München – DE

beer.pngDB trains, Science, Bretzle with beer, good music and good people. In just a few words I present my 4 day journey in the Monks City of Germany. Such a beautiful city and I cannot wait to return.

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Just like the first time (in Spain; and I know I forgot to say that) we went late in bed and we had to wake up at 5 in the morning to get the bus, go to the airport and arrive in Munchen. Yes we saw the sunset over Madrid and yes to the snows on top of the Alps who said no to global warming.

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Munchen’s international airport is not so big, is quite small in fact. Beside that, I heard also Romanian language over the speakers in the luggage area. I felt so good (since I am Romanian)

I was so happy (and still am) for visiting for the first time a german city (and not just to pass by). All the years of playing railway simulators, buying books about trains and collecting even some scale models, made me have a huge smile at the first sight of the real DB trains. On this note I will start the photo-journal, but not before mentioning that at pass 12:30 we could not make check in so we left tired from the road, to explore. Also, those 24 degrees (unlike the 35 + from Madrid) were felt more like 37 degrees (unlike the 30 felt in Madrid).

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Yeah so apart from hearing german language all over the place and seeing the beautiful DB trains, I saw many other incredible things that made me almost cry when was time to leave.

I start by saying what I found weird at first. Munchen is the city of monks (that is the symbol at least). And the same city is the heart of Oktoberfest, but that is not a new thing. What was new for me, was that people here work hard but they also enjoy their free time.

In the parks: Apollo Hain.

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If you look closer, each boy has blue swimming pants on.(on the image above)

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Riding the bike (every road has a portion for bikes, but sadly is on the same road where people walk)

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Drinking beer, everywhere (even on streets). Actually now while I am writing this, I am drinking a cold Paulaner in my room.

Eating well (I enjoyed the change from the poor Spanish cuisine). Also at several restaurants I found Romanian and Hungarian people. The last one offered us the beers, because I knew his language. To be honest, I found only kind people here and since I love Germany, I felt even better knowing they are a welcoming type.

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One major difference was the quality of the music played on the streets. From classic music to rock and experimental, all sounded good.

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This artist had a very original way of claiming a few euros for the show. ( Sadly a few people pay. Most of them leave. Even for  50 cents from each of the 50 attendees is a lot more then 10 euro in total… shame to the tourists.

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This concert (the Munich sessions, was the first place I drank german beer with a plate of sausages, sauce and potatoes). Great show and great atmosphere! (Can’t wait to hear the vinyl once I get home)

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No trip in Germany wont be finished without a science museum. In Munchen there is the biggest one in the world -> the Duchess Museum.

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We did not have time to visit it all, actually we saw in one day, only about 15% of it, starting with mining, energy, steel and naval/space exhibitions.

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Many places have also english as a second description, but I recommend buying the book  to serve as a guide.

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A sample from the first german rail. Had to touch it ❤️

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Entire ships and real scale planes. There are also small Zeppelins.

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The stairs to the astronomical tower and a sample of the old foundation of this great and historical museum.

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View from the tower.

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The Alps in the distance.

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View from the tower of the church St. Peter. (lots of stairs to climb)

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Prunkhof.

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The roof of St. Peter church.

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Inside St. Peter’s church.

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Same place.

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Mariensaule.

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Prunkhof.

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View of the church St. Peter.

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The gate Karlstor with the symbols of Munchen.

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Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

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Maximilianeum.

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Maxwerk – looked like it was underwater, due to sun reflections on the camera lenses.

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Friedensengel in the distance.

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Wittelsbacherbrunnen

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Karlsplatz.

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A building that looks like a radio.

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Siegestor in the sunset.

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Just like any other big city, this one also has everything to keep you busy. From shops, pubs, concerts, museums (great ones), stores, parks (where the rivers flow very fast, and give surfers the chance to play), nude parks, history, new and modern places, lots of expensive german cars, great shows, beer, great food (and fat) aaaaand: Fotball.

This is the Arena in the night.

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PROS:

  • I  (as a boy) loved it from inch to inch, from minute to minute.
  • Lots of museums, but the science one has many dioramas that reproduce a certain event/period/action/process and I could not stop but wonder, if my school and high school hours were made here… Much better than in a dull room looking at a black board.
  • Many toilets in the parks and a few places to get something to drink (if you like beer, they sell more beer than snack/water/soda/others combined). They have public fountains also.
  • Many young people, even in this period (august).

CONS:

  • On the first day I went to search for a second hand shop ( to buy an old camera) and I came across 2 place to have a drink (like water or soda). 2 in 3 hours of walk… Unlike the huge amount of coffee shops in Spain, here people either stay in the center or in the parks. Anywhere outside and you can get dehydrated and pissed.
  • Some areas in the Duchess Museum had no english… Like the whole Mining area which was so interesting (by the looks and the book)
  • I miss it too much…

MiDe.

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