Going to European countries for Asian people is the most difficult thing, to get the visa even for just a holiday. Other Asian countries would probably just fine, but Cambodian is the most struggled with any visas. I planned for almost 5 months to get every document for the visa application inquiries. Thank god, it was approved. 

I finally got two weeks to visit Germany, everybody would say Berlin if they go for a holiday in Germany but I was at a very local place called Saarbrücken, a beautiful town.

Saarbrücken – Germany


I just can’t wait to be home after sixteen hours on the plane and another couple of hours waiting. The moment I stepped out of the airport, this is it. nice weather and fresh air, I loved it. The main roads, highways in Germany are insane but in a good way, traffic law is absolutely incredible, everybody in Germany is up to date. You can’t do what the law has told and it’s opposite what I have seen in Asia, It’s crazy.

Germany

So even German who actually living in Germany still get lost sometimes with these insane roads. It took us two hours from Frankfurt airport to get home at Saarbrücken. I just passed out on the bed for nearly 3 hours. 

We went to the most famous restaurants in town called Tabaksmühle. It has a huge parking area and the beer garden is just in front of the park with a beautiful lake.

I was completely exhausted from the jet lags so no time for the night out but to go home after dinner, had a video game and TV before an early bed. In the early morning the next day, we decided to go to the other town called Zweibrücken, the biggest outlet stores in Saarland. I was about to have a driving lesson but it wasn’t the right time, the right place to do. The stores normally open at 10 am but we were a bit early.

Zweibrücken – Germany


The weather was really good, nice breeze, a bit of windy and a little bit of sunshine. Sat down on the bench, having a tasty doughnut and hot chocolate from the bakery on the way and get ready for the big shopping.

Zweibrücken – Germany

The restaurants in the shopping malls were too busy with customers, so we decided to go to town instead of waiting for a late lunch. We parked the car outside of the town so we could actually walk and see the view of the town. It was mid-noon but the wind still keep blowing on to cold us down from sweating of our city walk.

Zweibrücken Town

An exciting day at Abenteuer park- Saarland, the only place that you can go hiking, trekking, and importantly is zip-line fun park. It’s just in front of Saarland University. There are 16 interesting sessions and the last extra one (most fun, riding wheel across trees). Most participators already stopped after a few sessions or the 15th. No one ever going to do the 16th because it’s the most challenging and difficult one. We decided to do, just only halfway we nearly have given up but there’s no way turning back and congrats we did.

Abenteuer park- Saarland

We got a couple of hours to rest before getting ready for a family dinner at Riegelsberg – Hixberg-Pflugscheid. I was the one who insisted to have a barbecue outside and it was freezing but it was a great time with a lovely dinner, talking for hours and visited the home growth garden.



After a few days in Saarbrücken, we decided to go away for tours along the river of Mosel. Our first stop was Bernkastel-Kues, the most well-known wine-growing center in the middle of the Moselle in the Bernkastel Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. The town lies on the Moselle valley. Most attraction place in town is the Mediaeval Marketplace with its gambled timber-frame houses since the 17th century. 

Bernkastel-Kues

Nicely, the hotel allowed us to check out late at any time, Hotel Moselauen, absolutely beautiful, great for a holiday stay. We just dropped off our luggage in the car then drove up to the top of the mountain to visit the Ruins Burg Landshut Castle. Open daily from 12 o’clock until 9 pm. We arrived at around 9 am so that was pretty much early, just walked around the castle and looked at the view of Bernkastel-Kues from the top of Burg Landshut until we left.

Burg Landshut Castle

Our second stopped was at Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle), which took us almost nearly two hours to get there. Eltz’s town is quite small but absolutely gorgeous. We didn’t stop in town but just keep going to the castle. The parking area was filled with cars, we couldn’t even find our own spot for minutes.   It took about 15 to 20 minutes from the parking to reach the Eltz Castle by walking through the mountain and beautiful jungle.

Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle)

You would probably need to eat before or packed your snack. There are a couple of restaurants in the castle but it was a long line of customers and no seat available. Tickets are at the castle counter only. It cost 10 Euros for adult, open daily from 9:30 to 5:30. Tour is available in English and German. The tour took around 30-45 minutes so you got your time for the underground museum.

Was thinking about Neuschwanstein Castle but 6 hours to get there. Unfortunately, we haven’t got time for that because of the Paris tour we booked. We left Burg Eltz and drove straight to Cochem city, the biggest town in Cochem-Zell district, it has a beautiful castle named Reichsbrug Cochem lies on the top of the mountain on the left bank of Mosel river.

Reichsbrug Cochem

The castle opens daily from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and it cost 6 Euros for the ticket of adults. Cochem town is pretty with many restaurants and shops spreading all over the city. We didn’t actually stop for those but we did stop for city views.

Cochem – Germany

The view of the entire Cochem’s town from the top of mountain or Reischburg Castle is absolutely extraordinary incredible, the town standing on both sides of the riverbank, the bridge and the boat on the Mosel River. These are the pictures we took from the outside of Castle and the outside balcony of Richburg.

Cochem’s town

Our third destination was Traben-Trarbach town. The town is standing on both sides of the Mosel river. Traben lies on the left side of Mosel and Trarbach lies on the right side of the river of Hunsrück’s side. We stayed at (Parkhotel Traben-Trarbach). We spent our entire afternoon looking at the jumble sale market along the riverbank of Traben-Trarbach.

Traben-Trarbach

The next morning we went back to our first stopped at Bernkastel-Kues. We wanted to have a bicycle tour at Traben-Trarbach but we didn’t so we had it here in Bernkastel-Kues. Packed lots of water snacks before our tour start. I do love this tour, all we can see is beautiful nature and grape farms everywhere.

The cycling took us nearly 4 hours back and forth and we had one stopped for brunch before we get back to the bike cycle shop and headed back to the hotel.

Bernkastel-Kues

Had another walked to the tourist attractions and a famous town of Bernkastel-Kues, where we met the town hall, the Mediaeval Marketplace of Mittelalterlicher (with its gambled timber-frame houses sine 17th century, the Spitzhäuschen (narrow house from 1416 standing on the Michaelsbrunnen in front of the fountain of Saint Michael’s).

The sun was down at around 8 pm when we walked back to the hotel. The view of the city in the evening was absolutely gorgeous with its golden gleamy twilight flashed over the town and the river. The golden ruin of Burg Landshut is stunning. We did enjoy our trips along the Mosel River and this town was favorite.

Burg Landshut at Twilight

I did love this driving trip to visit places, towns, and castles along the Mosel. The four nights and five days weren’t enough, at least a week or more. We left very early to get home for a break and get ready for the next trip to Paris.

Saarbrücken

Two weeks in Germany was just too fast, I didn’t even know that was the last day. I wished I could have more time to explore places in Germany but two weeks was an absolutely fantastic holiday and I do love Germany, the landscapes, nature, weather, and people.



References:
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saarbrücken 2.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zweibrücken 3.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernkastel-Kues 4.https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burg_Landshut 5.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traben-Trarbach 6.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochem 7.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eltz_Castle 8.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany


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