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Berschtesgaden is my absolute favorite place in the Alps. The tourism is less mass then in most places, plus the people are so welcoming. When I first came there 10 years ago I was very much used to using credit cards (as an American expat in Poland - both countries rather card obsessed with terminals everywhere) that it took me a while to understand the German much less credit card friendly economy. So I had a few situtaions (at a restaurant and at a hotel) where I assumed paying by card and than learned I can’t. And had no money. In both instances I thought this would be problematic, but they just told me where the closest ATM is (in case of the hotel quite far, as it was in one of the small villages of Berschtesgaden Land) and... let me leave. All of us. They didn’t want someone to stay, for us to leave IDs, anything. We could just go and never return. Of course we didn’t do that and came back straight from the ATM, but the level of trust towards foreigners (from not well loved countries in Germany, as we were a mixed Polish-American group) was overwhelming, everyone was treated a bit family style. In the bus towards Eagle’s nest this old German guy tried to talk with my old Polish grandma about war times despite them not knowing their respective languages and using a weird mix of those and elementary English. They ended up best budies drinking beer at the top. I hope Berschtesgadener Land stays this way and nobody abuses their ways enough to change them. It was the only vacation during which I actually felt as in a fairytale in some bygone old peaceful land. Incredbile.
To be fair, what you described would be possible in a lot of places in Central Europe. I can't imagine anyone holding you in a restaurant if you just want to get some cash.
Literally have had the same thing happen with me, the people are beyond nice and trusting