From Munich, I went on a day trip to see the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. As the trip will take about 9 hours in total, we simply bought some Krapfen (jam filled doughnut) from the main train station as breakfast and I fell in love with them! Its like a doughnut with no central hole and filled with variety of fillings in the centre. We passed by the countless confectionery kiosks inside the huge main train station and we randomly decided to buy from a kiosk by the name Rubenbauer. I was extremely delighted to find this delicious snack as it had been 2 weeks of bread for breakfast…I even went back to pack some as breakfast again before catching our transport to the airport as our last meal in Munich.
The schedule for the day was really packed and we couldn’t afford time for a sit-down lunch for fear of missing our scheduled caslte tour timing…hence we could only buy some snacks outside the only eatery on the walk up towards the castle.
Here I was once again surprised at the quality of the freshly fried Quarkbällchen (Quark ball). It was only later that I found out that this is a traditional mini donut eaten in Germany. Quark means “curd” or “cheese curd”. After frying the quark dough balls to a nice brown outer layer, they were powdered with sweet icing sugar. The balls were fluffy and light, it almost melts-in-your mouth. The 3 balls cost €2.50 but I guess this is “tourist price” since we were in a popular tourist attraction.
We also saw people buying a hot drink by the name “Glühwein” at the stall so we asked the seller what is it. The person told us that its “warm red wine”…feeling intrigued we decided to give it a try. It tasted more dilute than normal red wine and it felt funny drinking warm wine with a slight sourish after-taste, but it certainly helps to warm up the body after drinking.
Upon further research, Mulled Wine is a mixture of red-wine, cinnamon stick, sugar, oranges and cloves. Its a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.
Although today we didn’t get to eat any proper meal, we found joy in the wonderful German snacks and stumbled upon new items that we’ve never heard nor tasted before.
We also managed to see the magnificent fairy-tale liked Neuschwanstein castle and Hohenschwangau castle, including catching the castle tour to see some of the lavishly adorned rooms in Neuschwanstein castle.
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