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We headed to Karlsruhe our second day in Germany. (We landed in Frankfurt, but I didn't get any pictures. We went to the Goethe house there though.) This is from the Baden State Museuem in the Karlsruhe Palace.
Lots of stuff from the ancient world to the modern in this museum. I went ga-ga over the Egyptian stuff, as expected, but I thought this would be appealing to my readers. Death-themed imagery was everywhere, which kind of makes sense when you face years of The Black Death.
We took the train to Munich and immediately changed into our trachten. I had planned ahead for the weather (it was miserably cold) and wore a wool shirt under my dirndl blouse. I also wore the heavy socks I purchased there, along with my sweater. I was still glad of the coffee house at Oktoberfest, with some pretty decent hot chocolate. That was the highlight of this event.
From the Deutsches Technology Museum in Munich, a gondola from Italy. I called it a goth-dola.
An Enigma Device from the same museum! One of my Master's degrees is in crypto, so I really geeked out over this. I even gave an impromptu lecture on the subject to a couple of tourists who were interested in how it worked. I'm not ashamed.
The Munich Glockenspiel. We stopped by the on the way to the train station. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see it in action. The size of it was overwhelming.
We spent the next night in Fussen and then rented a car to head to Schwangau. It was very tourist-y and well-polished. We took a hiking trail up to Frauenstein, which was a memorial to a former castle.
Neuschwannstein was built by the sorta-loony Ludwig II. Supposedly Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland is based on this one; doesn't seem like a stretch at all to me.
No pictures of the inside were allowed.
I got a sunburn here. Only I could get sunburned in autumn while wearing sunscreen.
Ettal Monastery is nearly 700 years old. We went here mostly because my boyfriend wanted to buy some of their blueberry liqueur.
Our hotel in Ettal was across the street from a cemetery, right next to the monastery. This was the view from our window.
More death imagery, from inside of the monastery.
We had lunch here in Oberammergau. No joke, there was garlic hanging in the window.
Werdenfels Castle dates from 11-something. It lies in ruins near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, overlooking the Alps. And you can just crawl all over it, no safety ropes or guards or anything. I wish we had taken a picnic up here. It was just so beautiful and peaceful.
Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. This was one of our main destinations on the trip. Unfortunately, we started too late to make a serious summit attempt, but we had a nice hike and a lovely day.
We didn't stay there long, but from what I saw and experience, I really liked Nuremburg. After our breakfast (I swear I ate half a pound of cheese), we headed to the Germanisches National Museum. We didn't get to stay long, because we had a train to catch, but there was all sorts of wonderful medieval exhibits.
These doors reminded me of Labyrinth.
This was near a fountain in town square. The poem basically amounts to "sometimes, love stinks".
Of course we went to visit Nefertiti in Berlin! We weren't allowed pictures (again). So this is a bust of her and Akhenaten in the next room.
The staff here was really cranky.
The next stop was Hamburg. This shot is the medicine chest of a ship in the International Maritime Museum.
We stopped briefly in Bruhl to see the Tim Burton exhibit at the Max Ernst Museum. Yeah, no pictures allowed.
So that was my whirlwind two weeks in Germany. I am happy to be home, just because it means I get to sit still for five minutes.