Troop 1780 from Waldorf, MD recently had a group of Scouts and leaders go overseas to Europe on a home grown high adventure. The crew flew into Munich International Airport and spent the day in Munich at a local hotel to get over jet lag and to visit the city. Early the next morning we then made our way down to Krimml, Austria through a series of train rides lasting about 5 hours. Once in Krimml and after checking into the lodging we walked up to the top of the Krimml Falls which are the tallest waterfalls in Austria. The next day we started on the bicycle portion of the trip as we biked 38 miles to Zell am See, Austria. We arrived early enough that we had time and explored a bit of the town and ate the ‘best waffles in Europe.’ So far, we haven’t found any that have come close.
On the following day we traveled from Zell am See up to Lofer, Austria and spent the night in St. Martin just outside of Lofer. The next day was the leg up to Salzburg, Austria. Another early arrival gave us some time to take in the sights. We had now left the Alps and over the next three days we peddled along more farm land as we headed up to Berghausen, home to the longest castle in Europe. The following day brought us to Obernsburg am Inn, Austria where we enjoyed an older town square with cobble stone streets and observed a small celebration for the end of the school year. The last day was spent going to Passau, Germany where the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers all meet. Our lodging was on a pedestrian street with easy access to cafes, ice cream parlors and restaurants. We had clocked up 205 miles of peddling over the past 6 days.
After a good night of sleep, we then took a train and bus to our camp site located in Berchtesgaden, Germany. The group split up at this point and did different activities including a tour of a salt mine, a day trip back into Salzburg for a visit to Mozarts home, a boat ride on Lake Konigssee and a trip to see the famous Eagles Nest.
We returned via Munich for the last night in the same local hotel and one last chance to visit the city before heading home.