For a nice vacation in '05, seven of us decided to follow Thomas and Martina on a trip to Austria to stay in Mittersill and climb the Grossglockner then see some of Germany including Oktoberfest! We would do a little climbing, a little shopping, eat a bunch and explore the roots of the Heffe Weisse bier. Thomas and Martina hooked us up with friends to stay with near Munich, an old farm house to stay in near Mittersill Austria and even a place to stay in their home town of Auerbach in Baveria at the family Pub! Austria and Germany are absolutely beautiful and climbing there is a truly unique experience. On the Grossglockner there are 3 great huts to stay in along the way including the one we stayed in at 11,300 feet, less than 1,200 feet from the summit of Austria's highest mountain!
The trip was originally planned as an outing to the Grossglockner that would include a stopover at Oktoberfest in Munich. We did those things and more had time to fall in love with Germany and Austria in the process.