Munich - Landkreis Straubing-Bogen
After three glorious days exploring Munich and surrounds, it was time to head to my second "German family" in rural Bavaria. Our train left Munich at 11:25am and was, of course, perfectly on time (gotta love German efficiency!). We were met by our hosts at Plattling station and were whisked back to their house where we were greeted by the mouth-watering aroma of a cooked lunch. A short siesta post-lunch was certainly welcomed by my beloved and I. Our rest provided us with the energy required for a brisk walk through the sort of Bavarian countryside that must have inspired the classic German fairytale, Hansel and Gretel.
Thankfully, there was no cannibalistic witch; however, on the flip side, there was also no confectionary house. Shattered! Seriously, though, rural Bavaria is well worth a visit. I suspect many tourists plan their German itineraries around Munich, Berlin and perhaps a city or two in between. I would urge anyone to take a few days to enjoy the charming serenity of rural Bavaria with its vibrant green pasture, leafy forests (and, let's face it, lederhosen-clad fellas!).
Following our stroll, we found ourselves at a mountain guesthouse where we tucked into a *real* Wienerschnitzel (warning: many schnitzels on German menus are labelled as "Weiner style" and are, in fact, pork schnitzels....just sayin') and beer.
Full of German goodness, we headed back to the residence of our hosts (a delightful older couple) and sipped on tea while watching Germany's Next Top Model. Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking - it's trash. Trash it may be, but the German spoken on the show was slow (these are models we're talking about!) and it provided to be a great opportunity to practise my German aural comprehension before slipping between the sheets for the night.