Munich – The Final Stop in Germany

Ah Munich. One of my favourite stops on my Contiki trip over a year ago. I loved the rather charming German city from the first time seeing it during the rush of my Conitki bus ride. At the time I vowed to return for the famous annual Oktoberfest festival. Although things didn’t end up going as planned, with Oktoberfest accommodation and flights being ridiculously expensive and booked out months in advance, I was still happy enough to be back.

At Königsplatz (Museum Square) checking out most of the museums here

A marathon was on that day. The atmosphere and live drummer band was inspiring

2015/02/img_6322.jpgSome of my favourite exhibitions in the Pinakothek Der Moderne Museum

I watched the surfers for quite a while in the English Garden. And remembered how cold the water was on my last visit!

A traditional lunch in the beer garden

There were lots of buskers in the park. This particular band was amazing. So amazing that I actually brought one of their CDs

The next day I headed south for a daytrip to see Walt Disney’s castle. This is Hohenschwangau castle in this view

And Neuschwanstein Castle in this one

The inside was also pretty cool but no photos allowed

It’s almost my name!

The usual selfie

Munich was just a quick visit that ended far too soon. Before I knew it, I was heading to the airport and ready to fly to my next stop in Turkey.

Where I stayed: A&O München Laim Hostel
Price: €25 per night in a 6 bed dorm
Overall: Quite a new hostel. Literally had opened just a couple of weeks prior for Oktoberfest so staff were still settling into their roles and some equipment like the laundry was still to be installed. It was an okay hostel in a good location close to a train station. It still didn’t have the right friendly atmosphere so I never really felt settled. There was also a weird guy in my room who appeared to never to leave during the whole time I stayed. He just hung out on his bed watching his iPad the whole time and never spoke a word.. Hm..


Goodbye Berlin and HELLO Central Germany

My apologies for the tiny delay in producing this post. I blame laziness, procrastination, and simply falling so far behind with posting that it was easier to put it off for a rainy day. And guess what, today is raining :)

I left Berlin on a bus feeling drained and hungover. And mildly stressed as catching the metro train from the other side of the city had taken a little longer than anticipated resulting in me running with my heavy backpack to the bus station. Sadly not an unusual occurrence for me.

My train trundled through the German motorways heading south. Eventually a few hours later I arrived in Frankfurt. This wasn’t my final destination for the day though as I was actually staying in a nearby town called Butzbach where’d I managed to scope out a cheap little private room through Airbnb for a few nights. I desperately needed some solo sleeping time to recover and become my normal self again.

My main reason for coming to this part of Germany was to visit an old kiwi mate. He had just moved to a nearby city called Giesson (just a short train ride north of Frankfurt) with his girlfriend, and I was proud to be their first kiwi visitor.

Stolen from their facebook as my only photo has L giving me the evils

While staying in the area, I did do little exploring the of nearby area including Frankfurt itself and a cute little town called Marburg. And some of Giesson itself too of course with my own personal tour guides. The weather was miserable but I didn’t let that stop me.

The infamous watering can tree of Giesson

The view at the top of Marburg

One of a row of creepy goat heads on a Marburg wall

Memories of this German casserole that I paired with mulled wine is making me salivate. It was the perfect meal on such a chilly dreary day

In the main square of Frankfurt

The city even has it’s own lovelock bridge fitting in with the rest of Europe

Funky pumpkins in a market. Side note: I had some of the best soup ever from one of the stalls here

A moving memorial wall of victims of the holocaust

My solo nights flew by rather quickly in Butzbach. And then I headed on my way to the next destination on another bus. I was visiting another friend in Nuremberg for just a night before heading to my final Germany destination. Nuremberg was a gorgeous wee city. I could instantly see why my Australian mate had chosen to settle here. The place had charm! And tasty food.

Mmm pork knuckles. So tender the meat was falling off the bones

There were gorgeous canals with gorgeous views like this everywhere

And crazy strange statues dotted everywhere

What the? Surely this would give children nightmares?

Crazy cool churches

Nuremberg was for sure one of my favourites stops in Germany. It is where I’d pick to live if I ever moved to Germany. One night was not enough for this sweet charming city filled with so much character. Plus it was awesome to catch up with a friend that I’d met originally in Northern Italy and hiked 10 hours with. Frankfurt was surprisingly neat too for being such a business city and could have also done with more than just a few hours spent wandering around. But the wheels keep turning, the clock keeps ticking, and I had my final German destination to get to.

Where I stayed: A lovely well-priced private room I found through Airbnb. It was in the family home of a couple of teachers whose children had all left the nest, so they were making use of the spare rooms. Here is the link if you are interested.
Price: €21 per night in a warm cozy room
Great! Friendly and hospitable. Only 30 minutes by train from Frankfurt. And 10 minutes from Giesson. Much much cheaper than staying in Frankfurt in a small village.