|Plzen Old Town Square|
The first plan would be complicated, since I had to juggle my wife’s schedule with my parents. I had to decide on a route and which would be easier to see later for my wife. We decided that on the first trip, we would take the opportunity to see the main sights of Bavaria and Franconia, or much of South Germany. We decided on Fussen, to see the famed Disneyland castle of Neuschwanstein, and the medieval city of Rothenburg, with a short stop in Nuremberg. There was some consideration of Oktoberfest in Munich, but I had already been there and kind of decided that it was an overrated, overcrowded beer festival and not overmuch worth the time. Though I couldn’t read my parents’ desires on that, we opted to leave it be, and anyway it would be easier to make a Rothenburg – Nuremberg – Prague trek without throwing Munich in the mix.
|Early morning in Schwandorf|
We would stay in Fussen one more night, then use the Bayern Pass to take a series of trains up to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Franconia, which is now on the northern edge of Bavaria. Rothenburg is a picture perfect, cute fairy tale town that easily reminds one of movies about Scrooge or Pinnochio, as few cities so large are still walled and in pristine, cottage condition. Two nights in Rothenburg, and then we would use the Bavaria Pass again to get to Nuremberg, where we’d tour the grounds of the old imperial castle of the Holy Roman Empire, and then catch an IC Bus direct back to Prague.
A real mouthful for a trip. I won’t tell you about the next cluster of travel until we get there!