06.04.2014 - 17.04.2014 20 °C
After the craziness of Southern Italy we were all looking forward to our next destination - Germany.
First stop was a small village by the name of Wallgau, just outside of Garmisch on the Austrian border. A traditional German house with all the trimmings was to be home for the next few days. We hadn’t planned on doing much as the boys were resting up prior to a few days skiing in Obertauren. Walks around the village and trips to Mittenwald and Oberammergau filled our days.
Next stop we returned to Obertauren, the Alpine village in Austria where we had spent Christmas. The snow was falling when we arrived and with reasonable skiing conditions the boys enjoyed a few days on the slopes. It was great to catch up with Peter (owner of Petergstamm) and his wonderful family, and of course have a few schnapps and speck! Hopefully it won't be too long until we return again.
After saying goodbye to Peter and the snow we headed to Gauting, a leafy suburb on the outskirts of Munich, Bavaria where we would be staying with Alex (our first exchange student) and his family. After a quick hello we all headed to the football to watch Unterhaching play in the Bundesliga 3. Alex’s cousin is the club president so we were all treated to the VIP area. The beer flowed and the food kept coming on what was a sunny Bavarian day–hospitality at its finest.
The following day we explored the Olympic Stadium and surrounding parklands with Alex and his family. The area is a fine example of quality design that has become a part of Bavarian life for the past 40 years.
Later that day we visited the amazing Nymphenburg Palace. Our first Asian dinner since leaving home at a local Vietnamese restaurant topped off a great day.
Our next days where filled exploring the Munich city centre with our own local guide, Alex. We visited churches, many historic locations including where Hitler tried to first take power, the sad scene of the White Rose group, the Oktoberfest precinct, the ‘surf’ and of course the beer and Bavarian food.
Our last day was spent exploring Starnberger Lake where many of the Bayern Munich players and Munich’s rich reside. We also stopped to see where the last King drowned or some say was killed. After a few hours we headed home passing by the famous Andechs brewery, which is a must for all Australians – or so we are told.
However, the highlight of our trip to Bavaria was spending time with Alex and his wonderful family. We look forward to spending more time with them in the years to come.