We are on the train to Munich! This is probably our last train trip on this voyage. We are still so amazed at how comfortable and efficient the transportation system is here in Europe. We are mesmerized by the beauty as we travel through the mountains — may with snow! This has been one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The homes all have the typical German architecture and the forest is dense tall pine trees. So lush and green as compared to our parched Texas. We pass through village after village of quaint gingerbread houses surrounding a grand church whose steeple towers over the village, all nestled in the mountains of pine trees with clouds tucked in the crevices and clear pristine rivers running by.
We arrive in the city of Munich with the weather clearing and the sun shining! Our Hotel Ibis is located near the old section of Munich and all that lies between us is the botanical garden — not a bad walk! We just finished dining on schnitzle and spatzel with mushrooms and gravy. We sit and review our plans regarding the sites to visit while we are here. Our room at the hotel was rather small, so we met with the manager Karina Nolle, who moved us to the top floor of the hotel in a lovely room overlooking the entire city……what a wonder person she is!
We had a grand breakfast at the hotel of some of the most wonderful smoked salmon I have ever tasted with horseradish and sour cream with chives and onion —— ooohhhh my! Of course I visited my new friend — the European coffee machine — several times for wonderful rich cappuccino. We then ventured out to the subway and off to Marionplatz, home of the famous glockenspiel. The glockenspiel is basically a life-sized coo-coo clock in the tower of the town hall built in the 1500s. The figures that spin and dance re-enact some royal wedding and they are all life-sized and carved of wood. It is a marvel to behold. unfortunately it is Sunday and all the shops are closed!
We have dinner at a wonderful German Restaurant, Rechthaler-Hof.
We sit near a beautiful harvest crown make of wheat.
Our first course is beef broth with a large liver dumpling– oh delights this is so very good!
The meal was so marvelous. The skin of the pork was crispy and the dumpling was so very, very good. We had to skip the beer and desert, the meal was so rich and filling.
We walked back to the Hotel Ibis, the temperature is below 40 degrees and there is a slight rain and strong wind. We discussed what an adaptation we will have to make when we return home to Texas.
It is time to visit a traditional Beer Garden and enjoy one of the true gifts of German society. We pick the Augustiner-Keller, which was established in 1812.
It is a very large beer garden nestled under dense trees. When we left we found out how dense the trees were…..it had been and continued to rain! We remained dry the entire time we ate our meal under those trees! I would estimate a half an acre of food and beer. We enjoy a plate of assorted Bavarian sausages with the most delicious sauerkraut and potatoes. We drink the beer that is brewed on site and served out of ancient wooden barrels — another amazing treat.
When we awake to leave for the United States, we find a beautiful moon over Munich and almost decide to stay………..