We visit a model of our new house!

Trip Start Jul 27, 2010
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Trip End Sep 04, 2010


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Camping Thalkirchen

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Sunday, August 8, 2010

8/8/10 Sunday

Castles to Bier Halls all in Deutschland

We were camping near a lake with an amazing view of two castles, Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangu Castle. We got up, after we thought we had a sleep in until 9.25 although this was the barometric pressure and not the time, Shane must have bumped his watch in the night and changed the mode. After we stopped to get a coffee and couldn't work out why the supermarket was still closed, that’s because we actually got up at 7.30am!

I had my first dispute with the GPS as it took us to where it said was the Neuschwanstein Castle, I could still see it clearly up in the mountain to the right of us and wanted to turn around, as I insisted Shane drive in the opposite direction, I noticed all the signs pointed back to where we had come from. I pulled out the pages of Lonely Planet that we had photocopied ( the book is too heavy to bring) and I had to admit defeat, the GPS was correct we had to park, buy tickets and then walk for 45 min to get up to the castle. The last king of Bavaria, King Ludwig II had commenced building the castle in 1869 and his father Maximilian II acquired the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle. We went on the 35min tour, which was a smooth operation as they churned through the groups every 5min a new tour started, although they were booked out 2 hours in advance, it’s a good idea to reserve tickets ahead of time. The castle is only 2/3 finished and Ludwig never saw it without scaffolding. It was amazing the detail in each room and the paintings on the walls. No expense spare, no wonder he went broke building it!

We then drove to Munich that afternoon, the home of the Hoftbrauhaus and all things beer. Our guide in the black box took us on a back roads tour of rural Germany, we had no idea where we were most of the time but as usual we arrived where we needed to be. The first run on the Autobahn was disappointing due to the wet weather.

We pitched our tent at camping Thalkirchen, Elisha was not happy with the showers (they were crap & you had to pay with a token which ran out as she was lathered up – cold shower!). We caught the bus and train into the city which was fairly easy.

First stop was the world famous Hoftbrauhaus and institution to all things German, that is beer and meat, Shane was in heaven. We found ourselves a seat on the trestle tables and settled in for our first 1 litre stein of beer, we soon had sore wrists. Elisha had the original and Shane had a dark beer. We had a wholesome feed of chicken and pork. The German band was playing traditional oompa music and after every 3-4 songs played a jingle which meant every one should toast and drink beer.

We moved on to a couple of other beer halls, Zum Durnbrau among them as well as eating a few pretzels. As we strolled back to the train station we stumbled upon some traditional German fashion stores which sold lederhosen, German leather knickerbockers.
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