Germany: Leipzig

Germany: Leipzig

After visiting Rothenberg on the Romantic Road, we continued driving north toward our next destination at Leipzig. Along the way, we visited several places where my wife’s relatives were born or lived – maternal grandmother at Lindenau in west Leipzig, and great-grandparents at Ohrdruf and Wechmar near Gotha. Also we visited the Wartburg Castle from the Middle Ages near Eisenach because she has a photo of her grandmother’s cousins taken there; it was interesting and we took a picture of her at the same spot.

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We arrived in Leipzig in the evening so we only had time for dinner and a brief walk around center city near the hotel where we stayed. Apparently that weekend was the 24th International Wave Gothic Festival (Wave-Gotik-Treffe) which they have in Leipzig every year with about 20,000 gothic people from all over the world celebrating “dark” music and arts (world’s largest). It was rather strange to see all these weird black outfits everywhere, including in our hotel and everyday you go outside.

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We really didn’t have much time there since we just stayed overnight in Leipzig. It was hard to judge how long our drive might take, especially since we took many back roads, and we thought that we might get there earlier than we did. We had a very nice hotel in the main square, and our view from the bathroom on the 6th floor had an interesting view of the old city hall out the window, which is where we ate dinner in the larger photo below.

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We turned in our rental car in the morning and took a train north for Berlin, where we stayed 4 nights with my nephew and family who live there. Originally we planned to stay in Leipzig two nights but we needed to shorten that to accommodate a schedule conflict he had on the following day, but at least we got to spend more time in Berlin which was better anyway.

Click on the following photo from Leipzig to view the Leipzig photo gallery (about 53 photos) at my SmugMug photo web site. These also include photos from Eisenach, Ohrdruf, and Wechmar.

Germany Trip: Leipzig

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Germany: Munich

Germany: Munich

After our week on the Rhine Cruise with two additional days in Amsterdam, we flew to Munich for two days on the rest of our extended Germany trip.

We visited the Hofbraühaus for lunch and listened to oompah music. Of course, we had bratwurst, potatoes, and sauerkraut with Hofbraü Dunkel (dark) beer.

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We took a short sightseeing tour around the city and walked around center city for a while.

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Then we had dinner (and more beer) at a sidewalk cafe.

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The next day we toured the Royal Castles and visited the village of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps southwest of Munich. Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland  that was built by King Ludwig II in the 19th century along with his elaborate Linderhof family castle. It was overcast with rain in lower 50’s, but still a good tour.

Click on the following Neuschwanstein Castle photo to view the Munich photo gallery (about 194 photos) at my SmugMug photo web site.

Germany Trip: Munich

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Rhine Cruise: Middle Rhine – Castles

Rhine Cruise: Middle Rhine – Castles

We spent Day 4 scenic cruising from Heidelberg and Rüdesheim to Koblenz in perfect weather with sunny skies in the low 70’s. We saw castles, castles, and more castles on both sides of the middle Rhine in Germany. I think there were about 23 castles in this area. It was really amazing to see them all, one after another.

 

Click on the following Castle photo to view the Middle Rhine photo gallery (about 89 photos) at my SmugMug photo web site.

Rhine Cruise: Middle Rhine

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