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Berlin

Needed more time

sunny 24 °C

Berlin has a lot to offer, and could have easily spent a month there.
What we learned was that Berlin used to be a swamp and they have to keep pumping water out of there to prevent it becoming one again. It has a lot of canals in it which I didn't know, and a huge train network (both underground and above) which cris cross all over the place so you can get around (although some stations are confusing particularly when switching between the underground and above ground trains).
We got to see Brandenburg Gate, Victory tower, checkpoint Charlie, what is left of the wall and the Olympic stadium and got to catch up with some friends along the way as well.
There are so many museums but we ran out of time to get to them. It's a lovely city where you feel really safe (the amnesty intl people are super friendly too - just like at home)

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The homes of king Ludwig II

Also know as mad king ludwig

semi-overcast 22 °C

We were lucky enough to visit both linderhof palace as well as neuschwanstein castle. The gardens and layout of linderhof was amazing so pretty. Neuchwanstein is the castle that Disney bases some of its castles on. Although there wasn't much in the way of garden the views over the valley were really something. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures inside the castles but they were impressive. I hope you like the uploaded pictures. The king never got to see neuschwanstein completed as he was arrested for being mad, and then died suspiciously before it was completed

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Munich

Day 4 & 5

sunny 35 °C

We arrived in Munich by train from Frankfurt. The highest speed we noticed the train going was 292km.
We caught a cab to our hotel as it's quite a bit from town. Once we were checked in we worked out where the nearest train station was and made our way to Marienplatz station. When we came above ground we saw the glockenspiel town hall which was incredible, and the characters put on show at 11am 12 noon and 5pm.
We again sampled some local cuisine for dinner (roast pork and potato dumplings). And caught the train back to our hotel.
We got up early the second morning to visit the BMW welt which was pretty impressive and even had the car in it that Tom cruise wrecked in the latest, instalment of Mission Impossible.
Next we walked across to the Olympic stadium and took the elevator in the tower up 185 metres to an amazing look out - then up the stairs to the higher lookouts for a glass free view. It was very impressive. after that we went to visit the local soccer stadium as there is a huge game there tonight.
We also went and booked a day trip to neuschwanstein castle for after our tour ends when we get back to Munich.
Our tour group met up at 4 which then took us back into the city where we discovered the HofbrÀuhaus (largest beer hall around) but as we were pushed for time decided we would come back here when our tour ends. Instead we found another German pub to eat at, where we tried a noodle/cheese dish unlike anything I've tried in Australia (topped with caramelised onion - was yum.
Now we're back at hotel about to watch the game - readying ourselves for our new adventures and next destination tomorrow.

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Heidelberg (day 3)

Day trip

sunny 32 °C

Today we had arranged a day trip to Heidelberg. A town saved from bombing in the war. This city is also very famous for its university. Many Nobel prizes have been associated with this university. The is a huge focus on education and research in Germany and I really think our government could learn a lot from the way this country is run.
The castle that overlooks the town is also very spectacular. We were however advised that many pickpockets are also fond of this town and we were advised to wear our packs on our front.
It was interesting seeing just how fast the traffic went on the autobahn. Cars were out of sight in no time.

We got back to Frankfurt late afternoon and found a laundromat to clean our "airplane clothes" and even in the laundromat the attendant spoke almost perfect English. His story was quite interesting as well, growing up playing a lot of soccer, only to get many injuries he couldn't continue but now sees people he used to play against earning as much money in one game as he would in a year. His attitude was still very lovely.
We googled a traditional German restaurant for dinner tonight and ordered what is considered popular with the locals (schnitzel with mushroom sauce) and it was amazing.

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Frankfurt

Day 1 & 2

sunny 32 °C

Day 1, when we arrived at our hotel at 7am it was lovely that 1) our room was available for early checkin and 2) we were offered an upgrade. This holiday is off to an amazing start. As hoped the sun came out, which is a warm relief from Melbourne's winter. We walked to the bull and bear, saw plenty of shops and some of the greatest buildings as well.
Frankfurt has more to offer yet, so we will still be in search of more amazing sites tomorrow.
We dined at a restaurant called panino, I had an amazing baked gnocchi - and hubby went for a more traditional schnitzel.
Day 2 after a lovely breakfast at the hotel we set off in search of Romer city hall. We took a lovely walk along the river with many cyclists and walkers before we discovered the buildings. All the city postcards and souvenirs are based on these buildings. We spent quite some time looking at them. I'm sure Christmas markets must be held in this sq as I do recall seeing images of these buildings.
we did a lot of walking today so was an early retirement back to hotel to prepare for our trip to Heidelberg tomorrow.
Have added pictures to the album and hope you can view them.

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