While Mrs Allison was visiting her cousin Oliver, Woolleegreen took a trip with them to the Zugspitze. It is the highest mountain in Germany, and Austria as well because it is right on the border. First they went on a train which had to go a long way through a tunnel to get to the first stop.
Even though it was a lovely sunny day it was still cold so Woolleegreen was happy there weren’t any shearers up there!
However he did meet some unusual looking sheep.
After lunch they went on a cable car right to the top of the Zugspitze. It went quite fast and very high!
At the top the views were beautiful.
When Woolleegreen went over the border he met someone else in Austria.
They were quite big so he was happy to cross back over the border into Germany with Mrs Allison.
He came back down in a different cable car. It was a very exciting day.
Woolleegreen went with Mrs Allison to stay with her cousin Gisela who lives near Lake Constance, which is on the border in-between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They visited some very interesting places. First they went to a special outdoor museum. They have rebuilt a village from the Stone Age. Archaeologists found lots of very old things under the ground near the lake. This gave them clues how to re-make the village.
By the time they had a good look around it was lunchtime. Woolleegreen wasn’t very happy because they went to a fish restaurant and he likes grass!
After lunch they visited a very old town called Meersburg. It is on the edge of the lake. It was interesting looking at the castle and all the old buildings.
However Woolleegreen was a bit scared by what he saw in one of the gardens so he hid in Mrs Allison’s bag.
The next day Mrs Allison and her cousin went for a walk in the nearby town of Singen up a big hill to see a huge castle ruin called Hohentwiel.
It was a long walk so Woolleegreen was happy to take a ride in Mrs Allison’s backpack.
Woolleegreen travelled in a fast train from the north of Germany to Freiburg.
It is in the area called the Black Forest which is a lovely place to walk.
Mr Allison had an ice cream but I don’t think he shared much with Woolleegreen!
Woolleegreen met a special World Cup soccer cow at a sports store in Freiburg. It had many flags painted on it.
Woolleegreen and Mrs Allison were staying with friends in a small town called Viersen. One sunny day they did a day trip to Dusseldorf which is a large city nearby. The Rhine River is there. It is nice to walk along the side of the river and look at the boats and barges.
Woolleegreen and Mrs Allison found a free library where you can borrow a book.
They also visited a new harbour, a bit like Docklands in Melbourne, which has some unusual buildings.
One even had strange colourful men climbing it.
Woolleegreensheep saw some unusual sculptures in Hanover.
Can you see Woolleegreen?
Woolleegreen doesn’t like to get wet!
Their Town Hall (Rathaus) is a very large, old and beautiful building.
When Mr and Mrs Allison hired a car for a few days, they took the Woolleegreensheep to some little towns in Germany that were very old and famous for their framework houses and buildings. Framework buildings are made from wood and bricks used together.
Quedlinburg has many old buildings that are called framework houses.
Quedlinburg is a UNESCO World Heritage town which means all the very old buildings will be looked after and kept in good condition so people can enjoy them still.
This museum in Wernigerode is called the ‘Crooked Museum’. Can you work out why?
One day Woolleegreen took the train from Dresden to Meissen, where he went to visit the porcelain factory to see how it was made. There are four steps to follow when making Meißen porcelain. Much of the work is done by hand and the finished pieces are very expensive.
Here you see a skilful artist painting the design on the plate.
Woolleegreensheep is thinking about what porcelain he wants to buy!
Woolleegreensheep thought Mrs Allison would buy him a friend, but the price was too high!
Here we are having a drink because cycling a long way makes you thirsty!
The Woolleegreensheep has been cycling along the banks of the Vltava River from the city of Prague in the Czech Republic to the city of Dresden in Germany. He rode 40 to 50 kilometres every day before having a sleepover in ittle town s along the way. It took Mr and Mrs Allison and Woolleegreen 5 days to reach Dresden.
Woolleegreensheep says ‘hello’ to some friends he saw along the way!
Sometimes our bike had a flat tyre….
….so we had to catch a train to the next town so we could get the tyre fixed.
The river changes its name to the Elbe River when it comes to Germany. You can see beautiful old buildings along the banks. Little ferry boats can take you back and forth across the river-they take cars and bikes too.
Woolleegreensheep enjoys a yummy hot chocolate after all that cycling! I wonder if he will really get to drink some?
Here is Woolleegreen sheep getting a ride on the way up. The track is very bumpy!
Woolleegreensheep went walking in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. Here he is on the way up to Popradské Pleso. Pleso is the Slovakian word for lake.
Here are some of the beautiful flowers near the lake.
Here is Woolleegreen going down the path. You can see how rocky it is!
Today Woolleegreen went by train and bus to Spisske Castle. It was a very long walk at the end from the town, but Woolleegreen had help.
The castle is World Heritage listed which means it is very important and must be looked after.
Spisske Hrad – Spis Castle
There was a lot to see. We walked around with a special audio player that told us lots about the castle. We walked up a very tall tower and had to be careful because the steps were very narrow. We could also walk around the wall and look over at the town below.
The steps in the tower were really narrow-just big enough for Woollee. He had to be careful!