This past weekend I traveled to Munich, Germany with three of my good friends from Florence. It was my last trip for the semester, so we wanted to make it unforgettable, and I think we did just that. We took a bullet train to Munich from Florence, it took us about 7 hours to get there, which was heaven compared to the 15 hour journey it took to get to Berlin. I really wanted to go back to Germany after visiting Berlin, because I loved it so much. We planned the trip one night around midnight and just decided to go, why not, cheap train tickets and my dad was able to get us a free hotel room at the Marriott in Munich. (So much better than staying in a hostel.)
Our weekend was filled with the Christmas spirit, we shopped at all the different Christmas markets, drank gluhwein, ate currywurst, bratwurst, crepes, hot chocolate, pretzels, anything you name it. On Thanksgiving night we went to the Augustiner-Bräu beer hall to eat pork, potato dumplings, and beer, and the night after that we drank a couple steins at Hofbrähaus. On Sunday, before we left, I went on a tour of Munich to learn a little more about Bavaria and the city in general. I was able to see Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), Marienplatz, the English Gardens, Hofgarten, the Royal Residence, Opera House, and a lot of the physical remnants left behind from the Nazi Party’s activity in Munich. I learned about the origins of Oktoberfest, the Bavarian Royal Family, the start of the Nazi Party in Munich, and why Bavarians answer to everything and anything is BEER.
Munich was fantastic, the markets were festive, the food obviously amazing, and the history very rich.
The markings where the Nazi plaque used to hang in Munich. Citizens of Munich had to properly salute to Hitler whenever they walked past, or they were brutally beaten or sent to Dachau.The gold strip signifies the route that Munich citizens took to avoid saluting the Nazi plaque.
The New Town Hall of Munich, in Marienplatz.Bavarians favorite beer, Augustiner.München Christmas Markets!Having my last name engraved. Inside Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady)