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Heidelberg

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The second-to-last stop on our 3 1/2 week trip to Germany was in the beautiful university town of Heidelberg. We arrived mid-afternoon on a Sunday after our drive on the Schwarzwaldhochstraße. We were in Heidelberg for less than 24 hours, but we still had plenty of time to take in the highlights and were lucky to have some of the best weather of the entire trip.

After finding the nearest parking garage and hauling our luggage along the cobblestone streets, we arrived at Hotel Hackteufel to check-in. This hotel was in a great central location right in the heart of  the old town, just steps away from the very popular Alte Brücke (old bridge). We were very pleasantly surprised to find that we had a large, beautiful room (room 8) complete with a private terrace, mini Haribo bears on our pillows, and fantastic views of the castle.

Heidelberg, Germany, Hotel Hackteufel

Heidelberg, Germany, Hotel Hackteufel

Heidelberg, Germany, Hotel Hackteufel

Heidelberg, Germany, Hotel Hackteufel

After getting settled in we made our way to Schloss Heidelberg. There are a few ways to get up to the castle – a funicular and 2 different paths, one with steps and one a paved hill – we went with the paved hill up and took the steps on the way down. At the top we wandered around for a bit and checked out the German Apothecary Museum (a neat little place), but the view was what we were really there for.

Located alongside the River Neckar, this romantic little town really shines from above. Heidelberg escaped bombings in World War II so the beautiful buildings of the old town below have been around for quite some time. If you walk up the steps you can walk along the outside of the castle and take in these spectacular views without paying an admission fee for the palace (the way to go if you’re short on time).

Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

After enjoying the view from all angles, we made our way down from the castle and back to the Marktplatz to sit back and enjoy the beautiful day. It was a busy day in Heidelberg and the square and surrounding streets were filled with tables of others with the same idea. We would grab a drink and enjoy a bit of people watching at one place and then move on to grab a bite and more people watching at the next, eventually making our way to the old bridge. I think that people watching along sidewalks in Europe with a drink in hand might just be one of my very favorite ways to pass an afternoon.

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

For dinner that night we had a reservation at Schnitzelbank, a cozy little restaurant with great food and wine just about a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Although we did have a reservation in advance, the restaurant was small and had limited seating, so when we arrived we were seated at a table with two younger men that were studying abroad from South Korea and an older German couple from Frankfurt. It was a bit awkward at first, but eventually we all warmed up to each other and enjoyed our meals together.

Our server was very friendly and helpful, giving us some great recommendations of German wines and giving me a few tips on improving my German. Mike and I shared an order of the buttery, garlicky escargot before our mains of schnitzel and wurst arrived. My schnitzel topped with a creamy mushroom sauce was the BEST schnitzel I ate during our entire trip, and the side of käse spätzle made it that much better. Mike was very happy with his sausages, but I think my schnitzel was the winner that night.

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany, Schnitzelbank

Heidelberg, Germany, Schnitzelbank

Heidelberg, Germany, Schnitzelbank

Heidelberg, Germany, Schnitzelbank

Our stay in Heidelburg was short but sweet, and it’s definitely a town that we’d love to return to someday. If you’re staying in or around Frankfurt, Heidelberg would make a perfect day-trip, but you could easily spend a few days here before getting bored!

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Zugspitze: The Highest Peak (and Beer Garden) in Germany

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After our visit to Neuschwanstein Castle we had one more stop to make on our Southern Bavaria itinerary – the Zugspitze. The Zugspitze is Germany’s highest peak and is home to 3 glaciers, a ski resort, multiple restaurants, and Germany’s highest beer garden (also one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Coolest Beer Gardens Around The World). The border between Germany and Austria runs over its summit and on a clear day you can see over 400 peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.

As soon as we started planning our trip to Germany I knew that seeing the Alps from the Zugspitze was a must-do for me. At 51€/person for a round-trip ticket on the cable car, it would definitely be one of the pricier activities on our trip, but from what I had seen the views were totally worth it.

We had planned to go to the Zugspitze the day after visiting Neuschwanstein. We stayed at a B&B nearby and headed out early that morning to beat the crowds. I had been obsessively checking the weather and watching the Zugspitze’s panoramacams since the night before and although it looked like we may have to deal with a few clouds, the rain was going to stay away and the Zugspitze website showed a fairly high visibility. The drive was relatively clear and we were sure that any fog and clouds above would eventually burn off as the morning went on.

Germany, Bavaria, Mountains

There are two ways to get up to the peak – either by Cogwheel train or by one of two different cable cars – one on the German side near Lake Eibsee, the Eibsee-Seilbahn, and one on the Austrian side, the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn. The cogwheel train only goes about halfway up the mountain and you have to switch to a cable car at that point. We went with the Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car because it seemed like the closest and easiest option for us.

Germany, Zugspitze, Cable Car, Eibsee

Once we arrived at the Eibsee-seilbahn, we could see that there were clouds near the top of the mountain but the cameras still showed a few clear views and the forecast was partly cloudy skies the rest of the day. The following day we planned to drive to the Black Forest so although the weather wasn’t as perfect as I had hoped, we decided to buy our tickets up to the top, hoping that as the sun rose higher it would clear up the lingering clouds.

Germany, Zugspitze, Cable Car, Eibsee

The ride up to nearly 10,000 feet above sea level was equal parts thrilling and terrifying. I parked myself in the corner of the car that faces down and towards the lake so I could snap as many photos as possible. Each time the car passed one of the pylons it felt like the car was hopping over and leaving my stomach behind, that same feeling you get right after the big drop on a roller coaster. Luckily I was able to push aside my fear and enjoy the breathtaking scene below.

Germany, Zugspitze, Cable Car, Eibsee

As we continued to climb Mike and I both began to realize that we had definitely underestimated the amount of cloud cover that lay above. By the time we made it to the top, any openings in the clouds had completely closed up and visibility was a big, thick, white, zero. Talk about depressing. We made our way up to the observation deck to find that freezing rain and wild winds accompanied these nonexistent views.

Germany, Zugspitze, Cable Car, Fog

Germany, Zugspitze, View, Fog

Germany, Zugspitze, Wind, Fog

At that point there wasn’t much we could do except make the most of our time on the Zugspitze and drink, eat, and drink some more – there was definitely no shortage of beer on that mountain! We headed inside to Gipfelalm to warm up with glühwein and and a hearty plateful of roasted pork, gravy, dumplings, and homemade red cabbage. Thank goodness for that delicious meal, it really was the saving grace of the day.

Germany, Zugspitze, Restaurant

Germany, Zugspitze, Restaurant,, Gluhwein

Germany, Zugspitze, Restaurant, Goulash

Germany, Zugspitze, Beer Garden

We stayed at Gipfelalm for a few hours, with all the clouds there weren’t many other visitors coming through. I was beyond disappointed that we ended up with such a crappy day so we decided that before we left for the Black Forest the following day, we would come back up to the Zugspitze ONLY if it was a perfect day.

We woke up the next morning and headed out even earlier than we had the day before. The weather forecast was very promising, but as we wound along the backroads to Lake Eibsee we were starting to question that weather forecast again…

Germany, Bavaria, Fog

Germany, Bavaria, Fog

By the time we made it to the Eibsee-Sielbahn the fog had almost completely lifted and the Zugspitze panoramacams were showing blue skies ahead. It was definitely a much better outlook than the day before so we decided to give it one more try. Back up we went in the cable car and once we reached the top we were so happy that we did. The views were absolutely stunning and the blue skies went on for miles and miles. This is easily one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever been.

Germany, Zugspitze, View

Germany, Zugspitze, Beer Garden

Germany, Zugspitze, Peak, View

Germany, Zugspitze, View

Germany, Zugspitze, View

Germany, Zugspitze, View

Germany, Zugspitze, View

We made our way around the observation deck, crossing over into Austria and taking in the view from every angle possible. There were still some clouds hovering around the beer garden but shortly after we sat down everything cleared up and it was the picture-perfect day. Do I wish we could’ve seen these views for the price of only one round-trip cable car ticket? Duh. Do I regret the choice to come back up? Not for one second.

Germany, Zugspitze, Beer Garden

Germany, Zugspitze, Beer Garden

Germany, Zugspitze, Beer Garden

Germany, Zugspitze, View

This morning was easily one of the highlights of the trip for me. I wish we would’ve had the time to just relax and take it all in for hours like we had the day before, but sometimes things don’t always go the way you’ve planned. We enjoyed a couple beers while soaking in as much of the beauty as we possibly could before it was time to head back down the mountain and be on our way.

The high visibility that day and the fact that it was a Saturday exponentially increased the number of visitors to the Zugspitze. By the time we were back at the cable car station at 11:30am the line of people waiting to buy tickets and go up was out the door…and it was a really long way to the door. Obviously going up to the Zugspitz is something I highly recommend, but only if you can be fairly certain that the views are there. If it’s something you really want to do, plan for a little flexibility in your trip – stay in Southern Bavaria for a couple of days and go up to the Zugspitze when the skies are clear. Just be sure to get there early to avoid the crowds (we probably arrived around 9am) and leave some time to kick back with a Löwenbräu and enjoy the views!

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January 2015

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Part 2

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On our second day in Rothenburg Ob der Tauber I woke up early to catch the sunrise. This is one of my favorite times to venture out in any city because the streets are always so empty and peaceful. I walked along the outer wall on the east side of the town as smoke began to rise from the chimneys, catching a glimpse of the fiery skies through the small openings along the wall.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Sunrise

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Sunrise

Eventually I made my over to the opposite side of the town to watch the sun come up and light the countryside below. So beautiful, and I had it all to myself.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Sunrise

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Sunrise

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

I made my way back to our hotel to grab a quick breakfast with the rest of the group. We spent the rest of the day shopping and exploring, with a beer and wine break in between. We found a great restaurant near our hotel that had a rooftop patio, the perfect spot to soak up the sun and blue skies above. Before dinner we stopped into Zur Höll – literally ‘to hell’ – for a drink on the recommendation of the Night Watchman. This cozy little bar/restaurant is in one of the oldest houses in Rothenburg and the food looked delicious – the space is small so I would definitely recommend a reservation.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Zur Holl

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Zur Holl

For dinner on our final night in Rothenburg we had reservations at Cafe Michelangelo, an Italian restaurant about a 5-10 minute walk from the Market Square. The interior was very modern, definitely a change from the rustic style we’d become accustomed to seeing on our trip. All the food here was great, but I’d recommend skipping the pizza and going for the pasta, especially the Rigatoni al Forno – straight from the oven and filled with a whole lot of gooey, delicious cheese. They also have an entire menu page devoted to black truffles, and who doesn’t love a taste of those delicious fungi?! I’m pretty sure I could’ve eaten schnitzel and spätzle every day of our trip, but a taste of Italian was the perfect change of pace.

Cafe Michelangelo, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Cafe Michelangelo, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Cafe Michelangelo, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Cafe Michelangelo, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Cafe Michelangelo, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Cafe Michelangelo, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Cafe Michelangelo, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg was easily the cutest town we visited on our trip and also the best place to pick up a few beautiful German mementos.  The drive from Munich is under 3 hours, so it is definitely doable as a day trip, but I enjoyed being there at night and in the early morning before all the tourist buses rolled into town. If you’re visiting Germany I highly recommend planning a stop in Rothenburg, this is a medieval gem you don’t want to miss.

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