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Munich -Capital of Bavaria

Due to land in the next 30minutes so thought I would start my blog, so some os writes before I land and again at the end of the day

Took a sleeping tablet as soon as I boarded and slept for 4 of the 11 hour flight. Woke at 5 am which was midnight Europe time. Going to be a looooonnnng day! Watched a couple more movies, ate way too much food and we landed at 7am Munich time.

Here we go a month of exploring beautiful Europe!

We arrived to beautiful blue skies, cool crisp air but warm in the sun. 5 - 20 degrees Bavaria is famous for traditional clothes of lederhosen, dirndl,beer halls, oompah bands and beautiful castles and does not disappoint They actually do wear the traditional clothes particularly over Oktoberfest.

We caught the train ( follow the Green S ) signs over to the train station opposite the airport. We bought tickets for 10.50E each from ticket machine into the Hauptbahoff station or Central Station. It took 45 minutes as the airport was out in a rural area. It was very slow and often stopped at stations for 10 minutes. We asked a man at the station which exit we should leave to find our Hostel and he walked us up and pointed it out . Our hostel was straight outside the station and across the street & we arrived there by 9.30am .

We left our luggage in a luggage room as we cant check in until 2pm. Wombats isa really nic hostel and well run. The cost is 27 E a night for a 6 bed female dorm with its one bathroom.

We had been awake since 1am local time and were tired but headed out to explore. Our location is perfect being only a few long blocks walk of 15 minutes to the old town. Munich is the 3rd largest German city and capital of Bavaria. There is much evidence of that with shops with the traditional clothes of lederhosen leather pants for men and dirndls for women. There are stein mugs for beer and bratwurst sausage and sauerkraut.

We walked for miles down to the Marienplatz—a large open square pedestrian area past interesting Bavarian style buildings. Its tower contains the [i]Rathaus-Glockenspiel[/i] which chimes a few times a day Buskers and entertainers were everywhere and the whole place has a cool vibe. Three gates of the demolished medieval fortification have survived to this day—the [i]Isartor[/i] in the east, the [i]Sendlinger Tor[/i] in the south and the [i]Karlstor[/i] in the west of the inner city.

Munich was the place the Nazi party started after WW1 and was heavily bombed in WW2 losing over 50% of the inner city buildings.

It is a lovely city with squares and lots of parks and green space. The Englisher Gardens are one of the largest parks in Europe, larger than Central Park in NY and has over 78 km of path ways. We walked through Hofgarten which was a well laid out park with maple trees and fountains. Very pretty. In summer nude sunbatghing is the rule rather than the exception

In the english gardens are surfing streams where locals surf summer and winter . They are called the Eisbach surfers We watched this for ages – very cool! We walked through the park enjoying the sound of the birds and the beautiful shady trees beside rushing streams.

Back in the centre near the Odenplatz and Resident Palace which housed Bavarian rulers from 1385 to 1918 we found a nice place to sit outside and eat some lunch. And both had veggie burgers and a pretzel 2.50 E. Also bought a salad and another veggie burger for my dinner for 5.50 E.

We went back to the hostel which is only 15 minute walk to the old town and 25 minutes to the English Gardens. Really nice hostel with nice room - clean /wood floors. Mum and I did our bands workout and went back down to Marionplatz again. I climbed to the top of St Peters church up 306 steps for great view of the city and distant snow capped Bavarian alps – cost 2 E

Viktualienmarkt – wandered around this cool area with beer gardens and food markets and interesting food places. Went inside a beautiful church next to it with ornate painted ceilings. We went into several churches today and they were all quite different The [i]Frauenkirche[/i] is the most famous building in the city centre and serves as the cathedral and has the high distinctive onion shaped green domes on top.

We were so tired we strugged walking back to the hostel where I had dinner in the lovely courtyard garden area. They have a bar there and we were given vouchers for 2 free beer /wine

Eyelids are heavy and time for shower and bed - made it until 9pm when the sun was just setting

St Michaels Church and tulips

St Michaels Church and tulips


Inside St MIchaels

Inside St MIchaels


St Michael's

St Michael's


The archangel Michael wrestling the devil

The archangel Michael wrestling the devil


Curved buildings

Curved buildings


Feldherrnalle  1841 King Ludwig

Feldherrnalle 1841 King Ludwig


Park through the Hofgarten

Park through the Hofgarten


Hofgarten

Hofgarten


Eisbach Surfers in English Gardens

Eisbach Surfers in English Gardens


Waiting their turn

Waiting their turn


Surfing

Surfing


Surfing

Surfing


Surfing

Surfing


Surfing in the English Gardens

Surfing in the English Gardens


Surfing

Surfing


surfing

surfing


Weir in English Gardens

Weir in English Gardens


Weir in English Gardens

Weir in English Gardens


Another surf spot

Another surf spot


Back at the bridge on the other side

Back at the bridge on the other side


surfers

surfers


Lilac

Lilac


Beautiful decorated Royal Palace

Beautiful decorated Royal Palace


The street known as Shirkers Lane for anti nazi

The street known as Shirkers Lane for anti nazi


Looking towards the  towers of Church of our Lady

Looking towards the towers of Church of our Lady


Beer Garden

Beer Garden


City Gate

City Gate


Lovely building

Lovely building


Tower up St Peters

Tower up St Peters


Marienplatz

Marienplatz


View from the top

View from the top


Marienplatz and St Marys column

Marienplatz and St Marys column


St Mary Column and The Towers of our Lady

St Mary Column and The Towers of our Lady


Looking down to where Mum was waiting

Looking down to where Mum was waiting


City views

City views


Viktualienmarkt originated as a farmers market

Viktualienmarkt originated as a farmers market


St Peters

St Peters


Around the markets

Around the markets


More views from the markets

More views from the markets


Beer gardens in the market were packed

Beer gardens in the market were packed


Cheeses

Cheeses


Maypole

Maypole


Church

Church


Beautiful ceilings and columns

Beautiful ceilings and columns


Outside of the church

Outside of the church


Tower I walked up

Tower I walked up


Lovely building

Lovely building


Lots of  people near the city gates

Lots of people near the city gates


Fountains outside the city gates

Fountains outside the city gates

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Germany

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