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Germany Part Two

After making like the Von Trapps and fleeing a beautiful, but expensive Austria, we found ourselves with a night to kill before meeting Eve's dad, Neville, in Munich, so we stayed in the beautiful town of Fussen at the southern end of Germany's Romantic Road.

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A pretty amazing fountain outside the Fussen Info Centre...

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Apart from the surrounding mountains and its beautiful lake, Fussen's main claim to fame is the Schloss Neuschwanstein castle which King Ludgwig II built near his childhood home (apparently Ludgwig's obsession with swans and Wagner is very obvious). The castle is also meant to be the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle, but we remain skeptical as we have heard that said about at least three other castle's during our trip.

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After watching the first All Blacks game of the World Cup and returning to a van with a flat battery (Rob left the lights on...) we headed due north to Munich for a “van-escape” weekend at an apartment we had booked several weeks earlier. We picked up some supplies and Rob cooked dinner while Eve headed off to the airport to meet her Dad.

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First stop on Saturday... The Marienplatz

The next day (after dragging Rob away from some early morning rugby) we headed into the central Marienplatz to battle our way through the thousands of howling Bayern Munich fans, all in various stages of inebriation, and all on their way somewhere to watch the big match...

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The Bavarian version of a totem pole...

We eventually managed to grab a bite for lunch at the Viktualienmarkt although we had to eat our sausages and drink our beer standing up because there were no seats anywhere in the massive beer garden.

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Once the game had started and the streets were deserted (except for the tourists), Eve (FINALLY) got her promised palace trip around the Munchner Residenz, the palace of the former Bavarian rulers, which included over 100 spectacularly decorated state rooms and the crown jewels (Eve went a little crazy on the photographs...)

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Crown...

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Jewels...

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If you zoom in on this one, you can see the arteries in the neck and severed head actually form part of the water flow in this fountain... Gruesome!

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The Royal Chapel

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The old formal dining room... Now used as a conference room

After a strenuous afternoon of sightseeing the boys well and truly deserved a cleansing ale and after some close calls with naked Germans sun-baking in the Englischer Gardens (insert your choice of witty comment about Germans and sausages), we enjoyed a few drinks at a beer garden near the Chinese Pagoda before heading back to the apartment for a 'home' cooked meal...

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On the way to the gardens, we found a street food exhibition and the Rockgrill - Think heavily tattooed, death metal types cooking sausages on a BBQ that looks like a prop from the movie Spawn...

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The Chinese Pagoda

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A pretty fair representation of our diet during our three days in Munich...

The next morning we found an Irish pub near Marienplatz to watch the Wales v South Africa game and unfortunately made the wrong decision to miss the final 10 minutes to catch the ultimately uninspiring Glockenspiel. The video we took is refusing to be uploaded, so you'll have to take our word for it...

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To cheer ourselves up, we headed to the Augustiner brewery in eastern Munich, a traditional beer hall inside the actual brewery (to get to the toilets you have to walk past the draft horse stable – unfortunately the horses were out while we were there) and shared a gigantic, traditional Bavarian feast. Somewhat predictably it involved lots of sausages, potato dumplings, pretzels, piles of sauerkraut, and beer...

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Inside the Augustiner Brewery

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Lunch

Desperately needing to walk off our lunch we headed to Munich's Science and Technology museum which despite rave reviews was incredibly boring...

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The Man-o-meter: Legend has it that Chuck Norris scored a 65 - the machine has been broken ever since...

After trying (and failing, it must be said...) to get a half decent coffee at the museum coffee shop we headed back to the apartment to pretty ourselves up before heading out for dinner. After several recent Lonely Planet fails, we were glad to chalk up a pretty memorable win at Kranz, a fantastic little restaurant in the Glockenbach-Viertel district.

The next morning, after jump-starting the van again (not Rob's fault this time), we drove Neville to the airport and said a sad goodbye before hitting the road to Liechtenstein.

Posted by RobandEve 05:55 Archived in Germany

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