Thursday, December 17, 2015

Travel Post: Thanksgiving in Germany

Hellooooo....long time no talk! Hope everyone's doing fabulous and ready to kick off the holiday season! I know this post of Germany is a little late but it took me so long to sort through our photos, and I'm super excited to share my experience of this wonderful trip!
Brandenburg Tor
Germany, particularly Berlin and Munich have been on the top of my list of cities to visit in Europe for quite some time. Many moons ago, I did a Europe tour, but the only part of Germany I saw was the outside of the Neuschwanstein castle. Yes, I had pork knuckle for lunch that day and hiked up that big hill to the castle. So worth it! ;P

This time around I was determined to see Berlin and Munich after hearing rave reviews of both cities for years. Our first stop was Berlin and we spent about 5 days there. We did a walking tour the day we landed. The tour provided such a great overview of this historically important city, it was easy for us to decide where to explore in detail for the next few days. This is what we like to do all the time ;) Our guide was so passionate and knowledgeable, it was a really interactive and enjoyable way to learn about Berlin!
Reichstag GermanyReichstag Building, home of the German Parliament
Reichstag Dome

Reichstag Building Dome

Reichstag Building Dome Interior
Many parts of the city really made me quite sad especially the Berlin wall. It broke my heart to think that Berlin was only reunified 25 years ago. The city and the nation was divided for so long and many families were separated from their loved ones from this divide.
Berlin Wall East GalleryBerlin Wall, East Side Gallery
Berlin Wall East Gallery


Berlin Wall East Gallery Graffitti

Berlin Wall East Gallery
I think Berlin is so gracious in accepting its past, learning and rebuilding to be the economic, cultural, arts, science and political influencer of the nation. I absolutely loved all aspects of the rich culture and history Berlin offered.
Germany Building

Berliner Dom
Berlin Cathedral
Berliner Dom Dome
Inside Berlin Cathedral
Night Cathedral

Jewish Holocaust Memorial Holocaust Memorial

Jewish Memorial

Statue at Reichstag building dome

Museum Island Berlin
Museum island
Our next stop was Munich; a little less serious and a whole lot more beer...(Munich is the home to Oktoberfest). This city also went through so much during World War II. The entire city was nearly destroyed and had to be rebuilt. I'm grateful that the people of Munich chose to rebuild to how it was originally so we get to enjoy the history just that much more!
Berlin New Town Hall Statue

Berlin Town Hall
The New Townhall
New Town Hall Fountain
Fountain of Fish Market
Berlin Skyline
Munich city view
Town Pole Berlin
Virtualienmarkt May Pole
Munich Residenz Hall
Munich Residenz
Berlin Twin Lions

Gl├╝hwein
Enjoying Gluwein at the Munich Christmas Market
German Christmas Band
During our stay in Munich, we took 2 day trips: one to Salzburg and the other to Neuschwanstein castle. Salzburg is on the border of Germany and Austria and has alot of significance to me. It is the birth place of Mozart and he is one of my favorite composers of all time. Having played piano when I was young, I really enjoyed many of his music pieces. Salzburg was also where Sound of Music was filmed and who doesn't love Sound of Music? So...I didn't get to run along the hills where Maria once did but I really loved exploring this little town, including the Christmas market.
Salzburg Skyline

Christian gateway

Alps

Fountain Statue

Locked up in the abbey
Inside the Abby from Sound of Music 
Salzburg Mozart home
Mozart's birth place
Salzburg Christmas Market

Salzburg Christmas Market
Our second day trip was to see the Neuschwanstein castle. This majestic palace and its surrounding is where fairy tales are made. We really lucked out on the day we went because it snowed for a week leading up to the day and the entire area was decorated by blankets of snow. A truly magical and breathtaking experience, a stunning winter wonderland.
Disney neuschwanstein castle

neuschwanstein castle in fog

neuschwanstein castle front

Snow forest

Snow and castles

Schwangau town

If you haven't visited Germany yet, I hope this post sparked some curiosity to go and explore this wonderful country and enjoy everything that Germany has to offer ;)
Neuschwanstein Castle Entrance

Thank you so much for reading!

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