Exploring Bavaria: First steps outside Singapore in 18 months

Back in September 2021, we traisped around the Bavarian countryside for over a week, following in the footsteps of King Ludwig II along his eponymous trail. It was the first time in 18 months since we ventured overseas, probably the longest we’d stayed in one country.

It felt refreshing, in every sense of the word. We got a glimpse of what truly living with the epidemic was like: masks on with vaccination checks for indoor dining and museums, but otherwise people were free to roam about the streets in the open without masks and in big friendly groups.

Almost as soon as the Singapore government had announced opening up Germany as a pilot vaccinated travel lane, we’d jumped upon it. We picked the King Ludwig trail in Germany, sold by the descriptions of languid afternoons post walks lounging in outdoor beer gardens, and a visit to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.

Here’s just a pictorial recollection of our trip, as told through shots taken from the phone (lol I’ve lost the mojo for photography).

Weekend in Mosel

We flew over to Frankfurt, Germany the first weekend of June, where we met up with our good friends TPR and Serge for a weekend getaway to wine country in Mosel. It’s so awesome that they live just a short 2 hour drive away from world class Rieslings; Jeff, whose favorite wine is Riesling, was in heaven.

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Dr Loosen Vineyard – Mosel

We had a delightful 9 bottle tasting, where we were taken through the different terroir on which the Rieslings were grown, from blue slate to red slate and to volcanic soil.

Town of Trier
Town of Trier

After, we drove into the town of Trier, and while a few happy hours away exploring it’s ancient Roman Gate, the incredibly intact Roman Bath, and Marx’s house.

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Trier Baths

Zeltingen Mosel
Zeltingen Mosel

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Zeltingen at dusk

Possibly the main reason TPR picked this town to stay in, out of the many dozens littered around the Mosel wine route, was for the Zeltingen Hof hotel that with it’s attached restaurant that serves over 100 glasses of wine to try by the glass. To the utmost bemusement of Serge – and my reflected bemusement of his bemusement – I promptly ordered three glasses at a go to sample side by side. Two, I liked; the third I found too nondescript. Anyway, they complemented well with my hearty meal of schnitzel and white asparagus, which were in season and so fresh, juicy and sweet.

Zeltingen Hof - restaurant with over 100 wines by the glass for tasting
Zeltingen Hof – restaurant with over 100 wines by the glass for tasting

White asparagus season in Germany
White asparagus season in Germany

Sunday, we did a drive through the rest of Mosel before turning to Rheingau and exploring by car some of the region.

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Trimbach – Germany

Germany - Trimbach

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Along Mosel