As some of you know I’m a military spouse and my husband is deployed. What that means for myself and my children is that we face a long and lonely summer without him. To cheer myself up, as well as them I planned a small vacation. I wanted to share my vacation review of Hotel Forsthaus and our journey there and back. My dear friend Sonya and I undertook this journey. We tried to leave early, but it didn’t matter we hit several serious traffic jams. We did try different ways to get to our destination, but finally we agreed if the Lord wants you to take extra time to enjoy the view it will be this way.
Every place we went people were able to understand my bad German and speak in English.
Day one of our adventures took us to Ettal Abbey and the Linderhof Palace.
Ettal Abbey was built in the 1330 the history, architecture and works of art in the side this abbey is a must see. The distance from the hotel is no more than 4 km which makes it no more than a 15 minute drive from the hotel. You can combine it in one trip with the cheese factor and wood carving store as they are only few minutes out of the way. Parking is available for American sized vehicles and there is a small parking cost.This is easily one of my favorite palaces so far. I think the best time to come is in summer when everything is in bloom. My first time was in winter and it also beautiful but we were not able to see everything on the grounds for it was covered in snow. Truly anytime I am down in Garmisch I try to stop by. We still have not made it all over the grounds to see everything. It started raining too hard and we had to take some cover. Don’t worry if you can see everything it is free to walk the grounds. The palace tour is free for children. But if you haven’t seen the palace before I highly recommend taking the tour as it is worth the time. Just remember you can’t take pictures inside. It can be harder for younger children as strollers are not allowed during the tour and as in most all castles you are not allowed to touch anything. Heck it was hard for me not to touch the beautiful items all around.
After talking with owner explaining what I am looking for and explain about my website he wanted to join up with Sugin’s Corner offering a 10% off coupon if you spend 50 euro’s or more. Wilhelm does some outstanding wood carving. I look forward to being my husband back and buy that nativity for a new family heirloom. Yes, I am repeating this because my husband reads my blog and I am dropping hints to him.
It was still early in the day we all wanted to play so with the advice and information we got from the Bakal family our next stop was 1936 Olympic StadiumThe 1936 Olympic stadium in Garmisch is pure family fun any time of year. This awesome stadium is not only a piece of history but full of entertainment. This too is only a short drive from the hotel (about 15 minutes). They have a bobsled for all ages to ride, bungee jump for children, and a year around ski lift to take you up to see the whole town below. My kids enjoyed more than a few rides on the bobsled. After seeing more sites of the stadium we wanted a better view from up top and took the ski left up. You can also walk up to the top for not cost or just take the ski lift up and walk by back. This was a nice relaxing ride to see whole town and stadium. I am not sure who enjoyed the trip up the sky lift more my friend or my children.
After a long fun day of walking, playing and eating day it was nice to sit in the whirl pool and also a great time to try out the water proof camera. The hotel whirl pool room is awesome, and the water was perfect. I look forward to using this again and the sauna come winter!