The Romantic Road
Trip Start Mar 03, 2011
48Trip End Jun 03, 2011
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Our first stop was Fussen, to visit Neuschwanstein, the castle that Walt Disney designed his after. It was built by King Ludwig II, a young kid, just barely an adult. He was obsessed with swans and Wagnerian opera, and he built his castle in dedication to those themes. The kid was definitely a dreamer, and probably not someone who should be running a country, lol. I liked the way one guy we met put it, "He's like the misunderstood Michael Jackson of his time." His castle was just so over the top. The rooms are full of chandeliers resembling gold crowns encrusted with jewels. His bed chamber took several years to carve out of wood
Our next day we took a train to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and stayed there for two nights. Our hostel was pretty neat- its located in an old mill. The entire city centre is all old medieval wooden architecture and surrounded by a big wall. Most old tourists do this as a short daytrip, but we decided just to relax and take our time. Plus I had a small cold at the time so it was a nice change of pace (miraculously, the cold only lasted a couple days)
The coolest shop we went into was run by an old German man that reminded me very much of a talkative doctor at my work, lol. He just talked and talked and talked, and you couldn't get a word in edgewise and he couldn't stay on task, but we learned a lot and enjoyed listening! We learned ALL about, EVERYTHING, we ever wanted to know about German steins. Steins aren't what we thought they were. lol, of course not, right? Silly tourists just go and buy the decorated cheap shit they see in the stores all over Germany. Stein actually means "stone" and a real German "stein" is made out of stone. It's not ceramic. The shop owner actually had some of these authentic steins and before explaining himself, he demonstrated by slamming one down on the wooden counter. And your heart skips a beat because you expect it to shatter, and all it does is go *thud*. No one buys these steins because they aern't as pretty or fancy, but they are the real thing and are meant for drinking out of. Whereas the decorated ones are just that- decoration. The real ones are still neat looking though
We also tried SCHNEEBALLS in Rothenburg. Mmmm. lol, ok... so I think it translates to Snowball, and its like dough that was cut into strips, loosely formed into a ball, fried, and then topped with stuff. Chris got a pistachio one and mine was smothered in dark chocolate. We had heard that these things weren't that pleasant to eat but just something you do there as a tourist. We actually liked it! They were too sweet, tho!
Our second day in Rothenburg we hiked around the outside of the walls by the river and small forest in the morning
Our last day on the Romantic Road we went to Bamberg. I expected this to be the smallest town, and it was actually by far the biggest... and the lamest. I thought there would be a lot more Medieval to it... but that section of the town was fairly small, and the rest was modern if not ugly. It doesn't mesh in the same beautiful way that Freiburg did. We were really disappointed. I also had a bad day that day, too. I dunno. A combination of period, hunger, and severe anger at a ridiculously slow computer for the millionth time, and I was ready to start killing kittens. I was that mad. lol. Once I calmed down, Chris made me get ice cream and I felt all better. The only saving grace of Bamberg (though I still wouldn't reccomend anyone go out of their way to go there) was the "rauch bier". This was the other reason we stopped at this city. Its a smoked beer that faintly smells (and leaves an aftertaste) of bacon! lol. And it sure did! It was odd and different but definitely good in its own right.
Next we are off to PRAGUE!!! In the Czech Republic! And then Amsterdam, Netherlands; Clervaux, Luxembourgh; Ghent and then Bruges, Belgium. After that, it's the U.K. for the last leg of our trip. =)