Jul 10, 2007
After settling into our Best hotel thus far, we got ready for our night out in the heart of Munich. We had a bit of a look around in the square, saw the famous Glockenspiel an took in the awe of Oktoberfest's home
. We perused the markets an all their goodies, before we headed into the largest beer hall of the city called the Hofbrauhaus. There we sat for a good few hours eating classic Bavarian cuisine...Pork knuckles, spaztle an goulash with dumplings-Yum!! The Beer was flowing freely into 1Lt steins brought to you by a traditionally dressed young lady. There was an entire wall of "family owned" steins, that were ceramic with lids which were kept on the premises for when the owner came in an decided to drink. Some of them have been there for generations, an are secured in a locked cage.
The bus ride home was very loud an quite entertaining!!
Leaving the Tyrol of Austria, we head towards Germany. There is a lot of Dark history surrounding this country, an we got a quick history lesson on the rise an fall of their most notorious dictator-Hitler (even though he was really an Austrian!!) To better understand their history an plight of the German people Contiki took us into Dachau, the first Concentration set up under the Nazi regime. What a place...so full of sadness, knowing what happened there an the difficulties the prisoners faced for many years. It was a working camp an there was no GAS chambers here, but to be worked to skin an bones an to your eventual death is just as sad to envision. After leaving it was a quite an solem bus ride into Munich. May the world never let it happen again!!