Disney, Dachau, and Drunkeness

Trip Start Mar 30, 2011
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Trip End Jun 16, 2011


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Hotel Zum Jaegerstoeckl Grafenau
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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Monday, May 23, 2011

 I arrived in Munich and that night hung out in the hostel with a bunch of english guys, some canadian  girls, a guy from Utah, and a Asian canadian guy. 

I learned all manner of English drinking games including table tennis. However I couldnt get over the fact that these guys were gonna party like animals.

LIterally... They dressed up as a sheep, pig, gorilla, 2 penguins, and a dalmation and wore these suits all night. It was ridiculous.   

After only a liter of Augustiner I called it an early night and went to bed.

The next day I decided to go to Neuswanstein which took a day of my rail pass and 2 hours by train and then another 30 minute bus ride to the Castle.  On the train I talked with another guy named Ben from Iowa, Leslie, from ORegon, and two freinds Stepheanie and Courtney both from Illionois.  They also both were going into finance and one was an IB at Deutsche bank and the other was in consutling.

WE arrived at the castle and the outside was amazing.  Very Beautifl scenery and the castle was actually never completed.  Ludwig II bankrupted the state building it. During his stay some shrink came and legally had him declared insane and took him to a hospital.  THe next day he was foudn dead from drowning in the lake.  

The inside of the castle is very fairy tale like. Los of swans and noble knights with a splash of Chrisitan Saints in the throne room.  Pictures of the inside are not allowed to be taken but the outside you can.

After going through the english speaking tour which took 35 minutes we headed over to a bridge and took a few photos.  After that we headed back down and enjoyed the smell of horse shit from the carriages taking people up and down the road.

After this we ate dinner early at 5 at a Bavarian hall where I got a very big braut.  It was like 14 inches or something.   

Later that night I went to the Haufbrahaus with Ben, Leslie, and two English guys and two grils from Iowa.  I just drank a liter and we headed back around midnight.  This is the first time I went, and by some weird coincidence I ended up at the Haufbrahaus every day I was in munich.

This beer hall is famous for the start of the Nazi Party.  THis is where Hitler gave some of his early speeches to rally the people.


Tuesday
(This part is very sad, read at own risk.)


On that note I decided to visit Dachua Concentration camp the next day. I took the U Bahn there.  It was free to get in and I paid 2 euro for the audioguide.  The camp was depressing and is actually the only place in the world with the actual original gas chambers and ovens still on display.  There is something very creepy about walking into these very small gas gas chambers which are dark and barely over my height.

I went to the Muesum part as well which provided a lot of info about the Third Reich up through the camp history and  its victims, practices, etc... It was very dark. Basically people being experimented on with gas, drugs, high altitude effects, hypothermia jackets, dentistry and all sorts of very inhumane practices. 

It is very unfortunate and disgusting that such things can be done and reading about it in a book doesnt exactly give you a grasp until you are there. It is eerie knowing hudreds of thousands died
there.


After 3 horus of depressing but informative touring I met Ben of all people and we headed back to Munich.  He got my a McDonalds shake. 

THat night we decided to do the beer tour which was 12 euro for a student ID. WINNING...

Leslie was there again as well as a lot of other Americans who were fresh faces. I spent most of the night talking with a huge Aussie guy who was about 6 foot 6 and 230.  We played thumb war to a draw after we both discovered that niether of us had ever lost. He has a hyper extendable thumb like me. 

We went back to the Haufbrahaus for dinner and I ate a pork knuckle which was very greasey and good. I also tried the dark beer this time.  We learned about the histroy some more. If you are Bavaian and go there at least 3 nights a week for 15 years you can get your name on metal sign above your table which you can kick out anybody who is there for any reason. They also can have there steins under lock and key.

I met a family from Alabama as well and talked with them about travels. 

We went to another beer hall, I forget the name all of this stuff is blurring together and ended back at the hostel. All in all I drank 3.5 liters over the night.  Not to shabby.

Wednesday

I awoke with a hangover which I cured with a shower, Ibprofen and pastries. Cheese  Danish with sugar which was very good. Also had a rasberry one as well, equally good.

This day I spent 3 attempts trying to get the free tour before actualy managing to catch the last one at 3 pm which had a total of 5 people.  Before that I went to the Englisch Garten and watched people surf on a river.  I also saw some nude sun bathers, mostly guys and old people.  There was a lot of students sunbathing though and enjoying the park and beer. It was a very chill vibe.


THere is a shit ton of pollen here. The cotten woods are everywhere and my allergies are really acting up.  I get to the free tour after 3 attempts of ping ponging back and forth from the garten.  This is the most famous beer garden after the one where octoberfest is held.


On the tour we again went to the huafbrahaus only this time for a history lesson.  Most of it was mention earlier in regards to Hitler. Rather than recount the tour, I will list the cool facts I remember.

The ceiling in the Huafbrahaus had to paint over Swastikas so the bavarian flags look angular and resemeble the shape of a Swastika.

I saw the 2nd most over rated tourist attraction in Europe, the GLockenspiel. This is essentially a bunch of guys spinning aruond in a cirlce to some bell music. It is as lame as it sounds. I have a video.

There are no memorials for Nazis in Munich, all the memorials are for the rememberance of the victims of the Nazi Party.

The Lion and the Monk are two famous images in Bavaria. The Lion is after Henry the Lion who fought with Frederick barborassa during the First Riech and was rewarded Bavaria for his efforts.  The monk, which has now become a very yooung feminine looking boy is on a lot of beer bottle becasue the town of munich started as a Monk Brewery way back when.

Henry the Lion burned down a bridge owned by the Catholic Church. As a result, one third of all the salt taxes they collected on this route had to go to the Church for 150 years. After that they extended it another 100 years, after that the church said the original document was burned, so they said it was for all goods over the bridge and for eternity.  1998 was the last payment the Catholic church collected.  In all, adjusted for inflation, the total amount collected by the church that they should not have received was about 3 trillion dollars. WOW!

Beer in Bavaria has a beer law, which requires only 4 ingriedients. Water, barley, yeast and ...maybe wheat, not sure on this I forgot.

After the tour I took a stroll up the tower and saw the munich skyline before heading to the Garden for my last bit of German food. I got a pork braut and some tasty salty potatoes.  Also I decided the 1.5 euro deposit was worth losing for the one Liter mug, so I took it with me. Hehehehe

After dinner and some idle chat with some local german students I headed back to the hostel and got my bag.  I bought some German Gummy Bears at the train station and hoped on the night train to Amsterdam.  Left at 10:40, arrived in Amsterdam aroun 9.

Note, I opted to pass up Hiedelberg and instead use that day in Belgium to hit up Bruge.

Quote of the Blog
"We're gonna party like animals." Englishmen (They literally meant dressed like aniamals). LOL

Vital Signs
Total Liters of Beer Consumed in 3 Days: 7.5 liters
Weight gained: None, but I got a beer belly and am craving some vegatbles
Germany ranking: Awesome, I will return, favorite European country so far, Switzeralnd a close second.

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JohnMG123 on

Glad you are still having a good time. You might want to drink more water and less beer, even if you are in Germany!

Uncle John

Caki on

Your blog re: Munich brought fond back memories when I was in Munich with my German friends. Did you eat the white radishes at the Haufbrahaus? At first I thought it was something sweet. Gitta, my German friend, would not take me to the Concentration camp. She was in charge and "told me what to do". I couldn't complain since I was staying at her house.
Ditto John! Drink more water. Gitta always ordered water with the beer.

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