Subtour 2: The Great Cities of Europe. 0425 Fairy Tale City (Germany 001—new)
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was the talkative French guy next to me who loves travelling to
agrees that I shouldn’t get off in
I have some
very interesting discussions with the composer fellow and opera singer.
Then, a Moroccan fellow behind me needs to talk to the driver who only speaks German. So I translate for him from Arabic to English, then the German American translates from English to German-- and back again… a humourous little moment…
So we cross
reach the outskirts of
like I’m a bit far to try walking to the center of town, and since I’ll only be
here for one day, I want to be sure I see all the cool stuff.
No turnstyles here… I can’t help but think of how much money I’d save if I just didn’t bother to buy a ticket…
And then, I get off the train, and step out of the station of Marianplatz, straight into a fairy tale…
front of my is this enormous, elaborately decorated building that looks half
castle, half cathedral (it’s actually the “New Town Hall”) the bells are
chiming a melody and carved life size figures are popping out of various
openings and spinning around… The plaza is packed with tourist who I guess come
here exactly at this time for this daily event…
Then to the right is a fairy tale style castle town… In fact, all the buildings around look like they came straight out of a fairy tale.
might scoff at Marianplatz as a cheesy tourist trap… But for a guy just
guys for convincing me to stay on the bus until
I continue on down the main pedestrian street, past buildings with red flowers bursting from every windowsill, then out through a castlelike gate to a large fountain area-- a popular fountain to run through on a hot day like today.
I’ll come back to the explore the old city a bit more later, but for now I need to see if I can find the Eurolines bus station to get my ticket to the next town.
I head on
north through the very modern train station and wander around to where the bus
station is supposed to be-- only to find
that it’s still under construction… And it’s started raining.
find the ticket office and book an overnight bus to
I wander around the north area of town, which has a lot of Turkish fast food joints and more of an ethnic mix to it. The Turkish sandwiches in Germany are the best in Europe-- and a lot cheaper than in France… so it looks like I won’t been eating canned food today…
I head on
back to the
It’s really a refreshing sight to see. Here it seems stopping and listening to a busker is part of the
I ponder on
whether or not to join the
So instead I opt to head across the river and play my songs on a peaceful little island in the middle…
Afterwards I explore the quieter neighborhoods on the west side of the river, past a seemingly endless park area peppered with biergartens…
different feel here than in
Elections are nearing and I notice a poster of a lady candidate showing her riding on a bicycle doing her grocery shopping… clearly I’m a long ways from Pennsylvania where people snicker at the loser riding his bicycle to work…
A bit farther up ahead I find a plaza with a beautiful church with a needlelike spire and a tall pole with multiple coats of arms on in…
The back near the river, I find a magnificent Roman style monument/fountain/pillar overlooking the city…
Then back over the river, I see a bunch of people looking down into the river so I go to see what’s going on.
And that’s when I discover “River Surfing”.
it works: you have a rushing river that hits a lot wall of sorts creating a
It’s pretty cool to see a sport I’d never even heard of before. I guess, since
On into the
city, I wander about exploring the splendid architecture and gardens of south…
cathedrals from different periods… Another Roman style building blended with
modern steel and glass-- usually these
kinds of fusions don’t work, but here I think it does…
Then I head down to the arch at the south end, then back up through the university area with fun little bars, cafes and restaurants lining the sidewalks…
…And on into the evening… I take another tour all around the old town not wanting to waste a single minute… And then finally catch a train back to the Eurolines station at the edge of town…
It’s been a
beautifully refreshing day.
I definitely want to spend more time here in