Summer 2008 trip I: Innsbruck-Ingolstadt-München-Füssen

My last oral exam for the second semester was taken place on Thursday, 31st July 2008 at 11 a.m. It was Nomadic Communications exam by Prof. Lo Cigno. Since I was invited to join a 4-day trip starting that day by my Chinese friends, I went directly to Trento’s main train station after the oral exam to catch them up in Innsbruck. Well, I reached Innsbruck around 4 p.m. and missed some visiting spots already. But I didn’t really mind since it was a real good time to relax after finishing all exams. I spent most of my time in Innsbruck strolling at the city center, simply refreshed my mind after struggling with exams.

Innsbruck – somewhere at the city center

Innsbruck – at the old town

Innsbruck – in front of Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof)

In the evening we went to one of the Chinese girl’s apartment, cooked and had a dinner together. I tried to peel a pineapple’s skin off, but resulted a weird shape.

Innsbruck – dinner with my Chinese friends (forgot, Li Na, Chun Yang, forgot, Kevin, Sipei)

I spent that night there with Mr. Liu and in the morning (Friday, 1st August) we headed to the train station for a trip to München. There was a ticket checking inside the train and we couldn’t show the Austria region’s valid ticket (we only had the Bayern ticket) so we were suppose to pay a fine. But since we were innocent-looking students, the ticket guy only asked us to pay the ticket fee which we should had bought 🙂 . From München’s hauptbahnhof, we took another train and transferred using bus to Ingolstadt. Initially I didn’t know why we were going to Ingolstadt, but then I found out that my Chinese buddies were starved for a bit of shopping (there’s a fairly big shopping outlet). And yes, I enjoyed the shopping experience there 😀 . We also met another group of Chinese guys from Trento, but their trip plan was different from ours.

Ingolstadt – the shopping outlet’s entrance

When we were about to return to München, Mr. Liu realized that he had lost his small bag with his handphone inside. So I tried dialing his number and someone was answering in Deutsch. I really tried my best to put in good use of my limited A2-level Deutsch 😀 , but it worked out 🙂 Fortunately Mr. Liu’s bag was left in one of the shops and delivered to the lost and found office.

We arrived in München already a bit late in the evening, so we went directly to the hostel that Mr. Liu had booked earlier for all of us. We ate some snacks for our dinner and went to bed. In fact no, they were still playing a poker game. I tried to join the game (they tried their best to teach me how to play), but I just couldn’t get it. It was raining hard, so no dinner outside.

The next day (Saturday, 2nd August) finally we managed to travel around München. But we brought all luggages with us since Mr. Liu booked a different hostel for the second day. Until now I still can’t understand why he did this. We went to the city center of München and split up into 2 groups. Mr. Liu and the girls focused on shopping, I, Kevin, and Yilun (another Chinese guy from Trento) went to the Olympiapark using U-Bahn. Just next to Olympiapark was the BMW headquarter, and we went there to see the BMW Welt.

München – BMW’s headquarter

München – BMW Welt

Inside the BMW Welt there were several BMW cars shown to public (and the entrance was without any fee), which made it look like a huge show room. I was really fascinated by the hydrogen-fueled BMW. And at the one end of the arena there’s a BMW shop. In addition there’s also a fitness tool which I’m not sure why it was there but I tried it anyway 😀 , and several PS3 game consoles featuring a BMW car racing game. Yilun tried this one.

München – inside the BMW Welt

München – me & BMW Z4. Looks matched pretty well 🙂

München – the hydrogen-fueled BMW

München – a bit of exercise is good for my health 🙂

After done with BMW Welt, we went around the Olympiapark. The park was nice, a bit looked like Rheinaue in Bonn, but not as big. There we met 2 Chinese couples from Trento (Guan, Wenting, Yunggang, Linping). Yes, Chinese are everywhere around the globe 🙂 And we visited as well the BMW museum on our way back to the U-bahn stop.

München – Olympiapark

München – in front of the BMW museum

We took U-bahn to Giselastr. to see the Siegestor victory gate. On the way we bought a pizza and shared it among the 3 of us. Then we went through the university to the hofgarten at Odeonsplatz. Kevin was missing somewhere there: he’s walking too fast. Then I and Yilun went to Theatinerkirche and Feldherrnhalle just in front of it. And Kevin was already there.

München – Siegestor victory gate

München – Hofgarten

München – Theatinerkirche

München – Feldherrnhalle. Where am I?

Then we walked around, and met with Mr. Liu. He suddenly told me something like: “hey Daffe, we ate the pork leg. It’s delicious!”. Then he, Yilun, and Kevin had a conversation in Chinese. Yilun finally told me: “ok Daffe, let’s have pork legs for our lunch”. goshhh….. But anyway, I enjoyed the meal 🙂

That evening we checked in at another hostel that was located very near to hauptbahnhof, which enabled us to take an early train the day after to Füssen. We were separated in 2 12-bedded and 8-bedded rooms. I and Mr. Liu chose the 8-bedded room and the rest occupied the 12-bedded one. We were seperated since every room was fully occupied and there was no way for us to stay together in a room.

On Sunday, 3rd August, we had our breakfast at the hostel and took an early train to Füssen to see the Neuschwanstein castle. In fact we took a bus from Füssen hauptbahnhof to the castle. Well, not really to the castle, but somewhere near to the castle. During the breakfast I met a Chinese guy from Hong Kong who studied dentistry in Hong Kong and traveled all the way to Europe alone for his vacation. And later I found this guy was a hardcore traveler. We bought the guided tickets and walked way up the hill to reach the castle. My guided tour started 5 minutes after my Chinese friends (since I took the English guided tour and they preferred the Chinese option). I met this Hong Kong guy again during the guided tour. A bit surprising to me that he didn’t choose the Chinese guided tour.

Füssen – Neuschwanstein castle’s gate

Füssen – at Neuschwanstein castle before the guided tour

Füssen – Neuschwanstein castle panorama (with Mr. Liu)

After finished with Neuschwanstein castle, we went back to Innsbruck (change train in München). It’s a bit funny though to witness my Chinese friends playing poker in the train. After reaching Innsbruck, once again I spent the night at Chun Yang’s apartment with Mr. Liu, and the day after we went back to Trento.

Train – Kevin, Chun Yang, Yilun, and Mr. Liu enjoying a poker game

For Mr. Liu and the other Chinese friends, thanks a lot for inviting me to join the trip. I really enjoyed it!

9 Responses to “Summer 2008 trip I: Innsbruck-Ingolstadt-München-Füssen”

  1. 2 lambrtz October 19, 2008 at 5:49 am

    I often wonder whether you are studying xor travelling… 😕

    (notice the xor)

    (huuaaaaa….kapan isa ning Eropa…Singapore cuilik men…)

    me & BMW Z4. Looks matched pretty well

    It matches me much better though… 8)

  2. 3 Dafferianto Trinugroho October 19, 2008 at 11:46 am


    haha… yeah…. but maybe an “AND” might describe my activities better 😀 (though the simultaneous nature of “AND” usually can’t be counted unless I study while traveling which is almost non-sense for me 😀 ).
    But I think the Z4 will really be my soulmate, so all I need to do is just wait (in my dream maybe… hahaha….).
    PS. Yo sesok2 dolanan ning Eropa. Spore di-enjoy lah… Aku malah rung tau ning Spore je 😐

    all the best,

  3. 4 Jan October 21, 2008 at 7:53 am

    btw, koe koq malah plesir2 wae? hohoo

  4. 5 Dafferianto Trinugroho October 21, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Kan summer holiday…. Yo dinggo refreshing lah 🙂

    all the best,

  5. 6 kotonoha November 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    เรากะเคยไปเยอรมันเเหมือนกาน สวยมากๆเลยหล่ะ

  6. 8 jemprit September 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    wah, ulong poto ne akeh tenan. btw aku titip bojo ku ya. ojo dinakali neng munchen. neng bojo ku kaliren, yo tumbaske maem an yo. matur nuwun dech. berkah dalem gusti yesus

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