Hi friends! This blog will be all about Germany and what I did during my time there! Feel free to check out (#mairainDE) for pictures taken in Germany! I’m still uploading, so continue to check every week! The following blogs will be about France and Ireland (respectively) so stay tuned!
After having a blast in Belgium, we started driving towards Cologne, Germany. And right off the bat, we crossed off a bucket list item! We took the autobahn which is a federal controlled-access highway system in Germany which is famous because the speed limit on these highways are ridiculous. For a lot of vehicles, there is NO SPEED LIMIT. And for other vehicles, there are speed limits but they are still really high!! Anyway, as those of you who have ever been in a car with me know, I’m a little bit of a speed demon but riding in a car on the autobahn was pretty scary lol. I didn’t know that we were on the autobahn and our new friend started speeding up and I just remember thinking ‘omg why is he going so fast’ lol. It was cool but a little stressful.
Due to the speed we were driving, it took us less than 2 hours to drive from Belgium to Germany lol. The first thing we did, was to drop off our stuff at our AirBnB. This was also our first experience with AirBnB which stands for Air Bed and Breakfast and it’s a website where people put up their vacation homes, apartments, rooms, etc. for rent all over the world and it’s super cool and way cheaper than hotels and we highly recommend! Our host was really cool but didn’t speak English that well so there was a lot of smiling and pointing happening lol. Once we dropped off our stuff, we headed back to the center of the city and made our way to another Christmas market and grabbed some hot wine (it was amazing as usual). We hung out a bit, explored the market, then made our way to dinner. We ended up at a restaurant called Brauhaus Fruh Am Dom and got some delicious authentic German food! I ordered the Brahauswurst which was their special brewery sausage from the grill and it was served with fried potatoes. My favorite thing about eating in Germany was that the servers would come around with a platter full of tall, thin glasses filled with beer. If they saw no drink in front of you, they set a beer down in front of you. And they somehow managed to always be around as soon as you finished your beer. So you never ran out of beer lol, it was AWESOME. The beer we drank was called Früh Kölsch and it was pretty good. Not as good as the beer from Belgium and not nearly as high in ABV but it was good to drink. Especially since you kept getting new glasses of beer lol. The sausage and potatoes were DELICIOUS. Great introduction to German food. After dinner, we checked out the cathedral called Kölner Dom and it was beautiful at night, very tall and impressive. We then decided we wanted to party lol so we ended up at a Hawaiian themed bar and obviously the first thing that comes to mind is to order tequila shots because we’re in Europe and WHY NOT lol. We then tried some more German beer (Weizenbier, Jever Pilsener, and Malzbier). After that, somebody mentioned a drink called ‘the zombie’. When I asked ‘why is it called the zombie’ our friend said ‘because it turns you into a zombie’ lol. Basically, if you drink one, your night is over because it’s a ridiculous drink. Once we heard that, we did the logical thing and ordered zombies! Haha, it was a really delicious drink that was bright pink and I literally could not taste any alcohol in it…but after i finished it…I felt it. I would definitely drink it again lol because that night was FANTASTIC. After drinks, we dropped off a few people at one AirBnB and then somebody had a craving for German frites (fries) so we walked over to a stand and ordered some. While we were eating outside, some very interesting things happened lol but you will have to ask me about that story in person 😉 One thing that did happen that was hilarious and that I will share, is that my friend Tim and I were so used to saying ‘merci’ which is ‘thank you’ in French because in Belgium everyone speaks French. Apparently Tim had forgotten that we were now in Germany (a country that doesn’t really speak French lol) but when he got his frites, he said ‘merci’ to the attendant and the attendant yelled at him and said ‘THAT’S FRENCH’ lol. It was hilarious hahaha. After that little 3am snack, we all headed back to our own AirBnbs and slept.
The night morning, we all woke up feeling great of course lol and headed back to the Cologne Cathedral. In the daytime, it was even more beautiful. Our friends Maggie and David told us that we couldn’t go to the Cologne Cathedral without climbing the staircase to the top because the Cologne Cathedral has even more steps than the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. So, of course, we said ‘sure!’ not knowing that our bodies were definitely not ready for this climb lol. The height of the tower was 475 feet with more than 500 steps. It was like a never ending stairmaster. It was ROUGH. I had to stop at least 10 times on the way up lol and catch my breath. It was very difficult and I thought I was in shape! Hahaha, the view at the top was definitely worth it and I felt really accomplished that I had reached the top. Luckily, this was early in our trip because I don’t think I would have made it all the way up during the last days of our trip. Mostly because my shoes kind of fell apart in Europe but also because I was exhausted lol. Anyway we reached the top and it was awesome because the top is where the bell is. Also, I love looking at the pictures that we took at the top of the Cathedral because we all look exhausted and like we hate our lives and we are all so sweaty lol. After the Cathedral, we headed to lunch and this time we ended up at the Brauhaus Lion. This time I got Kolner Currywurst which was a roast bratwurst with a warm curry sauce and french fries. It was good, but I liked the dinner better lol. After lunch, we headed to the ‘love locks’ bridge!!! I had heard of the ‘love locks’ bridge in Paris which is more well known and it’s basically a bridge where people put locks (like bycicle locks) and couples write their names on their and it’s supposed to symbolize eternal love. It was really cool to see and I’m really happy that we saw this bridge in Germany because when we got to Paris we found out that the famous ‘love locks’ bridge in Paris had been taken down 🙁 After checking out the bridge, we started walking towards downtown Cologne and we found the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) building! EASA is the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) equivalent in Europe. Tim and I had a little aerospace nerd moment lol. After being super nerds, we kept exploring and made it to the Panorama Observation Deck! If you’ve ever traveled with me (or even if you just follow me on instagram) you’ll know that I love observation decks and have every observation deck in the world on my bucket list lol. I just really like being able to see entire cities from so high up. We took the elevator to the very top and got to see the beautiful city of Cologne from super high up. It was really cool! After the observation deck, we went shopping and checked out some street art and music. I bought a CD from this group of guys playing classical music, maybe they’ll be famous one day lol. After the shopping, we had dinner but it wasn’t that good so I’m not going to talk about it lol. After dinner, we took a train to a bus station where we then took an 8 hour bus ride to Paris. This bus ride was HORRIBLE but I will talk about this bus ride in the ‘Adventures in France’ blog next week lol.
All in all, Germany was super cool even though we were only there for a little while. Goodbye Germany, I will be back!!
I will be posting more pictures every week on instagram and will be updating the Traveling LBL with more pictures every Thursday. Stay tuned! Hope this helps any of you who plan to travel to Europe!
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