I’m baaack from Germany! Did you miss me? Thanks for hanging in there and waiting for me to return!
I took about 1,000 photos during my 5 day trip, celebrated my birthday (one of the best birthdays ever!) and experienced as much of the local scenery, food, drink and people as I could during my short stay. Now I’m going to spend the next week and a half or so sharing my adventure with you!
The trip to Germany was long. We took a 2 hour bus ride from Milwaukee to Chicago to catch our plane. The plane ride from O’Haire airport to Zurich (Switzerland) was about 8 hours on the way out (it was 9 hours and 15 minutes on the way back). We left late in the day and flew through the night. I didn’t sleep much as I couldn’t get comfortable. By the time we got to Zurich to catch our shorter (45 minute) flight to Stuttgart, Germany, I was beat. It was all I could do to stay awake. I got to sleep a little on the short plane ride, but not much. We were picked up at the airport by a bus and then made the 40 minute drive from Stuttgart to Schmiden, finally arriving at our hotel.
Our hotel was an interesting mix of modern and traditional German architecture. The main lobby was very modern.
We stayed in the back building (called the guest house) which was more traditional looking on the exterior. It also was right next to the hotel’s restaurant (it had very good food!) and beirgarten.
It is a beautiful area. I loved the color, both in paint and plant life, surrounding the hotel.
The patterns of the cobble stones were intriguing. (Though not comfortable to walk on)
This is the Biergarten area of the hotel restaurant. My room was just above the white umbrellas on the 2nd floor.
Every window ledge and planter was decorated with plants and other objects.
I thought I would also share some interior shots of my hotel room, for those of you who are interested:
The decor looked like it was from the early 1990’s. I had a twin size bed that was built into the wall. The bedding consisted of a fitted sheet, one pillow and a down blanket. The room had no clock in it, which I thought was a bit strange. Despite the room’s sparse look, I found it had most everything I needed for a comfortable stay in Germany.
The room was a nice size for one person, and since I didn’t spend much time in the room when I was awake it was perfect.
The built in closet also had a mini fridge/mini bar filled with all the beer, wine, coke and sparkling water you could drink.
The bathroom was small, but felt pretty modern to me. I absolutely loved the rain shower head and I liked the flat button on the wall that flushed the toilet. (So modern looking!)
The best part of the room was having two windows, both with excellent views. Every night when I returned to my room, if I had my windows open, I could hear people eating and drinking in the Biergarten. Listening to the people converse in a language I don’t speak was nice. It lulled me to sleep every night.
After we all had a quick nap and a shower, we went out for our first dinner in Germany. We walked to a neighboring town (15 minute walk) and came to this restaurant which had food that was typical to the region of Germany we were visiting.
Normally I am not much of a beer drinker (I much prefer wine) but I thought, while in Germany I must at least have one beer. (This one is for you, Dad!)
I decided my first meal would be Kasespatzle un salat (salad not pictured, but was very good!) From what I understand, Kaespatzle is a potato based, pasta-like dish with several cheeses melted over it and topped with finely chopped caramelized onions and chives. It was very good!
Tune in again soon for the next part of my trip to Germany adventure!