It’s Christmas and I’m just now blogging about Germany! I hate that I’m so far behind in my posting, but c’est la vie. Here’s to getting caught up over the next few days. Maybe we should just adventure less and then I’ll have less to write about…? Nah!
Jesse’s work required him to travel to Germany back in October (tough, right?) and I was able to tag along during week one. Although he was going to be working in Karlsruhe, he was technically on vacation while I was there and we were able to fly to Frankfurt and head directly to Nuremberg to visit his family.
I love Europe as much as the next person and Germany was par for the course. Per usual, catching a train is easy, everyone is friendly and generally speaks English, and the country is beautiful. All the buildings are old and well kept and the food..my goodness! Cheese and sausages and bread…all of my favorite things!
Fall is by far my favorite season and to see all of the leaves changing colors and falling during our stay was quite special. Some days it was pretty chilly; I was definitely layered with my merino, beanie, and gloves, but the sun was generally out and it was fun to walk around Nuremberg on such nice days. We were staying right near the lake and the lovely path made getting to downtown a super easy walk.
Nuremberg, like so many other European cities, is old and beautiful and full of history. I’ve been in ancient churches, of course, and they’re so interesting but I was excited about the castles in Germany. They didn’t disappoint! It was easy to imagine wealthy folks enjoying leisurely days in the courtyard, roaring flames in the big fireplaces, posing for portraits, and sending someone to fetch water from the 50m deep well. They certainly had a grand spot to live.
After a few days of exploring Nuremberg, we drove to Munich to roam around the city. Again, the architecture was incredible. Jesse and I climbed up to the top St. Peter’s church to capture some great views of the city; including the spectacular Town Hall building. We then finished off day 1 in Munich with a trip to the infamous Hofbräuhaus for dinner!
Day two in Munich was a visit to the Nymphenburg Palace (King Joseph’s summer house). I think I am in need of a elaborate gold carriage for all of my commuting now…
On the drive back up to Nuremberg, we made a slight detour to the world’s oldest monastery brewery, Weltenburg Abbey. It was at the end of a very narrow road in the Danube Gorge and we enjoyed beers and pretzels and the fall colors over the water.
We ended the day’s adventure with a ferry ride to the other side of the river. A tiny, man-powered ferry took the four of us and the Mercedes across the water for just a few euros. It was a highlight of the day!
On one of the coldest days of our visit, we explored Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The main part of town is surrounded by a wall / towers. You can climb stairs up onto the wall and walk pretty much all around the city center. The wall was partially destroyed during WWII and the rebuilt sections commemorate donors names in bricks throughout.
Rothenburg heavily featured one of my favorite things about Europe – red roofs! They also have an amazing Christmas museum / shop and it was fun to pick out really special ornaments to bring home.
Some other highlights of the trip were cruising on the autobahn, a morning run around Nuremberg with Jesse, and evenings filled with laughter, incredible food, and the traditional schnapps.
I fell in love with Germany; it’s hard not to. We were lucky with the weather and we had the greatest hosts showing us the best parts of Bavaria. We thoroughly enjoyed their company and can’t wait to go back!