Munich

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
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Trip End Nov 06, 2007


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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A word of advice - if you ever plan a trip to Germany, Munich should be 1) your last stop, 2) come with an empty suitcase, 3) plan to stay at least 3 days here, excluding and day trip that you might otherwise plan to do...
The primary reason for me to visit Munich is the Neuschawstein Castle, which is approx 2hrs from Munich.  Most people do day trips from Munich because there ain't a lot happening at Fussen - the nearest town.  We know winter is fast approaching as it was foggy (again) and the fields were covered with snow.  Despite of the weather, the castles exceeded my expectation.  Though I kept asking myself if King Ludwig was gay - he built quite a few castles that were dedicated to operas, loved all things French in Louis XXIV time (wigs, make up, gowns - and that's just for the men!  He also lived his life as a recluse - a bachelor without his "queen".
As for Munich - I have to say it's one of the cities on this trip that I will come back to, hopefully soon.  The old town itself is relatively compact, but every corner seems to have something interesting to look at.  And I don't mean the shops!  I was told that Munich is Germany's shopping mecca - now I understand.  And the people are so nice - I couldn't stop on a street corner to look at my map without a nice man trying to find my way... Hmm... may be they are just like King Ludwig... ;)
Am staying near the main train station, which is great (if the train workers weren't striking...) as there are many cheap eat options.  Last night, I had Germany's national cruisine - Turkish!  Yum!  LOL.  BTW, if you like fish - try Nordsee.  It's a cafetaria serving only seafoods, at very reasonable prices I might add!  
Have to say, the impression I get from most Germans is definitely very different to the one I had.  Granted, they are very organised (to the point of being anal) and everything has to be done a certain way (e.g. for the castles, you must follow an organised tour groups and you MUST only go to your designed group at the designated point and time...), but they are also friendly and jovial - at least they smile at you when you talk to them.. unlike those people from the former soviet block countries...
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