“Travels to a Different Time” : 2006 Füssen, Germany: Off to the Castles: Bavarians the Calabrian’s of Germany?

Our room at Hotel Kurkafe is Bavarian kitsch. The breakfasts are adequate with some loose-leaf green tea but not as good as the green loose-leaf tea at the Maratim Hotel in Wurzburg. We packed up after breakfast and saw the Bishop’s Castle a rather fortified looking bunker with simple interiors a break from the sumptuous churches and palaces we have seen so far in Bavaria. This brief delving into simplicity ended with a visit to yet another church Kloster St. Mang. The streets in Füssen are narrow and winding with much charm although somewhat dampened by an excess of tacky souvenir shops. There are many Japanese tourists here dressed in great fear of the sun with long sleeves, scarves and big floppy hats. They are quite a spectacle here in Bavaria.

Schloss Neuschwanstein is the poster child for the Walt Disney castle. One mustn’t miss the Throne Room as spectacular and lavish. Go to the tour books for a complete description. There were simply too many tourists crammed in. Our guide was a peculiar looking young man. Skinny and a bad complexion who was mocked by snot nosed west coast Yankee teenagers in our group. Encountered an arrogant and rude Turkish tour group who acted like the castle was a Turkish conquest. Hohenschwangu was almost as impressive.

Bavaria is impressive with its scenery and architecture very different than most of Germany. They love their beer and heavy food. They are somewhat mocked by other Germans discretely of course. Are they the Calabrian’s of Germany?

We arrived late afternoon at Sheraton Arabella Hotel in Oden Schwaig about ten minutes from Munich’s Josef Strauss Airport. Very spacious rooms that looked more like a room in Cleveland than in Bavaria. Being pooped and marooned in a quiet suburb we ate downstairs. Yet more schnitzel and a farewell Bavarian beer. Andrew had the surf and turf. Off to Thessaloniki tomorrow.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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