Altenburg Germany from July 23 – 28 for the wedding of Christian’s friend Katrin who he met while on an exchange in Stockholm a few years ago. We stayed at her parent’s house on the top floor and they spoiled us with many fresh home-cooked meals with ingredients right from the garden. I thought that I would split the trip into three posts since we took a ridiculous number of photos, and one entry would simply be too long. I think I’ll tell this story in pictures.
We took an Easy Jet flight to Berlin since we didn’t realize that Ryanair flights land in Altenburg. Notice the little windmills!
Then we grabbed a high-speed train to Altenburg.
When we arrived, we walked into a big back-yard party at Katrinâ€™s parentâ€™s place. There was a big crowd, wedding games, unlimited drinks, unlimited bratwurst (I was particularly excited) and even a few English speakers. This game was probably a lot funnier facing the front of the sheet, but you get the idea.
I’m told that much of Altenburg was spared from war-time bombing, and so there are a number of great old buildings left in-tact. This is the central square – a big wide-open space full of shops and cafes.
We climbed this old bell tower, and the sounds inside were amazing. We scaled these almost impossibly steep creaky old wooden stairs and the bell started to toll while we were inside. We could feel the reverberations through the stairs and hand rails. I had to cover my ears at one point because it became almost painful.
We also went to a little zoo that was on an island in the middle of a small lake near Katrinâ€™s parentâ€™s house.
After the zoo we went on a good-old-fashioned romantic row around the island zoo. Perfectly romantic if you donâ€™t pay attention to the wacky animal sounds emanating from the zoo. The goats made Christian crack up.
We finished off with some beer and good food at a restaurant by the lake. Christian even found some dark stuff.
Iâ€™ll finish with a view of the pretty German countryside. Katrinâ€™s sister Julia and her boyfriend Lars drove us around a little. P.S. German radio is awesome.