It’s been exactly a month since I got back from Europe, and two years since I went there for the first time. It’s amazing how time flies, and even though we say it all the time, looking back feels surreal.
This trip was more than I could’ve asked for, even with the European weather behaving like a complete ass. I guess you can say it added to the memories that I’ll now have forever, so I guess a touch of gratitude should be extended.
Germany, once again, was the first stop on our first European trip together.
Last time I was happy with my flight, and this time I won’t say it was terrible, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite. Lufthansa one, Air France zero, but thanking them both for getting me there safe and sound!
We basically spent three days in every country, which was enough to see what we wanted to see, but this was a highlights trip, not an in-depth one, there’s a difference.
In Germany we stayed in Wiesbaden with Jenny, Carlos, and Aliani (she’s the cute baby that will pop up in some pictures). Carlos is in the army, so we stayed in a military base in Wiesbaden, less than half an hour from Frankfurt.
Last time I was in Germany I didn’t post anything, and this time we didn’t take many pictures. So, for this post I’ll be combining both, and focusing on seven places worth visiting while in Germany in order of preference.
Last year I visited Heidelberg with Jen, and it was the most beautiful city that I’ve seen in Germany. The city felt like a postcard, and you can’t go wrong with a place that has a castle in the background, right? The cobblestone streets made the city feel even nicer, though they’re definitely not meant for strollers (sorry Aliani). The city has all these cute little stores, and seems to be food galore. I think for photographers, this town is a piece of heaven. Definitely add this to the top of your list when visiting Germany, put a stamp on the no regrets box.
This was on the way up to the castle, we drove up and attempted to walk down. But, changed our minds when we went down 1/4 of the way carrying Aliani’s stroller and realized the following: Germany doesn’t believe in handicapped accessible spots for strollers while under construction. We went straight back up after seeing the rest of the way was stairs, which equaled more carrying for Jenny and I, and a longgg way down to the town.
The castle can be seen from the downtown area, and it looks quite nice. I think there’s a train that goes all the way up, but not sure as we didn’t take it.
The castle was demolished once, and it has been partially rebuilt since. One time a part was destroyed due to lightning, and other times because of the usual: fire and war.
This was my favorite part of the town, it looked so tranquil, and the leaves were just starting to change since it was mid September. The air felt cozy, and everywhere you looked felt like you were starring at a photograph.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
We visited the town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber this time around. NOTICE, it is Rothenburg ob Der Tauber, NOT plain old Rothenburg. This is important when putting it on the GPS as it can make a considerable time difference. This is the most picturesque German town I’ve seen. I had pinned it a few times to my secret Pinterest board in hopes of one day seeing it. So, when I saw from far that little tower and the yellow building, this girl right here was a happy camper. The streets again, are cobblestone, but that adds to the charm doesn’t it? The town feels cozy, and touristy, so its an odd mix. But, I couldn’t be happier that we saw it. This one comes in close second with Heidelberg, so again, add it to your list!
I swear, the red and yellow building remind me of the first edition of the Sims. Sim players, you’ll understand. Not a Sim player? Sorry, you just have to try to paint your Sim house and you’ll know what I mean.
This guy right here, well, words can’t explain.
These were the shoes that walked me all around Germany, and every other country. They’re sketchers, and I have yet to find a shoe brand that compares. Yep, love is in the air.
Self timer, anyone? Aliani, sorry we cut your head out. Carlos, what were you eating? Hanser, I still can’t believe you got a fidget spinner, still partially embarrassed for you, but it is relaxing to use. Jenny, I love you, sometimes.
I love these pictures of Aliani, so here you have them.
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
The town has plants everywhere, and the agriculture feels like decoration too.
The town is crowded with tourist, but you pay them no mind because you’re too busy focusing on the architecture and feel of it all. Even the train station feels surreal. Again, add to the list.
Burg Eltz Castle, Germany
This was my second time visiting the Burg Eltz Castle, so I feel privileged. The drive to it is beautiful, and shows you the green side of Germany, which is pretty much everywhere, but outlined more while doing specific drives. Getting to the castle you feel like you’re lost, because you have to go so deep in, and take plenty of curved streets, but it adds to the fun.
Sometimes friends are more like family, aren’t they? Counting down the days ’till they’re back home.
Ain’t she a cutie!?
The castle is beautiful from far, and the foliage adds to it too. The castle is said to be in perfect position, and that its best defense is its location. Surrounded by so many trees, and being so secluded, you can’t see it from the town and if it wasn’t for google maps and technology, it’d be pretty hard to find.
The castle has been owned and cared for by the same family since it was built, and they’ve turned it into a museum with a lot of the original decor it began with. So, you get a glimpse of the life those that occupied it, and medieval times.
We did a tour of the inside of the castle, but no pictures were allowed, this is what you see when you go within the walls.
When I visited Frankfurt my expectations were low, I hadn’t heard much about it, and thought it would be just like any city. It wasn’t, and I was pleasantly surprised. I love German architecture, and I feel like Frankfurt looks like a prop city from a film set, so I think that added to my admiration of it. The city is a mix of German and any city. It has shopping, attempted lock bridges, and the German usual: cobble streets. Word of advice? Germans believe in equality, so if they see you struggling carrying a stroller, they basically didn’t see you and don’t care. Independent to the max.
The mall in Frankfurt has this, and an extremely high escalator! I loved it, and I had sushi while Jenny breastfed. Trust me, it’s an adventure.
This bridge overlooks the city, and it’s actually much cuter than the picture makes it seem.
Oh, Germans ride a lot of bikes! But, they smoke a lot! But, no one is obese, and they all act as if they’re in great shape. I’m jealous.
I stayed in Wiesbaden both times because Carlos is stationed there, like I said before. But the city is really nice, and has a lot of restaurants. For some reason, a lot of the buildings remind me of a mix of San Francisco architecture, and New York’s Upper East Side. Not this church though, this is Neo-gothic, and even though we didn’t get to go inside, we did walk all around to take it in. The city is just a city, with the usual German touches, and a fun feel. It also has a lot of connections to other nearby towns.
Carlos is like a brother to me, and oh boy do we argue like brother and sister! I love him though, he has a way of challenging me, but he has a heart of gold. We know what buttons to press, and its really funny after the “I’ll punch you if I could” phase passes haha!
Mainz Kastel, Germany
We walked around Mainz Kastel when my camera battery was dead, hence why there’s only three pictures. But, it’s an adorable place! It’s a district within Wiesbaden, so definitely worth a side trip, you can take it in within a few hour, but it feels a lot more family friendly than other towns, and less filled with tourist!
All in all, Germany had a lot more to offer than I imagined, and I’ve barely seen it! I never thought of visiting Germany prior to Carlos and Jenny moving there, but I’ll definitely be back to keep expanding the exploration map!
Until next time guys!
Thanks for reading 🙂