WOW! My long time dream (of 18 years) was finally coming true! I had spent some time brushing up on my German, and couldn't wait to get there! When I was a teenager I was an Exchange Student to Germany during my sophomore year of high school, so vivid, fond memories came flooding back to me!
I got off the plane and my adventure began! I had to navigate my way around the airport to find my parents who were also flying in from DC. I was flying in from NC. We met by the rental car agency in the airport terminal and took off!
The views were stunning! The amazing culture, the beautiful sceneries, the castles I adored and the autobahn I was a bit nervous about!! We got to our hotel and my first attempt at German was pitiful. I knew what I wanted to say, but couldn't get it out. We stayed just outside of Heidelberg (my absolute favorite German town) and the very next day we headed out to sightsee. We walked the hauptstrasse (main shopping area) in Heidelberg, took so many pictures along the way, enjoyed amazing coffee and pastries. We headed to the old bridge and took some amazing pictures of the castle. That night we cooked steak on a rock (amazing restaurant outside of Heidelberg) and enjoyed some Reisling from the region itself. Heidelberg is where I spent 4 years growing up, so I have such fond memories of this awesome town.
I cannot mention Germany without touching upon the food. I think I must have eaten Schnitzel at every dinner meal, ate lots of Brats, Poummes (French fries) tried German Ice Cream, indulged in so many delicious pastries and sipped many a authentic German coffees. Even the rest areas off the autobahns had the best cappuccinos, and strong/deep coffee (my favorite type).
Little shops where I brought home special treasures will remain memories for me for a long time. Each piece was carefully selected as I knew I had to keep my bag under 50 pounds (no easy task).
We headed along the Neckar River and I must have seen over 100 glorious, yet mysterious, medieval castles! The little restaurants along the way (Gast Haus) were each unique and so authentically German culture. Many of them you stepped into, was like stepping back in time!
Another day we headed to Stuttgart to see the sights, walk around a city center garden, shop and enjoy authentic German food (like Schnitzle with Poummes)! Yum!!!!
One day we were able to check out Wiesbaden with it's quaint shops, and bustling activity all around us!
We were able to stay 2 days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and what a dream! The Alps were stunning and the Zugspitze (sure wish I had headed up there) WOW! The fresh air, the mountain breeze, charming flowers and beautiful surroundings made me long to move to Garmish one day soon!
Kaiserslautern was another nice location to hit, along with the super small yet neat Baumholder.
My most favorite spot was Neuschwanstein Castle!!! What a gorgeous site! This is my favorite castle. You cannot miss Neuschwanstein Castle on your journey through Germany!
OKTOBERFEST- need I say more! Such crazy insanity, but the smells, the music and the lederhosen and dirndls were a great sight. I truly felt a bit out of place without my own costume on. Munich was busy, loud and so full of life. I enjoy Munich thoroughly.
We met some fabulous people and some rude people. Germany is such a melting pot now, but it's okay, living there for a year while I was in HS as an exchange student, helped prepare me for the variances in people.
I know I have missed a few other fabulous spots. I need to dig out my journal and update it. Germany still remains on my tops places to travel and hope to get a group together one day soon to head back there! Who's with me, ready for a dream trip to Germany?
Germany was a dream vacation and I shall never forget it!
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