You notice the difference in the two countries almost immediately, buildings, which once would have been quite lovely are now dilapidated or completely derelict. The lack of affluence is also very notable. Mind you, it does not help travelling in winter when everything looks rather austere.
Coming from New Zealand and Australia it is odd crossing into another country without going through customs! I also found the sky full of contrails, something else we do not see in Australia, not that many aeroplanes crossing each other in the sky.
on the right in the distance
Crossing into the Czech Republic
top of Keilberg
I finally saw my first bit of snow arriving at the top of Fichtelberg, even if it was only about 1m deep by 50m across and icy. Everybody has been talking about how bad it is because the snow is usually metres deep with the ski season in full swing. We heard on the radio that it is the warmest winter on record for Germany. From the top of Fichtelberg we drove down to the village of Oberwiesenthal, a small village 914m high being the highest in Germany and also the other end of the very famous Fichtelberg Schwebebahn cable car. Oberwiesenthal is also where young people are trained for all winter sports.
in Café König behind us
cannot be resisted.
to the right behind me.
We arrived back home late in the afternoon driving through delightful villages and stopping to overlook Annaberg-Bucholz then having a tiny glass of apple schnapps after wonderful Christmas dinner leftovers of goose, rotkraut (not to be mixed up with sauerkraut as we often do in Australia) and new potatoes.
It is an acquired taste.