Walking into Germany
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We met for breakfast at 8:00 & got on the road shortly after 9:00. The ceiling had lowered to obscure the mountain tops & there was some very light drizzle. We stopped at "La Maison du Gruyère", a cheese factory that I rather thought might be a bit hokey. It turned out to be fascinating and we spent over an hour and a half watching them make cheese.
On Karl's suggestion, we headed for Interlaken & on to Brienz to see the steam cog railway there. Because of the weather, the train was on a restricted schedule & we knew we wouldn't see much so we blew off the train and just had lunch nearby.
Back on the road, we drove via Luzern to Stein, parked, and walked over the wooden bridge to Germany. After visiting the magnificent church in Bad Säckingen, we bought the girls some trinkets at a jewelry store & walked back to Switzerland. Ironically, as we re-entered Germany by car we were stopped at the border & the guy actually grilled us a bit. I guess it didn't occur to them that if we'd wanted to sneak or smuggle something in, we'd have done it via the footbridge!
Driving through the Black Forest, we stopped for the night at Hotel Grüner Baum in Todtnau-Muggenbrunn & had a very pleasant dinner in their restaurant.