Germany, 2009It was the kick-off international travel trip that started all of this stuff you read about in here and part of the Germanic skiing trip with the oldest boy, a few days across southern Germany before heading to Austria.
The ArrivalWe flew in from Chicago on American Airlines in business class; it was a good ride but I didn't document it because in 2009 FOMO wasn't a thing to get people all amped up about.
Landing in Frankfurt, I rented a car from the cheapest company, which was... 15 miles off site and somewhat of a mistake, but I got a quality Mercedes 220D wagon. Great mileage, GPS, and room for all the ski equipment.
MainzAncient city on the Rhine, home to Gutenburg and some crazy old churches. Nice little medieval city.
Schweinfurt, CoburgAfter waking up that morning and getting going in the car, we drove a couple hours east on the A3 and A7 autobahns. This area is where I served in the Army.
Driving SouthAfter overnighting in Nuremburg, it was down to Munich for BMW World then to Fussen for some castles (you might recognize them).
Return to GermanyAfter a few days in Austria, we drove back up the A8 to Munich for the last evening in country. It's one of the best unrestricted stretches of road in Germany to go fast.
SummarySouthern Germany is rife with endless fairytale settings and rolling hills turning into the extreme peaks of the Alps. The home of German culture (yes, good and bad), it's everything you think of when you imagine Germany.
Driving places is easy, but gas is very expensive. Trains cost as much as planes, so it might be easier to fly if you are major city-hopping. The food is pretty good, but diets are not going to be compatible with it. Beer, lots of it if you like that stuff (I'm not a beer fan. I know... weird, right?).