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Germany Part 2 and Amsterdam

Germany Part 2 and Amsterdam

After Munich we headed to Freiberg and the Black Forest. Then we dropped down to Switzerland for a brief visit with my friend Ines from the Pacific Crest Trail. After that we went to Heidelberg, Cologne and Amsterdam. The following are a few of the many photos we took.

While we were in Freidberg we discovered the best beer we had during our travels. Feierling Brewery. served only one style of beer, so our only decision was how large a glass did we want (half pint, pint or liter). Needless to say, we returned to their beer garden several times while we were in Freidberg.

While we were in Freidberg we discovered the best beer we had during our travels. Feierling Brewery. served only one style of beer, so our only decision was how large a glass did we want (half pint, pint or liter). Needless to say, we returned to their beer garden several times while we were in Freidberg.

One more happy Feierling customer.

One more happy Feierling customer.

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Classic beer garden at the Feierling Brewery.

From an observation tower in the Black Forest we could see Switzerland and France. We were told that on a clear day Igor Mountain in the Alps was visible.

From an observation tower in the Black Forest we could see Switzerland and France. We were told that on a clear day Igor Mountain in the Alps was visible.

Bells in largest church in Frieburg.

Bells in largest church in Frieburg.

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One of the many awesome views during our hike in the Black Forest region.

One of the many awesome views during our hike in the Black Forest region.

My friend Ines (trail name Oats) who I met on the Pacific Crest Trail. Great to see her during our brief visit to Switzerland.

My friend Ines (trail name Oats) who I met on the Pacific Crest Trail. Great to see her during our brief visit to Switzerland.

Heidelberg as seen from a trail near the castle.

Heidelberg as seen from a trail near the castle.

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We mostly traveled by rail while in Europe. The trains in Europe are excellent and cheap. This is the Cologne stations on the day we left for Amsterdam.

We mostly traveled by rail while in Europe. The trains in Europe are excellent and cheap. This is the Cologne stations on the day we left for Amsterdam.

In Cologne this was the warning sign on the Hop On/Off Bus. I think it meant to warn passengers that standing up on the open air bus could result in a bad outcome.

In Cologne this was the warning sign on the Hop On/Off Bus. I think it meant to warn passengers that standing up on the open air bus could result in a bad outcome.

The railroad bridge near the center of Cologne with the cathedral in the background.

The railroad bridge near the center of Cologne with the cathedral in the background.

When stretched out this sausage was said to be almost a meter long.

When stretched out this sausage was said to be almost a meter long.

Our second favorite beer was a Kolsch served in Cologne at a local beer garden. This place served the beer in small glasses. Every time we finished a glass the waiters immediately replaced it with another full one. After drinking way too much beer (Alena clearly had had too much), we finally discovered that you had to put the coaster over the top of your glass to let the waiter know we had enough. Thankfully it was awesome beer.  We heard that a brewery that served a similar style beer in Cologne was once had a partner whose last name was Becker. Kolsch must be in my bloodline.

Our second favorite beer was a Kolsch served in Cologne at a local beer garden. This place served the beer in small glasses. Every time we finished a glass the waiters immediately replaced it with another full one. After drinking way too much beer (Alena clearly had had too much), we finally discovered that you had to put the coaster over the top of your glass to let the waiter know we had enough. Thankfully it was awesome beer.

We heard that a brewery that served a similar style beer in Cologne was once had a partner whose last name was Becker. Kolsch must be in my bloodline.

Inside the Cologne Cathedral I found this couple in awe of one of the enormous stained glass windows. This cathedral was the most impressive we came across during our travels.

Inside the Cologne Cathedral I found this couple in awe of one of the enormous stained glass windows. This cathedral was the most impressive we came across during our travels.

Like many places in Europe we could have spent lots more time in Amsterdam. It is a beautiful city.

Like many places in Europe we could have spent lots more time in Amsterdam. It is a beautiful city.

This is the painting that Van Goethe was working on when he died. if you like art, the Van Goethe museum is worth a visit. His paintings are arranged so that you can see his progression as an artist from the first painting to his last.

This is the painting that Van Goethe was working on when he died. if you like art, the Van Goethe museum is worth a visit. His paintings are arranged so that you can see his progression as an artist from the first painting to his last.

Another art museum that we really liked was the MOCO. Most of the pieces in this museum were done by the graffiti artist known as Banksy. All of the following were done by him.

Another art museum that we really liked was the MOCO. Most of the pieces in this museum were done by the graffiti artist known as Banksy. All of the following were done by him.

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Many building in Amsterdam were noticeably leaning in one direction or another. We were told that over the years the foundations had sunk causing the lean.

Many building in Amsterdam were noticeably leaning in one direction or another. We were told that over the years the foundations had sunk causing the lean.

This house which was built in 1626, was still used as a private residence.

This house which was built in 1626, was still used as a private residence.

Coffee Shops in Amsterdam have a different meaning than we first assumed. They sell marijuana, which is legal in the Netherlands.

Coffee Shops in Amsterdam have a different meaning than we first assumed. They sell marijuana, which is legal in the Netherlands.

The quintessential dutch cow.

The quintessential dutch cow.

Ireland

Ireland

Dachu and the Document Museum

Dachu and the Document Museum