Munich to Amsterdam
We woke early this morning to a fierce thunderstorm overhead in Munich. The lightning flashes were frequent and the thunderclaps were getting louder and closer to the lightning as the storm moved towards us. The skies opened and it was pouring. Then the storm reached us and the lightning and thunder were one and the noise was deafening. The place shook, or maybe that was me. The storm continued on and mercifully moved away. By the time we were ready to hit the road for our drive to Frankfurt the storm had passed and the overcast sky was less threatening.
We used the navigation to get us onto the freeway towards Frankfurt and decided to take the shortest route. We made good time and stopped at Wurzburg for lunch. It is a very old town with a fortified castle on a hill (no photo, I was driving). We ate at a Spanish restaurant and after tried to use the navigation to get us to Frankfurt station. It claimed it had a path there but it would take 2.5 hours to cover the 114 km remaining. Clearly something was wrong. We had just under 3 hours before our train was due to depart. So we changed the destination to Frankfurt airport and that came back with a more satisfactory duration of just over an hour. So we used that to get us on the right freeway and taking advantage of the unrestricted speed limits we motored along very quickly. Periodically we had to slow for road works but in between we did some low flying. We found the right turnoff to Frankfurt and Darlene found the Avis rental desk at the Frankfurt station on our navigation device. That got us to the station but we couldn’t locate the Avis drop off area.
After two passes by the station I pulled into a short term car park and went in search of the desk to find out where they wanted the car. The map I was given at the rental desk was accurate but didn’t align with the instructions I was given, causing a few more passes by the required destination. We went with our best guess and parked the car ok. All this uncertainty had eaten up a lot of our time and we had just over an hour to drop the car and get on the train. With no further issues we quickly disposed of the car and moved to our platform to wait for the train.
The train left about 10 minutes late (so much for German efficiency), but at least they were apologetic. We stopped about 4 times in Germany and then a few more times in Holland on the way to Amsterdam. We chose a trip whereby we didn’t have to change trains during the journey to make it easier on us. It was disk as we arrived into Amsterdam. We retrieved our luggage from the overhead racks, yes even the two large suitcases fitted up there – just. Upon disembarking we had a short taxi ride to the hotel. We quickly checked in and headed out into the night for a walk of the local De Wallen district. That was an eye opener.
Not many photos today with all the travelling but we hope to make up for it tomorrow. The one useful snap is of Frankfurt Railway station.