Monday, 19 October 2009

München

We got to München for Saturday night and the hostel we were staying out was one big party. We decided to take it easy after the previous few nights efforts to get an early start the next day.

On Sunday we did our usual wandering about sightseeing looking around the town centre and then taking a tram out to Schloss Nymphenburg.

Munich
Fancy work from the photog, fancy walk from the boss

It was starting to get a bit cold by this stage so we stopped off at the Augustine Keller Bier Garden which was on the way back into town for a touch of lunch. The food here was really good, and we had a few beers to accompany it. There were lots of people in traditional Bavarian garb dancing to a band and boozing it up out in the back room, there clothes were very smart, Rachael was jealous. After lunch we needed a nap so didn't really get up to much else for the rest of the day.

We were originally only staying 2 nights but decided to extend it a couple more because we thought the city deserved more than a quick look.

On Monday we took a 2 1/2 hour train to Füssen which is the starting point for visiting the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. By the time we arrived at Hohenschwangau the weather started to really take a turn for the worse, we persevered and walked up the hill to Schloss Neuschwanstein which is a very picturesque castle.

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Disney would be proud

About 10 minutes walk past the castle there is a bridge 90m above a gorge that looks back on the castle and normally gives a great view. The weather was appalling by this stage, we were soaking wet and the wind and hail was howling up the gorge.

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Probably should have added a thumbs up to go with the grin and the crouch

We headed back into Munich and were happy to get back to dry land as it were. We celebrated by taking advantage of the happy hour in the hostel bar for the next few hours.

It goes without saying we woke up with decent hangovers. We spent the day visiting the Dachau concentration camp memorial which is about 1/2 hour out of Munich. The sight has a good museum and shows a strange 1960s video about the history of the camp. It's quite a depressing day going out there, and the hangovers didn't help! Afterwards we headed back into town and took it easy for the evening.

More photos: Munich :: Fussen

Next up Österreich.

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