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2014 RV Germany

My sister, Diane, and her husband, Heinrich, reside in Germany. They have a wonderful Mercedes Class B RV Camper and invited us on an RV vacation around Holland, Germany, and Austria. Our travel addiction begins here.

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Day 7 - RVing Europe Takes Us To Germany

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We are nearly halfway through our tour. We were following the Weser River in Germany. The first stop was Hameln. This town is where the Pied Piper legend originated. In 1284, according to the town's legend, Hameln was full of rats that were probably responsible for a plague.

The Pied Piper said he'd get rid of them for a price. The town agreed and the Pied Piper did get rid of the rats. The town mayor, however, stiffed the Pied Piper using the bogus premise that the Pied Piper filled the town with the rats in the first place so he could bribe the town to get rid of them. In retaliation, on June 26, 1284, the Pied Piper took nearly all the kids as ransom. Apparently, the Pied Piper and the kids were never seen again.

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Day 8 - RVing Europe Takes Us To Germany

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As we continued to follow the Weser River, we started the day by visiting Hannoversch Münden, a town about the size of our hometown, Stevens Point, Wisconsin (pop. 25,000). Like Hameln's Pied Piper legend, Hannoversch Münden has Dr. Eisenbarth. In the late 1600s and early 1700s, Dr. Eisenbarth seems to have been a controversial figure. Technically, Dr. Eisenbarth wasn’t a doctor, but the practice of medicine was pretty loose back then.

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Day 9 - RVing Europe Takes Us To Germany

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There are a lot of German cities that have remnants of their original medieval walls that surrounded and protected the city core. But Rothenburg's wall in Bavaria, built in the 1200s, is complete and wonderfully preserved. All the gates, towers, and arch passageways are magnificent.

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Day 10 - RVing Europe Takes Us To Germany

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Yesterday evening, we reached Diane and Heinrich's home in a small village near Augsburg. We will spend three days visiting their home area, starting with the ancient city of Augsburg, where Heinrich grew up. We will then complete our tour with a day trip to Ludwig’s Castle and finally, Austria.

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Day 11 - RVing Europe Takes Us To Germany

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Nürmberg (Nuremberg) was established in 1050, over 1000 years after Augsburg, making it a "new" city. It is the home of Europe's largest train museum, which was fun to see. It included the Adler, Germany's first operating steam engine train, plus a bunch of other odd trains.

Also, Nuremberg has a castle up on a hill overlooking the city. Being the "unofficial" capital of the old Holy Roman empire it needed a castle. The Imperial Castle is a large walled-in area with several buildings and houses. It does have a commanding view of the city.

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Day 12 - RVing Europe Takes Us To Germany

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Day 12 was a day of rest for us. We spent the day unwinding at my sister and brother-in-law's house in the small village of Langenreichen located about 30 miles from Augsburg in Bavaria Germany. We met a lot of nice people including a traditional band and the owner of a former guest house (a bar) that is now an air rifle shooting range. Oh yeah, my niece and nephew-in-law also live here (my sister's daughter) along with their two adult kids (my grand niece and grand nephew).

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Day 13 - RVing Europe Takes Us To Austria

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Our last day on this trip was spent on the Bavarian-Austrian border in the scenic Alps. We visited the Bavarian towns of Schwangau, Füssen, Oberammergau and circled near the Austrian town of Reutte. The history and mountain scenery were magnificent.

 

We started with a visit to St. Coloman, the Pilgrims Church, just outside the town of Schwangau just about on the Bavarian-Austrian border. St. Coloman, an Irish pilgrim on his journey to the Holy Land, stopped here to feed his cattle. Apparently, his livestock accompanied him on his pilgrimage. Eventually, he even became the patron saint of cattle. Anyway, this was easily the most ornate church we have ever visited. There is a lot of art work in that church.

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