The next leg of our journey took us north from Switzerland to various parts of Bavaria, Germany, with our home base here in darling Mittenwald. We absolutely loved this town hugging the Alps, and started dreaming of retiring here to run a B&B.
Lorelei and Gryffin's video of Germany is HERE.
Our first day was hard. Not only because it required hours of driving (though the scenery was superb!), but in particular because we thought it was important to visit Dachau, and pay our respects to the millions who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
We were advised that this wasn't a good place for children under twelve, so we were thoughtful about which parts we took the kids to see. Lorelei didn't want to see much, but Gryffy wanted to come with me to see some of the grounds, and I thought it was important that my kids knew what had happened here. The Holocaust is something we should never forget, and it's incumbent upon each generation to teach the next about the dangers of fear, nationalism and xenophobia. Dachau was not cut off in some remote land; it happened in plain sight, inside of a town and community of neighborhoods and homes. There really are no words, but the experience of being there was heavy and solemn.
It felt strange to leave and drive a stone's throw to lively, bustling Munich. The only way to enjoy the day was to compartmentalize our emotions, which isn't altogether healthy. But we set out hoping to enjoy the rest of the afternoon - Munich has always ranked as one of my favorite cities, and it was good to be back and show it off to the kids.
After dinner, we took another stroll through Munich, Mark bought the kids more fidget spinners from a street vendor, and soon we were back...
The next morning called for thunderstorms as we made our way to Hohenschwangau to see King Ludwig II's famous castles.
I took this image from Google - this is how that fairytale castle looks in the thick of winter (with the help of a drone and professional photographer)!
But first, we made a stop in Oberammergau to enjoy their mountain coaster. We assumed it would be like the ones we ride each year in the Rockies, but we started going up... and up... and up. It was an endless journey; I've never seen a mountain coaster so loooooong! It was spectacular!
Back in Mittenwald we found a hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving Turkish food and played a game of cards as the rain clouds slowly rolled by, and enjoyed another stroll through Mittenwald as the sky cleared. We adored this cute town - another jackpot hit on this beautiful trip, with brooks babbling down every street!
We toured the church with all its baroque extravagance.
The next morning, we coffee'd up...
...bade farewell to our favorite B&B...
... and set off toward Austria.