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Aug 22, 2013 - Another change of plans - off to Munich

Tonight we remembered to get out the party hats and candles for dinner. The simple joys of clean clothes and a set up which we sill stay in for a few days. The plan is to stay here to explore Munich, go to Salzburg and do The Sound of Music Tour, Stan will go to Dachau, and then we will leave, travelling through Switzerland and into ITALIA!

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Aug 22, 2013 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Today we visited the beautiful town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The small town sits high on a plateau above the River Tauber. Its name means"Red fortress above the Tauber". Since around 1000 AD this area saw over the years the development of a castle and significant fortifications on the plateau above the river which formed the foundation of the town. At one time Rothenburg was a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire, reaching its apex of prosperity in the 15th century with a large population of 6,000 - much larger than Frankfurt...

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Aug 21, 2013 - River Altmuhl and Eichstatt.

Today we drove along the River Altmuhl in the Naturpark Altmuhltal one of Germany’s largest nature reserve. Our first stop was at the small town of Pappenheim with the ruins of the old castle overlooking the town. We decided to climb up to the castle to get a better view of the surrounding countryside. The castle had a rather gruesome torture chamber with some rather painful looking instruments of torture. The views from the old keep were worth the climb. We continued along the road close to the river which according to our guide book is...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Nordlingen and an interesting walk and climb!

Today we headed to the historic town of Nordlingen. The location in which the town sits has an interesting history. About 15 million years ago a meteorite of nearly one kilometre in diameter impacted the Alb Plateau close to the site of Nordlingen today. The impact created a crater of 25km in diameter, the rim of which is still apparent today as you drive to Nordlingen. The history as with many towns in this area goes back to Roman times when a castle was built on the site in 85AD. However the first official mention of the town was in 898....

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Aug 19, 2013 - Moving to Treuchtlingen

Today we moved further north to the small town of Treuchtlingen. Again a really nice stellplatz with a number of sites we could easily fit into and very easy access. We could understand why the site was busy. From here we intend to explore the Naturpark Altmuhtal and a number of the many medieval towns in the area.

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Aug 17, 2013 - Dachau Concentration Camp

Today's news that Angela Markel, the German Chancellor to visit the site and lay a wreath at the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich reminded me that I am yet to report on my visit to that historic place on 17 August. Only a small group from the coach tour attended and many were offended at the fact that the site is being used as a memorial. My Jewish American travelling buddy who shares a seat with me was willing but had seen too many to attend another and asked me to take some pictures. I will attempt to add a series of photos on a Word...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Regensburg

Today we visited the UNESCO World Heritage town of Regensburg. Although it was a German Public Holiday the town was not too busy. The history of the town goes back to Roman times when the Romans established a fort by the River Danube in around 80 AD. After the Roman Empire fell in the 5th century Germanic settlers inhabited the region. Over time because of its position on the Danube it became an important trading city. Today due to it surviving World War II largely unscathed it has many Romanesque and Gothic buildings in its old quarter. It...

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Aug 14, 2013 - A few days of just sorting things out

We decided to spend a few days sorting a few things out while we were in Erding. Firstly we needed to renew the tyres on the SEAT so found a local tyre dealer and got that sorted out. Secondly while we were in Garmisch- Partenkirchen we had met another English couple Carol and Paul also on a travelling odyssey. While exchanging thoughts and ideas, Paul who works on the road, gave us a solution on how to resolve our internet issues. We have an English dongle for internet in the UK, with research we were able to get an unlock code from our...

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Aug 12, 2013 - Starting to head north again

We said good bye to the Bavarian Alps which we had thoroughly enjoyed. We had looked at going further east to Berchtesgaden but couldn’t find a suitable stellplatz mainly due to not being able to do the research on roads etc due to the lack of internet. We also needed to start heading north again as we have to be back in the UK by mid September. We had spotted a good stellplatz in our books just north of Munich at Erding at the largest Thermabad in Germany. We had no problems with the roads and it turned out to be a really top notch...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Oberammergau

On our final day in Garmisch- Partenkirchen we headed just up the road to the small village of Oberammergau. The village is famous world-wide for its Passion Play, which depicts the life of Jesus, which is performed every 10 years. It was Sunday and the village was quiet. As we stopped outside the Passions Theatre we realised that there was an English tour of the theatre at 11am and it was 10.50am. We quickly asked at the desk and bought our tickets and we were told that Daisy was welcome on the tour. In fact we were the only people on the...

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Aug 10, 2013 - Alpspitze

As part of our ticket to go up the Zugspitze we paid an extra 9 Euros each so we could go on another day up the majestic Alpspitze pyramid mountain. at 2,628m. Our ticket allowed us to go up the Alpspitzbahn use the Hochalm between two peaks and then down on the Kreuzeckbahn. The weather looked good despite a few clouds. Our first cable car was an interesting ride. The first part was like many others until after travelling a third of the way the cable car flew high above a stunning rock valley with all round views of the surrounding...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Kloster Ettal and Schloss Linderhof

We had intended to go up the mountains again but after a very heavy rain storm overnight with hail and high winds we woke up to very misty conditions so our plans changed. We decided we would head to Oberammergau but after stopping at the small village of Ettal our plans changed once again. In Ettal we found Kloster Ettal which dominated the village. The church and cloisters seen today were built between 1744 and 1753 by Joseph Schmuzer. . The place was enormous. Looking inside the church the frescoes were quite breathtaking but over the...

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