Our trip to Munich, Germany, Vienna, Austria, and cruising the Rhine River!
Europe 2012
ZELLEBROWN
Jul 18, 2012   11 days
Germany · Austria · Switzerland · France · The Netherlands
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Zaandam, The Netherlands
The beautiful windmills of The Netherlands! What a peaceful and quaint village - Zaanse Schann
Jul 28, 2012 2:58PM
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Early morning shopping at the flea market in Amsterdam!
Jul 28, 2012 10:49AM
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Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany - home of the first eau de cologne!
Jul 27, 2012 9:23AM
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Koblenz, Germany
Koblenz, Germany
Germany
The statue in Koblenz! We spent a hot afternoon on a guided tour of Koblenz and then some early evening shopping with mama!
Jul 26, 2012 1:48PM
Germany
One of the most relaxing mornings of our trip! We spent the morning cruising through the Rhine River Gorge where we saw castles almost every kilometer. Incredible!
Jul 26, 2012 10:03AM
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Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Jul 24, 2012 6:07PM
Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Germany
The Old Wooden Bridge!
Jul 24, 2012 5:04PM
Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
What a beautiful and quaint place! Definitely a great mixture of old and new! These ruins overlook the city - so beautiful.
Jul 24, 2012 2:13PM
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Black Forest
Black Forest
Germany
A visit to the Black Forest!
Jul 23, 2012 3:23PM
Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg, France
Strasbourg, France
Good morning from France! We woke up this morning to our shop docked in Strasbourg. A beautiful place!
Jul 23, 2012 9:06AM
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Lucerne - Switzerland
Lucerne - Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
My kind of Starbucks!
Jul 22, 2012 4:00PM
Lucerne - Switzerland
Lucerne - Switzerland
The famous wooden bridge! Loved the weather, loved the atmosphere, loved everything!
Jul 22, 2012 3:45PM
Lucerne - Switzerland
Lucerne - Switzerland
Lucerne, Switzerland
This has been my favorite place so far. Lucerne has the picturesque views and architecture that I always pictured when I thought about Europe. It is incredible, and I most definitely want to go back for more than 2 hours if I have the chance.
Jul 22, 2012 3:25PM
Mount Pilatus - Switzerland
Mount Pilatus - Switzerland
Hergiswil, Switzerland
We walked up to the top of this peak, and it was sooo cold! I was bundled in all kinds of layers, and at one point I wished I had more. So different from the hot weather at home.
Jul 22, 2012 2:20PM
Mount Pilatus - Switzerland
Mount Pilatus - Switzerland
Hergiswil, Switzerland
Unfortunately, the view from the top was cloudy and foggy, but it was fun knowing we were at the top of a beautiful mountain.
Jul 22, 2012 2:20PM
Mount Pilatus - Switzerland
Mount Pilatus - Switzerland
Alpnach, Switzerland
This has been my favorite day so far! Cindy, Paula and I headed up to Mount Pilatus to spend the morning before heading to Lucerne for a little while.
Jul 22, 2012 1:58PM
Movenpick Hotel - Zurich, Switzerland
Movenpick Hotel - Zurich, Switzerland
Opfikon, Switzerland
So one thing I haven't mentioned is the portion size here! Everything is very small. This was the biggest glass at breakfast this morning - definitely nothing like we have at home!
Jul 22, 2012 9:16AM
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Movenpick Hotel - Zurich, Switzerland
Movenpick Hotel - Zurich, Switzerland
Opfikon, Switzerland
My Swiss ice cream - Vanilla Dream. So good!
Jul 21, 2012 8:59PM
Movenpick Hotel - Zurich, Switzerland
Movenpick Hotel - Zurich, Switzerland
Opfikon, Switzerland
We are finally in Zurich, Switzerland! An 8 hour train ride later, we are in a beautiful city for the next 24 hours! With Paula before dinner
Jul 21, 2012 7:52PM
Switzerland
Switzerland
Hohenems, Austria
We're in Switzerland! Our train hasn't yet arrived to Zurich, but we are much closer than before. We should only have an hour left. The scenery is beautiful!
Jul 21, 2012 4:37PM
Railjet 162
Railjet 162
Salzburg, Austria
We're back on the train - but this is our longest one yet - 8 hours...I haven't taken too many pictures today since a lot of the landscape is the same. Plus, I'm so tired! I can't get used to time difference here which means I hardly sleep at night.
Jul 21, 2012 12:15PM
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Symphony Concert
Symphony Concert
Vienna, Austria
Waiting for the performance to start!
Jul 20, 2012 8:00PM
Symphony Concert
Symphony Concert
Vienna, Austria
This picture does not have the symphony members in it, but the music was incredible. Unsurprisingly, I loved the violinists. This was a concert dedicated to Mozart.
Jul 20, 2012 7:48PM
Symphony Concert
Symphony Concert
Vienna, Austria
When we were led to our seats, we found we were in a box, something none of us had done at the theater before, and we had a great view of the stage!
Jul 20, 2012 7:47PM
Symphony Concert
Symphony Concert
Vienna, Austria
I love this picture of Nonny and me! I've had a great time with her so far on this trip - and she seems to be having a great time too! We took this while waiting for the theater doors to open.
Jul 20, 2012 7:40PM
Vienna, Austria
Outside the palace, this seemed to be a statue. But if you put money in the coin jar, they moved, bowing to thank you for your donation!
Jul 20, 2012 1:26PM
Schonbrunn Palace - Vienna, Austria
Schonbrunn Palace - Vienna, Austria
This was the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace that we visited this morning. It was incredible - from the exterior, to the many rooms we visited, to the gardens, it was perfection. It amazes me the kind of craftsmanship that was done so long ago.
Jul 20, 2012 12:45PM
Vienna, Austria
Hanging out with mama!
Jul 20, 2012 12:26PM
Vienna, Austria
This double-decker bus is how we traveled the city this morning - our travel guide showed us some of the most famous places in the city before taking us to the palace.
Jul 20, 2012 10:30AM
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Good morning from Vienna! The weather is chilly here and rainy. It's a break from the scorching weather in NC, which is nice. It was very here yesterday, but I think the rest of our trip will only get cooler. And of course, I have Red Bull in hand!
Jul 20, 2012 9:45AM
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Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Outside of the train station/mall
Jul 19, 2012 8:23PM
Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Taste of Vienna - Stephen will probably laugh when he sees this because in one post, I have McDonalds, Red Bull, and ice cream. Obviously I haven't branched out too much. This Red Bull is actually mixed with "cola" - different than home!
Jul 19, 2012 8:02PM
Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
The mall/train station had pink shopping carts. That's my kinda thing. Though it was pretty cool that the mall and station are all combined, the shopping wasn't as great as I thought. There were a few neat stores, but that was about it. Still fun!
Jul 19, 2012 6:05PM
Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Westbanhof - Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Right as we decided to leave the hotel, it started storming. We waited it out and it finally calmed down that we could walk over to the train station that doubles as a shopping mall. This is the view out of it - with a double rainbow.
Jul 19, 2012 6:00PM
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Welcome to Vienna! We are staying at the Mercure Wien Westbahnhof, which is right in the heart of Vienna. From what I've seen so far, the city is beautiful, and our hotel is MUCH different from where we stayed in Munich (thank goodness).
Jul 19, 2012 2:30PM
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Lunch tab on the train - starting to get used to rarely seeing English...
Jul 19, 2012 1:38PM
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria
Enjoying my German/Austrian meal on the train! Minestrone soup and a croissant
Jul 19, 2012 1:27PM
Railjet 63
Railjet 63
I can't say enough good things about this railway and train. It had the most gorgeous scenery, incredibly comfortable seating, power portals, as well as wi-fi. It's great being able to stay up to date as we travel across Germany and Austria.
Jul 19, 2012 10:59AM
Salzburg
Salzburg
The scenery on this train ride has been incredible. There is nothing like North Carolina, but the countryside throughout Germany has been incredible.
Jul 19, 2012 10:15AM
European Railway
European Railway
Munich, Germany
3 Generations - one great thing about this trip is that Mama, Leah, and I get to spend so much time with Nonny. She loves to travel, and it's been fun getting to share my first experiences in Europe with her.
Jul 19, 2012 9:46AM
Munich
Munich
Munich, Germany
ByeBye Munich! Our stay was short lived (we were only there for one night and most of our time was spent at Neuschwanstein) but we are on a train headed to Vienna! This has been our smoothest and most efficient train ride yet.
Jul 19, 2012 8:45AM
Munich
Munich
Munich, Germany
Leaving Munich to head to Vienna, Austria - by train, of course! This is the heart of the city (with Munchen in the background) at around 7am.
Jul 19, 2012 6:56AM
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Bavaria, Germany
Bavaria, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and Cinderella's Castle at Disney World
Jul 18, 2012 3:45PM
Bavaria, Germany
Bavaria, Germany
Germany
The castle isn't fully finished in the interior - King Ludwig of Bavaria (19th Century) ran out of funds originally and then mysteriously died before he could complete it.
Jul 18, 2012 3:34PM
Bavaria, Germany
Bavaria, Germany
Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle - The "Real" Cinderella Castle: The story goes that Walt Disney visited this castle before creating Cinderella's Castle at Disneyland and Disney World, and the inspiration for the landmark of the theme parks came from Germany.
Jul 18, 2012 3:19PM
Füssen
Füssen
Rückholz, Germany
Lunch at Pepperocino!
Jul 18, 2012 1:05PM
Füssen
Füssen
Füssen, Germany
We passed through this cute little town, Fussen, on the way to the castle from Munich. We found a neat little restaurant - our first meal in Germany was Italian!
Jul 18, 2012 12:20PM
Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany
Leah Belle and Nonny tired after a long flight but ready to explore Europe!
Jul 18, 2012 9:46AM
Munchen
Munchen
Munich, Germany
The Grand Central Station of Munich! Europe relies so much on train travel. We travelled 2 hours outside the city to visit a castle, and it was crazy! There were hardly any empty seats!
Jul 18, 2012 9:46AM