Weinachts, the Sixth

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

After a day of flying back from Honkers, we dumped our bags in the flat, ate some dinner and then died. Jet lag was hitting us, but we had a mission still to complete. As soon as the alarm went off at 04:00, we got our shit together, jumped in the car, drove to Stansted and boarded a flight to Germany as it was now the season of Weinachts Markt, or in English, Christmas Markets

Saturday - GPS Link

As soon as we walked out of the airport, we encountered snow. We were not expecting this, just the cold, so this was an added bonus, so we started up, and off we went. We had a 250ish K drive to get to our first destination, and as it was snowing, and this being Germany, 160 k/ph is slow, so we sat like a good slow driver in the right lane !!! And after a couple of hours, we arrived at our first destination.

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

Growing up, like most kids, I saw the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and as the town square from Vulgaria was here, it seemed like a good enough reason to visit. On the outskirts was a Jewish cemetery, and having the blood, we stopped and had a look. Through a gate, and into the centre to see the square. We couldn't see much as it was covered in the markets, so we took it in, admiring the buildings. We climbed up the tower to get a better view, and the snow came pouring down. As this town is on the Romantic road, it was covered with tourists, so we ran away from them and we took a walk along the walls, all 3.5 K's. They were pretty good, not many people up there, so we followed them all around until the end. It was a lovely place to visit, but it was getting late, so we moved on

Wurzburg

We had a hotel booked, and the book made the place sound nice, so parked the car, found the room and went into town for a gluhwein or two. Once there, it was quite amazing to see that this place was bigger than the previous, but only had one market and all the locals seemed to be standing around in one group, not doing much. We had a couple of gluhweins, but by 20:00, all the markets were shut, and the food options in town were limited, it was very disappointing, but as the jet lag was catching us up, we decided to die for the night

Sunday - GPS Link

After breakfast, there was one site that we wanted to see and that was the Residenz palace. Some say it was the last Baroque palace in Europe, so we paid and entered. We couldn't hang around for the English tour, and the only way to see the best apartments and hall of mirrors was via a tour, so we did one in German. It was great to see, but no photos were allowed so I suggest that you all make the effort to see it for yourself !!! Amazingly, the Germans had stripped the furniture and mirrors from the palace as it was destroyed during WW2. Lucky !!! Once completed, we hit the road.

Aschaffenburg

Only a small town, and so were the markets, but they did sell champignons, so this place rated highly, and even more so when the lady serving Lucy gluhwein found out we were Aussies, so everything was zuper, and I do mean zuper !!! Behind the markets was the Schloss Johannisburg. Another castle that was once owned by the Bishops of Mainz, it is now a museum. The highlight here was that there were all these cork models of ancient ruins, and they were done in the 1800's. It was interesting seeing them, specially the ones that we have visited previously

Wiesbaden

Traffic jam getting in, we parked up and walked in, and like Baden Baden, it was another rich spa town. We had a quick walk around, checking out the sites. It seemed nice, so Lucy had a gluhwein, whilst I had a coffee as I was dieing once again, and as we were also getting hungry, we decided to move on and find another place

Mainz

Thirteen years ago, we rode in on our pushies, found it hard to find the centre, and once in, it was hard to get out, but using the dodgy GPS, we were confident this time. So after a quick dinner, we walked in and saw the Dom. The markets surrounded it, so we had a look, and sadly to say, that is all we had time for, as we had a flight to catch back to London

And Finally

There is nothing like Christmas in Germany, maybe the world could learn a thing or two, but until it does, we will keep coming back
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