Weekend Travels: Southeastern Germany

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Seventy-two hours in a place may seem like quite a chunk of time, but it passes so quickly. As a huge fan of weekend trips, I am bringing you a new series, Weekend Travels, which highlights all of the things I recommend to see/do/eat during a weekend vacation in whatever location!


A couple weekends ago (sorry for the delay!) I traveled to southeast Germany to visit my former exchange student and long-lost sister, Xenia. It had been two years since we'd seen each other last, but it felt like just last week. Anyone else have a friendship like this? It's honestly the best.

My weekend started off rocky after an early Friday class and almost missing my train since there are so many different train stations in Paris - I was literally the last person on board... But as soon as I stepped off the train and Xenia ran toward me with arms open, my day turned for the better. It didn't hurt that she had a little one-year-old mop-like puppy that was incredibly happy to see me as well.

[Spoiler Alert: Get ready for a lot of pictures]

Friday night, we walked around Mannheim, which is quite a beautiful little German town. Xenia made dinner and we caught up over a glass of red wine.





Saturday morning was another early wake-up call. We drove (yes, on the Autobahn) up to Heidelberg to explore the town. I fell in love with the colors and architecture, as well as the food - German cuisine always makes me a bit nostalgic for my grandma's cooking!


The famed Autobahn!





The colorful buildings just get me, everytime







Statue selfies have become my thing


My lovely lunch date

The most delicious Bratwurst




We trekked up to the castle overlooking Heidelberg and admired the ancient building, stopping into the German pharmaceutical museum (it was free, why not?) and taking plenty of pictures at the scenic outlooks.




The Heidelberg Castle





So green and beautiful!
 After an exhausting day of walking and sightseeing, I took an (accidental) two-hour nap. Tourism is tiring, okay? That night, we ate a light dinner of our favorite food group: cheese, and then went to meet Xenia's friend for wine at a patio bar. Very relaxing, and much needed!

The next day brought another castle, this time the Haardt castle in Palatine country, with Xenia's father tagging along.


Delicious German breakfast that Xenia made for me

The street where my grandpa was born!

German countryside


 We hit all of the scenic spots before descending down the mountain again to eat an early Sunday dinner in the most adorable, authentic German town of Neustadt an der Weinstra├če! I got a wine steak with onions and potatoes, which I was told is very traditional to the Palatine region. 

Xenia's puppy, Tosca, wanted to spend all day snuggling
And of course, I coudn't leave without getting a real, German pretzel - yum!
 After saying goodbyes and double-checking that I had everything, I boarded my train back to Paris. I never thought I'd truly enjoy visiting Germany as much as I did. Perhaps it was because the culture is so close to home or because a weekend with Xenia was long-overdue, but I highly recommend taking a trip to Heidelberg - the town is just magical!

Tips for Traveling to Germany:
  • Print your train ticket & be sure to arrive at the train station 20 minutes early!
  • Look up a few key words in German - it always makes the experience better
  • Ask for the local dish, but when in doubt, bratwurst it out
  • Wear your walking shoes and bring a light jacket (it rains a lot) 
  • Be sure to try a German breakfast, it's delicious! 
  • Go to the random museum and learn something new 
  • If you have relatives or friends in Germany, try to meet up with them
  • You will automatically be served sparkling water; if you don't want this, ask for tap water
  • Eat a pretzel

Have you ever visited Heidelberg or Germany? What's on your travel bucket list?
 photo 4c7c3792-4cab-4378-973e-a9aba709ab12_zps08fdd915.jpg
Follow on Bloglovin

1 comment:

Please share your thoughts! Exercising the first amendment is always appreciated in my book.