Living between Berchtesgaden and Salzburg

We had rented an apartment in Bayerisch Gmain , a small community  close to Bad Reichenhall. Driving through the Saalach valley it took me about 20 minutes to get to the lab by car. I think, that Bayerisch Gmain was the most picturesque region we ever lived. Embedded in the massifs of the Alps it was situated directly at the Austrian border. So we made regularly weekend trips to Salzburg, which was about  30 min by car. The city center below the castle Hohensalzburg is a historical jewel, a protected UNESCO monument. The Getreidegasse, where the house of Mozart’s birth in 1756 is situated, is probably the most famous part. The medieval house fronts and their windows are marvelously decorated   and characterized by wrought iron craft symbols over the old shops. The houses in the narrow streets show no crow stepped gables as in Landshut and the roofs are not visible. Another famous site is the Cathedral built in the baroque style. On the place in front of the cathedral every year during the Salzburg Festival the play Jedermann von Hugo von Hoffmannsthal is performed. As Buck invited customers to the festival spectacles we had access to the rare tickets and were able to watch Curd Jürgens performing as Jedermann.

Another Austrian attraction was the way of living, which is more relaxed than in Germany. It was characterized by the excellent cuisine and its wine culture. The Friesacher Heurige near Salzburg was a cozy wine tavern typical for this country and a preferred destination for local people and tourists. Even if there is a certain rivalry between Bavarians and Austrians we remember very friendly and warmhearted discussions  in the Friesacher  Heurigen tavern.

So basically we had a wonderful private life, we continued to play tennis, not in a club this time and I played some soccer matches for the Buck company team, where the meeting after the match enjoying some glasses of beer was as important as the match itself. But this period was also clouded by our sorrow to have children. Bärbel had a difficult surgical intervention and also I had to pass some exams, but later years showed that we were not lucky to have children.  Probably in vitro fertilization would have helped us, but it was only at the beginning of its development at that time.