But I haven't been to as many new restaurants lately.
And I definitely haven't been exploring the little towns and other treasures nearby. Until last weekend, when lucky for me, another friend organized a day trip to Landsberg am Lech, and all I had to do was be at the train station at the specified time. It's good to have friends who do all the planning!
After 5 years here, I knew nothing about this town. A pity! Landsberg is only a short distance from Munich (less than an hour on the train, and probably only 45 minutes by car), and it is part of Germany's Romantic Road, which runs from Würzburg south to Füssen. Just like the other towns along the Romantic Road, Landsberg is a small, perfectly-formed Bavarian town, surrounded by attractive countryside. The cobblestone streets lead to ornate churches, boutique shops, and restaurants serving traditional food. The Lech river cuts through the town, and there is an attractive, riverside walk with ice cream dealers and tables where you can sit out in the sun and order a beer or a glass of wine.
It's not as popular as some of it's neighbor towns on the Romantic Road, so a visit here could introduce you to some of the charms of this region, without the hordes of tourists (I think - it wasn't too crowded last weekend, but it might get busier during the summer high season).
As do many towns in this region, Landsberg does have a darker side. It was here where Hitler was imprisoned and penned Mein Kampf. It was also the site of a well-known Nazi concentration camp, and later, a displaced person camp for Jewish refugees. The camp closed in 1950, and since then the town has become more known for it's touristic charms, but the remains of the earthen bunkers that housed the prisoners just outside town have today been turned into a holocaust memorial.