02.05.2011 23 °C
Okay… so I haven’t done my blog in a while so it will have to be a massive combo of a few destinations… all magic of course.
We arrived in our first German destination and were pretty stoked with the outcome.
Beer gardens galore. What is better than a litre of beer (well in my case radler/cider) chilling in a garden with a bunch of other people.
Especially with the perfect snack food too; a giant pretzel. Yummo.
Marienplatz square (the main square in Munich) was lovely. The large gardens were the place to be too, everyone from the tight-rope river crossers, everyday people, naturists young and old hang out there to bask in the sun. Kudos to the chick who could ride her bike, talk on the phone and carry a beer at the same time.
Dachau Concentration Camp
Words don’t really express what Dachau was like. It was like stepping right into a nightmare. It was an unpleasant but necessary experience.
Today I struggle to even look at the pictures and thinking about the inhumane suffering the people went through for nothing just makes me feel dejected…
On a happier note, we were pleased to be in the home of “the sound of music”. Austria is like looking at a picture book. This was our first attempt at camping and surprisingly we came out unscathed with the tent still standing. Yay!
We visited Fort Hohensalzburg.
And checked out a few of the sound of music must see sights: Mirabell Castle/Gardens, Leopoldskron castle, Hellbrunn castle, Residenzplatz Square/Fountain and lastly the infamous pavilion.
As well as strolling around the small streets, churches and markets.
The home of the giant schnitzel; so of course we tried it and Kieran even managed to devour his main size feast while I struggled with my “small” portion. I have to say it was delish.
We visited the Spanish Riding School and took some sneaky shots.
Along with the Kunsthistorisches Museum or simply the armour museum
Vienna is beautiful town; there are too many sites and spots to mention so you will just have to check the pictures out on facebook.
Little did we know at the time but it is actually two cities; Buda and Pest. Buda (the old part) is majority UNESCO listed and very pretty (although I have to say poorly maintained). It includes Buda Castle, Castle Hill, Matthias Church and Fishermans Bastion (below).
The gardens of City Park were stunning; complete with a castle of course (Vajdahunyad Castle). Nearby Heroes square was pretty cool too.
The spectacular parliament was unfortunately “sold out” – yes can you believe it, so we didn’t get to visit
Next: Cesky Krumlov