Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Prepacked food from Yorma's Germany

Time is always precious when travelling. You will try to visit as many places as possible without a short time. Since, the weather in Germany is very hot during summer time, its wise to pack some food and fruits while travelling. In order not to waste time, I will use the travelling time in train for breakfast or lunch. Sitting in the train for two hours without doing anything is a bit waste of time. So you may use it to eat so that we reach the destination, you can straight start your exploration :-)

Herring filet bun. I like this.

Stay hydrated with fruits. The last thing that you want to get during travelling alone is getting sick.

Sweet cinnamon roll.

Chicken ham bun.

* You can find Yorma's in any major train stations in Germany. It has more outlets in Munich.

London to Munich via British Airways (standby pax)

Being an airline staff you will enjoy the privileges of airline standby travel programme. The programme enable an airline staff to travel with any eligible airlines at a discounted rate. The downside of this benefit however is its on standby. Meaning if the flight have empty seats, you may get on board. Else you will need to wait for the next flights. The benefit is good to utilize during non-peak season and if you don't plan to bring many persons with you. So far being a solo traveller enable me to use this benefit with a high success rate to get on board. Chances of getting one empty seat during peak season is higher than two empty seats.

Taste:9/10(Delicious. I like the lemon & herb chicken salad wrap served on board. Its good. And the tomato juice with Worcestershire Sauce is also a plus point).

Standby for flight from London to Munich. Watched carefully of my flight status changes as if I don't get this flight, I need to wait for the next one. British airways computerise standby system is very convenient as whatever display here is final and the standby pax don't need to always go to the counters to check on their status.

Here they tell you everything about the standby staff travel and how to check on your status.

They give this lemon and herb chicken salad wrap. I ordered tomato juice this time as I saw them put Lea & Perrins into the tomato juice. Its proven that the tomato juice taste better with the sauce.

Its a two hours flight from London to Munich, Germany. So just sit down, relax and enjoy the meal.

Neuschwanstein Castle @ Fussen, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle which is located in Fussen, Bavaria was initiated by King Ludwig II. The king also known as mad king Ludwig, swan king and fairy tale king. It is known that Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing but not with Bavarian public funds. The journey to Neuschwanstein Castle took around 2 hours from Munich. This trip can easily become a day trip from Munich. The plan is to leave Munich at 9.00am or 10.00am and reach back Munich at 7.00pm. The entrance fee to enter the castle is EUR12.00. You will have 4 options of going for Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich:

1. Go on your own by buying Bayern train ticket which is valid from 9.00am until 3.00am the next day. It allows you to travel to anywhere within the state of Bavaria Germany. This is the cheapest option as it cost EUR 22.00 for first person. Subsequent person of up to 5 persons is only EUR4.00 each. From Munich, you will need to take train to Fussen. If you can't get any direct train, do consider to take Munich - Kaufbeuren and Kaufbeuren - Fussen. From Fussen station, you will then take a bus to the foothill of Alps Neuschwanstein castle.

2. Follow walking tour by Sandermans New Europe Munich tour. This option cost EUR35.00. You will still have to take the usual train from Munich to Fussen. The advantage is that you have a tour guide which will tell you the history behind Neuschwanstein castle and the guide will just bring you thru all the train and bus transfer. Plus they have a special arrangement with the bus company which means there is no queue and get straight to the bus as soon as you leave the train.

3. Follow walking tour by Radius Tour which has a counter located in Munich Central Train station (Hauptbahnhof) just across from platform 32-34. This option cost EUR39.00. I believe this option offers the same arrangement as Sandermans New Europe Munich Tour.

4. Driving via Autobahn.

I took the second option. The second option is the cheapest guided tour option available. You can just turn up at Starbucks Hauptbahnhof at 9.00am daily and meet up with Sandermans personal to purchase the tour ticket. Its very convenient as they will take care of all ticket purchase and arranging the transport plus story telling along the way to Fussen. When reached Fussen, there will be a bus which will drop you at the foot hill of Neuschwanstein castle. Please wear your most comfortable shoe as you will need to walk 30 minutes up to the hill.

Departing from Munich Hauptbahnhof station.

Great. Direct train to Fussen.

Bus 78 is ready to pick up passenger. For those who go on your own, you will need to queue for the bus.

On the way to the Neuschwanstein foothill.

Reached the foothill.

Direction and signboard is available. So you won't get lost here.

Can you see the castle from here?

Start our journey to walk up the hill. There are a few cafe at the foothill if you are hungry and need to stock up.

There is also accommodation in case you like to stay overnight here.

Hohenschwangau castle.

Me with Hohenschwangau castle in hot weather. Childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Lake Alpsee. Its a beautiful lake.

Famous Bavarian flag pole.

Another restaurant at foothill.

Walking up...

Getting nearer to the castle.

Reached the top. Beautiful scenery.

Neuschwanstein castle.

Castle gatehouse.

Inside gatehouse.

Me with the castle.

A few shots around the castle.

Next stop would be to go to the bridge (Marienbrücke).

Scenery around the castle.

Lake Alpsee from top.

Hohenschwangau castle from top.

Me on Marienbrücke with Neuschwanstein castle.

The castle really located on top of the hill and deep in the jungle.

Better view of the castle.

Panorama view of Lake Alpsee.

For those who having problem to walk up hill, you may take the horse carriage service.

Going back down hill and bye bye. In order to arrive back to Munich at 7.00pm, you need to depart from Fussen at 5.00pm.

Coordinate/GPS: 47.557509,10.749573
Transport: Train from Munich hbf to Fussen.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BMW Welt @ Munich, Germany

BMW Welt or known as BMW World located in Munich with walking distance from BMW Headquarters and Olympic Park is designed to present the current products of BMW, be a distribution center for BMW cars, and offer an event forum and a conference center.

Three BMW cars displayed outside BMW Welt/Museum.

Out from Olympiazentrum station looking towards BMW Welt building.


BMW Individual.


Mini Cooper also part of BMW now. Mini Bayswater.

Cute and fancy Mini Cooper.

Mini John Cooper Works Coupe.

BMW Motorcycle.

Hogh powered BMW Motorcycle.

BMW car engine.

Tourist selfie before I went out of BMW Welt.

BMW Welt and BMW headquarters.

BMW Welt is accessible via U-Bahn of Munich.

GPS/Coordinate: 48.177262, 11.556317
Address: Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 München, Germany
Public transport: Olympiazentrum station on U-Bahn.