110 km east of Munich lies a little town called Burghausen on the river
Salzach. The Salzach marks the border between Germany and Austria.
Most of the drive was done on German Autobahn's without speed limits
(although we would not drive past 210 kph as the fuel consumption of the
vehicle would be unreasonably high), although the ocassional slow down to
50kph passing some quaint German towns presents us with a welcoming change
The town appears to be almost engulfed by the
Salzach river, which forms a billabong around it. Upon arriving in the
middle of the city, we walked towards a couple of old churches but were able
to only admire them from the outside as they were closed. Lunch of
"Tomato Mozzarella" soup with a Ham Cheese sandwich was very pleasant in a
café overlooking the Salzach river onto the little town of Ach, which
belongs to the Republic of Austria. It was a very pleasant experience
sitting by the fast flowing lime coloured river - the discolourisation
brought on by heavy sodium in the salt and copper deposits in the river.
Sitting by the church in Burghausen Castle
|"Burg Burghausen" or the
Burghausen Castle is 1,043 metres long and is the longest castle in
Europe. We must have only walked 400 metres of the castle, which
is pitched on high grounds overlooking Burghausen town. There
were private dwellings inside the castle - we know that from the large
numbers of private cars and garages all around the inside of the
castle plus electronic doorbells near the front doors. It must
be really annoying seeing hoards of visitors coming each day and
especially each weekend to your front road.
From the castle, you are able to see various gun
turrets, obviously to protect the castle in the time gone by. Today,
the turrets offer a picturesque view of Burghausen town and the land and
valleys which surround it. Within the grounds, we were told that there
were several museums - a photography museum, a torture museum and a witches
museum. Wow! As the long walk to these museum would be hard
going for Jeanette's mum, who is visiting from Malaysia we decided to simply
enjoy the scenery and environment and leave the walking for our next
destination, Salzburg city which is a 50km drive away.
Don't forget to look out for the next
newsletter on Salzburg and
the fantastic pictures which we managed to take!
Jeanette and Raymond
May 13th, 2007