Saturday, May 13th was our day trip to Munich. After another breakfast at the B&B, we took a train from Haunstetterstrasse to Munich, arriving in a little under an hour.
In Munich, we met our tour guide at Marienplatz and she led us on a quick tour of the city as it began to rain. She took us to places like Hofbrauhaus and Viktualienmarkt. Our tour concluded with our guide showing us on a physical model our exact path through the city, stunning us all as we realized in a short time we had explored the entirety of the area. I was certainly surprised to learn just how small the historical parts of Munich were. Finally, at noon we saw the Glockenspiel, spinning figures in the old town hall.
It was a fantastic day to be in Munich, as the city was celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mary being named patron saint of Bavaria. The day featured locals dressed in traditional clothing, parades, and local music.
After our tour, we had a long span of free time to explore the city. I immediately went with a group to the top of Saint Peter’s Church to get a bird’s eye view of Munich. We then got lunch at Viktualienmarkt. I had a white and a red bratwurst, my favorite lunch on the trip. We then shopped at many of the local souvenir shops. To conclude our free time, we did our best “rich American” impression and ventured into the luxury stores that lined Maximilianstrasse.
After meeting back up with the main group, we had dinner at a local burger shop then ran to catch our train to conclude the day’s program.