Driving Fast in Germany

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
Trip End Apr 27, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

We travelled at 185kmh on the autobahn!

At the beer tasting evening the night before.. we met a nice English bloke named Richard. Like us.. he was leaving early in the morning. We had the dilemma of a train derailment to contend with.. but fortunately for us.. Richard was also heading in our general direction. Only difference was.. he had a hire car!

On his way to Munich.. he gave us a lift to Schwandorf.. which was the station we would have changed trains at had we been able to get through on our own.

I was asleep in the backseat for most of the trip while still on Czech roads.. but I awoke just before crossing the German border.

Once across though.. Andrew made the comment about being on an autobahn. Richard replied, "Why don't we crank this up and see how fast it will go?" We weren't in a high performance car.. but for the record.. 185kmh is as fast as a stock Skoda wagon can go ;D

We boarded our train to Nürnberg with only minutes to spare. One of the great things about trains is that it’s a scenic way to travel. Seeing the small villages as we sped along was wonderful. It makes you wonder what it would be like to live like those village folk.

Once we were in Nürnberg.. we had to make our way to a town a few kilometres out of the city centre.. Fürth. We were to meet up with Frank.. a friend of a friend of Andrew. We had some basic directions on how to get to his flat.. but really wasn’t necessary.

A stranger came up to us moments after leaving the train platform and asked if we needed help. He walked us to the ticket office. We were given a print out of what trains and buses we needed to take to reach our destination. After hopping off the local train we were met by another stranger who also asked if we needed help. He guided us to where the bus stop was and which direction to take. The people in Nürnberg are very friendly.. a pleasant change to places like Prague.. and especially Paris!

We managed to get to Frank’s apartment in Fürth without too many problems. We dropped our bags and had some lunch.. Nürnberger sausages and sauerkraut.. but with only a few hours of daylight left we didn’t stay there long.

Frank took us for a tour around Fürth.. a lovely little town full of history. He showed us places of interest (apparently Henry Kissinger grew up in Fürth and visits often) and then later to a couple of pubs for some local brews.

We needed a good nights sleep.. a full day of exploring Nürnberg awaits.
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