Munich is an outlier compared to all of the other cities I have visited so far, but it’s charming nonetheless. The first thing that stood out to me walking from the bus station to the hostel are how wide the streets are… The main streets are massive with more than enough space for cars, trams, and bikes. If you’re a fast walker like me, you might be a little disappointed with how long it actually takes to cross the street. Sometimes, you get the green light to cross just halfway then have to wait all over again in the middle of the intersection. I found it all to be a huge adjustment from getting around cities like Nice or Marseille. There the streets and alleyways seemed tiny and people walked however they please. Much like Amsterdam, Munich has a lot of bikes-not as many bikes as Amsterdam, but still, you have to be careful not to get in the way.
Due to how mega tired I was from the overnight bus ride, I decided to walk around the city yesterday. If you haven’t been able to read my last blog, I sat next to a super selfish lady that really really messed with my sleep situation and didn’t fail to piss me off in the process. I’m very patient, but when I say this woman was from another planet, I mean it.
Anyways, I started at the hostel and made my way to Karlsplatz which features a large fountain with sitting space. Yesterday, it was quite hot outside so many people congregated around the sprinkling water. I passed on getting my clothes wet. The only thing I would take away from Karlsplatz is the really really big McDonald’s… As you can imagine, it takes away from its charm. Karlsplatz leads you to Neuhauser Strasse that seems to have an unlimited amount of clothing stores. Out of curiosity, I stopped in a couple of them and found the prices to be astronomical. I would have major regrets if I ever paid €120 for a pair of Levi jeans. Later in the day I stopped into the TK Maxx, mostly because I wanted to see how much it compared to our TJ Maxx. At 6 pm on a Monday, June 17, you could almost think that every German in Munich just got paid. The place was CROWDED and the clothing was indeed cheaper than the remaining plethora of stores around. However, I still thought Tk Maxx overcharged in comparison to what I could find in Cleveland.
From Karlsplatz, I made my way to Odeonsplatz. Throughout my walk, I was pretty stunned with the amount of random fountains and statues in Munich. There are just so many of them!!! Just look below:
I didn’t come at a good time to see Odeonsplatz because a set up was happening for some sort of event. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed seeing the 19th century square. It’s pretty.
Then, I headed to the University area. On my walk there, I noticed just how serious Germans must be about their eye wear. There were a million eye wear stores and each was more expensive than the next. I ended up going to an English bookstore in Munich called Words Worth… Funny right? You’d be surprised what a huge collection of literature they have in the English language. This includes the classics and the new contemporary stuff. On the same street, I noticed a huge sign which read “Love Kills Capitalism” and it ended up being a coffee shop which also sells books. There were so many students inside and outside that I wasn’t able to find a place to sit. If you look it up on Google Maps, the coffee shop comes up being called Lost Weekend. Either way, the storefront sign “Love Kills Capitalism” made me happy, and especially in a city like Munich.
On my way back to the hostel, I went to Marienplatz which is the city’s most revered attraction. Indeed, the place is grand! It has served as the city’s main square since 1158. So yeah, very old place!
The receptionist at the hostel recommended that I go to the Augustiner beer hall instead of so that is what I did and left Hofbrauhaus for later. Just like everything else in Munich, the place is huge and really traditional. My waiter was a funny guy and pushed the beer on me. I got their light house beer. I ended up ordering the special: the Allgauer Alm platter. It came out as quickly as I ordered it so I was a little apprehensive, but I ended up eating a lot of it. On my platter, I had spaetzle, a butcher’s ravioli, small meatballs, and chanterelle mushroom sauce. I disputed the fact that the mushrooms on my plate weren’t actually chanterelles, but whatever, the mushroom sauce was great nonetheless. The spaetzles were a tad dry, so I really had to dip them in the sauce. The meatballs were stuffed with a green mixture, but I forgot to ask what I was eating. Those meatballs were not so far from the meatballs I am used to having in Poland minus the unidentified filling. Last but not least, the most interesting part of my meal had to be the butcher’s ravioli. Basically it’s a rectangular little tower with layers of something reminiscent of a pasta and crepe combined and bratwurst tasting meat. I wasn’t as blown away with my meal as I had been with everything in France, but I think that this was to be expected. I still really enjoyed Augustiner.