Adventures living as expats.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Munich and Rothenburg

Following the tranquility and relaxed pace of Oy-Mittleburg, Munich felt like a jolt back to reality.  After a bit of adjustment time, we were ready to take on the beer gardens and many sights on our list.   On our first day we headed to Marienplatz to see the old town area including all the beautiful architecture.  We also browsed around the Viktualienmarkt where vendors sell a huge variety of fresh fruits, breads, prepared gourmet foods, artisanal coffee, and plenty of snacks to fuel up on.   We were overwhelmed by the selection and by the time we were done really wished we had bigger stomachs so we could taste more.   Now I think back and wonder why I didn't take any pictures?

We also loved touring the English Garden, a huge urban park complete with a beer garden in the middle.  This was my personal favorite because the surrounding environment was so picturesque and calming which contrasted with the excitement of the lively beer garden. Another highlight of our time in Munich was a day trip to the Herrenchiemsee Palace which was definitely the most extravagant palace we saw.  Although the palace was far from finished on the interior, we learned that the construction cost was over $250,000,000!
New Town Hall in Munich
We couldn't miss the famous Hoffbraugh beer hall.  There was even non-alcoholic beer so I could join in on the fun.
Beautiful Munich Residence
Portrait hall complete with gold leaf frames in the Munich Residence
Our favorite dessert shop - I got an extremely addicting mango tart and Jeff, after much deliberation, opted for a molten chocolate cake
Herrenchiemsee Palace - one of our only pics since you can't take photos from the inside.  
Our final stop of the trip was Rothenburg, a truly charming little city that really gave us a feel for historic Germany with its still standing city wall and many watch towers throughout.  
Picture perfect Rothenburg
This was our unbeatable view during dinner on our first night where we enjoyed one of our favorite meals of the trip
This view of the city from the city wall made us feel like we were in a movie
Exploring the defense fortifications on the city wall
On a day trip to Bamburg, Jeff led us on a walking tour through the old town where we saw some historical churches, enjoyed a pizza lunch, and Jeff sampled the city's famous smoked beer called Rauchbier.
Bamberg Old Town Hall
St. Michael's Church
We also headed over to Wurzburg for a day where we strolled through the city and toured the Wurzberger Residence, a UNESCO heritage site.  It included pictures of the city after the bomb attack in WWII where 90% of the city was destroyed, but has since been reconstructed as it looked historically.  We stumbled across a market on our way back to the car where Jeff found a German beer stein and I fell in love with some blue and white porcelain serving bowls to complete our souvenir shopping.
Cocktail and soda water with of view of Fortress Marienberg
Just one more selfie at Wurzberger Residence

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