I just returned from an awesome trip to southern Germany and Zurich, Switzerland! It was a short trip, so I didn't have a lot of time for sight-seeing and, regrettably, did not shop for fabrics, trims, etc. I hope I have the opportunity to visit this beautiful region of the world again.
Sewing Magazine: I found this at the train station -- a Burda-like sewing magazine! The designs are simpler and more basic, but it includes pattern sheets, so I may try a style or two.
Ulm Munster: This imposing Gothic cathedral is one of the tallest in this area of Germany. It is the main sight in the city of Ulm -- its lofty spires can be seen from all parts of the city.
Climbing to the Top of Ulm Munster: For breathtaking views of Ulm and its environs, I climbed to the top of the Ulm Munster by way of steep, corkscrew staircases -- nearly 800 steps to the top! The staircases were very narrow and the climb was pretty strenuous, so I wouldn't recommend it for everyone.
Views from the Top of Ulm Munster: That said, the views from the top were stunning, even on a cloudy and foggy day.
Kaffee und Kuchen: The German tradition of coffee and cake in the afternoon is something I can definitely support! I had a delicious apple hazelnut cake + latte macchiato at Cafe Troglen, a beautiful cafe across from the Ulm Munster. The storefront downstairs had fabulous chocolates and marzipan treats that were perfect takeaways for later.
Wiblingen Monastery: Just a short bus ride away from Ulm, this imposing structure (and expansive grounds) is best known for its beautiful library.
Library at Wiblingen Monastery: It was pretty over the top, but beautiful in its ornate-ness. Interestingly, the statues are carved of wood and painted white to resemble marble -- different from the ones in Italy that are actually marble!
Esslingen am Neckar: This super cute town is in Germany's wine country, so the slopes surrounding the town are covered in beautiful grapevines. This gorgeous medieval building houses the unexpected -- a yarn shop + cafe!
Esslingen am Neckar: Climbing part of the old city wall reveals gorgeous views of the city.
Lake Constance (Bodensee): Views of the lake from the car ferry that connects Meersburg with Konstanz would have been more striking on a sunny day, but it was still beautiful nevertheless.
Zurich: St. Peter's Church is best known for its imposing clock tower, which has the largest clock face in Europe. The fall colors were just beautiful throughout the city.
Zurich: Strolling Bahnofstrasse, a shopping avenue that links the main train station with Lake Zurich, was such a treat. I couldn't resist taking a photo of these amazingly cute shoes -- a fun interpretation of ballerinas!