August 5th 2014

The old kingdom of Bavaria touches its neighbor Austria in the beautiful Bavarian Alps.
They share a landscape, but travel slowly through the alpine meadows or visit the towns and cities and the character of each land shines through. Bavaria, before it joined the German empire, used to be a territory of kings and castles. The kings are no more, but the castles, often fairytale, always lovely to look at are still there including the string of fantasy palaces built for the 'Dream King' Ludwig II. Think of Bavaria and think of festivals in honor of local beers, lederhosen and dirndls and wurst for dinner. Stereotypes they may be, but Bavarians are justly proud of their heritage and traditions and aren't afraid to show them off.
The Austrian Tyrol, like Bavaria a federal state, holds true to its culture. Medieval Kitzbühel, released from its winter blanket of snow and throngs of skiers, rejoices in tradition. After a day absorbing the spectacular lake and mountain scenery of the Schwarzsee, there's no better place to spend an evening being entertained in typical Tyrolean fashion. Innsbruck maintains its role as state capital with a charming old town quarter dwarfed by the majestic mountain backdrop. And of course, if it's mountains and it's Austria, it's also The Sound of Music, so staying in the former hunting lodge of the Von Trapp family is a must-do! Our next Walk in Austria departs on 14 September and we set off in Bavaria on 21 September. Why not join us in one of these wonderful countries?

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