Postcards from Europe – Germany & Austria

Sunday we traveled from Brussels to Bopard Germany to take a Rhine River cruise. On board we saw lots of castles and Riesling vineyards. The weather has been amazing.

After finishing our cruise, we went on to Heidelberg. Our group stopped to see the Heidelberg castle. It was hot and there sure were a lot of steps to reach the top, but the view was lovely.

Monday was a long travel day, Heidelberg Germany to Innsbruck Austria. To break up the trip, we stopped in Munich for lunch at Hofbrauhaus. We had big mugs of beer, huge pretzels and Sauerbraten with some friends from our group.

Part of the fun of group travel is all the new and interesting people you meet.

The drive from Munich took us right through the Alps. Here is the view from our balcony.

Driving to dinner tonight, we passed The former Olympic Park and Ski jump site here in Innsbruck. Wouldn’t it make a great water slide?!

My Great Grandfather came from Austria so this part of our trip is very meaningful to me. Our Tour Director, Emile, is very knowledgeable and fills in our bus time with some historical and cultural information. I love knowing a place’s story.

The Renaissance Hotel, Vienna

Our hotel is very nice and filled with dramatic artwork. Even in the shower!


We had a great dinner experience in a very unique establishment called Marchfelderhof. Roaming musicians, Walz instructors, great food and drinks.

Schonbrunn Palace

We started out Wednesday with a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace. Following that we did a walking tour in the city before having a few hours to do our own thing.

Albertina Museum

Mark and I toured the Albertina Museum. They had an Impressionist exhibit and some