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As promised I'm making a start on this overdue TR. We were in Europe over Christmas and I did do a report, but we went back in May for 5 weeks and I've been feeling very guilty for not starting this sooner. So here goes.........

We are two couples both 50, we've travelled together several times over the years and always work well together. This trip was primarily pencilled in three years ago so the guys could attend a machine expo in Munich and the rest of the trip was planned around those dates.

Our friends are from Melbourne, dh & I are in Brisbane. We flew into Frankfurt via Abu Dhabi with Etihad, this was a real splurge. We picked up a great deal flying 1st class, which was a real treat (if not a little over rated) and I can tick it off my list of things to try. So after a very comfortable flight and a few hours in the lounge in Abu Dhabi taking advantage of all the beautiful amenities including the complimentary spa and on call chef, we arrived in Frankfurt, ready to go.

Driving the Romantic Road

We collected our hire car (BMW X3 for the 4 of us) which we would have for a week and headed towards no where in particular but in the general direction of the Romantic Road, typing in Miltenburg to get us going. What a great drive, and Miltenburg was a great first stop, we walked all over the town and across the beautiful bridge. Bought a few essentials, wine and coffee and off we went. Next stop, Wurzburg really enjoyed this place. There was some sort of university thing going on, lots of young people in doctors coats (& not much else...) doing all manor of pranks, fun to watch, but it was really cold and they were jumping into fountains, brrrr.

From memory we also called into Bamberg (not sure in what order, after Wurzburg I think) as it had been suggested to us on this site. But we couldn't really see the attraction, maybe we missed the main part. So we headed on to Nuremberg as we were getting a little tired and thought we should stop for the day. Loved Nuremberg, we parked and just wandered around for ages. Decided to stay at the BurgHotel for the night, mostly for the location, which was an easy walk to the old town. The hotel was adequate but we found it quite dated, although the breakfast was terrific. We spent the evening wandering until we decided it really was time to call an end to this very long day.

Took another walk around Nuremberg after breakfast, hardly a soul in sight, it was a great comparison to the hectic evening crowds. We then headed towards Munich, our friends were to arrive after lunch from Spain, where they had spent a couple of weeks. We basically spent the morning avoiding major roads and taking the very scenic way, just beautiful. Stopped in a really quaint little town at a roadside pizzeria for lunch, just perfect.

A great reunion at the airport and we loaded up the car and headed towards, Allmannshofen, about an hour from the airport. Due to the expo we really struggled to find accommodation in Munich, so it was decided the guys would catch the train into the expo. Best decision we could have made, we stayed at what was to be our favourite accommodation of this trip and possibly ever. More of a destination in itself than 'just' a hotel.............

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