The Abresch Switzerland, Germany,  and Austria Tour

We had visited relatives in Oberammergau, Germany in the past but always avoided the Passion Play years as the small village gets too crowded and the relatives too busy to visit. However, in 2005, after a backstage tour of the Passion Play house by one of our relatives, we made the commitment to return in 2010 to experience the Passion Play. To share this experience, we created a customized tour and opened it up to anyone that was interested. We ended up with 32 people. Below are some links to just some of the many photos we wish to share. Please enjoy.

First Day in Geneva,
          Switzerland Day 1 - We arrived in Geneva, Switzerland and took a tour through the city. We enjoyed lunch in the shopping district and struggled to acclimate to the time difference. After dinner we turned in for much needed sleep.


On top of the World

Day 2 - We took a walking tour through old Geneva, a boat tour of Lake Geneva, a bus tour through the Swiss Alps to Zermatt, a Cog Train to the summit of Gornegrat for dinner, and enjoyed the nightlife in Zermatt. 

The Glacier Express to St. MoritzDay 3 - We departed Zermatt on the Glacier Express for an 8-hour odyssey through  the Swiss Alps while sipping Swiss Wine, sampling Grappa, and enjoying our gourmet lunch. We arrived in St. Moritz, Switzerland and hurried to the other side of the lake to a local restaurant that was highly recommended. We were not disappointed.

The cable car to the summit of the ZugspitzeDay 4 - We left St. Moritz and Switzerland behind us and made our way through Austria to arrive at the base of the Zugspitze. We took the cable car to the summit and enjoyed lunch, beer, and the breathtaking views. We descended and headed to our hotel in Murnau, Germany to get a good night sleep before the Oberammergau Passion Play.

The Little Red
              Riding Hood House in OberammergauDay 5 – The entire trip was planned around the Oberammergau Passion Play. The Passion Play cannot be seen, it can only be experienced. Between meals and performances, we flitted throughout Oberammergau visiting as many of the relatives as we could and paying our respects to those that have gone before us. It was good to be back.

Ettal MonasteryDay 6 – The itinerary called for a much needed relaxing day. We took a short trip to Ludwig’s castle, Linderhof, and hiked the grounds before enjoying a light lunch. We then toured the Ettal Monastery and headed to Salzburg, Austria for dinner and a show.

              CastleDay 7 – We took a walking tour through old Salzburg, paying particular attention to the familiar scenes from the film Sound of Music. After the walking tour we headed to the summit of Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden. Later, some of us went shopping in Berchtesgaden while others took a boat tour of Konigsee. We finished the day with a relaxing walk along the Salzach River in Salzburg.

Fountain at Marienplatz, Munich,
            GermanyDay 8 - We departed Salzburg and arrived in Munich where we enjoyed a walking tour of the city. We ate lunch at the Hofbrauhaus and then headed to Nymphenburg Palace to tour the grounds, and then on to the Olympic Park. However we enjoyed the air conditioning at the BMW showroom more as we sampled their wares. We then went to the hotel to enjoy our farewell dinner.

Ben and
            Monica on the return flightDay 9 - We woke early for our last good breakfast in Germany and meandered our way to Munich Airport. We said our goodbyes to Ken, our tour guide, and to Steve and Kay who were staying in Germany a little longer. Before we knew it, we were home.

We started planning for this trip upon our returned from Oberammergau, Germany in 2005 and finalized the itinerary in 2008. We customized the tour specifically for adventure and sight seeing. We opened up the tour to family, friends, and anyone that was interested. In the beginning, we had 32 people and in the end we had 32 friends. I reflect back on the trip and remember nothing but good memories, including the broken Air Conditioner on the bus on Day 2 and the attitude of a certain 17 year old daughter at certain times. They all merged into a great experience for me and my family, and hopefully to all that traveled with us. When the end comes, all we are left with are our memories. Make them good ones. This was a good memory that will last me to the end.