What comes to mind when you think of Germany ? World-famous car manufacturers ? WWII History ? or German beer and sausages ? These are the things I think of before I had the chance to visit Germany. Out of my 34 days in Europe, 13 days were spent in Germany, which allowed me to travel deep, and see a lot more than that. From magnificent castles to fairytale towns to pristine countryside sceneries, it was a trip to be remembered for a lifetime. Continue reading
Dachau Concentration Camp was the first camp that was set up by the Nazis, originally propagandized to keep the socially inappropriate and criminals when it was actually their very first step to eradicate the Jews. The Dachau Camp served its importance as the rest of the camps that followed modeled after it.
The BMW Welt, BMW Plant and BMW Museum are all located in the same vicinity in Munich. I am not a car fan, but visiting the plant of one of the world’s top car manufacturers would have been totally fascinating – only if it ever came true. The plant tour needs to be booked, way way way ahead. I tried booking 3 months ahead, and for all the four days I was in Munich, there were no slots available. The next best thing I could do was to visit the BMW Welt and the BMW Museum. Continue reading
Weisse Brauhaus on Maderbréiustralle (Mader-brewery street) has history that dates back to 1540, where a brewery was thought to be situated at Weisse Brauhaus’ present location. It was first in the hands of the Mader-brewer family from the 16th to 18th century and after a few transitions it eventually landed in the hands of of the Schneider family. The Schneider family excelled at brewing and was granted the”Weissbierprivileg” by King Ludwig II – the rights to brew wheat beer. Continue reading
The Neuschwanstein Castle was the main reason that drew us to Bavaria. I saw the Neuschwanstein Castle for the very first time from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a Disney movie I watched when I was young. I was instantly wooed by it although at that time I wasn’t sure if the castle was computer graphics or if it was real. Continue reading
We stayed at Pension Lindner during our time in Munich and I could not be more pleased about this pension. It is located at the center of Dultstraße, a shopping street with plenty of eateries that connects Sendlinger Tor Station and Marienplatz Station so it is pretty easy to get to anywhere from the pension. It is a 10 minutes walk to either stations. Continue reading
Viktualienmarkt of Munich is located in Marienplatz, in the same vicinity as the Rathaus-Glockenspiel. If you are catching the 11 am glockenspiel show, it would be a good idea to check out Viktualienmarkt or have lunch there afterwards – something we didn’t do as we came back to it for dinner since it was a 10 minutes walk from our hotel; only to find that most of the stores were already closed. Continue reading
Visiting the Allianz Arena would not have been in my itinerary if it was not for Gary’s suggestion; him being a big fan of Bayern Munich Football Team. There are two ways of visiting the arena, one is by buying a ticket and watch a football match which is almost impossible because every single game is sold old months in advance not to mention that they are pricey, so we were left with the other option of taking the guided Arena tour ( 10 Euros per person).
The Zeppelin Field is an iconic landmark in Nuremburg at a massive size of 312 m x 285 m that’s bigger than 12 football fields. The smaller podium that’s protruding from the main grand stand was where Hitler stood, conducting Nazi party rallies, speaking to hundreds of thousands of his soldiers. Continue reading
The Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremburg, or Documentation Center for short, is housed in the North Wing of the unfinished congress hall built by the National Socialist Party. Nuremburg being the home-base for the party, the unfinished congress hall is the largest architectural remains built by them and no other place would be more suitable to hold a permanent exhibit of “Fascination and Terror”, which showcases the rise and fall of Adolf Hilter, the progression of National Socialist movement and the crimes committed. Special attention were given to events, things, people, architecture related to Nazi-ruled Nuremburg, with the Nuremburg trials being the closing chapter for this tormented piece of history.