Breakfast at the Hello Kitty Cafe

We decided not to have overpriced buffet breakfast at our hotel and instead go to the Hello Kitty Cafe we spotted at the airport the previous day. Yes, it was also overpriced, but at least it had cuteness, something the hotel buffet couldn’t offer.

We both had the so called “big breakfast”. Obviously whoever named this breakfast, had never been to Europe, as it was actually one of the smallest breakfasts we had ever seen. But again, cute. And it was actually pretty tasty.

Hello Kitty coffees and cookie.

Everything was very well themed, and did we mention, cute? Also, there were no other customers there, which is always a bit of a worry. But what can you do. When you spot a Hello Kitty Cafe, you need to visit it.

They also had cute cakes, but we’d already blown the budget on breakfast, so alas, we could not try one.

After breakfast we checked out the Japan Rail Cafe at the Tajong Pagor Centre. Blainie pretended to ride the Pokémon train.

Then, lunch at Din Tai Fung. Dumplings! Yes!

It rained a lot in the early afternoon. That’s Singapore for you.

Afternoon Vietnamese coffees.

And then it was time to get ourselves to the airport for our flight home.

Thanks for watching, see you for our next adventure!

There might not be mountains but at least we can eat icecream

Last breakfast in Germany.

Then a short drive to Munich airport to drop off our car. We will miss this car.

11-ish hours later, we landed in Singapore. After a few hours sleep we headed to our standard – Nam Nam noodle bar for Banh Mi and Vietnamese coffee. Life saving.

A quick wander along Orchard Road. There were cute Disney illuminations set up, but we didn’t get to see them lit up.

Baby shark re-enactment

And dinner in China Town.

After dinner we went to the Marina and looked at the buildings and ate icecream. So lovely and warm here.

The end is nigh

Time to leave Füssen. Not before a delicious breakfast though.

We were heading to our last destination today – Erding. Erding is just out of Munich, closer to the airport, thus more convenient. Plus, it looked like a cute little town. We headed off, and found ourselves over the border back in Austria for a while. Firstly we lake Lake Plansee, which looked stunning with beautiful crystal clear green water. You could see right to the bottom of the lake.

There was a cool looking single cloud above the mountains.

Then we drove through some golden Autumn foliage to Linderhof castle where we had a quick look around.

Nice little castle and grounds. We didn’t go inside though as we didn’t really have time. We headed off and after a quick stop at a dairy for a yogurt (we couldn’t really buy any cheese unfortunately but it looked so good)

We soon found ourselves on the German Autobahn. We didn’t drive over 130km (which is actually what the speed limit is) but man, so cars sped past us in the fast lane going at about 250+. Pretty crazy, but still everyone is really courteous and driving on Perth roads is actually worse. Also the trucks have to stay in the slow lane. We made it to a small town called Wolfratshausen and decided to stop for lunch. We found a cute little cafe where we had homemade Zucchini cream soup and a coffee. Delish!

A bit more Autobahn driving…

Before arriving in Erding. We had the afternoon and evening to explore the town. And get icecream.

Cute little town.

For dinner we went to a traditional Bavarian restaurant and had schnitzel and zweiblrostbraten. Very friendly owners here.

Germany is just around the corner…no wait…so is Austria

Goodbye Innsbruck! Hope to see you again soon!

Hello nearby Seefeld and delicious Affogato coffee and strudel.

Then, we crossed the border into Germany to Mittenwald.

After much deliberation, we decided to up the cable car to the top of the mountain in Mittenwald. It looked like another planet up there.

We had Weisswurst for lunch.

And looked around a bit.

And then onward to Füssen. But not before crossing the border back in to Austria for a while.

Then, literally just across the border back in to Germany, we arrived in Füssen our base camp for the next two night. Very lovely here.

Surprise Wild Park

After breakfast today in Zell Am See we had a quick wander down to the lake, as it was a foggy morning and we thought it would look nice. It did look pretty cool.

Then we packed up and left Zell Am See bound for Innsbruck. It was still pretty foggy for part of the drive. At one point we were in a world of clouds. Really spectacular.

About half way to Innsbruck we saw a sign for a Wild Park and we decided we needed to visit. After a few kilometres drive up a mountain we reached our destination. The car park was actually quite busy, clearly we weren’t the only ones with this idea. The Wild Park was on the side of the mountain and featured donkeys, rabbits, goats and huge deer. Great views over the mountains too.

By the time we had finished looking at the animals, it was lunch time. We decided to take our chances with the restaurant at the Wild Park. Yeah, it was definitely a risk – at home we would never eat at a food establishment linked to a zoo or the link. But things are done differently in Austria – the food here was all organic, straight from local farms and absolutely delicious. In fact, this meal was one of the highlights of our trip. Fantastic.

After lunch it was back in the car. We made another quick stop in the small town of Kitzbuhel. We had coffee and a tiny cake at a very pink cafe.

And then, before we knew it, we were in Innsbruck. After checking in to our hotel (Goldener Adler – the same place we stayed 5 years ago) we had a brief jaunt about town and got ourselves some dinner in a nearby restaurant. We ❤️ Innsbruck!

Großglockner

After breakfast this morning at the hotel (average buffet, with loud morning commercial radio being played 2 1/2 stars) we decided to head up to the local mountain – Schmittenhöhe for a bit of a look around and a wander. Although we had originally planned (back in Australia) to use this day to go up the Großglockner mountain, we had, for various reasons, decided to abandon that dream. So we put on our warm mountain hiking clothes, and headed up to the the gondola station. Or where we thought the gondola station was. When we got there we realised that we were in the wrong spot and the gondola station we wanted was about a 1/2 hours walk away. So we decided to go back to the hotel to get the car keys and drive to the station. And then, after checking the weather forecast we decided to change all current plans and head to the Großglockner after all. Finally, we were on our way.

It was about an hours drive to the official start of the Großglockner road. You are greeted with this sign.

The Großglockener is a very large mountain. With a lot of windy roads and hairpin turns. Spectacular but also a little scary.

After about 20 minutes or so, we made it to the top. It was cold, but amazing.

We had morning tea at the restaurant at the top. Food was good, but service was a little curt. There was lots of random taxidermy in the restaurant.

Then it was time to continue on our journey down the other side.

When we got to the end we came upon the small town of Heiligenblut which was incredibly picturesque.

Then on to Lienz for a delicious lunch.

And icecream

Before heading back to Zell Am See for dinner. We went to an awesome place called Kraftwerk. Great name for a restaurant and great food.

Goodbye Ramsau, Hello strange town

Sadly we had to leave Ramsau today. We didn’t want to. We wanted to stay there forever.

Our apartment there was so amazing too – it even had a freaking sauna! Although we didn’t end up using it.

As we left Ramsau, we said good bye to the Bison that were grazing in the nearby paddock and headed of on our way to our next town – Zell Am See.

First stop, Radstadt. A cute little town that we wanted to stay in also.

But journey on we must. So after a quick stretch of our legs, we were on our way again. After another brief stop, we arrived at our destination Zell Am See. We were a little shocked at the amount of traffic there, and after a bit of confusion as to how to actually get to our hotel, we managed to check in to our new hotel. We were starving by this stage, so got some lunch at the hotel’s cafe.

Then we went and looked at the lake. It was quite nice, but we were a little disappointed that we didn’t stay at the Grand Hotel right on the lake.

We decided to go on a boat cruise, because included with our accommodation we got a ” Summer Card” which entitled us to a free trip.

It’s a funny old place, Zell Am See. Quite picturesque, but very, very touristy. Not at all like other parts of Austria.

Well, in some ways it was still like Austria – goulash dinner.