Europe 2013- Germany- Day 12- A Return to Munich

Munich was another one of the places I’d visited on my 1998 trip to Europe. I’d been there with my friends, Tone & Stan, and we had a memorable night at the Hofbrauhaus before boarding an overnight train to Rome. 15 years later, I was making another short stop in the Bavarian capital, before boarding another overnight train- this time to Venice.

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Stan & Tone, Hofbrauhaus, 1998

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I left Freiberg in the morning, after my friends Ali & Andy helped me mail about half of the stuff I’d (over)packed for the trip back to the USA. I was nearing the halfway point of the trip, and I’d gotten very tired of lugging around such a large backpack. A day before leaving on the trip, I’d had a much smaller bag packed, but had upgraded at the last minute. It wasn’t cheap, but after shedding over half of the pack, I could tell I was going to be much happier. With that I boarded the 4 1/2 hour train ride to Munich.

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The Karlstor

After stowing my bags in a locker, I strolled the short distance from the train station through the Karlstor, the reconstructed Gothic style gates that mark the beginning of the city’s pedestrian zone.

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Munich Town Hal

The pedestrian street eventually opens up at Marienplatz, the city’s main square fronted on one side by the incredibly ornate Neues Rathaus, the neo-Gothic town hall.

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The Rathaus-Glockenspiel

One of Munich’s main attractions, the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, uses centuries old figurines to enact two famous Bavarian stories to the delight of locals and tourist crowds.

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Climbing the tower at St. Peters Church

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The view looking east

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Church Bells

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Frauenkirche

Since I’d arrived in the late afternoon, I had time for only one activity, so I chose to climb the tower at St. Peter’s Church. The sweeping views provided from the top included the massive Gothic Frauenkirche, Marianplatz and the sprawling suburbs of Munich.

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On top of Munich

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The Original

As a reward for my tough climb up and down the belltower at St. Peter’s, I headed over for a traditional German meal of sausage, sauerkraut, and potatoes at Munich’s world-famous Hofbrauhaus. It hadn’t changed much since my 1998 visit.

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Now that is a beer

Even though I’m not a huge fan of German styles of beer, I had a few for the sake of the experience. The meal was excellent and I also enjoyed the small museum in the upstairs beer hall, something I had missed on my previous visit.

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Gorgeous evening in Marianplatz

I enjoyed a leisurely stroll back toward the train station on almost a perfect evening. There were street musician and performers, couple window shopping, and locals out walking their dogs. European cities are so beautifully lit in the evening.

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Empty train station in the late evening

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Couchette compartment

I arrived back at the train station half an hour before my overnight train. The frenetic pace I’d found when I’d arrived in the afternoon had given way to a much calmer atmosphere. I located my sleeping car and snuggled in for the night, excited to wake up the next morning in a brand new country.

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