Hello! Grüezi! Guten Morgen! Bonjourno!
Hello in English, German, Swiss and Italian.
Due to limited WiFi, lack of time, and being in vacation mode, I didn’t post a single picture from our trip on Facebook. So, I thought I’d dust off the old blog and post a bunch of pictures from our trip.
But let me preface this by saying that we didn’t do much planning in preparation for this trip. We were so focused on our triathlon training this summer/fall that before we knew it, it was already October.
We also kept our Etsy shop open while we were gone and a few weeks leading up to our trip, we were busy making and packaging a ton of lamps that our AWESOME friend Wayne was able to ship for us once we were gone.
We packed at midnight the night before our 6am flight to Italy and we booked our first hotel while we were in the airport on a layover.
Needless to say, we flew by the seat of our pants, made plans as we went, and couldn’t have planned a more perfectly awesome trip to Europe!
After 15+ hours of traveling, we arrived in Munich. Here’s the view from the plane:
After we made it through customs, we kinda just wandered around and looked at each other like deer in headlights. We were tired and without wifi or GPS, we had no idea how to get to our hotel, much less pronounce the address: Diertersheimer Strasse 58 Neufahrn 85375 DE
Thanks to a tip from a friend, I had taken a screen shot of the hotel confirmation and we showed it to a taxi driver and he drove us to our hotel. Piece of cake. It was about a 30 minute drive from the airport and we drove through fields and ended up in a quaint bavarian town right outside of Munich. It was adorable!
It was 10am German time, who knows what time our time and so we checked into our teeny tiny room and meant to take a 1 hour nap but it turned into a 5 hour nap. Whoops.
We definitely could’ve slept longer, but we made ourselves get up and go explore the town. This is the view from outside our hotel.
We walked about a mile and found a German restaurant and ordered some very German wienerschnitzel. Davey also ordered what he thought was fresh made bread with homemade butter, but it ended up being a slice of bread slathered with lard. It was… gross. My sausage looks gross, but it was actually pretty good. All in all, we’re not huge fans of German food and couldn’t wait to eat Italian food!
The next day, we took the train to Munich. We were shocked at how easy it was to buy a ticket and how easy the trains and subways were to navigate! I’ve been to NYC more times than I can count and I still can’t get the hang of the subway. But in Germany, after one ride, we caught on and barley needed a map.
Once we arrived at our stop in Munich, we had a 25 minute walk to our hotel. We checked in and then got a map and asked for directions to a cool Farmer’s Market that Davey had found. Basically, we had to take a bus and a subway and we were a bit unsure we’d be able to not get lost, but the girl assured us that it was easy. “Just follow the crowd”, she said. Uh, ok.
She was right… not about follow the crowd, but about it being easy to navigate. We arrived downtown and got a pretzel. German pretzels are SO good.
We walked around the Farmer’s Market and got a grilled cheese sandwich at the cheese booth… amazing. We also bought some smoked mozzarella for a snack.
This was the only time it rained on our entire trip and as soon as we bought an umbrella, the rain stopped. Go figure.
While we were walking around, we decided to try and find the train station so we could check and see what times the trains were leaving for Zurich, our next stop. We found a guy who spoke English and he told us that we wouldn’t be able to go to Zurich because the trains were going on strike tomorrow. But he told us that we could take a bus and, in fact, the bus was much cheaper!
So, we bought our bus tickets for the next day and felt super relieved because the guy told us that we were lucky to have a seat on the bus because once people found out the trains were on strike, everyone would try to take the bus and a lot of people wouldn’t be able to get a seat. Thank God we got our tickets ahead of time!
The next morning, we ate the BEST breakfast buffet we’ve ever had at a hotel. It was amazing. Fresh bread, croissants, cheese, meat, yogurt, granola, bagels, cream cheese, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, eggs, sausage, coffee, fresh juice… it was amazing.
After breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and took the bus and a subway to the bus station to catch our ride to Zurich. We took the scenic route.
I actually liked Germany much more than I thought I would and although it was a quick visit, I would definitely go back. Next stop, Zurich Switzerland!
The trains on strike: