tourist in Germany

Partnachklamm

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Wandern.

Have you ever heard this word? If you live in Bavaria (Bayern) almost sure you did.

(das) Wandern = hiking

With the Alps so close there is no wonder germans love it. There is even a research that showed hiking makes you happier, less prone to depresion and obviously healthier.

“Theory is easy but practice kills us” is a romanian saying (Teoria ca teoria dar practica ne omoara). People who know me know I was never a hiker…BUT last Sunday I did it! Yes, I was out there, far away from the city and I said: Yes, nature is amazing!

One and a half hours south of Munich you reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

 

Partnachklamm is an amazing canyon in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Here you have the official website with infos and pictures. But my pictures made with my phone are much better. They make me remember I was there and beauty is even more stunning in reality then in pictures.

So next time when you are around go see it yourself.

P.S.: Important tip: dont’t forget to take a rain jacket. Water drops from everywhere there.

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On the way to the canyon two magnets found their home.

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Surf in München

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My dear readers,

maybe the association of the words “surf” and “München” is a little unexpected.

As a tourist in München you have to see this place. Is called Eisbachwelle and is located at the south entrance of Englisher Garten close to a museum called Haus der Kunst.

 

Let me explain you the name.

(das) Eis = ice

(der) Bach = stream

(die) Welle = wave

As you can notice, a german “word” explains everything. The stream with waves is cold as ice. 🙂

In summer a lot of people gather on the bridge to look at the surfers.

It happened once in February that I was passing by at 8 o´clock in the morning on a working day and there was already a surfer having fun… or suffering in the cold (however you want to put it). For me was cold enough to look at him equipped with winter jacket, scarf and all the heavy clothes I use in winter.

 

 

♥ Romantic Road ♥

If you want to be romantic in Germany you have to rent a car, maybe one like this

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and travel aprox. 300 km starting in Würzburg and ending in Füssen. Obviously passing through Tauberbischofsheim, Lauda, Bad Mergentheim, Creglingen, Rothenburh ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl, Nördlingen, Harburg, Donauwörth, Augsburg, Landsberg, Schongau, Pfaffenwinkel und Schwangau. This is the Romantic Road. Here I talked to you about the Neuschwanstein castle. It is also part of the romantic road, actually its endpoint.

From all this cities I have visited only Würzburg, Augsburg and Schwangau. But there are two more cities that I want to talk to you about and that are not included in this list. One is Veitshöchheim (only 6km from Würzburg) and the other one Bamberg (90 km from Würzburg). They are also romantic gems that deserve to be discovered. In Veitshöchheim there are some delicious Rokoko gardens in which we went for a walk last Saturday (Wir haben einen Spaziergang durch den Garten gemacht.)

der Spaziergang, Pl. die Spaziergänge = walk / promenade

der Garten, die Gärten = garden

(wir) haben gemacht is the Perfect tense (Perfekt) of the verb “to make”. The Perfekt is used very often in german – almost for everything that happened in the past.

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And this was the 10 km Stau on the way.

der Stau = congestion / traffic jam

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Here is Bamberg:

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What do you think?

…romantic, right?

…except of the Stau.

 

Neuschwanstein Castle

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Welcome to the castle that inspired Disney!

In english its name would translate to New Swanstone Castle.

neu = new

(der) Schwan = swan (don’t confuse it with (das) Schwein = pig; especially when pronouncing people have the tendency to make this mistake)

(der) Stein = stone

(das) Schloss = castle (but also lock)

This castle was built under the reign of king Ludwig II of Bavaria and was never finished due to his mysterious death in 1886.

Do you know anything about him? Let me tell you some details that I find very interesting. King Ludwig II was also called the “Märchenkönig” (Fairy Tale King) because he preferred to escape the political life and live in an ideal poetic world. He was the biggest admirer of Richard Wagner that’s why many paintings of the castle feature scenes of the composer’s work. For example, the king’s bedroom is painted with themes from Tristan & Isolde. He was investing a lot of money to build the castle in a time when the society thought that money are needed for solving more important state affairs. This was finally used as a reason to declare him insane and dethrone him. On 12 June 1886 he was transported to Berg Castle on the shores of lake Starnberg, south of Munich. One day later he was found dead in the lake. He left behind some architectural treasures that represent today the most important tourist attractions of Germany. See Schloss Linderhof, Schloss Herrenchiemsee and the Munich Residenz.

Last weekend we made a one-day trip to the castle from Munich and I will first let he pictures speak for themselves.

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Travelling by car takes aprox. 2 hours and you get such a great view with the Bavarian Alps and the countryside.

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The castle is located in the area of Hohenschwangau close to the city of Füssen and very close to the border with Austria.

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Here you have the map of the area around the castle.

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That’s me holding the german and the bavarian flags on the way up to the castle. Prepare yourself for walking aprox. 40 min. up the hill to reach the castle.

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When you arrive up you are rewarded with such a panorama.

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I recommend you to walk 15 more minutes to see the castle from Marienbrücke (die Brücke = bridge). We had bad luck and the bridge was closed until summer for maintenance but there was another spot from where you could see well the castle.

And last but not least, if you want to eat nice pasta & pizza we recommend you from the bottom of our hearts the restaurant Il Pescatore in Füssen. The meal was delicious, the atmosphere relaxed, the wine very good and the staff very friendly.

Kisses and Hugs,

Cata & Javi

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