Subject: germany trip
hello 'ziners,

flying from newark on 12/7/00, we had an uneventful and relaxing flight to munich, arriving at 6:00 am on the 8th. obtained an audi diesel wagon from europcar, even though i expected a mercedes. drove directly (2 hours) to dinkelsbuhl which is 40 km south of rothenburg. cadogan bavaria guide....covetously vies with rothenburg for top position in the league of most romantic towns in germany, but is more compact and has less of a touristy atmosphere. the next day, up early and at rothenburg ob der tauber by 9:00 am. a good thing to because there were tour buses in the park platz already. rothenburg survives as a perfectly intact medieval museum piece (cadogan). if you go, it truly is spectacular, but you need to leave by noon.....packed and crawling with touristas! from there muggendorf in the frankische schweiz to purchase and ship smokers and nut crackers back to the states. on to bamberg, which in 1993 made UNESCO's list of world heritage sights. it is now saturday afternoon and a small problem in that i needed lodging and there was not much to choose from. ended up at fassla brewery which has rooms upstairs above their gaststatte; three singles for 195 dm, about $ 90.00 usd!!some of the best beer in the world can be found in bamberg, and we found it at wirtshaus zum schlenkerla. schlenkerla manufactures a world renowned smoked beer called rauchbier which is virtually black as coal, an unusual, powerfully attractive beer in a class of its own (good beer guide to munich and bavaria).

sunday brought us to the oldest and most famous christkindlmarkt in germany; nurnberg. the only day we had precipitation made for a disappointing stop-over. in 1944 allied bombers flattened 90% of the altstadt (old town). painstakingly restored, it is a lively town which has beautiful town walls, gates, an 11th century castle within the walls (the kaiserburg) and some of my favorite bratwurst! we did make a scheduling mistake by being here on a sunday; no other commercial shopping areas were open on this day (typical for germany) and with the rain, made for difficult maneuvering amongst the crowds.

if interested, i'll continue my travelog into the bavarian forest to buy glass, passau, salzburg, berchtesgaden, bad tolz, augsburg and munich.

thanks for your time.