Derek is tiring me out!
Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
45Trip End Sep 30, 2009
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When we got to Munich we went straight to the hostel to drop off our bags. It was only a five minute walk from the train station, so that was awesome. Then we headed off to explore Munich. We walked down a pedestrian street full of shops, stopping to go inside St. Michael’s church. The outside was entirely covered by scaffolding, but inside it was very beautiful.
We continued down the pedestrian street to the main square of Munich, Marienplatz
When we got back down to the square it wasn’t long before the glockenspiel started playing. It had two rows of figures that moved along with different songs. But it started by just playing a song. That confused both of us because we were expecting the figures to start moving and they didn’t. But then it played a second song and the figures on the top row started moving. There was a king and queen overlooking a row of heralds that marched by. Then out came two jousting knights. During the third song the bottom row of figures started moving. It was some twirling dancers. And then it played a fourth song without any movement.
When the glockenspiel was done we walked over to see the Residenz. It’s the palace of some famous Bavarian rulers called the Wittelsbachs. We got to tour over 90 rooms, much of it restored after WWII
After we finally finished the Residenz (it took a while), we wandered back to find the Hofbrauhaus and the Hard Rock Café. We didn’t have a very detailed map, so we didn’t know exactly where they were. But we managed to find them. Of course, they are right across the street from each other so we really only had to find one.
We next went back to Marienplatz and did the tower climb at St. Peter’s church. It was a climb up 306 mostly wooden steps. My legs were tired from being on my feet all day, but it was still nice to get some real exercise. And the view from the top was well worth it. There was just a metal cage around the outside of the tower, so it felt like we were really high. And the views of the New Town Hall and the rest of Munich were incredible.
Our next stop was to see the Frauenkirche. I was surprised when the inside was very plain. There were huge white columns with little decoration. But then we saw the pictures of how much the church was destroyed in WWII. The whole roof was collapsed and there was major damage to one of the walls as well.
After all that walking I needed a break. We had literally been on our feet from the time we arrived at 10:30 am, until we finished St. Peter’s about 4:30 pm
When we got to the hostel we checked in and went up to our 3-bed room. We had free wireless there, so we got on the internet to check train schedules for going to Fussen to see Neuschwanstein Castle. It took us a while to figure out what to do, but we finally decided that tomorrow we stay see the rest of the sights near Munich, and then go to Neuschwanstein the next day.
Once all that was decided, we promptly headed off to the Hofbrauhaus to enjoy some beer in the most famous beer hall in the world. The main beer hall seats 3,500 people, so we were both kind of expecting it to be just one really, really big room. But we were surprised when it was kind of separated into different rooms so it didn’t seem like it was that big. They only had big wooden tables about eight feet long, so you pretty much had to share a table. They were kind of crowded, but we were able to find a table with only two other people at it.
We promptly ordered some food and a liter of beer
After we ate we continued to drink beer and enjoy the oompah band playing traditional German beer hall songs. I ended up drinking 2.25 liters and Derek at 2.75 liters (because I couldn’t finish the last Hefeweissens we ordered).
When we tried to take the S-bahn back to the hostel, we kept going to the wrong platform for some reason and the trains were going in the wrong direction. This may have had something to do with how much beer we’d had, I’m not sure. But eventually we figured out how to get to the right platform. We made it back to the hostel by 11:30 pm and promptly fell asleep.
P.S. I added pictures to the last two entries, and updated the city to reflect where we really were (i.e. Salzburg). So please check them out!