We arrived to Munich late at night so once again we went straight to bed to rest up for the next day. On our first day, we woke up early and headed towards the town center, Marienplatz. We got to see the famous clock that I found very similar to Prague's clock. These people love their clocks apparently. We wandered around the little side streets for a while exploring. It was so cool because everything was just so German. We grabbed a quick bite to eat. I got my a German beer of course, this one was a russ beer lengthened with lemonade! I also got a delicious potato and cheese soup.
|We learned that the location of where the girl ties her bow on her dirndl represents her relationship status. I encourage none of you to ever tie your bow in the middle -you will never be left alone.|
After lunch we jumped in on a free walking tour. Whoever started these tours was a genius! They're solely based on tips -so the tour guide has to give a good tour if they ever want to make any money! Our tour guide was awesome, and so incredibly smart. He took us all over Munich telling us as much information as he could within a 3 hour time block. He could not stress enough how much the people of Munich love their beer. Everything, including historical events always somehow went back to alcohol consumption.
|Hitler gave many of his speeches halfway up these steps|
|There used to be a sign here that supported The Nazi Party. Everyone was forced to give the Nazi Salute to it. If they didn't they would be beaten and put on a list and even thrown in jail.|
|1 week ago the statues placed on top of these columns mysteriously disappeared. If rubbed, those 2 statues were supposed to bring you love and good weather.|
|Rubbing this statue helps you to do good things with your life|
|Rubbing this statue brings you a long life.|
|This is a doggy parking space. Dogs are allowed in almost all stores except for pharmacies. So where do you put your dog then? You simply park it outside...|
|This statue of Juliet is known to bring love to whoever rubs her and places a flower in her hand. Can you guess where they rub her?|
After our tour Bryn and I headed to The Hofbräuhaus to try the beer. It was this huge hall with big long tables -similar to a dining hall. I enjoyed my 1 Liter beer, the only size option available, and met some really nice German folk.
|1 of the 6 major local beers of Munich|
|Germans and their drinking...|
That night we had an authentic German meal at Augustiner Braü, which is another famous local beer. There are several Augustiners in town. I ordered an Augustiner of course, which I've decided is one of my all time favorite beers. Of course they don't import it... we also ordered two different types of schnitzel and apple stroodle for dessert. All I can say is incredible. I can say with confidence that this was one of the best meals I've ever had.
The following day we took an all day tour of Dachau Concentration Camp. I will dedicate a separate post to that experience as there is a lot to say about it and I also want to give my readers the option of easily skipping over that post if they so desire.
After our time visiting Dachau, we had another authentic meal at another Augustiner except this particular restaurant had an entirely different menu! I ordered german sausage with vegetables and mashed potatoes, delicious!
In the end, Munich was amazing! I really really enjoyed Munich. I learned so much here and I really appreciated how open and honest Germany is about their past. There is so much to Munich that people don't ever really take the time to learn about or see. I enjoyed Munich more than most of the places I've visited so far; It's definitely one of my favorite places so far and I highly recommend considering Munich as one of your travel destinations.
I can't even comprehend how blessed I am to have spent this entire week traveling around Europe and following my dreams of seeing the world. I'm so grateful for this experience and I feel that I have learned so much and have become so much more informed about current and past events. My world is so much larger now and I don't think I'll ever find the words to explain just how grateful and blessed I feel.