After spending the evening enjoying Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, I wake up somewhere along the German and Austria border.
I am on my way to see Neuschwanstein Castle about a 2 hour drive south of Munich but take a slight detour to Austria.
In the late 1980's I had previously tour Austria by train, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna all a part of my itinerary.
Only mere signs tell one country from the other.
No more guards or passports to show.
Fortunately, they are not ordering lunch and sit rather quietly in another are of the restaurant.
Gasthof offers a daily lunch special but today I opt for the deer stew with potatoes, cranberries and red pickled cabbage.
The stew has a mushroom flavored gravy that covers the entire plate. I have had venison chili before but I never knew deer meat could be so tender. I am surprised at the wonderful sweet flavor of the dish.
I leave Gasthof stunned and filled with culinary pleasure. My journey continues back along Highway 11 and with a full stomach the scenery seems even more beautiful.