Munich Home of BMW 1-4 Sept

Trip Start Aug 16, 2016
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Trip End Sep 04, 2016


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Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Caught the feeder train to Mainz then the fast train to Munich.

Had a slight hiccup when we found that our carriage was now at the other end of the platform with about 5 mins to spare. We did move smartly.

A quick checkin to the hotel and then onto a bus for a tour of the city. We spent about an hour on the bus the guide was very proud of the Munich Beer Festival and the bus took us around the park in which it was to be held late September (and early October) we also went past the Palace and the BMW complex
Then another 45 minutes doing a slow walk in the Old part of the town the Opera House Square and then up to the Rathaus Square before getting the Underground back to the hotel.

Next day we caught Underground after a late start to visit the BMW museum and showroom. This was because we had seen the Audi museum (Ingolstadt) some years earlier

Very impressive museum covering many floors, the company started life around 1915 making aircraft engines and it has progressed from there.
http://www.bmw-welt.com/en/

Ended up at the showroom where we admired the I3 (electronic) at a mere 39200 Euros (german price and left hand drive)

Caught the train back to see the main church Frauenkirche

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_Frauenkirche

 Consecrated in 1494 it is very large (20,000 people standing) for a relatively small town at that time. As you can see from the photos the towers have distinctive domes. These are modelled on the 'Dome of the rock of Jerusalem'  
 Then back to the hotel for our last dinner with the group

While it was the last dinner we did have another day which was a visit to Lake Konigssee
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%B6nigssee

This was a long day leaving the hotel at 7:00am but was definitely worth it despite the early start, We went by by train via Salzburg to Lake Konigssee which is a very scenic freshwater lake which has been a tourist attraction since the 1900's.
We got to the town of Konigsse to catch the first boats to take up the hour or so trip to the other end (Salet via St Batholoma). It was a beautiful sunny day and a Sunday so Owen was well advised to arrive early the boats were packed by the afternoon.  The boats were electrically operated and held about 100 people, there must have been about 15 of them going up and down the lake.
We had the round-trip ticket which meant we got off at St Bartholoma to see the church

St. Bartholomä

Then back on a different boat to the other end of the lake Salet, We didn't walk to another viewing (and lunch) but caught the next boat back to Konigssee - teh return trip took about an hour.

Next day was the end of the German trip about thirteen of us went back home whereas nine of us went by train to Passau to join the River Beatrice (Uniworld)to cruise down the Danube to Budapest
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