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Germany: Stuttgart: Heiko and the Huge Hohenzollern Castle

August 15-17, 2014

sunny 68 °F

Amazingly we made it to Heiko’s without getting lost at all!?! WOW! We must be getting better at driving in Germany :) He has an awesome flat super close to a nice church which we walked by at night. Like all good things in Germany. . . his apartment required an uphill hike up 4 flights of stairs LOL :)

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We got the true Bavarian experience with Heiko and his girl Yvi—an awesome German dinner with some local specialities like “Spätzle”, a pasta made with large amounts of eggs, another dish that reminded us of an omlette. . . .and of course Schnapps shots!! We stopped at some local bars in Stuttgart and checked out the scene while having a few beers. Very low key night, just what we needed after all that driving around the Mosel.

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Recovering from the shots, we woke up late and had weitwurst (white sausage) with sweet mustard a pretzel and topped it all off with a Hefeweizen! Heiko says this is a true Bavarian breakfast. . not sure about that. . . but it was delicious!

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We spent the rest of the day exploring some of Stuttgart. We saw the center of town, views from a rooftop and the Mercedes logo of course (since this is where Mercedes is manufactured!).

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We showed Heiko some places he hadn’t been either. The library is amazing!! We love the symmetry and clean lines.

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Heiko also promised us a huge castle. . . and he did not disappoint! Yvi, Heiko and the two of us went to Hohenzollern which was straight out of a fairytale. The hike uphill was definitely worth it: great views, history and not a bad place to stop for an afternoon beer and currywurst—definitely the fanciest Biergarten we’ve ever been to! :)

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That night we hung out with some of Heiko, Yvi and Heiko’s local friends Ollie and Kathie. . . we had such a great time and hope to see all of them in California next year! Of course the German Giant had to have Ruby climb one last hill. . this one was to see Stuttgart by night!

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Posted by Tony.Ruby 06:12 Archived in Germany

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