Germany: Mannheim, Munich

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.
— Gustave Flaubert

Happy 2016! My favourite part of the beginning of a new year is dreaming of all the travel destinations for the year. Dreaming...

In the meantime, here is a post about my trip to Mannheim and Munich in Germany - a winter wonderland!

Germany at Christmas time is absolutely beautiful. There is snow, its cold (too cold, sometimes), and there are Christmas markets everywhere (my favourite)! The atmosphere is so festive and warm. Scroll on to see some photos from my trip to Mannheim and Munich.

This is the campus of the University of Mannheim. If my campus had looked like that, I wouldn't study and would be taking photos all day...and maybe keep a pet owl?

Scenes from the streets of Heidelberg - a quaint and romantic town which is home to the Heidelberg Castle. We didn't visit the castle but we saw it from a distance and it looked majestic.

Cups of glühwein - a staple at every Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)! I tried it once here and didn't like it at all. Then I tried it again and confirmed that I didn't like it. But I loved the idea of drinking mulled wine in the snow...in Germany!

These views...

So many snacks at the Christmas markets. They usually looked better than they tasted, haha.

One of my favourite fruits!

Then we arrived in Munich. Swarms of tourists on the main streets. I'm one of them.

More glühwein. Meh.

No trip to Germany is complete without a visit to the beer gardens! This place in Munich was recommended by our local German friend. Inside was lined with long tables and benches - it was loud and packed and there were bagpipe musicians! Mugs and mugs of beer and platters of meat everywhere. It was in Germany that I discovered the white wine + Sprite drink - delicious and just so refreshing!

Winter sunsets leave me speechless.

Visit to the famous Neuschwanstein castle, which was said to have inspired the castle in Disney's Sleeping Beauty - too bad it was under construction when we arrived. 

These are views from its surroundings.

Hello German horse!

Oh, just local kids throwing snowballs.

Ta-daaa!

Winter sunsets are incredible. As I look back on these photos, I remember the good parts - incredible castles, glorious Christmas markets, spectacular views, and that white wine + Sprite drink...

The biting cold, strong winds, and gloomy rain is not pictured here :)

I found that it was easy to get around with English, as most Germans speak it very well. But I did learn some basic phrases (I mean words) which I threw out at any opportunity - ja, nein, bitte, danke, hilfe!

I'm curious what Germany is like in the summer - until next time! 

 

Shop below to help you keep warm. Layering is the key! I wore so many layers that if I fell down I couldn't get back up. Just saying. Good luck!