Glimpses of German culture

Man – what an afternoon! We visited a marvellous monastic church in Obermachtal, a wonder of baroque architecture in the middle of fields and small rivers. We walked up the steep slope through a rhododendron forest and ended up at a medieval fortification, behind which laid the old monestary. Truly spectacular!

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We also passed through a number of adorablr little medieval villages, some more than a thousand years old and boasting great market squares with fancy fountains, cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. There was a bunch of old baroque buildings as well, which really impressed us. On some of the roofs were stork nests,
and we actually saw a few of these giant birds flying around.

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But the cultural highlight has got to be the German Biergarten, set on a terrace outside, just above a small stream. We had some drinks there and heard music from inside, so we decided to have a look. There was a guy in local traditional costume, playing accordeon and a few dozen older people, singing and swaying to the ‘beat’. Appearantly, the rhythmic convulsions are called ‘Shunkling’. Some of our Nepalis and Nigerians immediately joined in the fun!

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