Within days of being married we were on a plane bound for Prague. Let me back track a bit, in the months leading up to our wedding we set up arrangements with a travel agent. (She was a life savor! I would definitely recommend it!) We told her a rough idea of what we were thinking and she booked hotels, trains, castle and city tours for us, all in advance. It made things so much easier and less stressful for us by mainly only having to hand people vouchers instead of having to settle things in unfamiliar languages on the spot. And even though she helped us set a lot of stuff up in advance we still had a lot of freedom to do what we wanted in a day. We were abroad for 10 days (plus 2 traveling there and back) and we only had designated day trips set for 3 of those days. It was so nice to wander as we liked, stop to eat whenever we got hungry and really take our time soaking in the culture.
So back to on a plane bound for Prague. We spent two and a half days there. Part of one day was devoted to a boat and walking tour of the city but otherwise we were free to wander as we liked. We struggled a bit because we only had Euros and didn’t speak any of the local language. (They accept Euros but also have a main currency of their own and we could never quite figure out if the tip was already included or if it was the tax or if we were converting everything correctly. Looking back, we wish we would have exchanged some of our Euros for the local currency and learned some basic phrases to make the trip easier on all involved.) Regardless, Prague is a beautiful city! We could have easily spent one day alone wandering around the grounds of the Prague Castle. There is so much history and beautiful architecture. To see our photos of Prague follow this link. Most photos have a bit of a description with them.
After visiting Prague, we took a train to Munich, Germany. The rest of our trip was spent between Munich and Rothenburg, Germany. Rothenburg is one of (or the) last remaining walled cities in Europe. We were able to walk parts of the look out platforms and see through the small watch holes, see churches that were built in the 1500s and relax at a cafe along the pedestrian area of the city. I would recommend Rothenburg to anyone; it’s a very romantic place and full of rich history! We only spent two days in Rothenburg, so most of our time was spent in Munich, which is another place I would recommend to anyone. It is a very pedestrian friendly city with an amazing park called the Englisher Garten. We went back there again and again to walk along the river and see beautiful trees and open green spaces. The main thing we did in Munich was walk. We just wandered around the city looking at stores, architecture and soaking in the history. See pictures here.
The beer and food in Germany are Great! Probably the best beer I’ve ever had. Also, some of the best baked goods I have ever eaten! I wish I would have taken more photos of the food and more importantly eaten much more of it. One day, I ate a giant soft pretzel for dinner because I could not get enough of them. (There is a photo of that) We were able to get around pretty easily without knowing much German. A lot of people speak English and are friendly towards visitors. I was bummed because I learned two phrases that I thought would come in handy, neither of which I used while there. They were ‘Where is the restroom, please?’ and ‘I would like the chocolate cake, please.’ Anytime I ran into a situation where these phrases would have come in handy I was able to speak in English. I did however use these phrases, entschuldigung (excuse me) and Danke schön (thank you) whenever possible. I’m glad we knew a few things in German because it was fun having people think we were residents, even if only for a few minutes. Ryan tells me that I look German and that I could blend in pretty easily. I’ve never really thought much about how I look but it makes sense seeing as my heritage is almost 100% German. All in all, it was an amazing trip! We had such a great time and can’t stop thinking about when we’ll go back.