Munchen!! Or Munich in English :)

Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
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Trip End Jul 10, 2009


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

We arrived in Munich quite thankfully, happy to be rid of the Czech trains! Got ourselves sorted again with the metro lines, and found our hotel quite easily. After settling in, we found ourselves at a little restaurant/pub on the corner and enjoyed our new found taste for Bavarian beer!

My research that night led us to find that Monday is not a good day for sight-seeing in Munich, as most things are closed!! My plans had to be re-worked. So, Monday was bus day and we caught the metro first into the city and then got on the bus. It is a strange city, lots of markets and shopping, and of course, the famous beer halls (or "bier hauses") dotted around the streets.

It got really quite hot in the afternoon in our open top bus, so being the red-headed, freckled and pale-skinned one of the family, I headed downstairs into the shade :) We stopped for a little while at Nymphenburg Palace - quite impressive - and then finished our tour. Then we strolled around the shops for a while, and headed back to the hotel. Had a cheapo dinner that night at the old favourite Macca's (we really are getting to know the international menus!).

Tuesday was going to be a busy day. After consulting the net and our travel book, we found our way out to Dachau (Nazi concentration camp). What a weird place! Very eerie feeling, and a bit of disbelief that people could have been treated that way. They have preserved a few of the buildings, in particular the main administration/shower block which have now been converted to a very in-depth museum. The barracks were obviously gutted after the liberation etc, but have been rebuilt to show what they were like. It would have been nice not to listen to the sounds of disrespectful high school students, seeing as though the place is a memorial - that kind of ruined it a little. Jase was pretty bored, but I was really happy to have finally seen it.

Then it was back on the train, and we headed to the BMW factory! Jase was pretty excited, and we oohed and aahed over the showcase of cars for a while. I got into trouble when we were told that the English factory tours had finished for the day, and the only ones left were in German!!!!! Black mark against my itinerary planning!!! So, despite the German tour guide, we really enjoyed seeing how all the cars were made - a fantastic process! Nothing like how you would imagine a car factory (grease, engine oil etc) - it's spotless. Of course, it would have been more informative, and we would have learned a lot more in English :) I think I'll be reminded of that for years to come...

We finished off the day - and our stay - with a traditional German meal of "weiner schnitzel" (oh so yummy!) and a couple of Bavarian beers. Cheers and thanks Munchen!!! We'll be back one day :)
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