Salzburg not in the Rain

Today was a beautiful, sunny day. I decided to take a day trip to the picturesque Konigsee Lake, in nearby Bavaria. 

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The trip to Konigsee passes through the town of Berchtesgaden. On the way back, I stopped to take a tour of the Berchtesgaden salt mines.

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You put on a miner's suit and board a narrow gauge train which takes you deep into the mountain. Wooden miners' slides take you deeper into the mine. The tour guide only spoke German, but luckily there was an English audio guide which gave information about all the stops. About halfway through the 60-minute tour we crossed an underground lake whose waters were so still that it perfectly mirrored the mine ceiling. The tour felt a little rushed, and I could have done without the light and laser shows at a few of the stops, but it overall it was pretty cool (figuratively and literally). Unfortunately pictures were not allowed.

In the afternoon, I visited the fortress. (I got free entry thanks to one of the workers at the hostel.) There is a funicular which goes up the hill, but I decided to walk.

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I got great views of the city and the surrounding countryside (this time with no mist!)

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On the way back down, I took these photos of the spires of the city.

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Finally, here is the castle above the city on a clear day.

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By Ross in Travel on Fri 01 August 2014. Tags: Austria

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