Subject: part II - christkindlmarkt tour
our next scheduled stop after nurnberg, was the village of zweisel in the bayerischer wald. to get there, we traveled southeast on autobahn a3, through regensburg and on to deggendorf where we exited. zweisel is situated near the border with czech republic. it is also a centre for many glass blowers and small firms, along with grafenau and frauenau. while here, we stopped at 1/2 dozen firms looking and purchasing vases, paper weights, etc. some of the larger items were shipped home, while the small paper weights were taken along. just outside of zweisel we stopped at bayerwald-barwurzerei, a business that produces 26 bavarian liqueurs that can be sampled and purchased...we did both! with the weather remaining mild and the sun out, we had a glorious drive south to passau. for those unfamiliar with this university town, it is situated at the confluence of the inn, ilz and danube rivers and is quite possibly one of the most beautifully located towns in all of europe. from the cadogan guide.....napolean felt it was quite the most beautiful town he had overrun in all of germany, alexander von humboldt ranked passau among the seven most beautifully situated cities in the world. try to imagine looking out your 2nd floor hotel room window (alstadt hotel) at the danube river while barge traffic goes by; with the veste oberhaus (medieval fortress which looms over the town on a rocky outcrop across the danube) as a backdrop. go to passau!

Erina Amsterdam, The Netherlands historian