Today we left the hotel, loaded up with some sack lunches. Our travel on the highways and side roads was very challenging as we had times of heavy snow, wind, icy roads, and drifting snow over the roads. Our first stop was the Neuwschwanstein castle in southern Bavaria. After getting our tickets, we then had a 25 minute climb up a mountain road to get to the castle. When we got to the castle, it was snowing heavily with strong winds and it was difficult to see the castle. The tour was excellent. Afterwards, we came down from the mountain and then climbed on the bus with our sack lunch.
Our next brief stop is know as Wieskirche or the church in the meadow. It was a beautiful example of baroque architecture. The outside was plain but the inside was amazingly ornate in white, gold, and marble.
We then headed to Munich with our first stop at the Steelcase Learning+Innovation Center. This is a working showcase of effective ways to configure an office environment. Klaus and Helmut walked us around and explained what we were seeing. It was an excellent look at up and coming office environments.
Our final stop was downtown Munich. We stopped at the Marionplatz and the students had a short time to explore before we had a huge meal at the Hoffbrauhaus.