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Pension Gregory

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by missj1981 on August 23, 2012

On the afternoon of the fifth day of our summer holiday in Upper Bavaria with two side trips to Austria, we reached Berchtesgaden, where we spend the night and wanted to see the Königssee. We spent the night in the Gregory.

The Pension Gregory is not a hotel, but as the name suggests, a pension, or a guest house. Thus, one can expect in the pension and no Star. That is, the rooms are basic and do not have a TV, even a mini bar or other hotel usual things. The guesthouse is family run and a complete Non smoking home. Wireless Internet access is available for free in the house. Parking is free at the accommodation.

From the outside, the Pension Gregory looks like a big house. Many inns in Bavaria look the same. A brightly-painted bigger house with several balconies planted pretty. Before the house two benches where you can sit protected in the rain from the roof. The house has a garden with a lawn and table tennis, which is certainly an advantage for longer stays. The guest house features total of 17 rooms spread over the ground floor, the first and second floors. On the ground floor there are only one or two rooms, because this is taken mainly from the living room. Here are a television and a stereo system, there is a bookcase and table games. That room must stay guests, he also serves as a breakfast room. Opposite the living room is a fridge where you can provide them with drinks that you write naturally and paid before departure. Furthermore, there is still a kitchen and an office on the ground floor. The reception is a counter which is located in the corridor of the ground floor. This of course does not sit all day someone, but the family lives in the same house next door, so you always reach someone. The first impression was the same comfortable and just as you would expect from a pension. The decor in the living room and in the hallways is rustic.

The room is provided with 15 square meters, so it should be as big as our room in Munich and Salzburg. At first glance it looks but much bigger and I suspect that it is also greater. On the other hand here saved a bath on, more on that later. Maybe you are mistaken then. The room is carpeted with a gray, which is not the newest, but also has no large, obvious stains. The walls are brightly painted and decorated with a few pictures of landscapes. Immediately we noticed how bright the room is still. Two windows face the main street, a French door leads to the outside side. The windows are decorated with curtains, for the night, there are curtains in old rose that darken the room adequately.

The room has a large double bed with two separate mattresses, I guess at least 1.80 meters width. The bed is like the other wooden furniture and looks a bit old-fashioned. The other furniture, a table with two chairs, a dresser, a spacious wardrobe, a luggage rack and the two bedside tables fit into the overall picture of a rather rustic room.

The room rate includes a buffet breakfast. This is served in the breakfast room, which is stocked beautiful morning. Since the Pension Gregory was fully booked, always two rooms were at a table. Using nametags place for everyone. We sat at the table, along with another young couple, but was already on the move when we arrived, so we had the table mostly to ourselves. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10 clock. Late risers so rather not come at their expense, but even so we had a lot on this day, which is not too bad. On the table was a basket of rolls, each guest gets two rolls, there are different varieties. Whether you can reorder rolls, I do not know because I am rich two buns from fully. Coffee or tea is brought to the table, the rest are brought out from the buffet. There are different types of sausage and cheese, jam, honey, juices, fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal. The selection was good and everything tasted. The breakfast was so really good.

The Pension Gregory is a typical family run guest house in a good location. It is fast in Koenigssee or in Berchtesgaden and the simple, if a little old-fashioned rooms have everything you need. That there is no TV in the room, not bother me personally, because on vacation I need not and besides it is a pension, not a hotel. It should therefore also not be there. our room was clean and spacious the space available, the bed was comfortable and the breakfast was good. More is needed now not really. Only gripe for me is the bathroom, or more so the wallpaper in the bathroom and the shower that could modernize times. But I prefer a total from a star and award four out of five stars and a recommendation.
Pension Gregory Hotel Schonau am Konigssee
Oberschonauer Stra. 66
Schonau am Konigssee, Bavaria
08652 2326


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by missj1981 on August 23, 2012

On the fifth day of our holiday in Upper Bavaria with side trips to Austria, we went from the Old Salt Works in Bad Reichenhall. We visited the salt mine of Berchtesgaden. The salt mine is located in Berchtesgaden. When the address below into the navigation system inputs, one should arrive according to the website. We had done just that and were still wrong. The parking lot is in fact not on Selbiger road, but is already on the road Salzburg. So you should pay attention to the signs a bit, so you do not at the parking passes. We turned abruptly and quickly reached the parking lot. Here is a parking fee of - if I remember correctly - 4 EUR due, which comes to the already high price of admission to it. From the parking lot you have to pass under a tunnel and arrived within two minutes at the entrance.

Before we bought our tickets we decided to look around first. Even from outside the mine is modern, because the associated shop has a glass front and there are electronic displays when the next tour starts. Opposite the entrance, there is a restaurant, and you can still find a kiosk and toilets which were clean despite large crowds.

We drove 650 meters deep into the mountain. It is quite dark, but you can see the walls of the tunnels around them quite well. During the ride we realized how it was getting cooler and it was good that we are among the overalls still wore jackets. After about 10 minutes, I have not looked at the clock, we reached the so-called salt cathedral. Here we had to get off and found ourselves in a huge hall of 3000 square meters. Our miner was either not particularly motivated or found himself very funny because he said the whole tour over in a little bored, partly ironic tone, so you always had a bit of the feeling that he does not take the whole thing too seriously, or do not want more because he just knows everything already and told for the hundredth time. In the Salt Cathedral He announced then very bored that he would now start a show that small and people should move forward. It's impressive what extent this hall with 17-foot ceilings has. It was particularly evident when the laser show started, when you look at how high the brine has actually been. After the laser show followed the same also another highlight, namely the first two slides.

The first slide is about 40 feet long and leads down to the bottom of the historic Sinkwerks. This is a typical for mining timber slide, which serves fast to land a few meters deep. Slipped to at least two and you have to adhere to one another. The legs stretched away to the side and that's about all you need to know. Of course there is also a walk down if you slip for whatever reason do not want to or can. My husband and I decided to slip us and we went for two on the way down. It was really fun and went far too quickly. Down the chute is just so you automatically brakes, so you can not accidentally slip too far. During the slippage we scored the third and final photo, which you can buy like the other two at the end.

At the bottom, we went on foot through the tunnel system to the laboratory salt now and then we stopped, so our miners could explain something, but he also often explain. For example, a film about the salt mining. There is to admire a model of the mine, where you can see just how huge the whole thing and in the laboratory salt you can then also watch all kinds, eg Salt under a magnifying glass or old mining equipment.
Underground we passed seven actors digits showing different things. So you can follow via monitors the work of the miners, there are tools to admire (old and new), so for example, a 12 ton bronze pump, the beginning of the 19th Century was made. Bronze for the rest, so they will not rust. One can understand the different steps that are necessary in the salt mines of so very well.

A little later we reached already the second, about 40 meters long water slide. Again, there is a staircase, if you do not want to slip. But since it has already made the first time fun, we decided once again to slide. A photo was not done this time, but there were a couple of laser effects during slippage. At the bottom, we saw the same the last highlight of the tour, namely the Mirror Lake. As in the Salt Cathedral is in this room at a disused Sinkwerk. However, you left here a little salt water left, so a 100 meter long and 40 meter wide lake is to be found. With a boat you go to the other side of the lake. In this case there is again a laser light show, which is accompanied by music. The lights reflected in the water, which makes the lake its name. However, I found this whole laser shows, were a little too much, because the lake has also been on its own. A bit of it has reminded me of the underground lake is open to the Dumbledore and Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
After the lake you can still see one or other utensil and at the end there is an area with old lockers and plenty of historical information on boards. Since we already hung in time, we were more than an hour in the mountains and the miner said that such information was boring anyway, but we were funneled more fairly quickly. With a funicular, which is spread over two cabins, we went back up again, because with the two slides we were yet again a whole lot gets deeper. Overall, we were even 140 meters underground and although the trip across the lake. Once there, we got back to the pit lane, this time completely out of order, as we wanted, and drove out of the mountain. Before everyone got another 10-gram tin salt of Bad Reichenhall given, for us, the second of the day. Our miner then mentioned two more times that he would be glad very tip and collected properly a coin. Of course, I do not know how he gets paid, but honestly the entry is already high enough, and he had much to do either, since much ran through multimedia and he already did a little motivated. After driving out of the mountain, climb out from outside and has a glass door to go back inside.

The visit to the Berchtesgaden salt mine is really an experience that you should have done once. But the ride on the mine train into the mountain is exciting and you can learn many interesting things about this really salt. It is true that a lot of information with the overlapped what we had heard in the morning in Bad Reichenhall in the Old Salt, but in Salzzeitreise experienced everything of course, much more than with a conventional guide. The mine is considered very important to keep everything modern and uses a lot of technology, laser shows and multimedia. This is of course appealing, but perhaps the subject moves a little into the background, because I had the feeling to be pushed a little from highlight to highlight. Certainly makes fun slides and the ride on the lake, but the trappings is just too interesting, but unfortunately falls a bit into the background. Maybe it was also because we had a very strange mountain man who made jokes, could not help laughing at the (other than himself) and all the time talking about bored and ironic. Add to that the over-priced admission to the park so come even fee and expenses for photos. Overall, I prefer from a star for price and bored miner, and awarded four stars and a recommendation for the salt mine of Berchtesgaden in time travel.
Salzbergwerk/Salt Mines
Bergwerkstraße 83
Berchtesgaden, Germany

Alte Saline

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by missj1981 on August 23, 2012

On the fifth day of our holiday in Upper Bavaria with side trips to Austria, we left again and in the direction of Salzburg Berchtesgaden. The first stop we made in Bad Reichenhall, where we looked at the Old Salt, which I would like to report today ...

The Old Salt is located fairly centrally in Bad Reichenhall, near the pedestrian area. If you go by car into the city, it is already signposted soon, so they can not miss. On the street outside the Saline there are some parking, a little further along the road there is also a large car park. We still got a place on the road. The parking lots are paid, but not very expensive. I do not remember exact prices but. The central location of the saline can also visit with a stroll through the pedestrian street or the nearby park with foyer (where you can inhale salty air) combine.

Even from outside the Old Salt is a building worth seeing. It is a beautiful industrial building. The building with its many arches and the tower almost resembles a church. As we later learned, is actually a chapel Brunnhaus chapel. A large landscaped area with accurately trimmed lawn on either side of the road, proceed to the Old Salt and may consider the building as quietly.

At the entrance we found a sign when to begin the next leadership should and we realized that this was exactly now. So we entered the building and quickly found ourselves in the salt shop again, but also where the cash register is located. We solved two tickets and wait in an anteroom until it goes off. In the waiting room there is on the walls of an information panels about the Old Salt and salt mining. On a long bench, you can settle down and wait, if it takes longer time. In our case, we started with five minutes late. We were greeted warmly by a lady who would lead us through the museum. She warned all visitors that it would be only in the Old Salt at about the 12 degrees hot or cold, that the steps are sometimes wet and slippery and both jackets and footwear are meaningful. We knew that already, however, as we had informed in advance and were dressed accordingly. Just because it was quite warm outside, we wanted to catch a cold here not inside. Some visitors had not informed beforehand and began the walk in shorts, without a jacket, and a visitor even ventured on stilettos down into the tunnel, which I would not really recommend now and during the visit they had so their difficulties with the slippery floors. But well, that everyone must know yourself.

After being greeted us, we entered the first main Brunnhaus. Even here, it is quite cool, but not cold directly. Huge water wheels - with a diameter of 13 meters and a weight of 13 tonnes - rotate continuously here (since 1834) and drive the pressure pumps the brine carry out the 14-meter deep main shaft upwards. The wheels are driven in turn by large gears, that can be seen well. In the main Brunnhaus it is a little louder, you can hear the machines working and turning the wheels after each circumnavigation will hear a chime. To orbit the wheels need three and a half minutes. Facial m Brunn main house is a brine well where does drip out the brine. Those who wanted could, times and hold your finger under it and try. More than one drop, one should try not to brine is already very, very salty. From the main Brunnhaus you can also look down into the main shaft through which they will later also still out.
After looking at the employee had told everything to the wheels and some useful facts about the production of salt, it went down 72 steps into the tunnel system. I had mentioned that I would take small children not necessarily in the tunnel, watch one must also, if you're not good on foot, for the many, sometimes slippery steps are not already without and hallways are sometimes very narrow and low. The opportunity to explore the Old Salt with prams or wheelchair does not exist. The entire museum is not accessible. It is just an old tunnel system and was not originally designed for visitors.

Once at the bottom, you find yourself in a typical tunnel system with long corridors, as you would imagine just. The lighting is rather weak, the ceilings are low, and some shine moist soils. One has a bit careful not to touch the walls or wet slips. But if you go slowly and only go where you will be led, even then nothing happens. As the water wheels still drive the pump is still moving down here. So you go along a pump that moves every now and then a long corridor until you get to the Karl-Theodor-pump, which is dedicated to the Elector Karl Theodor (1724-1799). At the pump, there is an inscription at Empire Hall. This, explained our guide, is rich in salt, for the word means salt Hall. This gave his name and Bad Reichenhall. I found that very interesting. The tunnel system we also salt springs were shown. Here you can see how the salt water gushing out. Our guide was very informative and we learned a lot about salt, or the white gold, how it used to be called. Interesting in any case, the salt cave with the large basins. Here you will find (after registration) instead of also the Sole Source training. Taking part in it, is carried out at 12 degrees and salt air by light physical exercises, which will be very beneficial for the health of the respiratory tract. Information point so what takes place there on the website.

Through the main shaft it went, of course, with lots of other information for salt, finally back up. More specifically, to the top. Here we adopted were all friendly and a small 10-gram shaker Bad Reichenhall salt as a parting gift. The tour is at this point but not quite finished yet, just the leadership. Upstairs there is another museum. This one looks a 10-minute film on the subject of salt, or to visit the five rooms, each dealing with a different topic about salt. Mainly you can here about the history of salt mining, the technology and the importance of salt before and today informed. After spending an hour in humid 12 degrees, the museum is almost too warm. If you want to read everything carefully, you will need quite a while, we had a look at everything, but did not read any information board, so we take about 20 minutes (including film) arrived back at the entrance. There are also toilets. We strolled briefly through the salt shop, which sells a number of products, then we were on our way to our next destination.

Each of us uses salt, so I think it's sometimes interesting to see where it can come at all. The salt production from brine is illuminated in the Old Salt very nice and you learn not only a lot of technical and historical, but also experienced the salt mine close. The tour of the tunnels was very exciting and is really only recommended. So what you get maybe not every day be seen. Our guide seemed very knowledgeable and an hour passed so quickly, which for me is always a sign that the leadership is interesting. The adjoining museum then answered the last questions. Thus, leave the museum with a real learning progress. For me personally, there is nothing to complain about, however, the Old Salt is due to the many steps not suitable for every visitor, especially since the paths in the tunnel system are mostly narrow and slippery. In addition, the opening times are only average, due to the long lunch break, of which we were fortunately not affected and you can visit his plan, too. Thus, this is no reason for a point deduction and there is a full five stars from me and a recommendatio.
Alte Saline/The Old Salt Works
Alte Saline 9
Bad Reichenhall, Upper Bavaria


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by missj1981 on November 16, 2012

Lauterbrunnen is a city in the area of the city of Bern in Switzerland. The area is called Lauterbrunnen valley and according to the Swiss tourist information is the place ‘Where Water really Falls’. After looking the area up on the internet and reading all about it we decided it was a place we had to visit.

At the Lauterbrunnen valley is a Unesco trail which will take you pass impressive waterfalls. There are actually two paths that you can take: one high level trail from Murren and the old trading route from Stechelberg.

You can begin at the train station in the city of Lauterbrunnen. We decided to take the route up to Murren. You come across still peaceful quiet little village where it looks like time has stopped for over the last hundred years. It’s a car free village so you can walk around freely. You have to get the train to Birg. This is included in the train ticket to Schilthorn.

The trail takes you pass a few of the 72 waterfalls that are in this area and takes you pass the impressive 300 meter tall Staubbach falls which is truly impressive. When walking the trail we were accompanied by around 10 other people ranging from all ages.

The trail is easy to walk but I would recommend to take walking shoes with you. Depending on the weather the trail shouldn’t be a problem but I can imagine if it had been raining it can be a bit slippery. We came across beautiful peaceful nature and it feels like you are away from everything.

If you are a lover of nature you should really do this trail and you will be amazed.
Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland


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