
from schwangau, we headed to salzburg, austria, the birthplace of wolfgang amadeus mozart. the drive took about six hours. it included a 45-minute break for the driver and the much-needed bathroom relief for the rest of us at a motorway service station.
located on top of the hill overlooking the village, it was built by king ludwig ii of bavaria as a personal refuge and in honor of his favorite composer, richard wagner.