Romantic Road Tour – D7 / Augsburg

Continuing our journey down the Romantic Road in Bavaria – we are constantly knocked out by the way the Germans embrace Christmas. They do it in the smallest and grandest ways – by decorating all their windows with lights or figures of Christmas – or how the councils erect huge Christmas trees in the town squares, and deck the streets out with angel lights…


We stayed overnight in Augsburg, which is quite a large city with a bustling Christmas market. This morning though was Sunday, and things were quieter, so we headed off to one of Augsburg’s most famous attractions – the Fuggerei.

The Fuggerei is an enclave built in the sixteenth century by a wealthy merchant family – the Fuggers – who decided that they would build what was effectively the first socialised housing community.

It exists to this day – and still has residents living in it – small houses, all built the same, all operating off socialised principles.

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We then walked to lunch – to a brewery which is reputed to be one of the oldest in Germany – the Riegele Brewery built in 1386.


Bruce had a beer tasting –


It didn’t take him long…


I had pork loin with home made dumplings, the pork from straw pigs – which means the pigs have rooted around in straw. This somehow makes the pork loin tastier. I can attest to this.


The brewery restaurant had a woodland theme going in the mens’ toilets…


Including a urinal embedded in a tree…


Good for dogs I guess…

We stumbled back to the hotel after a lunch that lasted three hours… never have a Sunday lunch in a brewery if you’re in a hurry… and then in the evening we hit the streets again.

We went to our favourite chocolate shop in all of Germany – Dichtyl’s. This time of the year they specialise in making amazing Christmas choccies…

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We wandered outside, and heard a choir start up singing and playing Christmas Carols. We walked down the street to find high up on a balcony a traditional German band, including trumpets and harp, playing songs, with an attendant choir.

Amazing, and beautiful beyond words.

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We were captivated…


On the way back to the hotel we came across a small Christmas market cum merry-go-round…


Sue wanted a ride on the merry go round but she wasn’t allowed because it was only for children. But she twigged that parents were allowed on to supervise their kids. So she appropriated some children, pretended to be their mother, and rode around on the merry go round, waving to us as she whizzed past…


We had such fun.

This tour is turning out to be an extraordinary experience for us all… and in it being a small group we are able to take advantage of spontaneous happenings that would be more difficult with a larger group.

Each day is filled with moments of surprise and wonder. It’s sad to think that soon it will be coming to an end… but we have some magical stuff coming up in the next few days.

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9 thoughts on “Romantic Road Tour – D7 / Augsburg

  1. Ah Servietenknoedel, that’s what we call the dumplings in Austria… I make them too or the round ones…. so good with any kind of sauce. Am jealous of the beer tasting and of course all the chocolate goodies. On Tuesday, my kids and I will go to the Toronto Christmas Market… you got me so inspired… I must go. lol

    Have you had any hot Maroni yet (chestnuts roasted).

    Light and Love Ingrid

    off to rehearsal for another Vagina Monologue performance…. hmm this is #3… we must be ok.


    • The dumplings here are amazing Ingrid, and the noodles too, with all their cheeses. Not very slimming, but in these temperatures you need that kind of food.

      Hope the show goes well! hugs, Bill


  2. Bill,
    Both your post and Angie’s have inspired me too. As soon as I am over this cold I am taking my three grandchildren to downtown Seattle. They have an amazing carousel at Christmas along with some vendors selling hot chocolate, scones and chestnuts roasted over an open fire. I tried roasted chestnuts once and didn’t like them but I think I’ll give it another go and see if my taste buds have changed.
    BTW, who carried Bruce back to the hotel? Ha!


    • I don’t really like roasted chestnuts either Lynda – I think it must be an acquired taste – but taking the grandkids to the Christmas fair would be wonderful, and something they’d remember, I’m sure!


      • Ah, if you don’t like them roasted, try them fresh! It’s a marathon of patience to peel the inner skin off, but so worth the taste, fresh and crunchy and yes, much better than the mushy stuff you get when they’ve been roasted!! 🙂


  3. Bill,
    Here in the States what Bruce had would be ordered as a “Flight of Beer”. My AZT hiking buddy, Lova, would always have a Flight after our hikes, I on the other hand would have a Bloody Mary!

    But OMG, fantastique, un tour magnifique, fĂ©licitations! Flights of Beer, Glorious Pork dishes, Carousels and Christmas Markets, “who could ask for more? Bravo!!!


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    • A flight of beer. I’ve never heard of that before. That’s cool Arlene. Certainly Bruce was flying after all those beers! And yes, this tour has turned out to be just magical…


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