What a rare and wonderful opportunity it was this weekend to see the beautiful cities of München, Andechs, Rothenburg and Nürnberg and to tour the Bavarian country side with the infamous John Mallett! For some of you who don’t know, John is Evan’s boss at Bell’s and a real world traveler. He invited me to join him and some colleagues in Münich while I was still home in Michigan and I happily accepted the invite! I am so glad I did. The south of Germany stole my heart and I can’t wait to go back. I haven’t seen very much of the sun since moving to Berlin so it was nice to soak up some vitamin D. I think most of us can agree that the sun makes everything seem a little bit more beautiful. We did experience about 20 minutes of a straight-up Alpine blizzard but we turned back around and headed north to find lovely clouds and blue skies.
Favorites from the trip:
– the Asamkirche, a baroque church in downtown Münich
– St. Peter Kirche, the oldest church in the city and home of some facinating relics.
– Strolling the Englischer Garten in Münich where we discovered a market and ate Nürnberg sausages and Hungarian Strudal, all while listening to an awesome Klezmer band play If I were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof.
– the INCREDIBLE Andechs Monastry which sits atop a hill in Andechs, Bavaria and has some breathtaking views as well as delicious Bavarian Weiss Beer. Carl Orff is buried in the Sanctuary there!
– Rothenberg: THE quintessential medieval German village. It is bursting with Bavarian charm and amazing views as well as a wall around the city built in the 1200s…YEAH. The city has been very well-preserved.
– Staatstheater Nürnberg– for obvious reasons 🙂 The building itself is really remarkable.
– St. Lorenz kirche– it’s gorgeous and the organist just happened to be practicing some carols for next weekend’s mass.
A big thank you to John for letting me tag along and for showing me some of his favorite things! This was a weekend to remember 🙂