It comes in Litres?! I'm getting one!
Trip Start Oct 20, 2010
79Trip End May 03, 2011
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I met the people in my room. They included a couple of Chinese girls, a young English couple from Reading, who were on the first night of a month or so in Europe, but the most unusual was the girliest looking man I have ever seen in my entire life. It wasn't until he said hello that I realised he was a guy.
Anyway, on my first full day I had a huge lie in (had a lot of sleep to catch up on) and then went off in search of the Viktualienmarkt, which was a large food market containing a beer garden amongst other things, and then the beer and Oktoberfest museum. I completely failed to find this. I walked up and down every street in the area and asked five separate locals, none of whom had even heard of it, and in the end gave up and went and had a drink in the Hofbrauhaus.
The Hofbrauhaus is great, although I felt a bit awkward having a beer by myself. They only serve it in litres there, which is quite cool, and considering how famous the place is, it wasn't a complete ripoff at €7.60 a litre (only 40c more than what I paid for 0.4l in Finland...) There was a traditional Bavarian folk band there, wearing all the garb including lederhosen, and there were lots of old regulars walking around even more outlandishly dressed.
That evening I went and sat in the hostel bar to watch the Chelsea vs Man Utd game and got talking to an American guy, about football. I explained the beautiful game to him a bit over some beer, and I ended up being very drunk indeed. Not very ladylike at all really. We agreed to meet up the next night and do the Munich beer challenge tour.
The next day I had to switch hostels, and thanks to my late finish the night before, I was too tired to do anything meaningful during the day, but I headed to the meeting point for the beer challenge tour with Mikael, a Swedish guy I had met in my room to meet up with Evan, the American. It turned out the tour was being run by an Irish guy I was drinking with the previous night.
We took in a couple of the brauhauses and the beer garden in the Viktualienmarkt. The second to last place we went was back to the Hofbrauhaus. There were about 13 of us, and the waiter managed to bring all of our beer at once, without a tray. That man must have rocks for biceps. Learned plenty from the guide, including that the men's toilets have a special vessel for vomiting into. Classy. The next day was spent being very hungover indeed. Mikael was leaving the next day so we decided to go downstairs to the bar for one beer, which turned in to three when we got talking to some Americans and Australians at the bar. I think Munich is just one of those places where it is impossible to not drink at some point.
I was determined that the next day would not be lost to tiredness/hangovers (I couldn't even sleep it off because after 9am it was too hot to sleep in the room) so I set out on a wander over to the Residenz, which is the former palace of the Wittelsbachs, the Kings of Bavaria from way back when in the 13th century (I think...) right up to the disollution of the Kingdom in 1918 after the defeat of Germany in WWI.
The palace treasury was something else. I'll let the pictures do the talking there because some of the stuff was just stunning. The palace itself was less interesting. There were 90-odd rooms to go through (which is a LOT of walking) and the audioguide mostly explained what the furniture was, and it wasn't all that interesting. Still, even only listening to the bits I cared about meant that I was there for a good couple of hours, so it was a good afternoon all things considered.
On my last full day I went to Nuremberg, but I will write a separate entry about that later...