Porsche, BMW, Oktoberfest & Neuschwanstein - Sightseeing in Germany Europe
After Maria has hosted me so well in Brazil, i invited here to visit me in Europa and guess what? She really arrived a few months later :)
Right at the airport in Stuttgart she already found the first "German thing": The big version of Laugenbrezeln. You cant get strange things like that in Brazil.
Not far from the airport there is the Fernsehturm, a big tower were tourists use to go up to get a view on top of Stuttgart.
Unfortunately for typical German security reasons, it is not allowed to visit the Fernsehturm anymore. Too dangerous *haha*
Luckily there are many towers around Stuttgart like the one in the Killesberg, from were tourists can get a good and even free view.
At the far end you can see the Soccer Stadium and the Solitude Castle. Typical for Germany they both were closed too.
Germany is not like the USA or Brazil, were Shops open for their customers 24/7. Here they are closed most of the time.
Funny enough: Even if most of the shops are closed, there are still many people walking up and down the main road Königsstrasse.
The Königsstrasse leads you strait to the train station. Yes it is the same station which was on TV in Brazil. There the whole world could see
the police fighting against citizen, who wanted to stop the big waste of money called Stuttgart21.
People are allowed to enter the train station. From the top of the tower, one has a good view on to the pedestrian street with all the shopping malls.
Stuttgart has more good things to offer. The car and truck factory Mercedes is known around the world, but hardly anyone knows it is located in Stuttgart.
Stuttgart it also the home town of Porsche cars. We went to visit the museums. The entrance was free. It is really amazing to see the history of our modern cars.
First there were only the horse carriages, then they put the first engine in and slowly the cars became stronger and more and more air dynamic.
Because of the bad winter weather with lots of rain, we also went around Germany by car. While it was very cold outside, we enjoyed nice music and laughed a lot.
In a car we could talk to each other while driving and had our little kitchen and all the stuff we needed to camp with us.
The hotels in Germany are more then 10 times as expensive then the ones in Brazil, but the food in the Supermarkets was cheaper.
In München we found a parking space and went to visit the BMW museum. BMW is not only famous for producing cars, but also for their motorcycles.
First there was this very tiny little car, then it became bigger and bigger, because the customers wanted more and more comfort. The same happened with the bikes.
I did not know that BMW produced engines for air planes, just like Honda.
You can imagine that we did not drive to München because of BMW only. There is one more thing, that is even better known in the world as a typical German thing.
No im not talking about the guy who startet world war 2,
and im also not thinking of the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli, Hamburg or the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. Im talking about the Oktoberfest!
Luckily it was the right time (ok we planed this), because the Oktoberfest is not open all year long, as many people think, but only a few weeks each year.
In the crowded beer tents visitors could see the bad side of German people.
They are not just very smart and always on time, but some of them can also get really drunk and ugly. Anyway Maria loved the German beer.
If the head is not already turning enough after the alcohol, there are many carousels waiting for people to take a ride.
In München there are also many old buildings, churches and art museums to visit. Not my thing but Maria loved them.
A little bit outside of München, we could visit the Football Arena from the outside, as it was closed as well.
Close by we were allowed to pitch our tent under the roof of a horse farm.
It was raining like hell, but in the stable it was warm and dry and really comfortable.
There are many ways to get around Germany: The expensive train, new bus services and organisations like Mitfahrgelegenheit, Mitfahrzentrale or flinc.
Here people offer places in their car to others, who then pay 5 Euro per 100 km for the petrol. The petrol price was 1,50 Euro per liter in January 2013.
We also offered some places and this way we drove the 200 km to the Schloss Neuschwanstein for free.
The castle Neuschwanstein is very famous, since you can see it at the start of every Walt Disney film.
The Chinese people liked it so much, that they copied and rebuild it in their home country.
Still many Chinese and Japanese people come to Germany, to visit the original here.
You see them running around everywhere, taking pictures with their big iPads.
To enter the castle is quit expensive, but to visit it from the outside was free and still amazing.
Have i mentioned that it was raining a bit? Many roads were closed and we would have rather needed a boat then a car.
We visited the Bodensee and also went hiking in Austria and Swizerland.
While making sports, you even get warm in cold winter weather.
Funny thing: Maria has never seen Mountains with snow on top before.
Many times we found nice places to pitch our tent and rest. To sleep in a car in Germany is allowed "zum Wiedererlangen der Fahrtüchtigkeit" and truckers have to rest after 8 hours of driving.
Then we went to see the famous black forest, also called Schwarzwald.
The Schwarzwald is known around the world for their delicious meat Schwarzwälder Schinken and the funny clocks called Kuckuksuhren,
but also because of the beautiful landscape and the nice farm houses.
Germany is such a save country that they don't need a high fences around their house like in most other countries.
Only the people here are unfriendly compared to Braziliens. If something goes wrong, they call the police while in Brazil they would help you, so after two weeks we were happy to leave Germany again.
The cost of our great 2 weeks and 1500 km long trip were 100 Euro each for food etc. + flights.
Camping and the car were free (i bought and sold the car for the same price).
Most of the petrol was payed by people from Mitfahrgelegenheit.de.
All information without guarantee!