Monday, October 13, 2008

Of Sausage, Beer, and Castles

I just got back from a weekend in Munich, Germany with Stephen, Polly, and Natalie. Let me just tell you, Munich is one of the coolest cities I have ever been in. I'd never been to Bavaria (southern Germany) before, so this was new for me. Munich is a fascinating mix between the Northern Germany that I love so much and the Austria that I've been loving more recently. The food is absolutely incredible, even life changing. :) Then again, sausage and potato salad are two of my favorite foods.

Anyway, we got in late Friday night, so we just bummed around our hostel, which is the nicest hostel I've been in yet. On Saturday, we got up and went on our own walking tour of Munich, including the Rathaus, Frauenkirche, and a bunch of cool churches. That afternoon/evening we spent in the Hofbräuhaus, which is the main and most famous brewery restaurant thing in Munich. It was so incredible! The food was traditional Bavarian food, the beer was their famous brew served in 1 liter steins, the music was live by a traditional Bavarian band, and the wait staff wore lederhosen and dirndels. I stole one of the "masses" which are the gigantic steins, which I am very excited about.

The next day, we decided to take an unplanned day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle on the German/Austrian border which is about 2 hours from Munich. Neuschwanstein is one of the most visited attractions in all of Europe, with over 6,000 visitors per day. This castle is the huge white one on a cliff that you see in all the ads for Germany. It's the one that Disney based Cinderella's castle off of, and the one that's in their logo. It was a pretty long, steep walk to the top, but it was truly breathtaking. Like the Grand Canyon or Machu Picchu, this is one of those things that pictures really can't capture.

In short, I would recommend visiting Munich. I went a little postcard happy while I was there, so many of you will be receiving one. To see pictures click here.

I miss you people. I really do.


Gary said...

Ich habe dein Foto Album sehr gern! Ja! Ja! Although, as your father - who is not nearly as worldly as your august self - I probably could have done without seeing the attempted seduction of poor Natalie. Resist, Natalie, resist!

I wonder if the theft of a "mass" qualifies as petty larceny or grand larceny under German law. And what would be the penalty? Death by forced intoxication? ("Get the funnel and the Lowenbrau, Hans!")

Our tournament is this weekend. It's not too late for you to grab a plane ticket and judge! Help! :-)

I regard your trip to Neuschwanstein as a clear sign from God that I must make another pilgrimage to Walt Disney World. Who - who, I ask you, who - could resist the lure of Cinderella's Castle after seeing such compelling photographs? Not me, I can tell you that.

Tschuess, kleine Baer!

Emily McKnight said...

YAY Munich!

That's the only place in Germany I've been to before you! I'm glad you now recognize the amazingness that is Baveria. And that castle really is amazing, I got to see it as well.

Only problem about going there as a kid was that they didn't let me try the bear in the Hofbräuhaus... too bad!