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Mary's Square

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  • Day4

    Day 3

    June 1, 2017 in Germany

    Day 3
    Today I did the walking tour around Munich. It was really lovely and a long day. My feet are pretty sore now though but definitely worth it. We learnt about the history of Munich and what I found most interesting was that at the end of the war the city was destroyed with 90% of the buildings been bombed. The rubble was equivalent to the 2 Giza pyramids. I met 2 other girls from Australia on this tour. It is very easy to gravitate towards other Aussies

    It was a 2 and a half hour walk and afterwards we went to visit the English gardens to see the surfers in the river it's pretty crazy how they do it in such a confined space

    Afterwards one of the girls and I went back to the markets and I had my first bratwurst. Or was really good. You wonder how all the people here aren't all bigger than they are their food is full of carbs but they do walk and bike everywhere. So many bikes!!

    It's a great place to people watch it's constantly busy😊

    Dinner I'm eating now is a hearty stew and rice. Quite delicious. They have lots of middle eastern places here I have discovered.

    It also is a place for lots of diversity with races. Plenty of communities within the city it's really great to see👍

    Tomorrow I start the trip with the bus so a fairly early morning and off to bed for me pretty early. It's one of the shorter bus lengths I will have to do, only a couple of hours. Feeling a bit gross getting the start of a cold, a really sore throat but hopefully I fight it off with a good nights sleep!!
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  • Day48

    München

    October 13, 2017 in Germany

    We are staying at a place called Pöcking which is a village about a 45 minute train ride from the centre of Munich. We decided to spend the day in Munich today given things close by 2pm in Germany on Saturday. At the train station, we were buying our tickets for the train and a German couple came up to ask us if we needed any assistance. Then another man came over and started chatting to us. We talked for the 10 minutes whilst waiting for the train and the 40 or so minutes in on the train. He was a 62 year old psychotherapist, and a lovely guy. We had an interesting conversation about the psychotherapists across the world and their opinion of Trump. I had read a number of articles previously about his narcissism and sociopathic traits. Since I last read up about it, a lot more literature has appeared online! Anyway, both those instances in the space of an hour go against the general information Mena and Mia (our German au pairs) have given us about grumpy and unfriendly Germans. We will continue to monitor if that changes during the next few weeks ;-)

    The train spat us out at Marienplatz, the main town square, so we were able to hang around there, go up the tower of the Rathaus (town hall), and witness the Rathaus-Glockenspiel "show" in the main tower which consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized acting out one of two songs and stories. Up in the tower, we were able to give Finn a glimpse of the Bayern Munich home ground, Allianz Stadium.

    We had a walk through the Viktualienmarkt, which is an open market place packed with all sorts of shops selling sausage, cheese, mushrooms, mulled wine, fruit and veg, bakeries... and a maypole.

    Finn was on the lookout for every sport shop known to man now that he is in football country, so that he could buy a pair of away game shorts to go with his away game jersey for Real Madrid. We found a lot of shops, but all were either sold out or didn't have his side. He can now nag us until we get to Berlin about finding a sports shop. Oh yay.

    We went into the Bayern Munich Fan Shop which was on three levels and had everything branded with Bayern Munich you could possibly think of (babies dummies, toothbrushes, dog bowls - you name it!). Finn sweet talked us into his birthday present (training shirt, shorts and socks, and they threw in a cap for free), which he now needs to wait two months to receive. Birthday shopping done!

    We had lunch in a bierhaus. So one thing we have already noticed in Germany (or perhaps this is unique to Bavaria) is that if they say something on the menu to describe the meal, it is quite literal. The kids ordered traditional Bavarian meatloaf for lunch. The menu described it as "200gm meatloaf". What arrive was a white plate with 200gm slice of meatloaf. That's it - no garnish, no sauce, no anything. Just a lump of meatloaf.

    I ordered something described as "white sausage salad with gherkin and onions". What I received as the most gigantic pile of thinly sliced sausage scattered with red onion rings and 1/2 a gherkin with a clear vinegar type of dressing over the top. No actual salad item. It is quite bizarre.

    One of the other things I had noticed in the villages we drove through yesterday and again in Marienplatz is the blue and white stripey poles. They are mostly ornately decorated. Googled that too and note they are Maypoles. There is one outside our AirBnb and even a small one in the garden.
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  • Day13

    Munich day 3

    January 2 in Germany

    What a beautiful city. We spent the morning here in Greisbach lounging, grocery shopping and eating breakfast
    We were then off to watch the Glockenspiel in the Munich town center. (“The Glockenspiel in the tower balcony of the Neues Rathaus--city hall--is world famous and worth seeing. Since 1908, figurines representing stories from Munich’s history twirl on two levels daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.”). Donn cringed at the out of tune bells, the kids wondered what the fuss was and I thought it was marvelous😀 We then went to the Farmer's Market in downtown (the Viktualienmarkt is a daily food market and a square in the center of Munich, Germany.
    The Viktualienmarkt developed from an original farmers' market to a popular market for gourmets. In an area covering 22,000 m2 (240,000 sq ft), 140 stalls and shops offer flowers, exotic fruit, game, poultry, spices, cheese, fish, juices and so on). We bought tons of fresh food to cook for dinner as we heard tale that the Cal Poly boys and Wyatt we're gonna make it for dinner. We attempted to find the Asam church but parking and freezing cold rain made it hard. So...off to the beer hall we went. Beer Halls are basically breweries with these huge long tables and huge indoor spaces. They are beautiful. We went to Augustiner Keller and feasted on beer and pretzels. We then made our way “home” and cooked for the 8 of us. Donn picked up Wyatt and buds at a nearby train station. They had been on a hike. We feasted and then played spades and pictionary until 1:00 am. There was lots and lots of funny moments😂. I've missed my boy.
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  • Day9

    Willkommen in München

    September 12, 2017 in Germany

    So after a bus from Prague to Nuremberg and a delayed train (1hr) from there to Munich (I thought the Germans were efficient) I arrived at my accommodation.. The Tent, Munich. Yes it really is a tent. It's like a massive gazebo with about 200 beds in it. It's fully booked out for Oktoberfest which starts this Saturday. They only heat it over Oktoberfest though... last night was cold - I slept fully clothed.

    Apparently in leaving the door open to the tent it makes it warmer.. my arse. At reception they give you 4 blankets at check in but I got a further two because it was so Baltic.
    Anyway, I survived the first night and went to explore Munich by foot. I met a Scottish chap on the walking tour and after having seen all the sights, we took refuge from the rain in the Hoffbrauhaus, Munich. It was packed at 1pm.
    We had a couple of 1L steins and chatted with the locals, and a band from Argentina on a European tour. Rolling Stones are in town, along with Anderlecht fans.

    I managed to get tickets for Bayern Munich v Anderlecht in the Champions League, which finished 3-0. An early red for the Belgians meant the game was never in doubt. I was adopted by a group of Bayern fans in the Munich markets after they discovered I supported a lowly English football team. They took me for dinner and then got me to the stadium before insisting they paid for my metro trip home. Lovely blokes.

    Incredible stadium the Allianz Arena. Dead impressed.
    My last full day in Munich included heading to the Eisbach which is a natural wave that lasts all year round that locals surf. Really cool. Finished by watching the Champions League games in an Irish Pub.
    Salzburg tomorrow by coach. Vienna on the weekend
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  • Day92

    Munich, Germany

    August 6, 2017 in Germany

    Another spontaneous decision has paid off and I'm loving being in Munich after leaving Salzburg a day early!! The first thing I noticed when I returned to Germany was how reliable the public transport system is and how delicious all the food is in the bakeries. I didn't think I'd enjoy being back in Germany as much as I have but it's a nice change after the likes of Greece and Croatia! I went on a free walking tour my first morning and was amazed at all of the incredible buildings in the main area. The great thing about Munich is that the city is quite small, especially in comparison to Berlin so it made it easy to navigate and get around! At least 90% of Munich was destroyed in WWII so the city is relatively new however a lot of the buildings were rebuilt in the same original designs. The New Town Hall is magnificent and one of my favorite gothic style buildings in Europe. The bells also don't stop ringing in Munich, there are always bells ringing somewhere in the city which is so cool to hear!! I've loved my time here and am so glad I decided to come back to Germany.Read more

  • Day53

    Munich

    July 1, 2015 in Germany

    We only had an afternoon here and it was beautiful just walking around the city looking at the buildings. I think this is another place I will have to return to in the future.

  • Day17

    Munich

    August 13 in Germany

    Munich had big beer halls. Had some big beer stiens and a pretzel.
    Then we all came back home on the bus and drank at the hotel bar.
    We didnt do the munich bike ride because it rained heavily.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Marienplatz, Mary's Square, مارين بلاتز, Мариенплац, Μαρίενπλατς, מריאנפלאץ, マリエン広場, 마리엔 광장, Plac Mariacki w Monachium, 玛利亚广场

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