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Capital of Bavaria

Started the morning with hearty German pastries from Muller. Pretty tasty and really fluffy.
Today we went on the Munich Hop on Hop off tour with Gray Line tours. We took the Grand circle which takes 2.5 hours round trip. Since the further stops are only on the grand circle, we had to plan our stops carefully because we would be stuck in that spot for one hour. The tour is a nice way to see Munich at a glance and admire all the beautiful architecture and culture. We chose to walk around the gardens at Nymphenburg Palace (summer palace of Bavarian royals). It's currently still the end of winter and so it was super gloomy and super windy. We acclimated a bit to the weather but it was pretty cold. The gardens would be amazing in the summertime but for us it was mostly a gloomy field but had a peaceful quietness to it all. Reminded us of the secret garden. We then took some pictures of the pretty swans and headed back on to the bus.
I love the streets and buildings here.
Nymphenburg Palace
Random hermitage of Mary Magdalene
Secret passage way through the trees
Cool tree arch but kinda creepy
Even the swans were cold!

We then got off at English Gardens which apparently is the largest park in the world. It was a huge open park with a river running straight through it. Our main goal was to walk to see the surfers surf on the "ice wave". But unluckily, there were no surfers today so we hopped back on the bus and headed straight to Marienplatz.
Where the surfers usually surf

Marienplatz is an entertaining city center. The new town hall is this ornate building that houses the Glockenspiel clock (unfortunately it only does a performance at 11a and 12p during winter but also 5p in the summer). We walked around and headed to Victualien Market. This is a huge open air farmer's market with butchers, cheeses, fruits, and various other goods. There is also a huge beer garden that didn't have a lot of business because of the cold weather but it would have been so nice to sit at the beer garden enjoying some beer and some of the most delicious cured meats (we bought a half of a salami). After wandering, I was on a mission to try a schmalznudel from Cafe Schmalznudel. This was one of the most delicious fried disc of dough I have ever had. It was warm and tastes like a cross over between a donut and a funnel cake with the softness of a croissant. Mmmmm. I would eat everyday.
New Town Hall at night (the clock is the green thing)

After devouring it, we headed across the street to our first beer garden, Der Peschorr. This is like the fancy adult version of beer halls. We got a small pretzel to snack on and each got 0.5L of a hefe weisse. The beer was really tasty and was so smooth. But beware of the young bartender who was basically pouring glasses with 3/4 foamy head. I would go to this one if you want a less rowdy spot to drink at.

We then wanted real food and had to visit Hofbrauhaus. It's one of the oldest and most famous beer gardens in Munich. It is 3 stories tall and holds a crap ton of people. The second you walk in, you can feel the beer flowing through everyone. Everyone is chatting and having a great time with the German music playing in the background and encouraging songs of Prost! We went up to the 3rd floor to see the atmosphere but it was less crowded and less exciting so we fought through people to find a spot at a table downstairs. We sat next to some Italian guys that by the end of their liters of beer were cheers-ing our steins even when they were just sitting at the table. We ordered a pork knuckle and a sausage platter as well as 2 L of the Hofbrauhaus original beer. The food was hearty and meaty. The knuckle was a little dry and the potato ball had a weird texture I wasn't too fond of but the crispy skin was soooo delicious. The sausage plate came on a bed of sauerkraut and it was some of the best sausages I have ever had even though it was pretty plain. The beer was also super smooth and was the perfect amount of lightness. I was determined to finished my liter and we walked some of it off on the way back to S Bahn towards home.

I proceeded to crash very hard back in the hotel to Prost another day.

Posted by E.M.N 14:21 Archived in Germany Tagged beer hofbräuhaus schmalznudel prost

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