Now we are getting into some serious mountains with plenty of craggy peaks.

Looks plenty wintry

Looks plenty wintry

Berchtesgadenerland

Berchtesgadenerland

We found our way to our apartment just as the stormy day plunged us into night.

Our abode

Our abode

Just a mile or so away was the Konigsee, the king’s very own lake, you might say. No fresh snow but we made the best of it.

Up into the woods for a good view

Up into the woods for a good view

Dressed for the occasion

Dressed for the occasion

Fine view of the Königsee at sunset

Fine view of the Königsee at sunset

Berchtesgaden is a beautifully situated town, surrounded by mountains, divided by a river and undermined by salt mines.

The Kodak spot

The Kodak spot

In the town are nice things to see. Here’s a look around.

Amazingly decorated buildings

Amazingly decorated buildings

Martin's Royal Bakery, I kid you not.

Martin’s Royal Bakery, I kid you not.

Nice kitties.

Nice kitties.

It's called the dining room. Could it be a restaurant?

It’s called the dining room. Could it be a restaurant?

Store for men's lederhosen and women's fine traditional costumes. We found many people wearing them.

Store for men’s lederhosen and women’s fine traditional costumes. We found many people wearing them.

A formidable iron door.

A formidable iron door.

One of many fine fountains. These people love quality public art and are willing to pay for it.

One of many fine fountains. These people love quality public art and are willing to pay for it.

Ah, St. Nicholas is here.

Ah, St. Nicholas is here.

The air is crisp and cool. Hitler had his Eagle’s Nest above, and his henchmen had a last-stand bunker drilled into the side of a mountain. Hitler chose to die elsewhere.

For lunch, at 3:00, we drove up into the mountains to visit the well known pilgrimage church of Maria Gern.

The way up, up, up to Maria Gern.

The way up, up, up to Maria Gern.

The pilgrimage church Maria Gern.

The pilgrimage church Maria Gern.

The setting

The setting

We dined alone in the restaurant next door on great local fare, with a view to die for.

Our friendly server, daughter of the chef.

Our friendly server, daughter of the chef.

Scrumptious local fare - slabs of bacon on sauerkraut and a steamed dumpling, with super sauce.

Scrumptious local fare – slabs of bacon on sauerkraut and a steamed dumpling, with super sauce.

View from our table onto the Watzmann.

View from our table onto the Watzmann.

We took a little walk after our power lunch and passed by these local folks. I liked their hats so I brought one home.

Locals with local styled felt hats, made in Germany, not China.

Locals with local styled felt hats, made in Germany, not China.

There’s more to come. Hold your hats!

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