David and Jacqueline visit Austria and Southern Germany

David and Jacqueline spent four very pleasant days in Austria and Southern Germany on a May break. We started with a night in Innsbruck. Unfortunately, the Arlberg tunnel was closed for repairs meaning that we had to drive over the pass in snow! On the second day, the weather cheered up and we spent a pleasant morning looking at the sights in the old town of Innsbruck, which we liked a lot. We stayed in the same hotel as Mozart (he was only there for a few days…)!

Then we went across the border to Schloss Elmau, visiting Hannah and enjoying the delights of a five star spa hotel for a couple of nights. On the third day we hiked to Mittenwald and back, visiting the rather outrageous church and the splendid Violin-making Museum and taking a single-chair chair-lift on the way back. We saw a lot of beautiful dark blue gentian, which has become scarce in the Alps in recent years. On the way back we visited the Basilica of St. Lorenz in Kempten, a jewel of Catholic pomposity, matching the Innsbruck cathedral in style and sheer weight of stucco – just different kings on the two sides of the border…