Travel Diaries: Germany 2015

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I was lucky enough to be able to go on a trip last fall with my sister and mom. The main part of our trip was a tour of Switzerland (which will be shared in upcoming posts), but we decided to go early and visit with our relatives in Germany for a few days before. We took an overnight flight and intended to sleep on the plane, which didn’t work out for any of us. Our family met us at the airport and took us back to their house, which is where we stayed while we were there. We were spoiled with days packed full of fun things to do and delicious things to eat.

Every morning started with a delicious platter of pretzels, bread, meat, cheese, and spreads. Our first two days were spent shopping in Nuremberg and exploring their hometown of Roth. I love all of the character and personality in traditional German architecture.

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Devil’s Cave – Pottenstein

On our third day, we took a trek to the Teufelshöehle (Devil’s Cave) in Pottenstein. After a fascinating guided tour inside the 1500metre-long cave, we ate a delicious schnitzel dinner on the cliff restaurant. From there, we headed to Nuremberg for a segway tour. We arrived there with lots of time before the tour, so we walked around a local folksfest and sat down to enjoy a beer. By the time the tour started, it was quite dark which made navigating the city much more difficult, not to mention the hilly cobblestone paths and that it was our very first time on a segway! It was scary but I had lots of fun and our guide was able to do the tour in English for us as well.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Our final day was spent in the old, walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We walked along the beautiful wall while looking out at incredible views of the red-roofed houses and winding streets. Then we walked up one of the main streets, going in and out of the shops before landing in the centre of the town. One of the shops was a giant Christmas store set up for the holiday year-round. We stopped for gelato and then headed home. Our relatives treated us to a delicious  sauerbraten meal. Yum!

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I loved everything about Germany. I wish we were able to spend more than four days to enjoy it. We are so lucky to have been able to meet up with some distant family on our trip, and even luckier that they opened their home to us! I hope to be able to go back someday.

Stay tuned for photos from the next leg of our journey – Switzerland!


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