reply to post by BlueOrb
Hey, Blue Orb!
The answer is: yes... and no.
I was physically there - but it was more or less as if somebody who landed at Buenos Aires airport (and stayed there) said s/he visited
All in all, it was a nice day, but absolutely NOT what I had in mind.
I don't expect people to be in the mood for jeremiads, so you'd better ignore what follows.
For those who think they really want to know (because they can't imagine how infuriating and ultimately boring the story really is), here's the long
story made... just a bit less long.
I usually travel alone, if I can help it, but this time I decided to go with a relative of mine who is always fun company (and an actual Alpine
mountain climber, so mountains of any description immediately appeal to her).
Unfortunately, we decided to take the offer of a third person - a man whom we both respect a lot, intellectually, and who is also interested in all
sorts of things - who offered to drive us there in his car. He had never heard about Untersberg, but that was no problem.
I had planned the trip like this: we stay three nights, preferably somewhere in the immediate vicinity of Untersberg, so we can have two whole days to
explore the area. (My cousin and I were both familiar with Salzburg, so decided to forgo the town itself this time.)
I thought the first day we would explore the mountain as much as we can - and, Blue Orb, you may be glad to hear I actually heeded your advice: I did
include the Mittagsscharte in my plans
- and the next day we could either return or explore the wider surroundings.
Well, en route
(and not before) the good professor - who was driving us there - told us he could only stay TWO nights. Furthermore, he had
already made reservations. (In Salzburg itself, where else?)
The next day he took over entirely. It seems he had heard the weather forecast was "iffy" - and he absolutely wanted to visit Kehlstein, too. (Did I
mention he taught history...?
In principle, that was perfectly all right with me: I adore
the conjunction of nature + history. To me, it's ideal. But in view of the limited
time we had I was a bit worried that we wouldn't have enough time for Untersberg - the main destination of our trip, as far as I was concerned.
On the other hand, knowing that the "Teehaus" on the Kehlstein is so small, I was hoping we could still devote most of our time to Untersberg.
And we would have... hadn't the good professor insisted we CLIMB
the Kehlstein - even though the elevator is one of the main points of
interest of the whole site. I was intent on riding in that elevator - and I did. My cousin and the professor climbed... And climbed... and climbed.
To make an already overextended account short: my visit to the Untersberg was reduced to riding in the funicular and then having a - well deserved! -
frustration smoke on the terrace. (I suppose you could say I was literally fuming
And while I did enjoy immense, dizzying, almost orgiastic pleasure up there, with that wind in my hair, there is little in the account of my
experience that would justify inclusion in this thread.
(Oh, and did I mention he had reserved tickets for a theatre performance in Salzbug that evening...?
I didn't go, in case you're wondering.)
P.S. Regarding the photographs: I didn't take any; my cousin did, but haven't heard from her yet.
[edit on 20-8-2009 by Vanitas]