A day of travel and 4,500 miles later, Munich was welcomed with open arms. The city was the first taste of central Europe and also where the trip ended. It is full of charm.
I fell in love with simple German architecture and the old world feel of Old Town Munich. It seems like every home has flowers in its windows, which is definitely something the U.S. needs to adopt. We spent our first afternoon in Europe roaming the streets and exploring the city.
It was surprising to be able to walk to the opposite side of Munich, around it, and back in just a couple hours. We saw the Marienplatz (Munich’s central square), with its Neues Rathaus and Glockenspiel. We learned that Munich is “München” to the locals and the third largest city in Germany. We saw BMW’s headquarters, the 1972 Olympic Park, and the site of Johann Georg Elser’s assassination attempt on Hitler. We ate salami sandwiches from a local street cart and Michael had the chance to say “Ich spreche kein Deutsch” when asked a question in German.
A highlight was stumbling across an old, ivy covered church in a less crowded part of town and just realizing “Wow. I am really here right now.”
The last night of the trip finished with beers and dinner at a traditional biergarten. I was really enjoying the beer with every meal. Did you know that there is a “German Beer Purity Law” that keeps German beer pure, natural, and free from unhealthy and cheap ingredients (exports unfortunately excluded)? It makes the beer there so good! Hops farms line the highway through Bavaria.
There wasn’t much time in Munich, but the time spent was beyond words. The juxtaposition of new and old is evident on every street, and they blend to form a beautiful city.