Welcome to the first of a five-part series on our 12-day trek through Germany and Italy. And I do mean trek, my husband, Alan, somehow convince me to backpack. Backpack! What was I thinking?! Anyway, we had a fabulous time and I’m so excited to share my adventure with you, starting with Munich!
We traveled from Frankfurt to Munich on a train. It took about 3 hours. Alan slept and I read… surprise, surprise!
When we got there and checked in, we were instructed to a lovely little Bavarian cafe near the U station. I got an amazing noodle, egg and ham dish that had fresh parsley and a lot of fine pepper. It was delicious!
After, we wandered over to Oktoberfest. And oh my goodness! What a mass of humanity. It was more of a fair than just beer tents. There were all sorts of carnival rides. We wandered up the left side until we came across our first tent. We found a seat, Alan order a beer, and we talked politics with the two Germans across from us—one a policeman. We went out and walked though more of the fest. Then we found the tents… Though to call them tents is laughable. These are massive two-story structures with outdoor patios and raucous singing. I enjoyed walking around at 4, but by 7 too many people were drunk and enough were angry I wanted to get out of there fast.
We got a slow start, had a big breakfast, and switched hotels. Then we went to the BMW museum and showcase building. Alan was enthralled. By the time hour three rolled around, I was bored lol. But they did a great job at incorporating world history into the timeline of their business, so that was interesting.
We kicked off the day with a castle! Schloss Nyphenburg was awesome. We picked up audio tours and learn the history of the Bavarian royalty—it was filled with beauty and intrigue, luxury, gossip, and I can’t help but think, loneliness. History filled each of those rooms and it was so fun to learn.
Then we went to the world’s largest beirgarten. And I got a Bavarian traditional platter. That ball was some kind of potato/gluten ball… highly unpleasant. And no matter how hot or cold, there is no ice for the Coke. The meat however? Delicious!
Next we went back to Marianplatz to have coffee and watch the tourists. We were treated to the famed 5 o’clock dancing clock (which I’ve got to admit was underwhelming). And then we wandered around new streets until our feet got tired. It’s a beautiful area and we had so much fun!
We had a wonderful time in Munich before boarded a train for our next journey. Come back next week for an adventure in Venice, Italy!
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