A trip to the Bavarian Alps

If you followed me in my recent posts, I mentioned that during August my husband and I went on a short trip to Bavaria. Besides visiting family, we also spent some days visiting the beautiful Bavarian Alps. We were in the area of Rosenheim and very close to the beautiful Chiemsee, a lake surrounded by the alps. This heaven on earth is just over an hour train ride southeast of Munich.

Upon arriving and settling in, we spent the afternoon exploring the city of Rosenheim. It has a charming old town with a main big square, lined with various restaurants and inns. This main square hosts a number of events, including the annual Christmas market. We also enjoyed a nice walk in Mangfall park.

Rosenheim, Max-Josefs-Platz
St. Nicholas Church, the main in Rosenheim
Rosenheim, Old town
Mangfall Park

After a day of travelling and exploring, we were soon hungry. A traditional Bavarian meal was a must as our first dinner in Bavaria, obviously accompanied by a glass of beer! 🍻

A traditional Bavarian roast served with Semmelknödel
Käsespätzle, a traditional Bavarian macaroni & cheese, topped with crispy onions
Beer Number 1 – Cheers 😉

Day 2 started with a delicious breakfast in the main square of Rosenheim, enjoying good food and a good cup of coffee, while watching the city waking up and people go by with their daily routine.

Different toppings on Dunkelbrot – From top left: Obatzda, a Bavarian cheese delicacy; Basil cream with fresh tomatoes; Sun-dried tomato pesto; Radishes cream cheese

This day we decided to head towards Chiemsee, also known as the Bavarian Sea. Upon arriving in Prien am Chiemsee, we took the old steam train which took us directly to the piers from where we got the ferry. We visited the two main islands in the lake; Herreninsel, home to one of King Ludwig’s palaces and Fraueninsel, best known for the Gothic bell tower. It was a beautiful day and we really enjoyed walking around both islands, surrounded by water and the mountains.

Chiemseebahn, an old steam train which takes you down to the pier
Prien am Chiemsee
The palace of King Ludwig on Herreninsel
The gardens of the palace of King Ludwig on Herreninsel
Pretty and well maintained gardens on Fraueninsel
Smoked fish in a roll on Fraueninsel

Being so close to the water, one can only expect to have fresh fish. Once we were back on mainland, we went to a fish hut for a delicious dinner before heading back to Rosenheim.

Beer battered fish with traditional Bavarian potato salad
Freshly caught and grilled fish on a wood-fired pit
Fish🐟 pretzels🥨 and obviously beer🍻!

From the water to the mountains! On the third day, we headed towards Aschau im Chiemgau, a small town at the foot of the alps. The plan was to hike up Kampenwand, one of the highest peaks in the area. Even though the day started with some rain, we were later rewarded with a bright and clear day, which we were grateful for and we were lucky to enjoy magnificent views on our way up to the top.

Arriving in Aschau im Chiemgau, a cute little town at the foot of the Alps
The day started with gloomy weather. This kind of weather and the surroundings were perfect for a dramatic photo.
We met several cows like this one here. The bells on their neck were almost chanting to the mountains.
During our hike, we were lucky to enjoy this kind of breathtaking views
Kampenwand – the view from the top – with Chiemsee in the background
Kampenwand – the summit

After making our way to the top, we rewarded ourselves with a hearty meal on top of the mountain, washed down with a glass of beer! 😁🍻

Glorious Wiener-Schnitzel with Bavarian potato salad
Semmelknödel with Speck on a bed of Sauerkraut, topped with crispy onions and fresh chives
A well deserved beer 😁

Although it a tough day (particularly going up), we really enjoyed our day out hiking in the Alps. Breathtaking views, perfect weather and good food… what else do you need on a hiking day! 🙂

We made our way back to Rosenheim and after having a shower and a short rest, we were hungry again! The season for chanterelle mushrooms was right at the beginning and we were glad to enjoy the special dishes of the day, followed by my long awaited dessert!

Chanterelle mushroom cream stew with Semmelknödel
Chanterelle mushroom soup
Kaiserschmarrn, the dessert fit for an Emperor – a fluffy shredded pancake, served with plum jam

This was our last night in Rosenheim before making our way to our family. The day ended with a gorgeous sunset… this photo definitely does not do it justice.

Sunset in Rosenheim

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