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Published: October 12th 2012
After another sleep in Aaron was on the internet and found a German football match which was going to be played in Nuremberg in two day’s time. After a little searching we found that there were still a few tickets available and decided to book them!
Today we were off to Freiburg but planned to stop at a lake near Baden Baden for a picnic lunch so we were disappointed when road works stopped us in our tracks. Luckily close by we found a beautiful meadow of yellow flowers which we sat in while soaking up the little sun we could , I'm sorry Germany but this is not summer - all I have been able to wear since arriving in Germany is jeans and jumpers.
After our stop we continued on the Black Forest Crest Road which is one of the most scenic and popular car trips in Germany and runs almost the entire length of the forest to our stop of the night, Freiburg. Freiburg is the largest city in the Black Forest and is quite picturesque with its medieval old town nestled in a plain surrounded by mountains and acres of vineyards. What I
loved about this city were the old fountain and unique streams that line the streets where children wondered down with little boats tied to their wrists . We stayed at an independent hostel here (one that does not operate on hostel world) which was quite cool. Complete with a huge kitchen and pig pong tables. Day Five
We left Freiburg directly to Nuremberg early the next morning. We visited Nuremberg in 2010 as part of a European Tour and were looking forward to returning to the city. We arrived after a few wrong turns (lucky our GPS fixes up our route and eventually we get back on the right track) in time to purchase some team merchandise before the game began.
We were very lucky that where we were staying with a ten minute walk to the stadium. We arrived early to the stadium to pick up the tickets we purchased online (we were hoping that they were legitimate as the website was in German and we had to Google translate everything to be able to order them). Luckily they were, so after getting some pre match food (curryworst and some chips with about a
litre of sauce) we found our way to our seats and watched as the fans piled in. It ended up being an almost full stadium and the fans from both teams were crazy, even throwing fireworks into the air. We really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere, it was a fantastic night!
After making our way back to our accommodation we decided it would be nice to have a bit of a sleep in tomorrow so we booked another night in Nuremberg. The next day we braved the rain and wondered around the Old Town, making our way to the places we missed last time we were here including the Kaiserburg Castle. Day Six
The next day feeling quite rested we began our day early making our way to Rothenberg ob der Tauber. Rothenberg is an absolutely beautiful medieval city which in essence has changed little in 4000 years. As we were staying 15 minutes out of Rothenburg we decided we would park the car and spend some time exploring the city before making our way to our accommodation.
We began by climbing Spitalbastel, a massive 16th century tower in the centre of the old
town, getting to the top was an extremely tight squeeze but gave us a great view over the the Old Town and rolling hills surrounding it. Next we walked around the old town walls before eating the famous snow balls (basically a huge chuck of pastry squished together and then dipped in chocolate or sprinkled with icing sugar) which were interesting.
After walking through the cobbled stone streets we made our way to our bed and breakfast for the night which was located on a farm out of town. It was absolutely beautiful, we wondered around and patted the horses before having the most peaceful sleep I have ever had. Day Seven
The following morning we were treated to scrabbled eggs which was a nice change from salami and cheese the traditional German breakfast. With a full belly we continued along the Romantic Road. We made our first stop in Nordligen, the only town in Germany where you can walk around the entire walls and battlements. The town was lovely and quite empty apart from a number of elderly that enjoyed watching us walk around the walls.
Next we drove a further 20 minutes to the
town of Harburg where we visited Schloss Harbug, one of Germany best preserved castles. Another 15 minutes down the road and we were in Donauworth where our guide book recommended a quick stop to walk down Reichsstrasse which was lined with beautiful partrician houses. After some lunch we made our way to Augsburg where we would stop of the night. Augsburg is the largest city along the romantic road and worth stopping for a day. Here we paid the most we have for parking 12.50 Euro for the night which was a bit of a killer. We ate some great cheap Chinese food here for dinner and found a great pastry shop too. Day Eight
After a few little purchases in the old town by myself and some more underwear for Aaron as our clothes were nearly out we were off Fussen, marking the end of the romantic road. Just out of Fussen we visited, Schloss Neuschwanstein, the famous fairy tale castle which was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Castle and Schloss Hohenschwangau. It was disappointing that the Neuschwanstein castle was undergoing repairs at the time we visited and therefore was partially covered up. After a few
photos we made our way to Fussen's old town where we ate lunch and Aaron bought me a traditional German get up for our time at Octoberfest in the next two days.
Fussen was a cute little town which a beautiful Old Town. After taking my time picking a dress and all its accessories we made our way to a little village near Starnburg which has a population of less than 900 people. Here we stayed at a bed and breakfast and ate dinner at the local pub. Not understanding anything on the menu our dinner choices were a matter of lucky dip, they turned out to be delicious as was the beer! Day Nine
We had a lovely night before waking up early to make sure we were in Munich in time to return the rental car. We then stored our big luggage in the lockers at the main train station and took the train followed by a bus to the camping grounds where we would be staying whilst partying at Octoberfest.
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