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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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  • Day8

    Munich

    April 6 in Germany

    Get to the city centre of Munich with Marienplatz - the central plaza - or the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl - the famous pub for drinking Maß and enjoy the ambience of Oktober Fest any time of the year. As for the Viktualienmarkt, located some steps away from Marienplatz, if you are lucky enough to have nice weather, you can appreciate Munich street food and check exactly where it comes from because you are surrounded by the vegetable stands as well as the butchers that supply the market eating area. The permanent Maypole tells the story of beer in the city and decorates the centre of the market. At night you can walk around and you will always find a place to drink a beer or to eat a sausage and you can even go aboard the Cocktail Tram...Read more

  • Day58

    Munich

    August 3, 2017 in Germany

    More photos of Old Town and The Hofbrau Haus...

  • 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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  • Day4

    Day 2

    June 1, 2017 in Germany

    Day 2
    Started off the day by having to eat breaky by myself for the first time. But I took advantage of the all you can eat buffet fitting in quite a bit as my budget is extremely tight so meals and what I can eat are limited if I don't want to end up broke

    Next up was going on the tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp. I knew it would be confronting of which it was. For a place that was built to only fit 6000 people by the end of the world war it had over 200000. It was crazy to even think that places like this existed! It wa an amazing experience and if your ever in Munich I would highly recommend. Our tour guide was really good he was an Irish man whose knowledge was amazing. I meet to lovely girls who are studying physio at uni in Townsville. They are in there third year, who are on a 7 week trip around Europe. They are super friendly and I'm going out with them to the English gardens which has the second largest beer garden worldwide so that will be pretty cool

    I can't confirm yet but I think I'm doing well with the jet lag so far. I went to sleep last night as I would at home so hopefully I get into a routine pretty quickly. In saying that I am very tired the day was big lots of walking and in the sun.

    It really surprised me about the weather here so humid and hot in general too. Yesterday the humidity was at 93%. The hostel was very stuffy the have no air conditioner or ventilation. I swapped hostels this arvo to literally 2 doors down as my first accomodation didn't have enough availability when I booked

    About to go down to happy hour(or hours 4:30 to 8pm) with Darcy and Sam (girls I met) then we are off to dinner

    Will report again soon👍
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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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  • Day254

    Munich, Germany

    January 22 in Germany

    We visited Andreas's childhood friend Tim and his German girlfriend Sara at their home in Munich. We braved the cold and explored the city by foot. Like much of Europe, it is interesting to walk through the historic streets. We spent our evenings playing board games and drinking German beers; Wizards, El Dorado, cards, etc. We woke up one day to snow and decided to go on a hike around a nearby lake. Our hiking books definitely came in handy as we walked on the frozen ground beneath the beautiful snowy trees. We visited the famous Hofbrauhaus to have a traditional stein of beer, just like Octoberfest. We did however discover that they are not called 'steins' in Germany, they are actually called krugs... how have we been getting it so wrong?Read more

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

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