On the recommendation of my friend Laurel Robbins of Monkeys and Mountains, we added Prien am Chiemsee, Germany to our pre-Christmas German/Austrian trip itinerary. What a great suggestion it was! Here are a few photos that I hope capture the evening and following morning in Prien am Chiemsee.
We arrived by train from Munich about an hour away. After checking in to the Hotel Bayerischer Hof near the station, we took a walk around in the light snow. The feeling I got matched how I’d always pictured a small Bavarian town.
The quiet of Prien am Chiemsee was little broken by traffic.
The light snow cooperated adding the perfect touch to a Christmastime Bavarian village.
The small Christmas market was closed and because we forgot to stop by the following evening before heading on to Salzburg, we won’t count it in the quest to match Laurel’s record of 17 Christmas markets in one season.
The fallen snow and decorations all worked together with the quiet creating a perfect mood.
There were few cars and fewer pedestrians on the streets of Prien am Chiemsee.
The peaceful evening was replaced the next morning with a beautiful sunrise and our first clear view of the Alps.
The harbor in Prien am Chiemsee on the following morning set the scene for our excitement of the trip ahead to the islands of Lake Chiemsee with a unique Christmas Market and King Ludwig II’s castle. More to come on these.