Published: June 24th 2009June 24th 2009
Day 6 - Monday June 15th
Today we toured Munich. Lots of history in this town, as it was where Hitler began his reign of terror in WWII. Most of the jewish houses and businesses were ransacked & burned down by the German SS, posing as townsfolk. This was Hitlers’s way of rallying for sentiment and hatred toward jews. Once the war was in full swing 90% of Munich was bombed, and destroyed. Knowing the bombs were coming, the inhabitants had the foresight to go around and take photographs of every building, street, and cobblestone pattern. After the war, Munich was rebuilt based on these photos. So, Munich is actually a replica of what it once looked like. All statues were stashed in bomb shelters, at least they were genuine. Crazy history here!!! Beautiful city!! We hit the Hofbrauhaus for some dinner and a huge 1 litre beer. Originally the Duke Brewery, built in 1589, was turned into a beer hall in the 1800’s. It was the venu of the first Nazi demonstration in 1920. Back then, there were troughs under the tables so men could pee without leaving the table. We didn’t try that!!! We did a walking tour of
the old city, and learned much of Munich’s history. The focal point of downtown is Marienplatz, a huge town square with beer gardens & shops. The New Town Hall towers over everything, and was built between 1867-1909. After walking around all day were were beat, and headed back to camp for some beer out of a vending machine, and a game of pool in the camp lounge.
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