And Sound of Music Salzburg
06/06/2013 - 06/11/2013 67 °F
I think Casey and I are in love with Munich. It was so very hard to leave. It was our favorite city this far.
Our first night we want to the beer garden for a late dinner and naturally a beer. It was called the Chinese tower (random), in the English gardens. Then we decided to call it a night (those beers were huge!) and get up early the next day.
Bright and early the next morning we decided to go on a Neuschwanstein Castle Tour. This castle was the one that Walt Disney based the sleeping beauty castle off of. The castle was built by King Ludwig II, whose nickname was "Mad King Ludwig" (he was a gay, lonely king who lived in solitude and died under mysterious circumstances). The castle was never completed and only 16 of the 60 rooms were finished. The castle was about two hours outside of Munich so after we arrived we took a bike ride to Swan Lake at the base of the mountain on which the castle was built. I put my feet in but it was too cold to go for a swim.
I forgot to mention that the weather was PERFECT we couldn't have had any better conditions. We got so lucky because they had some serious rain and it was considered the coldest May and June since they could remember. Which spurred Casey and I to say yes to paragliding on a whim. We took the gondola up to the top of the mountain where we had an incredible view of Bavarian Alps. We both got strapped in and jumped off the side of the mountain which was 5000 feet up in the air. Talk about an adrenaline rush! Once we were up there it was so very peaceful, almost like a casual bike ride. My guide had some serious faith in me and let me fly for a few minutes then we did some crazy tricks! The view was breathtaking.
Then we went on a hike through the gorge and up to the castle. Again it was so very beautiful, we think it beat Cinque Terre. We finally made it up to the castle. The castle is owned by the Bavarian government so the tour was strictly run and the guides stuck to a script. They wouldn't even let us take pictures! We were only in there for 27 minutes, but it was worth it. The castle was so ornate and had tons of murals on every wall.
After we got back to the hostel, we decided to do a pub crawl. Our guide was a choir teacher from Dallas, he was quite a character. We went to Augustiner Keller beer garden, which was the best one in Munich where a lot of the locals go. Then we went to Lowenbrau beer hall where Casey tried a dunkels (dark beer) that she ended up really liking. The last stop was a cocktail bar, where Casey and I had enough sense to stick to beer. We had a feeling the rest of our group didn't get out of bed for a while the next morning. We finally made it back to the hostel.
The next day we did a bike tour of the city, we had a hilarious tour guide. The tour started at Marienplatz, the city center, then saw a few more sights and stopped for lunch at the Chinese Tower beer garden. Afterwards we rode though the English Gardens and down to the Isar River. Then later that night we went to dinner, ate some bratwurst, and met up with some new friends at Havana Bar, which had some fabulous cocktails.
We also took a day trip to Salzburg, Austria. We had to get up at 5 am to catch a train. We did the Fräulein Maria Bike Tour so we could see all of The Sound of Music sights. We sang and ran in fields and everything. It was so fun and very beautiful. Although, I did get stung by a wasp which sucked. We made it back to Germany and had some of the best German food at Augustiner Restaurant. Our waiter was adamant about what was the best on the menu and we were glad we listened because it was amazing.
Casey and I are now in Prague trying to decide if we want to do a castle tour or a city bike tour today. Since currently that is our biggest problem, I'd say we have it made. We will update about Prague in a few days!