Oh my gosh, I have so much more of my June vacation to tell you about. We're not even 1/3 of the way through. It wasn't just raining beer in Munich. It was raining period. Germany, this was no way to treat your visitors. We had about enough, already. Despite the less than ideal weather, we did venture out to see a few things other than beer halls and breweries.
We stayed at an apartment in Schwabing, which is a hip part of town. The subway was only a couple blocks away, which was great for getting around. A friendly neighbor let us borrow his extra parking sticker so we could leave our vehicle on the resident-only side street in front of the apartment.
Zachary and I took a long walk around the neighborhood one day while Jason went on his brewery tour. This fencing is pretty amazing, no? And the bike leaning against it made it even more picturesque.
I was swooning over this buttery cognac leather jacket I saw in a store window. Come to mama.
Our first night in town I had the most amazing pizza from a shop run by a genuine Italian family. Genuine as in their Italian is better than their German, which is better than their English. Luckily a nice couple who were eating at the bar spoke fluent English and helped me order while the guys were setting up in the apartment.
A couple days later I was introduced to panna cotta and fell in love. Again, a small restaurant run by a genuine Italian family. This time the owner spoke no English, so we did some motioning and I used my crude German, since I know zero Italian. Good food speaks for itself, right?
We really didn't do much in Munich itself that didn't involve beer because there wasn't much that spoke to us enough to warrant more time there versus other places. We mainly used it as a home base for some day trips. I'll tell you more about those in the next installment. Until then, here are a few more Munich sights.
Clockwise, from the top left: The Neues Rathaus featuring the famous Glockenspiel, in Marienplatz; the running man statue in Schwabing; Siegestor (Victory Gate); my much-needed wellies; an example of Art Deco architectuere; a shop selling traditional German clothing.
We also took a browse through Viktualienmarkt, which is just off the Marienplatz. It's an open-air market with lots of stalls. We got there late in the day so many of the vendors had closed up shop for the day, but it would be a fun place to browse, grab a bite, or grab a beer earlier in the day. We did buy some fresh garlic and cilantro that we used to cook a homemade dinner in our tiny apartment kitchen!
Have you been to Munich? What were your favorite attractions, sights, or neighborhoods?