I know- there’s more to add to my Contiki Review, Tips for Europe and Italy recap. This time we’re in Germany, specifically Rhine Valley and Munich. This, like Italy, was during Contiki so the accommodation was budget and the schedule was all up to them.
I wish we had more time in Munich- I think it was something like half a day of exploring before we had to pack up and move onto Rhine Valley. Munich was actually surprising for both Simon and I who weren’t expecting much. Upon arriving there we checked in and then headed to the Contiki organised bike tour.
Now guys, if you ever go to Munich PLEASE go on a Mike’s Bike Tour. From the look of their website they’ve got tours everywhere- but the one we went on in Munich, well I’ve got nothing but great things to say about it. Perk no. 1? Both guys were hilarious and so charismatic (oh and pretty cute too..especially the one who looked like a giant Thor).
Not the best picture but take my word for it And no I will not upload the photo of him picking me up….
The tour involved riding bikes- not my forte- but I was made a ‘butt babe’ which meant I had to stay at the back and wait around with anyone if they couldn’t ride a bike (it happened) or they hurt themselves/got lost etc. I did so well I even got a frisbee as payment
The tour involved riding around, hearing about the history and a necessary stop at an outside Beer Garden for…well beer and massive pretzels! [Oh and Ps. on the beer front- I hate beer so didn't have any but my bf who drinks but dislikes beer really enjoyed their steins- they're nothing like Westernised beer full of crap. Apparently you don't get hangovers from them either!].
Oh I had such high expectations for those pretzels but really they weren’t all that. The salt I think was the breaking point for me- the salt pieces were too thick and strong. Even after brushing them off, the pretzels were good but I’ve had better bread
Anyways, after that we also got shots off the famous clock
which our tour guide took us to but recommended we didn’t eat or drink there because we’d never get served. So we went to Augustines which is closeby, exactly the same but better since you get served!
Eating wise Germany didn’t quite do it for me. I’m not a sausage fan (nearly made an immature joke) nor do I really like fried foods or your typical fatty roast type plates so I was pretty much looking for anything I’d actually enjoy- which ended up being a salad. Yuh; how boring I know.
Before we knew it, it was time to go and we were off to Rhine Valley before having a quick stop at the ever sobering Dachau Concentration Camp.
It was really surreal and a little bit emotional to read about everything that happened there. It’s had to fathom that humans would do that to each other. There were also some quite gruesome photos which I’ll probably leave off the blog to avoid upsetting anyone.
After driving some more (always driving!) we arrived at Rhine Valley which umm how do I put this…sort of a waste of a night? Like it was cool because we visited an amazing Stein store where they made legit steins
but the whole town had nothing to it and the complimentary meal we were given (at like 5:45pm- ridiculous) was SO not my thing. So I did what any typical European would do- didn’t eat it and got pasta later
Then we were off to Amsterdam….check back later for more recaps!
- What did you think of Germany?
- Have you got any Germany tips?
- If you haven’t been what is the thing you’d most like to see/do?