Friday, January 20, 2012

Munich, Germany

So we went from the land of beater Fiats, Alfa Romeos, and scooters, to the land of BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis. From the land of pasta, pizza, and wine, to the land of meat, potatoes, and beer. Foodwise, I don't think I would survive here for very long, but Jon was in heaven! I think I had more meat in the short time we were there then I've had in months in Italy!

Munich is constantly on the top ten most livable cities lists (and was voted by Monocle's most livable city in 2010) and we could see why. Clean, walkable, bikable, low crime, great public transportation system, affordable housing (so we read), the list goes on and on.
Taken from destination360
After we arrived at our hotel we ate dinner at a fondue restaurant where we cooked the meat, consisting of turkey, chicken, veal, and beef, in oil in the pot and then dipped them in the sauces that they provided. Our dessert was real German chocolate melted into gooey hot goodness with fruits and biscuits dipped in. Very satisfying!
Fondue for the meat.
Duck, a potato ball, and cabbage.
During the day we went to the Englischer Garten (English Garden), which is a very large public park (bigger than Central Park). The name of it refers to the landscape gardening which was very popular in the 18th century. With limited time in the park we only saw a few sites and managed to get a nice stroll in. The Japanese Teahouse was built to celebrate the 1972 Olympics. In the distance we saw the Monopteros, which is a small, round, Greek style temple built in 1832. We also stumbled upon a waterfall that was created in 1815.

Japanese Tea House
Monopteros in the distance
Waterfall
We passed by the Munich Residenz, which is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs. It is used today for visitors to see its architecture, room decorations, and displays of the royal collections.


In Munich center is the Marienplatz, which is the main central square in Munich and has been used as that since 1158. The New Town Hall is a site to see in the square, and you really can't miss it. The building is gothic and almost looks like it was built from wax drippings from a candle. On the tower is the Glockenspiel. Everyday at certain times it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century using 32 life sized figures and 43 bells. The top half shows a joust in honor of the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V (founder of the Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine, with the Bavarian knight winning of course. The bottom half shows the Schäfflerstanz (the coopers' dance), a dance that symbolizes perseverance and loyalty to authority through difficult times.



Since we're planning on coming back to Munich in the fall for Oktoberfest we decided to buy traditional German outfits for ourselves. Jon has his lederhosen and I have my beer wench outfit. You can see us all dressed up when we put them on in the fall, but here is a little preview...

No trip to Munich would be complete without drinking in their famous beerhalls. The first one we went to was Augustiner Keller. Inside it showcased a timber theme with big pine tables and benches, and animals (I hope fake, but probably not) as ornaments. The cellar glowed with warmth and the whole place had a very pleasant and relaxing feel to it.

Enjoying a rest
The Cellar
The other beer hall we went to was the famous Hofbräuhaus. This hall is massive with each room bigger than the next. Being that it was a midweek night in the winter we found ourselves seats pretty quickly and ordered beers from a "beer wench" passing by. Beer in this house means you will get a liter of beer... a liter! I had to hold the mug with two hands! Traditional Bavarian music echoed through the hall while Jon and I looked around in amazement.


Very happy!
I needed two hands!
That's a big pretzel!
Lockers where the regulars leave their steins!
More beer?
The artistic shot
Trying to catch up!
We really didn't have that much time here. After all of the beer drinking in the fall for Oktoberfest we plan to set aside another day or two to see:

                  - Dachau Concentration Camp
                  - Olympia Park
                  - Neuschwanstein Castle
                  - BMW museum

We're looking forward to our next trip to Munich! The following are some other pictures from our time in Munich.

In the hotel elevator.



A scene from 1490 in our hotel.




6 comments:

  1. Great pics...thanks for sharing...looks like your having a ball?..of course, I'm on duty...so the beer pictures really pissed me off :)

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  2. Love this
    We were Germany many years ago and my cats drink their water out of one of those beer mugs believe it or not
    by the way
    Do you always have great weather wherever you travel?

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    1. We seem to always have clear and sunny skies wherever we go!

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  3. Love these pictures of Munich! I especially love the clock tower with the dancing figures! I also love the beer mugs! Do you think the mugs are big enough?!! I don't think I would be able to lift the mug up! Meat and potatoes - sounds yummy! I want to go to Munich! As a matter of fact, I want to go to all the places that you and Jon have been to!!

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  4. Things I love in this blog post:
    -The fondue (you know I love fondue)
    -The fact that you bought a beer wench and lederhosen outfit
    -The huge beer mugs
    - The enormous pretzels
    -Hearing you are returning for Oktoberfest
    Miss you guys!

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