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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer Tour of Germany, Week 2

Summer Tour Through Germany, Week 2

Welcome to week two of my summer tour of Germany. This is a look back at my two-week vacation around Germany with my parents from July 11 to July 25. If you missed week 1, go check that out first.

Map of Germany Tour

Day 9: Bamberg


We started off week two of our summer German tour back where Marco's father lives with his girlfriend near Bamberg. So, since the few days before were quite hectic, we decided to have a relaxed day sightseeing around Bamberg.

Bridge in Bamberg

Bamberg Rose Gardens

Michaelsberg Abbey, Bamberg

Old Town Hall in Bamberg

We got back to their home around 6 p.m. so that we could enjoy a nice relaxed barbeque that evening.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin in Germany

German BBQ

Day 10: Nuremberg


For our last full day in Southern Germany, we traveled to Nuremberg. The first thing we did was take a bus tour to see all of the historical sights in the city. After the bus tour, we enjoyed a nice snack of some Nürnberger Bratwurst, and then we walked around the grounds of the Nuremberg Castle.

Nürnberger Bratwurst on a tin plate

My dad and I in Nuremberg

Visiting Nuremberg Castle

Visiting Nuremberg Castle

The view from Nuremberg Castle

On the way back to the train station, we also got to ride on one of Nuremberg's driver-less subway trains.

Nuremberg Geisterbahn (driver-less train)

Day 11: Back to Lüneburg


We spent much of the day saying our good-byes and packing. Then, at 6 p.m., we departed on the three-hour train ride from Würzburg to Lüneburg. Since we got home around 10 p.m., we then went straight to bed.

German ICE train

Day 12: Lauenburg


Looking to have a more relaxed day after so much travel the day before, we made the 20-minute drive to Lauenburg. I have written a post about this quaint little town before, so make sure to check that one out for more pictures.

Lauenburg

Lauenburg an der Elbe

We got home in the early afternoon, so we packed a picnic lunch to enjoy in Kurpark, a nearby park in Lüneburg. Since the park is just a 10-minute walk from our apartment, we spent the whole afternoon there walking around, visiting the salt wall, and playing frisbee.

Picnic in Kurpark



Frisbee in Kurpark

Day 13: Bremen


For day 13, we made our final excursion to Bremen, a city-state in Germany located on the River Weser. First, we visited the Bremen windmill.

Bremen windmill

Next, we headed over to the city center and an area called the Schnoor, which is the oldest quarter in Bremen known for its narrow streets and alleys.

Bremen Schnoor

Bremer Stadtmusikanten

We wrapped up the day relaxing by the riverside where my parents enjoyed some McDonald's apple pies (which they just had to get after I told them they are deep fried here).

River Weser in Bremen

Relaxing in Bremen

Deep-fried apple pies from German McDonald's

Day 14: Steak Dinner


This day mostly just consisted of relaxing and packing. Since it was my parent's last day, we also decided to go out to a nice steakhouse for dinner. I turned to the internet to find a new place to go, and I found that a nearby place called Zur Alten Schmiede had great reviews. Neither Marco nor I had ever eaten here before, but it definitely lived up to what I had read online. By far the best steak in all of Lüneburg.

Zur Alten Schmiede

Baked potato with sour cream

Best steak in Lüneburg

This was the view from our table.

View from Zur Alten Schmiede

Day 15: Departure


On day 15, we had to take off from the apartment around 6 a.m. to get my parents to the airport in time for their flight at 9 a.m. It was sad having to drop them off, but it was an amazing two weeks. I am so happy that they were finally able to see where I have spent so much of the past three years of my life.

Hope you enjoyed seeing pictures from our trip! 

What cities you would you visit if you were to take a two-week vacation through Germany?

4 comments:

  1. Ohhh Bremen! I love that city, especially the old town!

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  2. There is nothing better than the food and castles there :) !!

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    1. Before my dad visited, he told me, "All I want to see is breweries and castles!"

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