Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany – Amateur Traveler Episode 188 Transcript

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Chris: Sure.

Jason: F – U with an amulet and S-S-E-N. And then there are buses that take you down to Neuschwanstein. It’s about a two-hour train trip from Fussen into Munich. You can drive as well. The autobahn serves it very, very well so it’s easy to get around in that area. It’s serviced by train, by autobahn and by buses. So we went to Munich. Munich is a city that has undergone some significant rebirths. It was bombed very, very heavily during WWII. So most of the architecture that you see is actually reconstructed.

Chris: Right.

Jason: A couple of the highlights: First of all, if you go during the weekends, expect to see very large crowds in their altstadt. It is I believe the third largest city in Germany and is one of the bigger tourist attractions. So you will see a lot of people in Munich. Just be prepared for the crowds. They’re all very friendly. I never got the feeling that there was anything besides just a large number of people. As you go into the altstadt, first of all, there are lots of old churches. The first highlight that we hit that we really liked was the glockenspiel.

Chris: Ok.

Jason: it’s like the clock inside of Nuremberg except for it’s probably on a scale of about two times as large. It has two separate little scenes and this has to do with the wedding of a prince and his princess. One is of the bridal ceremony and procession so you get to see the groomsman and the bride’s maids. And then the other part is the Knights Jousting Tournament that they had to celebrate this wedding. Now the glockenspiel only plays during certain times of the day so I believe it’s 11 and 12 and then at 5 pm and again if you want to avoid the crowds, our recommendation is to go up so if you’re facing the glockenspiel behind you is a building that’s got a shopping mall. On the fifth floor is a café called Café Glockenspiel. We highly recommend that you get a cappuccino or a coffee and you sit at a window seat facing the glockenspiel and you’ll be able to see and you’ll still be able to hear, even though usually the windows are closed, you can hear everything. It’s really more to see because there’s bells’ going off everywhere because there are a lot of churches. Sit up there. Get a bird’s eye view. It is probably one of the best views of the glockenspiel that you can have.

Chris: Excellent.

Jason: The second one that we liked is called the Asamkirche. A-S-A-M-K-I-R-C-H-E. It is literally wedged between two, what look like houses. And it is very, very easy to miss but it’s got some great gothic and baroque carvings and paintings. It’s just a beautiful, beautiful church. It’s very small. We estimated that the pews could probably only hold about 200 people. They’re very aware that it’s a church that has a lot of history and a lot of art and just a lot of neat things to look at crammed into a very, very small building. But they’re also aware that they’re a church first and foremost. So they put up some signs to that regard so just make sure that if you go in that you are quiet. They tend to have people usually there praying but they also welcome people to come in and to tour. And usually with these older churches in Germany, I guess for lack of a better description, they have collection boxes all around the church. So if you have an Euro coin or a 50-cent coin it’s usually accepted to drop some little small donation in so they can maintain the churches that you are getting to see. So they usually don’t charge a fee to go in, but you can help them out by making a donation so that you’re not just a free rider to these churches. The third thing that we saw which is probably the stereotypical Bavarian experience is called the Hofbrauhaus.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

One Response to “Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany – Amateur Traveler Episode 188 Transcript”

Linda51

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I just returned from Bavaria and visiting numerous Kringle marts. Rothenberg was by far my favorite. Maybe you could answer a question for me…..there were stalls selling rows and rows of “rusty”chocolate tools and were quite popular with the locals, do you know if this is a tradition, and the history behind it? I bought an assortment, but never got the chance to ask the seller the significance……

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