06.30.2014 - 07.01.2014 68 °F
One day is not enough for Munich. It was put in the schedule because I had to get a flight to Athens and I wouldn't be able to get there cheaply if we stayed in Salzburg. But I am definitely glad we went, because I really enjoyed the city.
I took my Mom on a free walking tour and we went to all the major sights:
1) Glockenspiel - has 43 bells and 32 figures. We got to see the performance.
2) Plaza that the façade is completely painted (sorry can't remember name) - Mom and I were looking at the courtyard and thought it was made out of blocks and had pillars, but all of that is actually just painted on concrete!
3) Englischer Garten - Europe's biggest city parks, bigger than New York's Central Park. There are a lot of locals who go to the park to surf…its water that comes from the alps a shoots into a canal to great a single wave. And people actually surf there!
4) Munich political building (can't remember this name either) - the interesting part about this building is that they rebuilt it after WWII with glass to symbolize that you can now see what the government is doing.
5) Theatine Church - built in Italian high-Baroque style because of the queen who was from Italy. It is completely white inside
6) We also learned how Oktoberfest started - When Prince Ludwig (later Ludwig I) married to his Princess there was a big celebration in 1810 right outside of Munich. And it actually started in September! Sixteen days before the first Sunday of October. King Ludwig I had so much fun he planned to repeat it in 1811. And in 1819 it was decided to make it an annual event.
Afterwards we had an early dinner at Hofbrauhaus (all my CMU friends - it is just like the Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh!)
Apparently, in the early days of Bavaria beer was actually considered a fundamental food, similar to bread. The first hofbrauhaus was opened in 1607 for the royal and then was open to the public in 1828
Sadly, this brought us to the end of our 12 days together. My favorites of the trip were Interlaken, Switzerland (please go there!) and Salzburg, Austria (possibly because of all the music). Next time I'll have to take my Mom somewhere where the weather is better and they have air conditioning in the rooms