Travel to München

Trip Start Sep 24, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Herzlich Willkommen an Bord!
Today we bid farewell to beautiful Berlin and headed south to Munich via rail to end the first leg of the trip. Germany has invested a great deal into their well respected public transportation system and it shows. Aside from the typical German-style efficiency and punctuality, the train was also clean, well organized, and a surprisingly smooth ride. Once on board it was a 6 hour ride with 4 stops in between.
On the bus we met a guy also traveling to Munich from Berlin where he would stay for about another month. He was traveling across Europe by himself, visiting friends, seeing the sights, and studying the language. He was born and raised in brazil, speaks Spanish, English, and German, and is eventually heading to Italy where he will spend some time learning Italian.
Taking a rail trip gives you an opportunity to not only meet people, but also see the countryside in which you are traveling. Along our trip from Munich we saw larger towns like Nürnberg and Leipzig, as well as many more small towns in between. The German country is lush and green. Many of the houses and buildings have red rooftops and almost all homes have well manicured gardens and flower beds. The green rolling hills were an indication that we were reaching the Bavarian country. It seemed every town had a church standing tall over its town and every other mountain top had a castle of some kind. In all, very different from the rolling hills of Sonoma county.
Once in Munich, we took a moment to take in the grand size of the Hauptbahnhof Munich, then got busy weaving our way between the chaos of travelers, commuters, and joyful Oktoberfest 'goers! The station was busier than Grand Central on its best day! Outside the station we decided to employ a taxi rather than decode Munich's inter-city rail system after a day of traveling. Hindsight, it was good to take the cab because the Munich rail system is much more complex than Berlin and our hotel was clear on the other side of Munich. After settling into the hotel, where we will call home for the next 5 days, we grabbed a bite at Paulner's -traditional German food- and called it a night!
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