Warming up for Oktoberfest

Trip Start Oct 03, 2012
Trip End Nov 01, 2014

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Super excited about being in Munich, probably because i know that in Sept next year we will be back for Oktoberfest! Walking around the city centre we have come across heaps of cool shops selling the traditional beer wench outfits in all different colours. Tempted to buy some now while they are cheap, ready for next year. 

Our hostel is literally across the road from the train station, so the transition from Salzburg to here was by far the easiest. We are super close to town too which is awesome. Didn't manage to sleep much on our first night as we had some 60 year old staying in our dorm (WTF?) and he snored like a bush pig...as you can imagine we both woke up on the wrong side of the bed (along with the other 4 in the room). Thankfully he checked out that morning, so we don't have to purchase ear plugs!

The first day here was literally a right off as we were both so tired from being up all night, and everything in the city was closed being a Sunday. We did our usual walk around the city to scope out where everything was and called it a day. Decided it was a good time to head to the hostel bar for a beer and call it a night.  

We set off on a day trip to Fussen, where a nearby village, Hohenschwangau, is home to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. The weather in Munich was foggy and cold, so we were a little worried that our chances of seeing the castle weren't that great. Luckily about an hour into our train ride the fog cleared and the sun was out, so that was a relief. As we got closer you could see the beautiful mountains and the snow that had started to form at the peaks. This is where we were heading, to check out the fairytale castle. 
The castle was absolutely stunning. Built high up on the mountains, you could see it from afar. Rumor has it that Disney came up with their brand logo after inspiration from this castles architecture, i would probably believe that after seeing it. Its a real shame that the king died before the castle was finished being built. Nevertheless, the inside that was complete was beautiful. Hand painted walls and ceilings. Marble stairs, gold chandeliers with Bavarian glass stones in the form of a crown hung from the ceilings, wooden decor and stunning views over the village. This would have to be my favourite castle so far. 

The last day here we went to check out the BMW Welt, and do a tour of the factory where the cars are made. This was especially exciting for Dan, but i was definitely interested in how they are made. As you can imagine, the factory is huge. There are various levels to it, with heaps of different stations. My favourite part was the painting of the cars, i think Dans was the motor assembly, go figure! The robots were pretty amazing machines. They are everywhere and the stuff they are programmed to do is very detailed. At some stations there were 15 of them doing one job, and they cost about €100,000 each, so that's one expensive station! We also found out that BMW used to make and supply engines for the Nazi's and have Jews carry out slave labour in there factories. They told us how they have set up a compensation fund for all those that worked in the factories, and how they have made things right since then, which is pretty cool.
So now we know how car factories work, and what they use to make a car, can tick that box.
We also took a look at the display cars and motorbikes (got some pics for you dad). We had quite a good time being dreamers...like most people. I really wanted to take home this little gem of a car...check out the pic! haha
We spent most of our day here, so unfortunately we didn't get to go to the beer hall like planned. :( How can we say we have been to Munich without visiting the famous beer halls and gardens! I justify this by telling myself that we will be back for only beer drinking, at next years Oktoberfest!

We love the schnitzel here in Europe (i hated it back home), but i swear its turning me half man. I go out for dinner now and order a big slab of schnitzel and a beer! haha

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