Day 5 – Haiming (Austria) – Swiss National Park – Zurich – London

We left Austria early in the morning and made our way into Switzerland. The plan was to go for a hike in the Swiss National Park. Switzerland only has one official national park to this date. The sun was shining and the sky was clear so it was a lovely day to hike. The national park hike took us around 4 hours and then we headed back to Zurich.

We stayed in an airbnb accommodation. Zurich was pretty expensive as you can imagine, however we tried to keep the cost to a minimum and we bought a lot of swiss chocolate before heading back to good ole England.

Summary  – Austria was beautiful in its own right. Each town had a beautiful church surrounded by mountains and the people were friendly. When I planned this trip the idea was to go to Innsbruck. However I actually never went to Innsbruck. I drove past the city so many times and I was actually rather put off by it. Simply because I am not a big fan of big cities as I find them boring, it’s only a personal preference. So I avoided Innsbruck. There’s so much to see and explore in Austria besides the usual well known towns such as Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg. If you ever visit Austria and you’re a nature lover then head over to the Tyrol region

Mountain views in Swiss National Park
Mountain views in Swiss National Park
Start of the hike in Swiss National Park
Start of the hike in Swiss National Park

Day 4 Dolomites (Italy) – Berchtesgaden (Germany) – Haiming (Austria)

Dolomites – Italy 

So day four was a bit of a whirlwind. Hilarious experiences were encountered on Day 4. We wanted to avoid toll charges and took a long route and in an hour we were in Italy. As I was driving along I could see some mountain ranges to my left hand side and I was thinking ‘that can’t be the dolomites, it definitely isn’t’. I saw a sign post which clearly indicated that it was indeed the ‘Dolomites’. So being the excited child I was, I drove straight towards the mountain and parked up in a comfortable place. As I was walking on the bay of the lake to take pictures, I completely forgot that the ground wasn’t solid and it was actually ‘clay’. So I slipped and my camera went flying along with many other things and I landed in clay with all my clothes covered in it. So I had to drive for more than 3 hours in a towel to our next destination, which was an experience in itself

Dolomites
Dolomites
Just after I dropped into the lake
Just after I dropped into the lake
Resorting to a towel for the journey
Resorting to a towel for the journey

Berchtesgaden (Germany)

Eagles Nest

So the night before I mentioned a little bit of history to my cousins and they were excited to visit this little bit of history over in Germany. So we decided to drive to the ‘Eagle’s Nest’. As it was a Sunday and it was already late, we got to the tourist centre of Eagles Nest pretty late. The last bus to the top had already left. So the only option was to hike. We decided that we would hike half way at least and take some good pictures before we come back down.

It is also known as the Kehlsteinhaus. It was presented to Adolf Hitler on his 50th birthday as a retreat and place to entertain friends and visiting dignitaries. Today it is open seasonally as a restaurant, beer garden, and tourist site.

View from Hitler's Eagles Nest
View from Hitler’s Eagles Nest