Tue - Sep 3
Tue - Sep 3
We allowed ourselves to sleep later, 8am, and at 9:15 were out to find some Fruhstuck. We woke to a glorious sunny day, which would hit 77 degrees today.
We took the S2 to Marienplatz, 2 stops from our hotel and found a cafe on the square where we had scrambled eggs with diced ham, toast,oj and coffee for 18 euros total, which certainly beat the 19 euro/pp continental breakfast at the Hilton.
After breakfast we took the Rick Steves walking tour of the city, taking in Peterskirche, The Old Castle, the famous Hofbrauhaus where would stop in later to check out the interior), The National theater, Residenz, Odeon Sq, Theatinerkirche, window shopping the Five Courtyards shops, Frauenkirche and Viktualienmarkt. This stroll took us until 1:30 to complete and we took a time out for a cup of gelato, finding a bench in the Viktualienmarkt where we were able to people watch. This place is full of food vendors, flower vendors, beer vendors. We came upon picnic tables full of tourists drinking beer of all kinds in mugs the size of a VW Bug. It is amazing how much beer is consumed here.
After our gelato break, we took the S Bahn to the train station where we would connect to the U Bahn to get to the Museum quarter. We wanted to also check out where we would go to pick up the car on Thursday so we won't be trying to figure that all out with luggage. We had debated to taking the hop-on, hop-off bus but we had already seen the city sights that they were charging 20 euros to see. So we nixed that idea for the day and took the U Bahn to the Alte Pinakothek where we spent 2.5 hrs getting our fill of Old Masters. By now our backs were ready to give out and our feet were ready for some relaxation. We headed back to Viktualienmarkt and got a quick meal there. Karen had schnitzel with potato salad and cole slaw and Mikey quickly found the seafood stalls, where he had sole and grilled shrimp with fried potatoes. We joined the rest of the tourists on the picnic tables for a great meal.
The entire area is a sea of picnic type tables with long bench seats where you end up sitting next to no one you know, but makes for meeting new people.
We finished out meal about 6:30 and decided to take a look at the Hofbrauhouse to see what all the fuss is about. It is indeed worth a peak. Tons of tables and everyone drinking those VW size tankards of beer. Oompah bands were playing and people were obviously enjoying themselves. We took an outside table across for a mini cheesecake and coffee at the Hard Rock Cafe. We decided a 10-hr day was good for our first day out and headed back to the hotel at 7:30.
We have found Munich to be a very walkable city, easy to get around, and the S-Bahn & U-Bahn very cheap convenient and easy to figure out.
Auf Wiedersehen for now
Waiting For Breakfast
In Front Of The Rathouse (Town Hall)
Nordsee Fish Market