Finally in Munich

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Friday, August 27, 2010

2min bus ride and a 10min train ride and we were in the heart of Munich. We made the 10am free tour with our tour guide Sonja. 

One of the stories we heard, was from the days of the Plague. The plague was over but people were still scared to come out into public. Beer sales were down, and the Coopers (barrel makers) were hard up. So they did a dance, to show that it was safe, and have been doing it once every 7 years ever since.

We learnt about the financial problems Germany suffered after World War 1, which was due to the unfair Treaty of Versallies which meant they had to pay large amounts of money to the other countries for the costs of World War 1. Germany went through Hyperinflation. In the beginning, 1US Dollar was worth 4 Deutschmark. Over the period of a few years, the exchange rate increased to 4.3 trillion! Our guide Sonja told us a story about her Grandma, who was lining up for a loaf of bread. She had two baskets, full of wads of notes. She put the baskets down for a while and when she bent down to pick them up, someone had stolen them. But they had tipped out all the money, and just taken the baskets – all that money was worth less than the two baskets holding it.

Learnt a lot more about Hitler and the Nazi days. There was a failed uprising in 1923 years before World War 2 (Beer Hall Putsch in Munich), when Hitler took to the streets with protestors. The Military fired shots into the protestors, and Hitlers body guard at the time jumped on Hitler and took 11 bullets. One of those moments which could have ended differently and changed history forever.

For lunch we went to Augustinos Platz and met up with Jill and Ben for an awesome lunch.  Kel had a traditional Bavarian meal which is roast pork with a potato dumping and gravy.  I just had another Weiner schnitzel.  Roast pork was very yum!  We went to the top of the church tower to get an awesome view of Munich.  The way to get up to the top is the same way you come down – a single staircase with just over 300 steps.  The only problem is, as we were going up, people were coming down so it certainly made an interesting climb...a lot of body rubbing to say the least!

Went for a stroll in the English Gardens.  A place where a lot of people would go when the weather is lovely.  River running through the middle, heaps of trees, green lawns and plenty of shade.  There is a section where the river is that creates a wave.  There were about 15 people in wetsuits holding a surfboard underneath their arm ready to catch the 'wave'.  Hilarious!  Munich may not have beaches with waves, but hec they certainly have an imagination.  We sat and watched for awhile and took a few pics.

We’ve got a good impression of Munich.  No gypsies, no chicko babies in your face trying to sell you anything, only a couple of beggers.  A very awesome & clean atmosphere!
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