Munich: Beer and Bratwurst in Bavaria

Trip Start May 24, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Hotel Münchner Kindl

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Despite our best wishes we woke up to a heavy downpour in Hallstatt. We had planned to take a late-morning train to Munich, but after not hearing the trains or seeing a ferryboat travel across the lake to the train station, we learned that an avalanche had closed the tracks out of Hallstatt.  So instead, we took a long bus to Salzburg and eventually caught a train to Munich.  We were in Salzburg just long enough to notice the hilarious signs on the baggage lockers (see picture).

Due to our train delays, we arrived in Munich around dinnertime and took a quick stroll down the Marinplatz towards the Hofbrauhaus.  Along the way, we saw sights such as the New Town Hall, the Old Town Hall, and the Glockenspiel.  We then made it to the Hofbrauhaus for great German beer hall food and drinks.  We each had the requisite 1 liter beers as well as bratwurst, sauerkraut and pretzels.  During dinner, a traditional beer hall band was playing and Creighton enjoyed singing along to a song he remembered from Oktoberfest (Ein Prosit).  After dinner, we decided to continue our beer hall crawl at the Augustiner Beer Garden.  Although the beer hall was less rowdy and smaller than Hofbrauhaus, we enjoyed the beer and talking with other travelers we met at the bar.

We started the next day with breakfast at the outdoor Viktualienmarkt, enjoying coffee, rolls and fresh juice.  After breakfast, we went to the Deutsches Museum, which is the German equivalent of the Smithsonian Museum.  We especially enjoyed the underground mining exhibit and took advantage of the photo opportunities.  The rest of the museum was interesting but was overrun with many, small un-chaperoned children so we cut our time short on some of the other exhibits.  We then returned back to the Viktualienmarket for lunch at the beer garden.  We were joined at our table by an older, German man who shared with us that he had been in Munich for a mere 82 years, excluding 4 years when he was a kid when his house had to be rebuilt after the bombing.  Creighton enjoyed practicing his German with the man and even learned some new phrases.  After lunch, we strolled around the shopping district on Weinstrasse and Maximilianstrasse.  While shopping, we ran across a goose on the sidewalk in middle of the city.  Of course, Kelly took advantage of the situation to take pictures for the blog.  All of a sudden, a homeless man appeared out of nowhere exclaiming, "This is no Disney!" and shooing us away.  Luckily, Kelly was able to get a few good pictures first.  That evening, we walked through the beautiful Englisher Gardens.  We were entertained along the walk, watching people wakeboard on rapids in the fast-moving stream and also watching people partake in an interesting beer tour we wish we would have known of sooner (see pictures).  Eventually, we made our way to the beer garden within the Englisher Gardens and enjoyed food and drinks during the Netherlands v Uruguay semi-finals World Cup match.  It was pretty packed and we had fun watching the very enthusiastic Netherlands fans.  After the game, we headed back to hotel to prepare for our journey to the Swiss Alps.
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Mary Anne Wherry on

So those little Deutsche Kinder haven't changed their museum manners! Isn't the Viktualienmarkt great? Those bier mugs look bigger than a liter! Love the city duck! Have fun!

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