Munich was the city of big plans. Munich was also the city of extreme tiredness. Not the best combination…
It was a slow start to our first day in Munich, purely because we were so tired. We struggled to find somewhere to grab a bite for breakfast, and ended up in a Galeria, which is a huge German department store. After a mooch around the Christmas section, we found the banquet that is the food hall. Making sure we had our fill, we set off to finally start our day of sightseeing.
First on the to-see list was the town hall, where we popped in and saw an art exhibition. It wasn’t too obvious if it was a school exhibition, because some of the pieces were amazing, and some looked like they’d been done by a 5 year old’s left foot. As we left the exhibition, we took the time to check out the stunning architecture of the town hall, with the spiral stone staircases that just reminded me of Harry Potter and Hogwarts.
Moving on, our next stop was the Frauenkirche. As we wandered down the street next to the church looking for an open door, we spotted people coming in and out of a side entrance. Thinking it was probably the entrance, just really badly sign posted, we nipped in there too. Once in the church, the huge curtain blocking the view of the church made us think this probably wasn’t the main entrance. Nevertheless we were in, and once past the curtain we were in awe at the size of the place. A quick walk around, we came across the legend of the black footprint. There’s a stone in the ‘official’ main entrance that has a black footprint in it. There are a few different stories about the footprint, but the general gist is that the devil visited the church and from that spot laughed at the apparent windowless church. It was only when he stepped forward that he could then see the huge windows, and he left in a fit of rage, which is the reason it’s so windy around the church.
A gentle stroll from the church, past the National Opera where we apparently tried to gatecrash a show, past the Poet’s Gardens and on to the English Gardens. At this point, we were wishing we’d hired bikes – the park is huge and although we wanted to see a fair bit of it, we couldn’t be bothered to walk that far. Settling for crossing the edge of the park, we found a bridge to the other side of the river and spotted people actually in the water. Part shocked, part intrigued, and a tiny bit concerned, we had to investigate. Turns out there is a surfing section of the river there. The water is fast moving, and there’s an artificial bump in the river that creates constant awesome waves. After stopping to watch for a while, it was time to continue exploring.
Viktualienmarkt was something that had been recommended to me while in Munich, and as a fan of markets, food markets in particular, I wasn’t disappointed! A mixed collection of shoplike stalls, there was so much food and other bits on offer, that we spent a good while looking around before settling on a restaurant nearby that looked over the market. Only once we’d found a seat giving us a good view of the market did we think to check if we could pay by card. Nope. Another cash only place. Thankfully we’d ordered a pizza to share, and the cash we had only just covered the bill, so we were off again in search of another cash point!
Although we’d just enjoyed a late lunch, the tiredness was starting to catch up with me, and we made our way back through the Christmas markets to chill out for a bit in the hotel. A short, relaxing timeout turned into the evening, and we only managed to nip to the nearest Christmas market to grab ourselves a double sausage hotdog before turning in for the night to rest up ready for tomorrow. Only one full day left of our epic mini-Europe adventures!