I have recently returned from 36 hours in Bavaria. Flying from Manchester to Munich at 7.30am means you can fit a lot into a long day, particularly if you don’t retire to bed until 1am after a number of cocktails! I blame you Munchies and Munchkins!
I had been invited to visit Bavaria by BenQ to the launch of their new outdoor projector – but more on that afterwards. An hour and 45 minute transfer to Bad Griesbach put me in the Quellness Golf Resort just in time for lunch. The views on the drive from the airport to Bad Griesbach were simply stunning and gave me a real taste of what Bavaria had to offer.
On arrival at the hotel I met up with the team responsible for launching the BenQ GS1 with Knaus Tabbert, Becky (Munchies & Munchkins) and Bryony Briony from Anyway To Stay At Home, magazine journalists and editors including Mikkel from Connery.dk and Candy from The Camping & Caravanning Mag. The hotel had an inviting thermal spa to explore but firstly we had to understand more about the reason we had come. The BenQ GSi is a Portable LED projector designed for outdoor leisure. It’s main features are that it is tiny, drop proof, splash proof, heat proof and all round children proof! It’s not ready just yet but by 20th July 2016 the GS1 will be available and will be priced at 599 Euros including 20% VAT (MSRP).
Once the samples are launched we will be reviewing the projector so do watch out for our own review.
By 4pm we were free to explore the thermal rooms. Not only was there a bath temperature indoor pool but there was a less bath like (albeit heated) outdoor pool that was accessed through a tunnel from inside. The three of us, possibly in error, spent a good hour in the warmth of the main indoor pool before we bravely (some might say stupidly) decided to go for a swim outside. The swim outside was probably less than a minute in total but felt a lot longer. You have to try these things I find!
The rest of the thermal space included a sauna, steam room, and even a snow cave which we were sort of brave enough to go in. We might have left the door open a little bit!
Dinner and drinks with the team at BenQ followed, they really are a lovely bunch before an exciting Wales game and an uninteresting England v Slovakia one.
The highlight for me of the trip (save for the projector presentation naturally) was the trip to Passau the following morning. Passau is known as the city on three rivers with its unique location at the confluence of three rivers, the Inn, the Ilz and perhaps most famously the Danube. Cruise ships sail regularly along the Danube calling at Passau and there was around 6 docked the morning we were there. Due to our tight schedule we didn’t have much time in Passau but to make the most of the time we did have a walking tour had been organised for us. The walking tour mainly took in the beautiful St Stephen’s cathedral and the worlds largest cathedral organ, together with the town hall.
The stunning baroque architecture in the cathedral was truly a delight and we left Passau wishing we had seen more and definitely wanting another trip to see more of what Bavaria has to offer. Take a little peak at the photos!