Despite the raging war and extra added airport security across the World, we still enjoy traveling overseas to visit family, friends, or just go for leisure and educational purposes. Of course traveling with small children can be a hassle, but overall, I am very proud of my children for being seasoned travelers.
Our stop was the Frankfurt Airport in Germany. The airport is super large but easy to navigate due to its great layout and signs pointing you in the right direction. Wherever we went with our rental car (from Frankfurt to Rothenberg ob der Tauber to the Bodensee to the Island of Mainau to Garmisch Partenkirchen to Mittenwald to Munich- 1,200 KM across Germany in 18 days) the people were very welcoming and friendly. Germany is a very storybook country. They take good care of their environment and strive to make you feel as welcome as possible.
The castles are a great place to visit, especially the one’s that are a bit of the beaten path like Linderhof by King Ludwig, the fairy tale King of Bavaria. Castle Mespelbrunn in the Spessart is also worthwhile to visit. It’s surrounded by a lake and swans. The royal family (Von Echter Ring) actually still resides in one part of the castle, while the other side is open for viewing!
Taking boat rides along the Rhine River is fabulous and very enjoyable as well as visiting the many wineries along the Rhine Strasse like Rudesheim. Check out the Drosselgasse; a very small street with tons of souvenir, gift shops, wine shops, and restaurants. One of our children’s favorite places was the Pfahlbauten; very interesting how the Neanderthal’s lived and worked and survived those thousands of year’s ago! Some of the Basilica’s and Cathedral’s are definitely worth checking out too, even if you are not Catholic!
There is also a town called Miltenberg. We stopped by there on our way and it has a Monastery on top of a mountain called Engelsberg. It’s run by actual monks and you can drink their homemade ice Bock beer, eat home made sausage, and many other goodies! There used to be many monks but now only 5 or so are remaining.
Overall, I would recommend everyone visit Germany at least once in their lifetime if possible. There are so many beautiful places to visit and see and things to learn.
Pleasant travels to everyone ;-)