This morning I went to a spa in the town of Berchtesgaden, Germany. It's called Watzman Therme, and it took about 35 minutes via the 840 Bus, not from a stop where I'm staying. Sandra pointed it out to me yesterday and gave me the times it left. I left on the 10:28 bus and arrived at about 11:05. I could not understand the automated German voice for the bus stops, so of course I missed it and got off the bus at the train station instead. I knew I could probably find it by walking, but it was raining, and I wasn't in a mood to play 'guess where the spa is,' so I caved and took a taxi. Honestly, best 7 euro i could've spent !
I arrived at the spa and purchased a 2-hour pass, because I knew that would be enough for me
I didn't have to worry that I would be the most unattractive person at the spa. There were plenty of middle-aged men in speedos that were way too small. I will never understand why men feel the need to wear these in public.
I tried to buy a small pretzel and a water but realized I needed 'money' on the watch band thing, and they didn't take cash
I left the spa, took some photos of the town and scenery, and headed to Braustuberl, a cute little beer house
I thought the bus back to Salzburg left at every :20 and :50 past the hour, and usually it does, except it doesn't in the afternoon. So I had about an hour to kill before the next bus left. I walked around the town a bit, and it only got more scenic. It has about 7,000 people. There definitely weren't as many tourists, because it's the low season. Sandra told me in summer it is crazy, and I believe it. I can can see Austrians flocking there.
I returned to Salzburg and rested a bit before heading to a concert at the University Mozarteum. I was scheduled to see a string trio, but that was canceled due to illness of one of the performers. I asked if there was something else, and the ticket office recommended 'Ildiko Raimondi and Leopoldo Hager,' a pianist and a singer. I read that a lot of people who live here go to these types of concerts, but many tourists go to the Mozart dinner/concert things
The concert was great, even though all the lyrics were in German. I really liked watching the piano playing. After, I went to a touristy Italian place in the City Center because it was still open, and I was hungry. Sometimes that is all it takes, and it was decent enough.
Tomorrow I will take a short flight to Cologne and then a train to Venlo, Netherlands. I'm thinking of doing a day trip when I'm there, maybe to Maastricht, which is supposed to be a nice town.
Thanks for reading !
Spa & Concert Day
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Salzburg, Austrian Alps, Austria