When my friends in Graz, Austria heard that I had the week off and was intending to visit Salzburg first, they suggested I should visit Munich, Germany too – since it was only 2 hours away by train from the little Mozart town.
Honestly I knew nothing about Munich- other than it being the place for Oktoberfest.
So it was a surprise when I found myself falling in love with the ‘city of beer and sausages’ and decided to stay an extra night there having already stayed for two. My diet mainly consisted of beer and sausages and I dined at the 2 famous beer halls twice, each!
Besides the culinary delights, I saw men surfing on a river, found my favourite building in the whole wide world (so far), visited the famous science museum, ooohed and ahhed over Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and saw a real life fantasy castle!
My favourite building in the world so far! City Town Hall on Marienplatz is a Gothic spectacular; my photo does not do it justice!
Inside the Town Hall courtyard
I felt like time had stand still in the architecture – it was like the Romans were still here.
Germans love the beach, unfortunately their geography does not allow them a decent coastline, so they make do with rivers, lakes and parks as their beaches :) Apparently there’s a nude “beach” near here.
The largest underground shopping centre in the world situated under Karlsplatz! Munich is pretty much shopping mecca – I remember walking down one street seeing like 4 H&Ms and 4 Zaras and 2 Pradas!
Sausages and sauerkraut — the Austrians and Germans love this sauerkraut stuff- I’m not too sure if I’m a fan :p
“Woolen” sausages and potato salad with half a litre of beer at the famous beer hall, Hofbrauhaus. This was the first time I dined by myself! Can you believe it! — I choose a beer hall to dine solo?! I was crazy!
Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at Neue Pinakothek museum; a piece he did in the “happier” part of his life. The museum also had works by Gauguin, Cezanne and Monet! Munich had many museums to choose from, I visited the Neue Pinakothek for the list of artists I mentioned and Deutches Museum which is a famous science museum – for curiosity sake :p
Castles in next post… ;)