I'm back from my 2 week trip to Europe.
We did Germany (Stuttgard, Albstadt, Munich, Konstanz), Switzerland (Zurich, Lucerne), Austria (Salsburg, Vienna) and Czech (Prague). Overall, it was a lot of fun, thanks in large part to the planning of my fiancee, and her German friend.
I'm jet-lagged, and now I have to try and get my CE a full week late. So the first post will be brief (hahah) and I will add details later.
The Neue Burg collection of arms and armor is a must-see. It's huge, and I wish I had more time. The underground tour was pretty cool too, visiting crypts and then cellars that were used as bunkers during air raids. We went to the Opera, first time for me (and sort-of for her), we saw the Elixir of Love. Despite high seats and 2nd row, we had a good view if you were willing to adopt a bad sitting position, and we had excellent acoustics.
We did the nuclear bunker tour. Fun times, especially the part where you can dress up with gas masks and guns and costumes from the military etc. The museum of medieval torture is also a must-see, it was short, but you won't forget it. We also ate at a medieval restaurant with a show, it was a blast. The waitress was rude (as part of the show, she assured us seeing my fiancee's face) and totally hilarious in her manners, and the show included sword fights, fire juggling, and other dangerous activities within the confines of a very intimately-sized room decorated with skulls and such.
Warning about Prague: the street names are often just not there (and it's not a language problem, they use English letters mainly aside from being overzealous with accents), the subway price system is hard to understand, and people on the street won't talk to you when you ask for directions. So either arrive there fully prepared, or allow for extra time to find where you're going to.
I've seen so many castles, that I am now confused as to which is which...
Erlebnisburg Hohenwerfen is a must-see. It's a fortress on top of a mountain, it's medieval and built for function. Great views, lots of little windows and such for shooting at attackers or dropping hot resin on them. It has a great weapons collection and a falcon show. As a bonus, we got a snow storm while up there, so we got a first-hand taste of what it must have been like to live there during he worst seasons.
NeuSchwanStein castle is also a must-see, for a different reason. Basically the king went mad or bored and decided to have castles built for his entertainment or something. These castles are not just richly decorated, but also quite eccentric. There's one corridor for example that is a fake cave.
The Linderhof palace is another eccentric castle. Small in size but richly decorated, it also features a fake cave with an in-cave lake that he used to watch plays. Weird.