When you say the word Frankfurt, you automatically assume I am talking about a sausage. But no, I am actually talking about the next city we headed to which is Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany. We drove from Amsterdam in the Netherlands and so thought Frankfurt would be a nice destination to stop for 1 night on our way further south. Our knowledge of Frankfurt is of the airport only, being a hub that both Meagan and I have passed through on many occasions. We never got the chance to leave the airport and discover this city.
We decided that it was time to visit Andechs, a very old Monastery of Bavaria dating back to the 10th century. Of course in Bavaria, no Monastery is complete without a brewery. We took advantage of this and indulged in pork knuckle, sauerkraut, potato salad and of course BIER! We were made aware of the fact that Bavarian bier has only 3 or 4 ingredients. This is pure bier which consists of water, hops, malt and wheat. We were also advised that in Bavaria, bier is considered a necessity in life and thus only gets taxed at 7%. Bier is in the same tax category as water, eggs and bread as it is a need for survival. This varies from other areas in Germany where any alcohol beverage is taxed at 19% as it is considered a luxury item.
It’s our 3rd day in Munich and we decided to venture out of the city a bit. Our lovely friend Kai (Munchen local) recommended that we go and see a nearby castle. It was only when he showed us an image of it on google that I realised we were about to see the Disney inspired castle called Neuschwanstein Castle!
We drove about 1.5 hours out of Munich in our new car and tested how fast we could go on the Autobahn. We reached speeds of 180km which was the fastest I have ever gone! It literally felt like a plane about to take off but for Kai, this was just part of everyday life.
After our long 28 hour journey, we finally arrived in cold but sunny Munich. Our friend Kai picked us up from the airport and we made our way through the cool streets of Munich to Berg Am Laim. We had one important task to do before we could explore Munich, and this was to pick up our car. The owner had an authentic house which included an outdoor sun room. So German!