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Less than 48 hours in Munich

Posted by Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers on August 29, 2009

Our cruise was finally over 😦 The lovely people at Gate 1 allowed us to leave our luggage on the ship while we explored Vienna a little bit longer.  After lunch, we headed back to the ship, grabbed our luggage, took Vienna’s cute public train system to the downtown area to catch a train to Munich.

The train ride to Munich was delightful!  The booking process was easy and we went with First Class seats which are similar to Harry Potter rooms 🙂 There were six seats per room, 3 facing 3.  When the Husband and I boarded there were 3 others in the room and we had the seats next to the windows, facing each other.  It was a very pretty 4 hour train ride.  Train travel is definitely the way to go in Europe! Although, luggage storage is tight so if you take the train, try to pack light!

We arrived in Munich and walked to our hotel a few blocks from the station.  We checked in, dropped our bags, and walked to the downtown area (less than a mile).  We went in search of the famous Munich Hofbrauhaus which the Husband had been looking forward to since seeing the replica in Las Vegas.  Unfortunately we didn’t take any photos and we were a bit overwhelmed when we first arrived 😦 It’s HUGE! Just like any photos you’ve seen of Oktoberfest, it’s lots and lots of wooden tables and benches, sausages, and waitresses carrying multiple giant mugs of beer.  After walking around for a bit and attempting to ask someone outside, we figured out that you just sit anywhere.  So we sat, and we drank, and we ate, and it was delicious! We can’t wait to go back! And take photos 🙂

The next day we went about exploring the city! We bought train tickets and took their light rail around, jumping on and off when we  saw something we wanted to see.

There were beautiful churches…

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Old buildings…

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The Hofbrauhaus in the daylight…

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The city hall (I think!) aka Rathaus (we ate dinner in the basement here)

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and more unique buildings…

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and statues 🙂

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At night, we spent time at the Christmas Market, exploring the unique stands and the ones we’d been to in the other cities.

And the Husband’s favorite – the life size Glockenspiel.  Unfortunately the picture didn’t turn out very well but it was fun to see it come alive!

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The funniest part of our visit to Munich came when we walked through their very large park.  At one point we were walking across a bridge and looked into the water and found…

SURFERS! In Munich! In December!

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To show how cold it was, I posed with them in the background 🙂

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How funny!

The next day we were off to Rome!

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