Long-Awaited Reunion

Kempten im Allgau Travel Blog

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During our first dinner

Kempten is a fine city in the southern part of Bavaria, in the area called Allgäu (Highlands). The city stands on the River Iller. The Bavarian Highlands is a well-known vacation paradise full of resorts and attractive destinations. About 65 thousand inhabitants live in Kempten now. The city itself is located at the altitude from 646 m to 915 m above sea level. Downtown Kempten – Rathausplatz (City Council Square) - is located at 665 meters above sea level.

Virtual Tourist members – overal, about sixty of us, from 19 countries – gathered in this city at the end of May 2017 for the traditional annual VT Meet that had been announced in 2016. That city had been selected at the previous Virtual Tourist meeting because Christian, who used to live and work there, had volunteered to fill the stay of the participants with unforgettable day tours and pleasant dinners.

At the square opposite the cathedral
He did a good job organizing all our day trips and tickets, arranging our dinners at popular downtown restaurants. We enjoyed our reunion and our stay in Bavaria a lot. Christian had ordered an excellent double decker bus for us, and we made a couple of amazing day trips: to Lindau and Wangen, to Oberstdorf and Breitachklamm. We had two dinners at a great downtown restaurant and endless enjoyable conversations and pleasant discoveries.

The entire Euromeet 2017 program lasted for three days. Several former VT members continued their stay in Bavaria before taking a plane home. To be more precise, there is no such notion as “former VT member”. There are eternally true VT members. My friends and I visited Castle Neuschwanstein and its surrounding area, Upper Bavaria and its capital Landshut, Munich, and so on.

A VT badge for all the participants
I was not on a hurry to leave for home and used the remaining part of my holiday to visit my good old friends in Balingen (Baden-Wuerttemberg): http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/140612/Frommern-Folk-Dance-Group-20?isUpdate=true

 and in Idar-Oberstein (Rheinland Palatinate): http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/140612/German-Gemstone-Route-21.

Overall, it was a wonderful nine-day  stay in Germany for me, after a break of 11 years.

Brauereigaststätte Zum Stift – At Stift Beer Restaurant – became our HQ in Kempten. This is where we had our registration, the first dinner (inside) and the farewell dinner (outside). During the first dinner I took the floor and addressed the participants expressing my gratitude for their positive feedback and our long communication.

Cathedral Square
I also told them we should keep up our Community Spirit, and presented each participant with a VT Community Spirit badge that I had ordered in Severodonetsk, Ukraine,  using the 2015 VT award image and brought to Kempten to distribute among all the participants of Virtual Tourist Euromeet 2017. In fact, I had been nominated for the  VT Community Spirit in 2015 and won it by the majority of votes. I told the participants, and they agreed, that all of us were the winners of that award, and not only myself. Thus, each participant of the meeting will keep such a nice reminder of our community. The image of the  VT Community Spirit award is the main photo of this blog.

Our Thursday and Saturday dinner/VT HQ: Brauereigaststätte Zum Stift (At Stift Beer Restaurant), Stiftsplatz 1, 87439 Kempten.

My friends and I stayed at City Hotel in Kempten.

Cathedral Square
City Hotel Kempten *** , Kotterner Straße 72, 87435 Kempten, Deutschland. Tel. +49 831 521870. What do you think my room number was? It was No.24 - exactly the same number that was my last VT rank on Virtual Tourist - a pleasant coincidence!

It was easy to find our HQ and other places of interest in the city since the hotel owner, Mr.Zeller, gave me a map of Kempten that contained a downtown map and a general city map. We managed to take a stroll downtown and to see some wonderful fountains, buildings and churches.

Our second dinner at Sky Lounge was great! I thoroughly enjoyed our meeting and hope we can meet again some day.

odiseya says:
I hope I will participate in VT meet ups one day!
Posted on: Aug 31, 2017
cotton_foam says:
Congrats on your featured blog!! How cool-- VT meetup blog is the feature of today's blogs on TB!! ;-)
I wish only that there is no longer VT/TB ...just plain travel buddies that is!! :)
Posted on: Aug 25, 2017
HORSCHECK says:
Congrats on your featured blog, which I have checked out already a few weeks ago.
Posted on: Aug 25, 2017
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During our first dinner
During our first dinner
At the square opposite the cathedr…
At the square opposite the cathed…
A VT badge for all the participants
A VT badge for all the participants
Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square
City Leisure center - the Big Box
City Leisure center - the Big Box
During our first dinner
During our first dinner
Brauereigaststätte Zum Stift (At …
Brauereigaststätte Zum Stift (At…
Heres to you!
Here's to you!
At Stift it is hard to choose what…
At Stift it is hard to choose wha…
A big choice of beers
A big choice of beers
Cathedral Square at night
Cathedral Square at night
Cathedral Square at night
Cathedral Square at night
During a night stroll
During a night stroll
During a night stroll
During a night stroll
During a night stroll
During a night stroll
Kotterner Street where our hotel i…
Kotterner Street where our hotel …
Forum Shopping Mall
Forum Shopping Mall
Forum Shopping Mall
Forum Shopping Mall
The City Forum
The City Forum
City Hotel where my friends and I …
City Hotel where my friends and I…
City Hotel where my friends and I …
City Hotel where my friends and I…
Kotterner Street where our hotel i…
Kotterner Street where our hotel …
My room at City Hotel
My room at City Hotel
My room at City Hotel
My room at City Hotel
Kotterner Street
Kotterner Street
During a morning walk near the hot…
During a morning walk near the ho…
During a morning walk near the hot…
During a morning walk near the ho…
During a morning walk near the hot…
During a morning walk near the ho…
During a morning walk near the hot…
During a morning walk near the ho…
During a morning walk near the hot…
During a morning walk near the ho…
Our hotel: City Hotel and Mylord R…
Our hotel: City Hotel and Mylord …
Our hotel: City Hotel, reception
Our hotel: City Hotel, reception
Our hotel: City Hotel, reception
Our hotel: City Hotel, reception
Our hotel: City Hotel, reception
Our hotel: City Hotel, reception
The city map
The city map
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
The City Council building
The City Council building
A busker in downtown Kempten
A busker in downtown Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
The City Hall and St.Lawrence Cahe…
The City Hall and St.Lawrence Cah…
St.Lawrence Cahedral
St.Lawrence Cahedral
Big Box
Big Box
Big Box
Big Box
City Hotel Kempten
City Hotel Kempten
City Hotel Kempten
City Hotel Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Taking a stroll in Kempten
Park Theater
Park Theater
A city park
A city park
A city park
A city park
A city park
A city park
A city park
A city park
The bridge across the Iller
The bridge across the Iller
The bridge across the Iller
The bridge across the Iller
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
Exploring Kempten
An unusual monument near the Techn…
An unusual monument near the Tech…
An unusual monument near the Techn…
An unusual monument near the Tech…
An unusual monument downtown
An unusual monument downtown
An unusual monument downtown
An unusual monument downtown
The timetable of trains is very pr…
The timetable of trains is very p…
A bigger map of Kempten and its su…
A bigger map of Kempten and its s…
The city Council building (www.kem…
The city Council building (www.ke…
St.Mang Church (www.kempten.de)
St.Mang Church (www.kempten.de)
My panorama map of  Bavarian Highl…
My panorama map of Bavarian High…
My panorama map of  Bavarian Highl…
My panorama map of Bavarian High…
This image became a registered tra…
This image became a registered tr…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eur…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eu…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eur…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eu…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eur…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eu…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eur…
The program of Virtual Tourist Eu…
The program of my last days of sta…
The program of my last days of st…
Kempten im Allgau
photo by: vicIII