G÷tzbauernhof - Unken, Austria

(Recommended by Ben and Larry)

Götzbauernhof
Monika und Klaus Vitzthum
Unkenberg 8
5091
Unken, Austria
Tel - 6589/4337 ~ Tel - 664/2820069 ~ Fax - 6589/20054
Email -
urlaub@vitzthum.info
Apartments and Rooms w/private bath/shower/toilet, TV, Balcony

(Excerpts from Trip Report) ...On our way south this morning to a small village in Austria, just across the border from Berchtesgaden.

We finally feel more at ease because we are south of A7 and in the mountains again. Those sections of B20, B21 and B305 are some of our favorite roads to travel. We follow B21 on into Austria where it becomes the B178 and just over the border is the small village of Unken, Austria. Lots of farms and beautiful green hills and snow-capped mountains in the distance. Early afternoon we arrive at our home for the next two nights -

G÷tzbauernhof

View from balcony...

Balcony in rear...

Grill area complete with stereo system...

This is a beautiful 250 yr old farmstead located in the hills above Unken and Unkenberg, surrounded by thick forests, mountains and lush green meadows.

My bedroom with door to balcony...

Kitchenette...

Immaculate bathroom with heated towel rack...

Cable TV and foyer...

Larry and I each have a double room with shower, toilet and door onto balcony. My room also contains a kitchenette and cable TV. The space we occupied was essentially an Apartment (Ferienwohnung) but instead of paying 54 Euro (plus cleaning fees upon departure) and paying extra for breakfast - we paid 25 Euro per person per night (including Frühstück) for two doublerooms. The house was renovated and added to in 2002 and all the furnishings are light pine and sparkly new. Plus we have the pleasure of being the first North Americans to stay here.

After settling in we decide to cruise over to Berchtesgaden to find an internet connection. We had no luck at our previous two locations so we were anxious to check emails, sports scores and see what the weather has in store for us next week. Our first stop is the TI office just across from the train station. Bingo - the TI office now offers an internet feed. Only one terminal and the cost is One Euro for each 15 minutes but it is convenient providing there is not a line of persons in front of you waiting to do the same thing.

For dinner, we decide on the Gasthof-Pension Gebirgshäusl in the small village of Engedey, just before the turnoff to Ramsau. Good food and the weather is nice for eating outside on the terrace. Before heading back to the farm we cruise thru Ramsau, buy a few souvenirs and take the same picture on the same wooden foot bridge that we (and everyone else) take everytime we are in Ramsau. Back to Austria and call it a day...

One of the most photographed sites in Berchtesgaden area...

Day Nine

This day begins with another excellent breakfast buffet, complete with eggs, good strong coffee and juices. Frau Vitzthum and Oma insure that everyone is a happy camper and well taken care of.

This turns out to be pretty much of a 'do nothing' day. We decide to head back into Germany to cruise the hills around Berchtesgaden and revisit places we (and other friends) have stayed during previous trips to this area. The weather has held very well the first week and today is about the same - cool, overcast and sometimes misty. The daily temperatures have been awesome.

View from along the Schwarzecker above Ramsau...

The chapel at Maria Gern...

View from near Maria Gern chapel...

The area above Ramsau (along the Schwarzecker Straße) is one of my favorite, with some farms up around 1,000 meters altitude, and single lane roads that wind and turn and switchback all over the mountains. Maria Gern is also one of our favorite areas around Berchtesgaden, for the same reasons.

We stroll the streets of downtown Berchtesgaden, have a nice lunch, and shop our favorite Spar market for nighttime snacks and refreshments. Larry finds several bottles of red wine within his budget (about 1 Euro each). :-) We head back to Austria and the farm and relax on the balcony with a fabulous view.

We opt for dinner at a nearby eatery - the Restaurant-Cafe-Pension Ensinger at Niederland 174 in Unken. This is a very nice restaurant and the meals delicious. Take a look at this nice platter of yummies...

This plate makes me hungry...

Day Ten

Today is a travel day so sticking with our routine we are up with the chickens, packed, ready to roll, rooms cleared out, warm up vehicle or at least clean the windows, bags in car before breakfast. We prefer to have the earliest Frühstück possible without altering the normal breakfast schedule of the hostess. If, when asked for Frühstück times, the hostess mentions 9am or 8am - we always opt for the earlier time. Sometimes I will throw in a 'halb acht?' just to see if she will mind having it at 0730. This morning is another reichhaltiges Frühstück at 0800 with most of the menu from homemade or homegrown products. Schmeckt sehr gut...