When we decided to rent a car, Matthias and I both agreed it would be a fun experience to drive from Rome to Landsberg am Lech (aka. Landsberg, which is 30 minutes outside of Munich). When we made that decision we didn't realize how awful the Italian's were at driving, but that is beside the point. I mapped out our route, which would take us from Rome, north through Austria and in to Germany through the south. The trip took us approximately 10 hours and the scenery was stunning, and like nothing I had ever seen before. Austria was beautiful and tiny! We drove through it in about half an hour!
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Childhood Home built by Matthias' Dad[/caption]
Now, Germany is an interesting place, and the South (aka. Bavaria) is different than the other parts. For those of you that don't know, Matthias is from Bavaria. He was born in Landsberg and grew up in 2 small towns, Weil and Gennach.
I was so excited to see where he was from, and it felt so special to see his childhood home that his dad built, meet his grandparents (who don't speak a lick of English), and go for supper with his extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins).
The food in Bavaria is outstanding, and probably my favorite style of food out of all the places we visited. It was rich, buttery, and totally gluttonous. Worth it!
Landsberg was a nice town to stay in. It was in close proximity to the train station in to Munich and it wasn't hard (or stressful) to navigate. They have an "old city" that is made out of old stone and has the old style streets, clock tower, and lots of heritage, and a "new city" which is more modern. I appreciated that it wasn't overly busy considering we were in Germany at prime tourism time (Oktoberfest!).
Our time in Germany was a perfect mix of relaxation and activities. We saw the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig II, visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, spent a day at Oktoberfest (in our traditional lederhosen and derndel ;) my halloween costume for hopefully the next 20 years haha), visited with family, childhood friends, and went to a fair.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Dachau[/caption]
The food on the flight back was really delicious. I made sure to call and request a Vegetarian meal and Matthias and I were happily surprised with the quality of food we got! We had a tofu-stuffed eggplant ring with Orzo and Vegetables, Millet Salad and Fruit Salad as dessert. The flights home were long, 15 total hours of travel. We were greeted by excited puppies, excited kitties, and the most comfortable bed and pillows in the WORLD.