Munich was mostly mad because this was the beginning of the real whirlwind part of our trip. As I mentioned previously I arrived separately from the rest of the group, but only about an hour and a half later. Essentially we all arrived one afternoon, had the next full day, and then we left Munich the next afternoon.
In Munich all 6 of us stayed at the same AirBnB. This was the last leg of the trip that one of our group would be with us for. He left back to Canada the morning we left. He had been to Munich before so he was once again able to play guide a little bit.
So, after we all got settled in we were led to Marienplatz – the heart of Munich. We wandered around there for longer than I care to admit before finding ourselves somewhere to eat.
The main priority for most of our group (which was to say everyone but me) was to find somewhere that we could watch the soccer game. It was a big game between Germany and France. We were cheering for Germany – yes, I was informed of who I was supposed to be cheering for. Unfortunately our team lost.
The plans for the next day were for most of us to visit Dachau concentration camp. It was close enough to Munich that we would be able to get there in a reasonable amount of time and most of us felt like it was something we should see while in Europe. The one guy with us who had been to Munich before had already been and so he set out on his own to enjoy his last day in Europe. And, unfortunately, one of our companions became ill so he missed it and his girlfriend stayed back with him. That left 3 of us to go.
There are no words I can use to explain how powerful that visit was. So, instead I shall let some of the pictures I took speak for me.
After the sobering experience of the visit to Dachau (I highly recommend it if you’re ever in the area) the three of us headed back to Munich proper. In what was very much a contradiction to the haunting visit of the morning in the afternoon we went to visit Nymphenburg Palace. We had to rush it a bit because we were supposed to be meeting up with our friends for dinner, but it was a beautiful place.
We managed to see both the palace itself and then we hurried our way through the stables as well. One of our members is really into horses and carriages so this was not not the first time we had done such a visit (we had also done it in Denmark). I’m not the hugest fan of that sort of stuff, but there were some really beautiful carriages.
We had kind of hoped we would be able to get back to the AirBnB before dinner, but it was not to happen. Throughout our trip we did not really have many avenues for speaking with each other if we were not together – only two of us had any kind of data/texting/calling on our phone which could make it a bit difficult.
The three of us were the first to arrive at Hofbrauhaus. We had let our friend who was leaving for Canada in the morning pick our dinner plans and we were not disappointed. Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of the place itself, but it was a loud, busy beer hall/restaurant. It was clearly pretty touristy, but it was still a lot of fun. And the menus were entirely in German so we were pretty lucky to have our friend who spoke German with us or who knows what we might have ended up eating!
As it was we ended up eating pretty standard German food – mostly sausages and potatoes. The big deal of the night was that the friend who was leaving in the morning had a lot to drink. And he claimed he normally could have handled it, but we rushed him and so it… was not handled quite as well.
He mostly cleaned up after himself, but I was the lucky one who got to finish cleaning the bathtub of vomit in the morning. He seemed alright when we saw him off early in the morning though and he did make his flight by the skin of his teeth. Which is, I suppose, the important thing.
Because we’re a bit crazy we decided to walk to the Munich bus station. I had actually walked from pretty much the same place to the AirBnB on the first day (the train station and the bus station were basically right next to each other). It actually was not that bad a walk, but the sun was high and hot and we ended up stopping a lot along the way. And then when we got to the bus station we were awfully early. This time we were all travelling onward together. It was only a 2.5 hour bus ride and we all had Pokemon games to play to keep us entertained. Onward to Nuremberg.