A Very Bavarian Adventure

Monday, February 23, 2015 | Stamp in My Passport| , , |

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's been pretty much decided that this Labor Day while everyone else is enjoying a day out on the lake, Samantha and I will be living out our dream of becoming a von Trapp. Seven days spent traipsing through the Bavarian Alps on a diet of bratzel and melted cheese is my idea of the perfect vacation. I'm still trying to come up with the perfect hashtag for the trip so said people out on their boats can follow along and realize how their vacation pales in comparison. 

To prepare for this adventure, I'm reading up on all of the Austrian Wars of Succession, and when that gets a little dull and/or confusing without the help of a timeline, I'm filling in the gaps by reading The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki. Side note: The Meet the Habsburgs promotional photoshoot Sarah and Kiel were a part of is kind of my favorite thing ever.

The week's tentative agenda will include visits to: 

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Neuschwanstein Castle - Because who doesn't want to pretend to be Cinderella for a little while? Plus, the hike up the hill to the castle will help burn off some of the calories from my strict bratzel, cheese and streusel diet. 

Munich Olympic Park - I'm obsessed with the Olympics, which more than likely stems from my severe lack of any sort of athletic ability, so I'm looking forward to exploring the site of the 1972 summer games.

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Dachau - In high school english, we did an extended lesson on Holocaust history, and although I know that this will be an extremely sobering experience, I think it will help to give a frame of reference to all of the books and history lessons I've read through on the subject.

Pinakothek Museum - The Pinakothek is one of the oldest art galleries in the world and houses one of the most famous collections of Old Master paintings (according to Wikipedia). I'm a master of the "stare - stand back - sigh" method of observing art and in my mind it makes me look like an art expert.

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Sound of Music tour - To fulfill my dream of being Leisel. That is all.

Mönchsberg Walk - According to Rick Steves, the Mönchsberg Walk is the "hills are alive" stroll you can enjoy in the heart of Salzburg. And who am I to argue with Rick Steves?

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Munich Residenz - This former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach is the largest city palace in Germany. This will act as a point of comparision to the many palaces of the Habsburgs in Vienna.

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Everything related to the Habsburgs - Castles, artwork, more palaces, armour, musical instruments, ancient Greek statues, I want to see it all. To include, but not limited to, the Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Hofburg Treasury, Schönbrunn Palace (because everyone needs a summer palace as well) and the Hofburg New Palace Museums.

Cathedrals - Not to brag or anything, but my semester in Paris made me an expert on gothic cathedral architecture. Seriously, I could talk about apses, narthexes and naves for hours. I preferred the French and British cathedrals to the Italian (which are the Real Housewives of New Jersey of cathedrals) and I'm looking forward to compare the German style as well.


Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki said...

So many wonderful places on your agenda this week. It all looks so incredibly beautiful, have the best time!

Sara Rose said...

Oh wow! This will be amazing!

Daisy @ Simplicity Relished said...

Absolute gorgeousness. I "saw" Austria when on a tour bus through Germany, but have never truly been there. I'd love to go.

Darci Miller said...

So awesome! When I went to Munich I did the Olympic Park, Dachau and Pinakothek, and all were amazing. My recommendations: Olympic Stadium is definitely worth paying to get into, you might want to consider doing a self-guided audio tour of Dachau (instead of a guided group tour) so you can go at your own pace and make it more quiet and personal, and the audio guide at the Pinakothek is actually awesome. :)

Jess said...

thanks so much! it's been so much planning and dreaming about for the past few months.

Jess said...

i absolutely cannot wait. and i don't think it will feel real until i purchase the plane ticket.

Jess said...

it will be my first time to germany as well as austria! i don't quite know what to expect.

Jess said...

good to know!! i love a good audio guide. i hate walking aimlessly around trying to take it all in but going with a tour guide seems to move at too fast a pace.