View of Marienplatz (Mary's Square) and the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) from St. Peter's Church--after climbing hundreds (thousands?) of stairs up a never-ending, spiralling, narrow, darkened staircase and nearly (possibly?) experiencing cardiac arrest.
A little over an hour by train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the beautiful city of Munich. I love Munich. I would love to live in Munich--if I did, I would refer to it as "München"and then in a very condenscending and patronizing voice would say, 'But you may only know it as Munich.' It's the perfect combination of old and new-- a city with a rich history and a modern outlook. It's a city worth exploring by foot--with stunning architecture and a wonderful pedestrian shopping zone. We spent the day there and had a fabulous time...even in the severe, bone-chilling cold of a German winter.
Pedestrian Shopping Zone
There's so much to see and do in Munich--so I won't waste a minute of your time. Only the most important and historical sights and places will be featured in this blog post.
Let us begin...
And, more mushrooms! (See the glamorous people of Munich picking out their mushrooms? One doesn't rush where mushrooms are concerned. )
Here are mushrooms with tiny pigs!
Munich is filled with mushroom love.
Perhaps that is why I felt so at home. And at peace. They are my people, the München-ers.
Beyond mushrooms, another passion of mine was touched upon. A life-long passion. A passion which runs so deep, it is sometimes necessary to spend a day recovering afterward.
Hofbräuhaus, Munich - (In this photo, I am toasting my new friends.)
One cannot and should not ever visit Munich without setting foot (and most certainly, rear end) within the confines of the the Hofbräuhaus (Main or Central Brewery.)
"Thirst is worse than homesickness."
The Hofbräuhaus manages to stay authentic and real--even as a major tourist hotspot. Inside the band plays as the long wooden fest tables all around are filled with the regulars--all of whom make for incredibly amazing people-watching.
I even found a photo of my Doppelgänger hanging on the wall right next to our table...serendipitous! Hallo, me! You are a saucy thing, aren't you?
The Hofbräuhaus is a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds.
Everywhere you look, you are reminded that beer makes everything better. These signs are for reserved tables (Stammtisches) where beer-drinking clubs meet. Beer-drinking clubs? Is this heaven or real life?
Yes, this is what my heaven looks like.
And here are its angels.
Beer, you are a lover and a friend.
And that, my friends, is Munich.