Munich

My trip to Germany was filled with beautiful views and great holiday festivities, but also cold weather and unfortunately, so-so food (if you’re a fan of sausages and potatoes, then you’re in luck).

Our first stop after a 6hour train journey was Munich. We arrived in the early afternoon with enough time left to walk into the city and check out the Christmas market at Marienplatz. Gluwhein was the first thing for me to get while my brother went for a good old fashioned hot dog. My mom ordered the splatzle with sauerkraut, which was surprisingly good! (but was it because we were hungry?)

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DSC_0066  DSC_0069We stayed in the old town area, which takes about a day to explore its gothic churches and to walk around. Unfortunately for us, but fortunate for our wallets, our time there overlapped with everyone European’s day off – Sunday. So no shopping for us!

Its Hotel de Ville is beautiful during the day, but magnificent at night. I’ve talked about how the night lighting intensified Strasbourg’s Notre Dame cathedral, but it’s just so much better with Munich’s gothic style architecture. My pictures definitely cannot do it justice. The details in carvings that went unnoticed during the day revealed themselves when the night comes. Everything appears to be majestic. It’s worth visiting twice.

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After having walked around, we went to Haxenbauer for dinner, one of the oldest restaurants in the city that is known to offer great pork knuckles, marinated for 48 hours, then slow-grilled/baked on a stick. The crispy skin with the combination of its fat and tender meat was perfect for our first German meal. This was our first, but also our last, satisfying German meal. Everything kind of went downhill from here. Mostly because the pork knuckle was a lot, and I felt I really couldn’t eat anymore meat after that.

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Another place worth visiting is Hofbrauhaus, a huge-ass beer hall that serves Bavarian food and plays traditional Bavarian music. We didn’t really want to drink beer the beer so we went in to take a peek. It felt like I entered a medieval-style cafeteria haha! The inside was beautifully decorated though, but the place really was huge and completely full. I would definitely head over to this place for a typical local experience.

We visited a nearby town, Augsburg, about 40 minutes train-ride away. A cute little town that’s easy to walk around. The busiest area is, of course, in front of their city hall where they have their Christmas market. We were unable to enter the city hall since they had a special event that day. One of the main sights to visit in Augsburg is Fuggerei, the world’s oldest social housing complex (and still in use!). Established by the wealthy Fugger family, its housing rent cost less than one euro back in the day! Gotta be honest though, it’s a bit creepy walking around the area. Just like walking around the Bequinage in Bruges, Belgium.

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