The last week of our trip sped by. We started in Fussen where there are a bunch of castles. The first, Schloss Hohenschwangau, was where (Mad) Ludwig II grew up. It was remodeled from an old 12th century ruined castle by Ludwig II’s father, Maximilian II.
Here is where Ludwig met Wagner, and later built ‘his’ castle, Neuschwanstein, with
rooms especially designed for Wagner’s music. Both castles are fairy-tale beautiful,
especially set in the gorgeous mountains of this area.
The beautiful Bavarian Alps afforded some stunning scenery.
From here we drove to Lake Constanz, to the town of Lindau, a lovely ‘vacation’ town on the lake.
It had a wonderful town hall—-so Bavarian looking! We took a boat trip on the lake, and enjoyed beautiful weather with the rest of the German vacationers.
At our popular hotel, there were chairs lined up with a view of the lake. These chairs were attached to one another so they could not be moved. The only choice was to sit in them all in a row, looking at the lake——sooooo German!
Now our driving adventure really began. We headed through the Alps toward Garmisch. Even though this was in mid-May, it was still very ‘winter-like.’ The driving was more demanding than we had anticipated and so we found ourselves, at dusk, looking for a hotel.
We stopped in some tiny village that had a small hotel. When we walked into the lobby and to the desk, nobody was around. It was quietly eerie, but finally a young man came to help us. We got checked into our rooms, which were on different floors. Later in the night I awoke to lots of loud noise—-hollaring, partying—-we decided that when the cat is away, the mice will play—-it seemed that parents were away, and the 18-year-olds were running the hotel, along with their friends. It wasn’t exactly ominous but it did seem like we were far out into the hinterland with only these kids for company, who didn’t seem very well behaved!
Morning came but when we went to check out, we couldn’t raise anybody at the desk. So we calculated what we owed and left cash on the desk in that amount! Off we went, headed for Garmisch, another charming town among many!
From there we drove to Dachau—-one of the infamous towns of the Holocaust with its prison. ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ (Work Makes You Free) greeted us at the gate—-pretty ironic given what happened here during World War II. Some of the buildings had been reconstructed to give an idea of how these people were kept. There were also some shocking photographs displayed in the museum. Yes, we saw the ovens for the crematoriums, and when we could stand it no longer, we moved on to Munich.
Munich was a breath of fresh air after Dachau. Burt wanted to see the BMW plant museum, so we went there first.
Other sites to explore in Munich were the churches, the Platz, and two Rathuses, the Old and the New. The New Rathus had a glockenspiel on the tower
that played on the hour. We joined many tourists waiting for the crucial minute. It was quite charming with its display of two historic events.
One late afternoon we visited the Hofbrauhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall, where we raised a few steins and ate traditional German food——umm good! Later in the evening, Burt thought we should go out for dessert and coffee. Four restaurants in a row refused to serve us since we weren’t going to eat a full meal but only dessert and coffee. More German rules, I guess.
We enjoyed Munich a lot; we took one last look at all that German bread, but then it was time to drive back to Frankfurt, turn in our car and fly home. We’re home now, enjoying our trip in retrospect——it was wonderful!