Road trip through Austria

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Lake Mondsee with Austrian Alps
Today was mostly a travel day. We decided to pass on the trip to Slovakia and go to Germany instead. So we started fairly early and got on the road. The passage through Hungary was pretty uneventful as I also made this trip in May. Austria is quite beautiful and along the highway you can see many small towns with Austrian style homes. On the way to Salzburg we got a wonderful view of the Alps and the massive snow topped mountains.

We stopped to get gas and had a beautiful view of Lake Mondsee and the Alps towering above it. The gas station also had the nicest and cleanest bathroom I’ve ever seen. But it was cold and our final destination was calling out to us so we headed back on the road.

Driving to the mountains in Austria is gorgeous, the sun was setting and lighting the sky with brilliant colors of pink, purple and yellow.
Not only our restaurant, but also our panzio
The scenery looked amazing and enjoyed the next half hour watching the sun set on the snowy Alps.

After driving for about 7.5 hours (we took a lot of stops along the way) we finally got to Rottau. Rottau is a cute little Alpine village located in the Bavarian Alps. Cafe Koenig, our panzio, is located at the beginning of town and is built of a typical Alpine design. It’s very adorable from the outside. On the inside, the lodgings are similar to a bed and breakfast. There is one main entrance to the house and we got the whole 2nd floor to ourselves. I was very happy with the accommodations. The bed was nice and big with plenty of bed coverings so as not to get cold at night, the radiator worked well and with a small turn of the knob, had the room warm and cozy in no time.
Second floor of our panzio
The television was quite small, only about a 13”, about the size of my laptop screen, but we got perfect reception. All the stations were in German, so I couldn’t understand a word anyone was saying, however, we did find some winter sports to watch (no translation needed). The bathroom was a bit tight but adequate.

We settled down for a moment, had a few drinks then went downstairs for dinner. The restaurant was really homey and comfortable. Since it was still the Christmas season, all the decorations were still up and made the whole atmosphere festive. Herre Schmidt was our host and welcomed us with glasses of champagne. He was a wonderful host and made sure we got everything we needed. He explained the menu and even brought out all of our food.
Before dinner
Or meal started off with some cheese blintz, which were a bit sweet to start off as appetizers, probably should have had those as dessert. Then we were served our soup which were warm and tasty hand made noodles in a chicken and parsley broth. Then we were given salad and then had to make our choices for entrees. I picked the pork schnitzel, a thinly sliced piece of pork that is breaded and pan fried. The schnitzel was excellent and even better, they were served with the best side food in the world, French fries. Needless to say I ate just about everything on my plate and was perfectly content with the whole meal.

Because of the heavy meal and all the driving, we decided to call it a night and head upstairs to get some sleep.

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Lake Mondsee with Austrian Alps
Lake Mondsee with Austrian Alps
Not only our restaurant, but also …
Not only our restaurant, but also…
Second floor of our panzio
Second floor of our panzio
Before dinner
Before dinner
Driving through Austria
Driving through Austria
Heading out of Austria into German…
Heading out of Austria into Germa…
Lake Mondsee with Austrian Alps
Lake Mondsee with Austrian Alps
Austrian Alps
Austrian Alps
Austrian village
Austrian village
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Cute panzio in the Bavarian Alps
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