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On the last day in Strasbourg we drove to a small town about 45 minutes away, called Colmar. It was very similar to Strasbourg, but they had more things to do for kids. Brooklyn got to ride a kid’s ferris wheel and a kid’s roller coaster, and had a great time!

The next day we were off to Germany. This, I think, was Michael’s favorite day because he got to drive on the Autobahn! Our little Beamer isn’t much for speed and topped out at 200 kph, but it was still quite the experience. What surprised me was that transfer trucks were allowed to be on the Autobahn. They did have a speed limit, but I still thought that was odd. Also, some people still went a fairly normal speed. Michael had a great time and was only a little jealous when a Ferrari roared by.

We stopped at a Beergarden for lunch and had some really good German food. They gave us pretzels to start with and we had the pork snitzel and a turkey soup in pepper gravy. Yum! We chose this beergarden because they have a herd of reindeer and Brooklyn enjoyed seeing them very much! We spent the rest of the night walking around downtown Munich and wandering around the Christmas market. We ate dinner at a sushi restaurant that had a conveyor belt and Brooklyn really enjoyed getting us new plates when we saw something we wanted. We ended the night by going to the Hofbrauhaus. Michael had been to one of these restaurants in Las Vegas and wanted to go to the original one too. The restaurant is a huge building with lots of tables with bench style seating. You basically sit wherever there is room, even if it is with another family. They have a band that plays music and the beers are HUGE! I’m glad we got to go experience this place, even if it was only for a little while.

My favorite part of Germany was going to see the Neuschwanstein Castle. It was neat just driving there and getting to see the snowy German countryside. Right before we got there we saw a white church surrounded by snow that was so pretty, it looked like a postcard. Before we got to the castle, we took some pictures of Brooklyn in the snow. If you look very closely, you can see the castle in the background. The castle is called Schloss Neuschwanstein. Don’t quote me on this, but the shortened version is that the King of this castle passed away before it was finished so only 1/3 of it was finished. Crazy, huh?! Especially considering it is still humongous! After his death, they opened it to the public. We didn’t get to see a lot of it, but what we did see was very neat. This castle is also the inspiriation for Cinderella’s castle.

Next stop is Austria!