That was one of the things I really like about travelling in EU – you can go from one country to another freely, no passport check. The only thing that marks the border is a small sign saying “You are now entering Germany”. And the countries use the same currency. And the train connection is superb.
|The Alps. Simply breathtaking.|
|Intercontinental Hotel, the nicest in town. Take a close look at the peak of the mountain...|
|...perched on the top was Kehlsteinhaus a.k.a. The Eagle’s Nest – Hitler’s home.|
|A short while later, we arrived at Berchtesgaden town.|
|It was such a charming little town. I immediately fell in love with it!|
|Stopped for hot choc and wrote a postcard.|
|A very cute signboard of the advent market.|
|Edelweiss.. Edelweiss.. Every morning you greet me..|
We hopped back on the van and continued our journey. Next stop: The salt mine. As I said earlier, in the olden days, salt made Salzburg rich. Though the mine was located in Germany, the salt traveled across the border through Salzach River, which allowed the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg to collect tax from them.
|Welcome to the salt mine! A troop of German army waited at the entrance. No worries, WW2 was over a long time ago. They were there to mine salt just like us.|
|All geared up in miner’s overalls.|
|We had to go down this wooden slide deep into the mountain. Felt like riding a roller coaster!|
|Inside the salt mine.|
It was a really fun and educational tour. The slide was the best part. It was exactly the way miners entered mine during those days. What a cool way to go to work!
We then headed back to Salzburg and spent the evening doing some shopping. Managed to get myself a pair of really cheap winter boots to replace the one I left in London. Thanks to Dora for introducing Deichmann, a store selling really cheap yet pretty nice shoes. Considering I still had many cities to go to, I could only buy one pair. Otherwise.. well.. let’s not even mention it..