On the weekend we visited castles, Christmas shops and attended a Medieval festival and in the week I explored the town where they live, on foot, caught a train into Munich, drove into Austria through the Alps and visited the local lakes while my hosts were in work.
I visited here in 2016, so wanted to explore new places and revisit in further detail some of the other places I'd already visited.
It's not expensive to visit the attractions in Munich, a few euro to enter museums and churches were free, although a donation is welcomed.
As I've lived in Dubai for the past 3+ years, the driving was easy for me, although it's been a long time since I've driven a manual car and some of the villages in the Alps proved tricky with testing my hill starts. Before entering Austria I had to stop at a garage and buy a 'vignette' to allow me to pass through the tolls freely. The road signs were easy to work out, I set my GPS before I left each day, downloaded an app called 'visit a city' and was able to download routes and places to visit in advance. I had a data package on my phone and there was plenty of free wifi.
There are so many things to see and do in Munich, Wolfratshausen and surrounding areas. All churches are free to visit and most of the attractions only charged a few euros to enter. Most of my spend was on public transport, fuel, coffee and food. In a couple of places my credit card wasn't accepted and my debit card declined as they only accepted local cards, which was awkward when I insisted on paying for dinner one night.
There are a lot of things in Bavaria that I find strange to see, I tend to notice more things from living abroad and always wonder when I visit new places what it would be like to live there.
There are maypoles in every town
Cigarette vending machines and advertising
Traditional costume is still worn freely, it's very pretty and expensive
There are chairs in the town centre so you can just sit down and watch the world go by
All the buildings are beautifully decorated
If you want to see the places I visited and get some ideas of things to do in this part of the world, then please feel free to click on the links below:
Day 1Ettal Abbey, Linderhof Palace and Oberammergau.
Day 2 Kaltenberg Knights' Tournament.
Day 3 Wolfratshausen, Bavaria and Marchenwald Fairy Tales Land
Day 4 Munich by train.
Day 5 Innsbruck Austria and the Olympic Ski Jump.
Day 6 Starnburg Lakes.
Dachau Concentration Camp is located 30 mins by road and 40 mins by public transport from Munich, it was a very moving experience to visit, but not for the feint hearted, it was an extremely emotional visit.
I'm looking forward to my next visit, hopefully in the summer of 2019, I'd like to venture further afield and explore the neighbouring countries some more. I did pop to Italy for an ice-cream in 2016.