Germany Vacation 2010

The following log covers a vacation trip to Germany in May 2010
This log is from the family vacation to Germany in May 2010. Like all blogs the newest entries are at the top.

Last Germany Trip post
No photo this time. There wasn’t a whole lot to take a photo of. We went to the Deutsches Museum. Kind of like a Smithsonian Science museum. I spent a lot of time in the maritime section. There were many detailed models of boats, ships, skiffs, ocean liners, sailing vessels, etc. They had a cutaway of a U boat that you could look at, a cutaway of an old sailing fish boat and a tugboat. Timothy spent his time in the physics and music part. After that we just walked around Munich for a little while. It was another day like the others. About 50 degrees today and a misty rain. We walked around the outdoor markets. Lots of veggies, meats, cheeses, etc. We gave up around 4:00pm and got on the train back to our hotel. We’ve got a 9:50am flight out from here in the morning, so we’ve been working on rearranging luggage so that we don’t hit the magical 51 lbs. equals $90 dollars in luggage fees. We fly straight to Atlanta and then to Huntsville. We’re supposed to be in Huntsville around 6:00pm. Looking forward to the 80 degree temperatures that you all have been having. Not saying that the schnitzel, kraut, etc. hasn’t been good over these near 2 weeks, but I’m hoping to find a Popeye’s Chicken at the Atlanta airport when we get there.

Auf Wiedersehen

A beautiful spring day in Munich

As you can see it is another March day in Munich. No…..wait…..it’s May 19th isn’t it? I don’t know if this is normal for May, but I don’t know how these people live in this crap.

Washer board Germany style

I don’t know what game they’re playing here but it looks like it might almost work at Talladega. The part that it looks like those can become angry projectiles makes it “almost” work at Talladega.

Twilight in Salzburg

Another day in Salzburg ends. We will be driving about an hour and a half to our final destination of Munich tomorrow.

Mirabell Garden

Mirabell Garden in Salzburg. They are just now getting ready for springtime. The weather is still cool here.

Sound of Music Fountains

I’m not going to say I didn’t dance around the Pegasus fountain like the kids in the Sound of Music, I’ll say I don’t have any video. I guess a picture will have to do. The large fountain is also in the movie.
We spent the day wandering around the city on foot; a lot of window shopping. Sticker shock on some of the clothes here is an understatement. Some of the jackets that Jan liked were in the $1700-$2000(US) range. This ain’t no J.C. Penney. Ate frankfurters from street vendors and chocolate “drink” from a coffee bar. The drinks were more like hot pudding. It was cool outside so it was a nice treat. The weather was better today. The sun went in and out and had brief sprinkles of rain. It got warm enough to take our jackets off from time to time.

For those from Missouri

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Okay, all of you “Sound of Music” fans. Recognize the fortress on the hill from the movie?

We went inside the fortress our first day. Had dinner and attended a Mozart concert. There were 3 violins (that’s like a fiddle for you folks from Loretto and Park Hills) and a cello. They were great. I’d say it was a string quartet (for you folks from Eva, that’d be the number 4) but a pianist came on for a little while also. All in all this is shaping up to be a good recovery from the Alps portion of the trip.

Salzburg

Made it in to Salzburg. I don’t know if I’m getting used to driving around here or what, but I was not looking forward to driving in here. Turns out it was no problem at all. This is a pretty fantastic place. Our hotel is on a narrow street in the old part of town. We had to schlep our luggage from the underground parking garage for about 3 blocks, but it was no big deal.

We arrived here about 3:00pm and immediately walked to the old town. It is only 1/4 mile walk to be in the middle of everything. This photo is from the top of a fortress.

Mittenwald

Stopped by the town of Mittenwald. Another rainy, cloudy, drizzly day. It is also Saturday after noon so everything is closed….again. Spent time here and back in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen for one night only. We left in the morning to Salzburg, Austria driving along the German Alpine Highway. It is supposed to be the most spectacular drive in Germany taking you though the Bavarian Alps. I’ll have to take their word for it since it rained the whole time we drove through. The cloud ceiling is still low so you can’t see any mountains. The past four days in the Alps have been a bust all the way around. As we entered Salzburg the rain stopped, but it is still cool (around 45 degrees).

Potential business venture

Saw this in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and wondered how well this would work back home. Mini-Golf, Cafe & Beer-Garden……hmmmmmm….

Cloudy, foggy, rainy, misty

The top picture is a stock photo of the view from the top of Zugspitze mountain looking down on Lake Eisbee. The bottom picture is from the webcam photo of the same view of what it looks like right now. I guess that answers my question as to whether or not we go there today. Considering its about a 15 mile drive from where we are staying this is a pretty accurate picture. It was about 40-45 degrees yesterday. Very disappointing to be in the middle of the Bavarian Alps and not being able to see them. It would be like going to the Grand Canyon and not being able to see it because it was filled 6 feet above the rim with fog. Not sure where or what we’ll be seeing today……..well, other than another fine Bavarian brew.

Ettal Monastery

Although today was another cloudy, drizzly day we went to places that we had not planned on seeing. The pictures above are of the Benedictine Monastery Ettal. The exterior and interior photos are of the church. The inside photos is taken where the pews are. This monastery is famous for its brewery (Ettal Klosterbiere) and, yes I did.

We also went to the Castle Linderhof. This castle was smaller but nicer than the one we went to yesterday. It is very ornate on the inside. Its amazing what you can do with other people’s money.

We also walked around the town of Oberammagau. They are getting ready for the Passion Play that they have here every 10 years. It starts tomorrow and runs through the summer. It’s a 5 hour play……we will not be seeing it.

Tomorrow we take a short drive (about 25 miles I think) to the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen where we will stay one night. This is where we’re supposed to go to the top of the Bavarian Alps, but given the weather we probably won’t be doing that. I guess it will be a day of drinking beers.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The top picture is what Neuschwanstein castle is supposed to look like. The bottom picture is what we saw. Very low hanging clouds. We are in Reutte, Austria. The hotel we are staying at is supposed to have a spectacular view of the Bavarian Alps except that we can’t see them because the thick cloud layer is about 100 feet off of the ground. This will put a damper on our plans for taking the cable car to the top of the Zugspitze mountain on Saturday. We have plans to go to the town of Oberammergau, Germany, today to look around.

Dinkelsbuhl

Stopped in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany on Thursday. One of the German Air Force officer’s that I’ve met is from here. This was mostly a traveling day for us. We are driving south on the “Romantic Road” towards Reutte, Austria. This was not one of the better days. It was very overcast and drizzly all day long. And to top off, Germany was closed today. Did you get that? The entire country is shutdown today for “Father’s Day” (at least that’s what someone told us that May 13th is a holiday). No stores, banks, restaurants were open. Very little traffic today either.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Arrived in Rothenburg yesterday. It was about a 2 and a half hour drive mostly along the interstate (Autoban). Thought we were back in Birmingham with all of the constant construction. Spring has arrived and there were large square blocks (25 acres or so in size) of yellow flowers. Not sure what they were, but nice. Checked into the hotel about 3:30. It was a little too late to go to any of the museums or anything. Did a little window shopping but not much else. They have a night watchman’s tour at 8:00pm. A group of folks gathered around the night watchman and he told tales of the town as we walked around. Thunder started rolling about the time he started and about 10 minutes in it started to rain. He continued on but we did not. Maybe we’ll see him again tomorrow.

Bacharach

We’ve spent the first day in Bacharach. Timothy stayed at the Hostel on top of the hill. Other than there being a one hour plus delay for the plane to leave Detroit the flight was fairly uneventful but long. The town of Bacharach is nice and the weather has been good; overcast but mild. One unusual thing we had was one of the side spreads served with the bread we had at dinner. Jan identified it as lard and asked the waiter. Sure enough it was lard. Today we are heading over to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

THE PLAN
So here is a map route of where we are planning on going in Germany. We’ll be flying in to Frankfurt (A) on May 10th (although we leave Huntsville on May 9th) and then driving west to Bacharach (B) for 1 night. Then drive west to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (C) for a couple of nights. Next we’ll be driving south to Reutte, Austria (D) for 2 nights and visit the Neuschwanstein castle. Then a short drive over to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (E) for a cable car ride to the Zugspitze. At 9717 feet it is the highest point in Germany. After staying there one night we’ll be heading over to Salzburg, Austria (F) for 3 nights. We’ll then be going to Munich (G) for 2 nights and then flying out from there on May 21st.

If you’re curious about how much driving we’ll be doing click on this US versus Europe Map Comparison. If you take the red dot and move the US outline to where the dot showing Frankfurt is lined up to about where Muscle Shoals is you’ll see we’ll be travelling a region about the size of Alabama.