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  • Day20

    The Eagle's Nest

    June 23, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    As I emerged from the Munich S-Bahn at Marienplatz, I had a feeling of déjà vu. I remembered having been at this exact spot with Mum and Dad during our trip to Germany many, many years ago. We sat outside under an umbrella in the square opposite the famous glockenspiel Clock Tower enjoying a German beer. Mum was so taken with the fine lager glasses that she put two in her handbag and I believe still has them. Munich was busy with Friday night revellers, but I resisted, and had an early night at the comfortable Blauer Bock Hotel nearby.

    This morning I set out on a trip to visit the Eagle’s Nest - part of Hitler’s mountain retreat, the Berghof. After a pleasant train journey from Munich, I arrived at the charming town of Berchtesgaden. From there a bus took us to Obersalzberg location of the now demolished Berghof, which in the 1930s became, surprisingly, the 2nd seat of the Nazi government after Berlin. Then a further specially constructed bus to cope with the steep climb up the mountain to Kehlsteinhaus (The Eagle’s Nest), where, with its panoramic views, Hitler entertained special guests. It is virtually the only building not to have been bombed or demolished, and now serves as a restaurant / bar.

    To reach the summit you had to walk through a long tunnel constructed in 1938 and take a beautiful copper decorated lift to the top. What fabulous 360 degree views over the Bavarian Alps and Lake Konigsee. It is hard to imagine in this idyllic mountain setting that Hitler and his followers made world shattering decisions on war, persecution and genocide.

    I enjoyed bockwurst and potato salad and a cool, German lager in the main reception room, featuring a marble fireplace gifted by Mussolini, although it was a bit unsettling to see photographs of Nazi leaders and dignatories pictured in the same room. The excellent museum Dokumentation Obersalzberg provided a great insight into the Nazi takeover of this hitherto quiet mountain community.

    I did contemplate making the very short train journey over the border to Salzburg, Austria for some pink lemonade. Some light relief in The Sound of Music city would have been welcome. However I headed back to Munich for dinner and to get ready for the next part of my trip - the overnight sleeper train to Hamburg. Another very special day, sobering in part, but with breathtaking scenery.
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  • Day47

    Munich

    August 3, 2017 in Germany ⋅

    Overnight in Munich- walked down to the glockenspiel- unfortunately we weren't there in time to see it in action, then on to the Hofbräuhaus for a 'little' drink and some hearty German food! It's been a 'few' year since I experienced the Hofbräuhaus in my youth!

  • Day58

    Munich

    August 3, 2017 in Germany ⋅

    For Alan and Rozzie Munich was a re-visit after some 35 and 40 years respectively so for them it had changed dramatically. For me, it was all new! We walked the length of Old Town taking in the old and new buildings. Both Alan and Rozzie had a vivid memory of the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel but a vague memory of where it was located. When we came to the Town Hall and saw it had a very impressive clock, it reminded them of the famous clock and seeking help learned that it indeed was the Glockenspiel. Their memory was of a much bigger Clock, nevertheless, I was impressed with it and the building. Dinner and a drink could be at no other place but The Hofbrau Haus. A great night and great way to leave Germany (back for a brief visit in mid-September).Read more

  • Day22

    Oktoberfest

    September 24, 2016 in Germany ⋅

    This was our longest stay in one city so far but it was much needed. Although we didn't do much besides attend Oktoberfest it was ok because we got such a local experience! There is no event that compares with people from all parts of the world coming together to enjoy a beer in massive "beer halls" or what we'd call tents! We met people from the US, Germany, Australia, Luxembourg to name a few, we learned some Germany songs, we ate a lot of German carnival food and we had a great time! It was a lot of fun seeing everyone dressed up in the traditional clothing which we contemplated buying but decided not to since we wouldn't have room to pack them anyways. We're glad we could check this off the bucket list and I'm sure we'll be back at some point!

    Side note: We're writing this post on a train to Salzburg Austria which is our next stop and are pretty pissed because we just got charged 72euros for accidently getting on the wrong train!! We had bought a regional train pass and took the non-regional train which isn't marked anywhere! There's nothing more frustrating than these German ticket checkers who are the rudest people then dare to say "have a great journey" after he just charged us twice the cost of a ticket in addition to the one we already paid for! Moving on...
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  • Day3

    Marienplatz

    January 3 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ -3 °C

    Fantastic view of Marienplatz from the ground and from Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Cathedral). The hike up "Alter Peter" (Old Peter) consists of about 300 stairs, so I was pretty dizzy by the time I got to the top.

  • Day4

    Museum Mensch und Natur

    January 4 in Germany ⋅ ❄️ -1 °C

    (1) A museum that serves beer? Thank goodness for Cafébar Limulus! (2) Now I know 12 of the insect orders in German (Hymenoptera is “Hautflüger”). (3) Chromosome quiz! (4) Carboniferous dragonfly selfie.

  • Day7

    Myrna's Birthday party

    October 6, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Had 35 guests at the party. Served your choice of beef, pork or fish. Every one joined in a toast and the singing of Happy Birthday. Even later, walking back to the bus the crowd began singing Happy Birthday again. Back at the hotel, I gave her my gift. It was a memorable night. Happy Birthday, Myrna..Read more

  • Day2

    Munich

    May 30, 2017 in Germany ⋅

    Day 1:
    Well I made it to Munich!! 11 hour flight to Abu Dhabi then a stopover which only lasted 1.5 hours and then a 7 hour flight here! On the second leg of the plane I sat next to a lovely lady who is German and now lives in Albury (Australia) and has for 8 years, she is a youth councillor, a masseuse, a beauty therapist plus she is qualified in a few more areas as well. She was on her way back visiting family. She gave me lots of tips about Germany and also indulged me on a lot of history about Germany. Lots of random interesting facts about past kings, their culture, the difference in farming (photo from plane, they only have about 1 paddock each), she told where to go try some good German food in a beer garden (pork knuckle, she said to only have it once because it is quite sickening). She also helped me to get my train ticket and on my way to the main station as she was just a couple of stops before me! First new friend on Facebook👍

    Getting off the train was the easy part, I had an ordeal finding the hostel. Went out the wrong exit so had to go back to the train station and ask. Then once I was out the right exit I took a wrong turn!! Had to go back walked in circles and decided I was too hungry didn't eat the crappy plane food, too sickening. Grabbed a bite and tried again to locate the hostel! Walked straight the street(they are all called str something something ebe or esse) it was called something different on the one side I was walking to the one coming from the other direction (I asked a security guard) so first lost experience. Dropped off my bag (way too heavy) found a cafe for some wifi. The streets are filled with beggars, lots of old women and quite a few amputee beggars as well. One man had lost both lower legs below the knee so was sliding as walking on bits of padded cardboard

    Next was the supermarket experience. Went in wanting some 2 minute noodles and a container. They had nothing of the like there. There alcohol is just out on the shelves, I tried to take a photo but there were too many people waking past. They have no plastic bags or eftpos facilities. An elderly man got accused of stealing so it kind of went into partial lockdown. These rails came down over all the counter stuff like your chewies. It was just a lot of angry yelling in German so I couldn't tell you what he was saying

    Now I'm waiting to check in and have a shower! I haven't had one in over 24 hours and feel gross. Plus I've been through that many different Timezones I'm sooo tired!!

    Auf Wiedersehen
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  • Day7

    Leonardo Royal Hotel

    October 6, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Changed hotels today, we will join our group this afternoon. Checked in early and will have a little rest. We are now out by the Olympic stadium, about 10 train stations away from downtown. Going on a city tour first and then to dinner with our new friends. Hope to meet some nice people. Also some miscellaneous pictures.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

München, Landeshauptstadt, Muenchen, Munich, 80638, 81245, 81673, 81737

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