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Published: June 21st 2017
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Today was our day to explore the old town of Munich.
After a delicious breakfast buffet at the Torbrau, with eggs cooked to order, we headed off to Marienplatz to wait under the Glockenspiel for the 11.00 am show. The show went for around ten to fifteen minutes - slightly cheesy but good to see anyway. We then popped into the Cafe Glockenspiel right on the square for a much needed coffee break.
Next we headed to the Frauenkirche, to look at the church and see the devil's footprint - legend states that the devil stamped his foot on this spot! We would have loved to climb the tower, but it was closed temporarily so we were unable to do so.
After the Frauenkirche, we headed for Peterskirche. Again would have loved to climb the tower, but for the life of us could not figure out how to get to it. The church was closed so we could not go inside.
At this point the boys decided to go off on their own, so Gary and I had a look around the shops in Munich. I hate shopping at the best of times, and particularly on holiday, but I did need a new
handbag and was lucky enough to find a really nice one in one of the department stores.
We walked right down to the Hauptbahnhof in order to purchase our Bayern tickets ready for our trip to Neuschwanstein Castle the next day. The centre of Munich is very attractive, but the area around the station left a lot to be desired. I am so pleased we didn't stay there. It was nice to get back to the centre again.
We went for a wander around the Viktualenmarkt which was very interesting, with lots of stalls selling amazing food. I love sausages of all kinds (Germany was wonderful for that!) so we decided to buy a sausage in a roll and have a glass of wine at the outdoor eating area. In the wurst shop Gary simply pointed to a sausage he like the look of but I asked what kind they were. Good thing I did, the owner said that they were all made of horse! Now I know some people like eating horse, but we do not like the idea at all. At this point we gave up on the sausage idea and ended up getting a fish baguette and a glass
of white wine.
After lunch we walked to the Hofbrauhaus for a drink. Can't be in Munich without going there even though I don't like beer. I had a sip of Gary's massive beer (which he couldn't even finish) and then ordered my usual glass of red.
After the Hofbrauhaus we walked along Maximillianstrasse looking at all the upmarket shops then along Residenzstrasse into Odeonsplatz and the Hofgarten. From there we headed into the Englischer Garten. It was getting quite late by then and dusk was starting to fall. I was hoping to find the surfers in the garden but didn't think we would have enough time. Gary looked up and there they were in the distance, so we wandered over and watched them surfing from the bridge. Amazing to see, obviously they were all in wetsuits as it was very cold.
Finally headed back to the hotel and organised for a bottle of wine to be sent up to our room. So nice to relax and stop walking! We ate dinner just down the road at a little Italian place called Trattoria Al Boccone - bit tired of German food at that point. Had the most wonderful lasagne along with some
garlic pizza bread. Delicious.
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