|Corey hoisting his "mass" - liter of beer|
|Friendly faces make for fun times!|
The next day we headed out to meet up with Oliver and Claire again. We decided on touring the city with Oliver as our guide (his father is from Munich). We started at the Glockenspiel, headed to an outdoor market and then headed back to the Glockenspiel to see it "chime." The market was filled with sights of fresh produce and beautiful flowers, the smells of freshly baked bread and coffee brewing and the sounds of people socializing and selling their goods. I could've stayed there all day milling around.
|Waiting for the Glockenspiel to chime|
|Corey & I under the Glockenspiel|
We then visited other sights such as two beautiful churches, the opera house, an expensive shopping street, and the Hofbrauhaus before heading to the English Gardens. The English Gardens can be compared to Central Park, but its even larger. We walked through the park along the lake and stopped for lunch at a biergarten on the lakeshore. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and the weather couldn't have been better. We sat at the shore eating our bratwurst, sauerkraut and potatoes while drinking beer before heading back to the main square. After lunch we did a little window shopping and finished our day with gelato and coffee - we felt very European ;-)
|Intricate detailing in a church|
|The door handles at the opera house - I want my own!|
|Lunch at the biergarten|
Unfortunately our trip to Munich was only a short 2 days. We had a great time, made that much better by Oliver & Claire - we got spoiled having a German speaker with us everywhere! We've decided that we definitely want to return and see more of the historical sites that we didn't have time to visit. And Corey would like to try more beer as well, I'm sure.
Early the next morning we boarded a train from Munich heading toward our third destination - Vienna, Austria.