Thursday, 21st August

Today our destination is Zurich, Switzerland but before leaving beautiful Triberg we went for a walk to check out their famous waterfall. It was incredible to be there so early with hardly anyone else around, so peaceful and so beautiful.

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Triberg is such a beautiful part of Germany and a fitting end to our adventures in Germany, this was the last time we would touch this awesome country. However, we still had a great day ahead and left to drive through the Black Forest again.

IMG_6610 IMG_6626Keith was pretty disappointed yesterday that he hadn’t found anywhere to experience Black Forest cake in the Black Forest. Thankfully we came across a restaurant that boasted the best original Black Forest cake in the region, “I’ll be the judge of that” Keith said after ordering haha.

Judging by the silence, bulging eyes and full mouth gestures of happiness I’d say he was impressed.

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Bucket item ticked we continued onto Zurich, we reached our hotel, checked in and grabbed a bus back into the city.

With no particular schedule or list of things to see we enjoyed just meandering about for once with no destination, we loved the surprise of just ‘finding’ everything. We were even lucky enough to find a group of musicians busking that were incredible.

Zurich is a really lovely city, beautiful buildings on the banks of the Limmat River.

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Unfortunately we were too late to visit inside the Great Church or Grossmunster but we enjoyed walking near the river and seeing it from the outside.

IMG_6777  IMG_6696 IMG_6769 IMG_6718The Opera House in Zurich is really impressive, it was destroyed by fire in 1890 and was rebuilt in incredible haste reopening in 1891.

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We may have indulged in some local Mövenpick ice cream before heading back to the hotel.

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Wednesday, 20th August – Black Forest

The next stop on our trip was to an island called Lindau. Since we’re right in the middle of Europe nowhere near the coastline, it seems odd that there would be such a large island. It’s actually on a massive freshwater lake (Lake Constance) that is the border for Germany, Austria and Switzerland in that area.

We stopped to have some lunch in the medieval town centre (first written mention in the late 800’s) and to see the port which has a statue of a lion and Bavaria’s only lighthouse! It is exceptionally pretty and hard to believe it’s on a lake. There was a bit of a festival and gathering of some sort when we were there, so it had all it’s tourist airs and graces on.

IMG_6432  IMG_6473 IMG_6485 IMG_6478 IMG_6465IMG_6456IMG_6441 After our lunch (schnitzel of course), we headed off to the famous Black Forest. We were staying the night in a town called Triberg – home to the world’s largest cuckoo clock!

Driving through the Black Forest was amazing and the little town (with only 5,000 locals) is very cute. The hotel we stayed at was fantastic and we even had dinner at a restaurant – that had it been anywhere else would have been cheesily over-the-top German.

We took a few photos before settling in for the night, vowing to see the waterfall in the morning since it’s one of the largest in Germany!

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The only disappointment for the day was that I had not yet sampled REAL Black Forest Cake….

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