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Go West (Part II)

Rothenburg

“The most German of German towns”, Rothenburg is popular Medieval old town along South Germany’s Romantic Road. Dating back to the late 900s, this historical old town has provided inspiration for many films and was also featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

During World War II, the walled city would have perished if not for a rare moment of truce between then U.S Assistant Secretary of War John J. McCloy, who wanted to preserve the city’s beauty and histoy, and local military commander Major Thommes who surrendered the town, defying Hitler’s order for all towns to flight to the end. Each year, thousands flock to Rothenbury for its world famous Christmas markets and Kathe Wohlfahrt’s Christmas Village.

 

Nuremburg

Closely located to Rotheburg, Nuremburg is another Medieval town where you will find well-preserved and restored architecture from the Middle Ages. One of the most important imperial castles of the Roman Empire, the Nuremburg castle still stands tall and proud to this day and is a popular wedding venue and pre-wedding photography location. A must-try in Nuremberg is its famous sausages, first grilled here at the Bratwurst restaurant 800 years ago. Word has it that the city council still keeps a close watch on the quality of its sausages to ensure diners get nothing but the best.

 

Munich

The capital of Bavaria, Munich is the all-in-one destination for all kinds of travellers. There’s a Luxury Chic Outlet at Ingolstadt Village for brand connoisseurs, a BMW museum and headquarters for the automobile fanatic, the Hofbrauhaus beer hall and Oktoberfest for beer pilgrims, baroque castles and world-class art galleries for history, architecture and art buffs, and Europe’s Best Airport for everyone.

At the heart of all these action is Marienplatz, the main square of Munich. Every day, crowds gather in the square at 11am, 12pm and 5pm (except winter). All eyes follow the Glockenspiel in the tower balcony of the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus as the 43 bells chime and 32 life-sized figures tell their stories of love, triumph and celebrations, before the golden rooster chirps to end the show.