It was a memorable trip to Austria and Germany with many special highlights ... such as visiting our oldest son and his family in Stuttgart, Germany. Our grand daughters have grown so much since we last saw them! We love the small quaint town of Herrenburg, where they live, with it's cobble stone square and picturesque buildings. We visited an old tumble down castle on the Neckar River and then had lunch at an old mill. It was lots of fun!Then on to beautiful Vienna where we toured the city and enjoyed all of the sites that we could fit in during our short 3 day stay. The Schonbrunn Palace, Belevedere Museum, and the Zoo were my favorites. We also enjoyed seeing the Lipizzaner Stallions during their exercise routine. And I can't forget the lovely Viennese Coffee Shops with their decadent desserts and strong rich coffee! Vienna is such a clean beautiful city that I'd love to go back and spend more time there someday...After those hectic city days we spent the next 3 days in the Austrian Alps south of Innsbruck. There we relaxed, feasted on great Austrian meals, and took in the majestic scenery of the Alps and the Stubaier Glacier while hiking and cable car riding up to the highest peaks! The Grobenhof still retains it's original charm and hospitality and the little town of Fulpmes is even more appealing than our last visit 4 years ago.After our week in Austria we ventured back to Germany where we concluded our vacation with a brief stay in Munich and a great visit to the Oktoberfest! We found a seat in the Paulaner Beer Tent and ordered a Maß or 1 liter of beer and a halb hanchen or half a roast chicken. We listened to the Oompah Band and enjoyed the feeling of festivity!After that it was time to say goodbye to Europe. It was a long flight home as most return trips are. The vacation is over, we're back to our usual routines, and I'm glad we had such a great time.
Until next time... Auf Wiedersehen, Tchuss!
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