Germany and Austria 2017

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Join Brad and Susan Imsdahl as they take another RV vacation in Europe with Lothar and Monika Propson and their dog Töönchen, June 9th through June 26th, 2017. Highlights include a visit to the world famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Lake Konigssee, the White Horse Inn in St. Wolfgang, the Mozart Museum in Salzburg, and the Sound of Music tour.

The Hills Are Alive Germany and Austria 2017 Intro
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In June of 2017, we traveled to Germany and Austria to go on another RV vacation with Lothar, Monika, and Töönchen.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
My Favorite Things – Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Brad Imsdahl and Susan Imsdahl on Vocals

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We spent the first two days of our vacation in Munich, Germany, where we stayed in a hotel in the old historic city center. Our hotel was only a few blocks from the Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Square) and Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) with its glockenspiel that tells the story of the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine. We got there just in time for the show. We then found a rickshaw tour that took us to a number of points of interest in Munich, including the Englischer Garten (English Garden) which is one of the largest city parks in the world. In the evening, we had beer at the famous Hofbräuhaus, which is a beer hall originally built in 1589 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Music performed by Mark Stillman and Brad Imsdahl

Camping Bannwaldsee
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Monday June 12, 2017. After checking out of our hotel, we took a taxi to the RV rental place in Sulzemoos, northwest of Munich, where we met up with Lothar, Monika, and Töönchen. We then drove to our first campsite on Lake Bannwaldsee which is right on the northern edge of the Bavarian Alps, close to the Austrian border. We are staying two days at this campground so that we can visit Neuschwanstein Castle on Tuesday.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Clarinet Polka written by A. Hupfat and Karol Namyslowski
Music performed by Mark Stillman and Brad Imsdahl

Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Tuesday June 13, 2017. Today we visit the world famous Neuschwanstein castle, built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. We also ride a cable car to the top of a mountain overlooking the valley, and see some hang gliders take off.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
On Top of the Hill performed by Mark Stillman
't Loose bakkertje performed by Brad Imsdahl

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Today we drive to our second campsite in Oberammergau, with a stop along the way to see the Pilgrimage Church of Wies. The church dates back to the 1740s. Lothar said we can’t see Bavaria without seeing this Church with all of its ornate decorations and paintings on the ceiling. We then drove to a campsite on the edge of the town of Oberammergau, which is famous for its Passion Play performed by the residents of the town once every ten years. Oberammergau is also famous for the many frescoes painted on the facades of the buildings. The frescoes contain traditional Bavarian themes, such as fairy tales and religious scenery.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Holiday Road written by Lindsey Buckingham
Tyrolean Ländler performed by Mark Stillman

Campingplatz Wagnerhof
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Thursday June 15, 2017. After leaving Oberammergau, we made a brief stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the location where they held the 1936 Winter Olympics in Germany. Then we drove along the shores of Lake Walchen, looking for a spot to stop and have lunch, but all of the parking places for RVs were full. They are celebrating Corpus Christi today, which is a big holiday in Bavaria, so everybody was at the lake on holiday. Then we drove to our third campsite in the town of Bergen, Germany. We are staying at this campground for two days to rest up and take a break from traveling.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Bossa Nova Le Fleur written by Brad Imsdahl
The Girl With The Flaxen Hair written by Claude Debussy

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Saturday June 17, 2017. Today we are camping in a small village next to Lake Königsee, a natural lake in the extreme southeast Berchtesgaden Land District of Bavaria. After setting up our campsite, we walked into town to take a boat ride down the long narrow lake.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Terzinka performed by Mark Stillman and Brad Imsdahl
Sonata Opus 13 written by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sunday June 18, 2017. Today we cross the border into Austria. We are driving the route in Austria that my father use to drive after WWII when he delivered groceries to German prisoners of war. He was stationed in the town of Abtenau. We are camped just outside of Abtenau. The look of the towns may have changed since 1945 when my father was stationed here, but the surrounding mountains are still the same.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Music performed by Mark Stillman

Camping Wolfgangsee
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Monday June 19, 2017. After leaving our campground in Abtenau, we head up a mountain road which takes us to an elevation of about 4,300 feet above sea level. We stopped for lunch at a ski resort before heading down the other side to our next campsite on Lake Wolfgangsee. For the next two days, we are camping right next to the lake on the edge of the town of St. Wolfgang, Austria.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
My Favorite Things written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

European Travel Tips
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This is my 5th trip to Europe, which makes me somewhat experienced with traveling in Europe. I decided for this trip, I would share some of my experiences and suggestions to help you make your trip to Europe more successful.
A film by Brad Imsdahl

Im weißen Rößl - The White Horse Inn - St. Wolfgang, Austria
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Lake Wolfgangsee and the town of St. Wolfgang are perhaps best known by Germans and Austrians as the setting for the 1960 movie, the White Horse Inn (Im weißen Rößl), starring Peter Alexander. The movie was filmed on location here in St. Wolfgang, and the White Horse Inn, which is a real hotel, is less than one mile walking distance from our campground. So Lothar, Sue, and I walked into town to see the sights and have lunch at an outdoor café across from the hotel.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Drink, Drink, Drink written by Sigmund Romberg

Schafberg Railway
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After our speedboat ride on Lake Wolfgangsee, we took the Schafberg Railway up to the top of the mountain that overlooks the lake. First opened for operations in 1893, the railway is a cog railway that has a toothed rack rail in between the running rails which enables the engine to climb the steep grade of the tracks without slipping back down the hill. The summit at the top of the mountain is at an elevation of 5,700 feet, giving us spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and valleys below.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Sonata No 15 in C Major written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Wednesday June 21, 2017. Today we are at a campground on the outskirts of the city of Salzburg, Austria. We are spending three days at this campground to give us time to see the city, visit the house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born, and go on the Sound of Music Tour.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
The Lonely Goatherd – Do, Re, Mi written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Sonata No 15 in C Major written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Original Sound of Music Tour
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In 1949, Maria von Trapp wrote a book about her life entitled "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers." She later sold the rights to a West German film production company that produced two German language movies entitled: "The Trapp Family," released in 1956, and "The Trapp Family in America," released in 1958. In 1959, Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote a Broadway Musical called The Sound of Music, loosely based upon the book, starring Mary Martin. The Broadway Musical won 5 Tony Awards. Then in 1964, film director Robert Wise and 250 cast and crew members traveled to Salzburg Austria to film what is perhaps the most popular movie musical of all time. The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, won 5 Oscars. Many of the indoor scenes were filmed in Hollywood, but all of the outdoor scenes were filmed on location in and around the Salzburg area. Today, some 300,000 tourists travel to Salzburg each year to go on the Sound of Music tour. Sue and I took the tour during one of our days in Salzburg. The tour focuses mainly on the production of the movie and how various scenes were shot.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Es wollt ein Jägerlein jagen performed by the Trapp Family Singers
Edelweiss and Do Re Mi written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Mozart Museum in Salzburg
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. He was born in 1756 in a house in the old historical center of Salzburg. The family lived in this house for some 26 years, which is now a museum. Sue and I had a chance to visit the museum during one of our days in Salzburg.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Sonata No 15 in C Major written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Lake Ammersee
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We spent our last two days at a campground on Lake Ammersee, which is close to Munich and the RV rental place. This gave us a chance to pack our luggage, clean the RV, and relax with Monika and Lothar before flying home to Minnesota on Monday. Reflecting back on our journey, we got to do and see all that we had planned on doing. However, doing and seeing touristy stuff is very temporary. The highlight of this trip was the fun we had visiting with our family from Germany.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
A Child is Born written by Thad Jones

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - End Credits With Preston McGraw on Cello
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The end credits to our Germany and Austria 2017 trip video.
A film by Brad Imsdahl
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Featuring Preston McGraw on Cello

Germany & Austria 2017 Slide Show
These are the still photos from our trip to Germany and Austria in June of 2017.


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