Travel: Munich, Germany

The snow followed us from Seefeld, Austria, into Bavaria, Germany. When we finally arrived by train, we headed to a bus station, where we then had to drag our bags through some fantastic, slushy, brown, mucky snow (sarcasm intended). A far from warm welcome, albeit exciting at the time.

Our accommodation was great in Munich. We had an apartment with a small kitchen, and bath tub (so many soaks were had), and was close by to an underground station (although nearly everywhere in Germany is close to an underground station – Australia, why not?!).

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We had a couple of day trips from Munich, heading to Dachau and Neuschwanstein (Disney) Castle. Both days were horrendously cold (think -15 degrees Celsius), and sharp winds. It also snowed the whole time we were in Munich, which resulted in our romantic feels too quickly being quashed.

Dachau was a sobering experience and the weather that we experienced whilst there, really put us in the mood of contemplation, heart break, and sadness. I’m glad I went, however, as this is such an important part of the world’s history, albeit terrible. By the end of the day we were all sorts of drained (physically, emotionally and spiritually), and responded with a quiet night in, including one of the aforementioned bath soaks, to defrost the body, brain and heart.

Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp

The following day was a stark contrast, where we went on a tour to Neuschwanstein Castle (and a few of Ludwig’s other masterpieces). The day involved a lot of driving, however it allowed us time to unwind, and pass over planning rights to a third party (a welcome change). Again, it was snowing pretty hard, however all of the Castles and villages that we visited, became even more magical.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Schloss Linderhof

Schloss Linderhof

Whilst in Munich we also frequented the Munich Hofbrauhaus (massive beer hall), and walked through the English Gardens.

Pork knuckle at Munchen Hofbrauhaus

Pork knuckle at Munchen Hofbrauhaus

A must see, which we heard about on our previous day’s tour, was the ‘Standing Wave’, which is part of the Gardens, where like-crazy-minded people surf all year round. This particular day it was about -5 degrees Celsius and there were still three guys, voluntarily jumping into freezing waters.

Surfing in the English Gardens

Surfing in the English Gardens

Munich – the capital of Bavaria.

Munich – city of the arts.

Munich – city of the cold.

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