Lederhoses & beer Halls

Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
Trip End May 18, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Imagine getting to Munich then hitting the streets hungry for some Bavarian fare.The first place to go is the Hofbrauhas the most famous beer hall in Munich... it should be easy to find but when Steve forgets his glasses and can't read the map it gets very hard.

After walking around the old town we thought we were getting close...in fact we were 10 meters from it in another street before we decided that it could wait for another day. There were plenty of other great restaraunts to be had.

Munich is a great town in the heart of Bavaria and a fanatic place to base yourself with many interesting day trips close by - more of that later. The food is great and the staff at most of the restaraunts have been very helpful to Del when she requests meals that are Gluten free. Usually the range is limited but a number of waiters have gone to the kitchens and restructure things so that they meet her needs. A big thumbs up for them all.

With glasses on, Steve was able to find the Hofbrauhas and although it was only 11.30 we thought we better go in, in case we couldn't find it again.Although some may find it touristy it has a great atmosphere. The central section is large and throughout the place there are long bench tables where you pick your place to sit and other people then  join you on your table. A word of advice - get there early as it fills up quickly - even if it can house 3500 people at a sitting.

The band comes on and there is plenty of music, beer and food with the cacophany of noise from all the diners filling the air. Sit back and just enjoy. Chatting with your new dinner guests is also fun as you find people have travelled here from all over Germany and the rest of the world. One of our diner friends told us that they were on a two day trip from a little town in northern Italy just on the border. He liked his wines and we talked about the good Australian wines to be had, Penfolds was the one he knew the best. It was also interesting that they associated themselves more with Germany than they did with Italy - so much for borders

Entering the old town there was a skating rink out the front with the obligatory bar which was open at the top where people stood around in the cold with their hot glue wien.

Our hotel, The Regent,  was opposite the main station and a perfect place to stay.The room was large and the staff very helpful, especaily to Del when they went out of their way to get her Gluten free cereal and bread which they brought to her every morning.

After wandering the street of the old town we headed over to another area of town which seemed to be more influenced by Turkish culture. Here there were more fruit markets and coffee houses, but as it was raining we limited our time there. 

Whilst in Munich we had two day trips, one to Neuschwanstien Castle and the second to the Austrian town of Salzburg.  More in our next installment.
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