August 15-17, 2014
8/15/14 - 8/17/14 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
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.
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!
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!).
We showed Heiko some places he hadn’t been either. The library is amazing!! We love the symmetry and clean lines.
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!
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!