Bavarian festival time

Trip Start Apr 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 06, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Monday, June 8, 2009

OK a nice quick one because time is of the essence.

Arrived in Munich to discover we were now well and truly in Euroland, and prices were not as low anymore.  Time to be even more stringent with our purse strings.  This wasn't helped by the fact our hostel didn't have any kitchen facilities at all meaning we couldn't use our regular practise of cheap supermarket shopping.  Oh well.

First evening quickly walked through town and watched the FA cup final.  Following day took a train down to the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle (inspiration for the Disney castle) and the town of Fussen.  Absolutely beautiful castle in a magical mountain setting.  Involved plenty of walking, but hey we had to excercise before those magical one litre beers were to be consumed!  Ended the day with one back in Munich.

Today visited the English Garden, apparently the 7th biggest garden in the world and bigger than New York's Central Park.  It was huge with nice rivers and bridges, plenty of buskers and of course plenty of grass.  Every 15 or so minutes you come across a beer garden with rows of picninc tables and plenty of brew on offer.  Some have live music aswell which makes times all the merrier.  These warmed us up and by the end of the day we found ourselves at the mighty Hofbrauhaus for a couple more litres.

On our final day took a guided city tour which showed us the ins and outs of the city, with some good history lessons.  Were shown places with interesting Nazi stories.  On the way home stumbled across an English cinema quite accidentally and watched Angels & Demons which we loved, and certainly whet our appetites to see Rome & the Vatican in a week or so!

Then we headed to Nuremburg for 2 days of a local beer festival, and 3 days of a massive Rock festival.  We still can't spell or pronounce the name of this beer fest but it was a mighty fine time.  Each brewer had their own 1 litre steins so we had fun comparing and deciding which one to send home.  Of course we also had fun getting to the bottom of each said stein.  Plenty of music, games, and a giant ferris wheel that we rode once Chris mustered up enough dutch courage.  Fun days.  The second night we returned to the hostel becuase one staff member organised a traditional German dinner for us, and then some karaoke.  Stayed out till 2am singing in a Nuremburg bar right near the red light district.  Fun indeed.

Now, the Rock-im-Park music festival.  Interesting crowd of people to say the least!  We found that a good few thousand teenagers had been camping and drinking there for the previous few days, so the venue was already a mess and awash with filthy, rowdy Slipknot fans.  Was horrible at times getting caught in unrelenting, pushing crowds of people, and the smell of personal waste in hedges.  But other than that :-)  We had a great time watching live bands for 3 days.  The Killers and Basement Jaxx were our favourites.  Flogging Molly were so entertaining that we stayed right through an unexpected rain downpour to continue dancing.  Juliette Lewis rocks hard, Limp Bizkit and Madness were back, Chris Cornell made Chris happy by performing a few Soundgarden and Audioslave songs, and Marilyn Manson was so out of his face that he needed someone to hold up sheets of lyrics for him, most of which he still failed to sing.

Overall, 10 days in Germany brought us a hearty stew of music, laughs, top food & brew. A couple of annoying moments but who cares about them when we had such a good time?  Bring on Switzerland next!
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