On Sunday we woke up in a hotel located in a nearby village. Breakfast at the hotel was less than we were used to in Switzerland, but still good. Our sleep schedules are pretty messed up, but there are two good things about that: 1. We have no real commitments or deadlines to meet; 2. Being in the breakfast buffet at 6am is no problem. You won’t often find us all together doing something at 6am at home!
A little before noon, we were picked up by our host Bill, and his friend Andy. They didn’t tell us what the plan was, so we just went along for the ride.
The first stop was a prison – but not any ordinary lockup mind you! This was Landsberg Prison where Adolf Hother wrote Mein Kampf, and a few years later where 150 Nazi war criminals were executed. It still functions as a slammer. There were people waiting outside to visit loved ones. Being an enthusiastic student of the Second World War, Scott was excited to see a real piece of that history.
We then moved on to the city center, Landsburg Am Lech. It’s so called because of its location on the Lech River. We walked through the old part of town (cue the Tony Bennett music (Bennett was one of the Allied soldiers who liberated Landsberg by the way…)). Bill showed us the hotel where Johnny Cash first performed in public when he was stationed in the area during his Air Force time.
We continued through the beautiful and very old city center until we came to some stairs. Lots and lots and lots of stairs. We ascended the stairs and at the top was the wall and main gate to the old city, which dates back to Medieval times. We took photos outside the gate and later discovered that Hitler had also taken a photo at the hate, deceitfully inferring that it was the gate to the prison.
Following the gate, we visited a beautifully ornate chapel, built centuries ago by the Jesuits.
We returned (mercifully downhill this time) to the city center near the city hall (which is called “rathaus” in German. I think the approximation to “rat house” is oddly appropriate…) Near the rathaus was a restaurant called Gasthof Zum Mohren. That space has served as a restaurant for over 500 years! We knew the food would be good! I received one of the German language menus so I asked Bill for a recommendation. He and I both had roast pork with kraut salad. It was fantastic.
After lunch and some more walking about town we returned to the hotel. After that there was some napping and the discovery of a deep-discount Grocery store very near. This store had .19 water bottles and .35 beers. Unbelievable!
Dinner and drinks were had at the Four Corners. Bracken and Brian and I stayed up late drinking beer and visiting with Bill. Alles ist gut!
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