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What do you call it when six girlfriends, a pair of parents, and a younger brother spend nine days touring Germany and Austria together? #Hofftoberfest!

Just in case you didn’t follow along with our hashtag, here’s a photo recap of our amazing trip. We started with a multi-day tour of the tents in Munich for the first weekend of Oktoberfest, and then hopped on a train to the picturesque Prien am Chiemsee. After a  two-Michelin-star meal and some sailing around the Bavarian lake, it was back on the train for our trip across the border to Austria.

Salzburg was, without a doubt, my favorite part of the trip. It served as the setting for The Sound of Music and is just bursting with Austrian charm—think winding cobblestone streets with pastel row houses teetering above you on either side; the scent of myriad sausages wafting across town squares as the Alps playing hide-and-go-seek with the clouds in the background; Mozart’s face festooned from almost every shop window you pass. I loved it.

From there it was just another short train ride to Stuttgart, also known as the cheese spaetzle capital of my heart. Clearly calories were of no concern on this trip, and of all the hearty offerings I sampled, kaesespaetzle was my very favorite (it’s basically German mac and cheese with caramelized onions on top). Be still my heart.

We ended our trip the way we began it—in a beer tent—and then headed home ten pounds heavier (due to all the pretzels) and happier (due to all the beer). Salzburg, I hope to see you soon.