December 24-25th, 2014
After a festive few days exploring the Christmas markets in Munich and Nuremberg and checking out the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, we hit the road again, this time towards the little mountain town of Schliersee where we planned to cozy up for the holiday. Our hotel, the Alpenhotel Schliersbergalm, located at the top of the mountain overlooking the town has no road access and required us to take a scenic tram ride to get us and our luggage up the mountain.
This was the same inn that Dan’s parents Don and Joan had stayed at Christmas Eve 45 years ago. Don had brought along some pictures that they had taken from that long ago trip and the current innkeepers were delighted to see them. Besides a building addition and some modernization of the existing structures, the inn looks much the same as it did almost five decades ago! After settling into our rooms and Dan taking a thrilling ride on the alpenroller toboggan course, we were treated to the most spectacular sunset that evening from our lake view balconies.
The next morning, we were blessed to see snow starting to fall while enjoying a Christmas breakfast of traditional stollen and coffee. As jubilant as little kids, we gleefully headed out for a snow day taking the tram back down to the car (which was buried under snow!) to spend the day driving around enjoying this now winter wonderland.
All told I think we got over 6 inches of snow that day up on the mountain where our inn was. It was the first white Christmas for this San Diego native! Dan directed more than a few snowballs my direction and I took way too many snow selfies. Can you blame me though? Snow was a novelty for me!
After a peaceful, white Christmas holiday we left the town of Schliersee to head back to Munich to spend the morning taking in the extravagant art and decor at the Residential Palace before our flight back home to London.
A wonderful end to a festive, snowy 2014 Christmas!