(Recommended by Ben)

Bergbauernhof Vorderloiplsau
Lorenz und Silvia Köppl
Loiplsau 20
83486
Ramsau-Berchtesgaden
Tel - 8657/625
Four apartments completely renovated in 2005
All with balcony, Sat TV, radio, cd-player, microwave oven, electric kitchen stove, coffee machine


(Ben) ...We continue south along B20 via Oberndorf, skirting Salzburg and Bad Reichenhall, transfer to the B21 and B305 entering the Berchtesgaden area from the west. I always look forward to entering the Alpine regions and this piece of heaven is one of my favorites. Definitely worthy of Jodler and Tiroler sounds - I pop in my newly purchased Zillertaler CD - and we cruise through the beautiful snow-capped mountains with the perfect background music.



We approach from the west and turn north on to Schwarzecker Straße which is one of those wonderfully winding country roads leading up into the mountains overlooking the little town of Ramsau. At an altitude of 1054 meters, we are soon approaching our home for the next two days.

After settling in - Amy and I scout out the farm and a nearby mountain cafe. Soon afterwards we all head for the

Gaststätte Schwarzeck
Inh. Sandra Laube
Schwarzecker Straße 58
83486 Ramsau-Berchtesgaden

(just down the road a few hundred meters) for Spargelsuppe, Schwein Bratwurstl mit Sauerkraut, and Kasespätzle (und Asbach for Ben) - 'schmeckt sehr gut'.

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The weather puts a damper on the rest of the day but not before we drive a bit further down the mountain to the beautiful little

Berggasthof und Pension Zipfhäusl
Schwarzeckerweg 8
83486 Ramsau-Berchtesgaden

Looks like a very nice place to stay if you love the mountains and might prefer something other than a farm. We are only here for Kaffee and heise Schokoladen and dessert (Apfelstrudel mit Eis und Sahne for the girls and a huge helping of Schwarzwalder Kirchtorte mit Sahne for me - all to die for). We call it a night and hope for clear skies come morning.

After breakfast we drive around the Hintersee, past the famous Ramsauer church and head for the booming metropolis of Berchtesgaden.

For anyone looking for internet cafes there is a small one just around the corner from the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (Maximilianstraße 20) on the main street. We end the night with another trip to the Zipfhäusl for a delicious meal of Schnitzel Paniert mit Bratkartoffeln for Amy, Gulaschsuppe mit Brot und gemischter Salat for Dee Dee, and Rindsgulasch mit Nudeln for Ben, topped off with large Helles Biers and Cola.

Up at 0530 for a morning stroll about the farm and early coffee on our balcony overlooking the cows already grazing lazily nearby. Breakfast at 0730 - sign the Gästebuch - load the wagon. We are out of here today - but we'll be back...


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