Saturday, September 15, 2012

day 2 | münchen.

We were supposed to arrive in Munich around 8:30am in the morning, but with the thunder delays we were delayed too. This wouldn't have been a big deal, except for the fact that our dear fried Brie was in Munich waiting for us. Yes, that's right, we had a friend from over in our neck of the woods, over in Munich when we were too. It was crazy awesome, and we were so excited to hang out.  She was on the last days of her trip, so it was the only day we'd get to spend together.

So I was anxious to get-a-moving.

After landing, baggage, passport controls and so forth, we went to pick up our rental car. This was exciting for us because we had never had a rental car outside of the US. We found a pretty great deal at this site- and just purchased our insurance through the site. The daily rate wasn't too bad- especially for the added convenience and exploring opportunity.

The car rental counters at the Munich airport were pretty fantastic.


As were the restrooms. I know, odd to take this photo, but check out this contraption on the left. It's cleaner, so you spray some on a tissue, scrub, scrub, scrub, and then go about your business. I thought it was great. Clearly.


Anywho, we got our car, the Megane Renault. It was a bit larger than we thought we were getting, but it was fun nonetheless. We actually ended up loving this car, and would most certainly buy it if this brand was sold in the US.


So once we were in the car, we punched in our address in our 100% necessary GPS, and left the garage. Until we realized our turning radius was larger than anticipated, so Ryan went to go back up- and we realized we had NO CLUE HOW TO. We tried hard to the left, as marked on the stick shifter, then tried a press-and-left option, but no go. Deciding to press our luck, Ryan just went forward and luckily we cleared the corner. We'd learn how to reverse later...

It was so fun driving around (Ryan probably has a different perspective since he was the one driving) but as a passenger I loved it. You're able to get a much better perspective of the surroundings in the car.


We loved the signs for exit- cause in English it comes across as something else. Ha.


Since we were delayed, this allowed us to be able to check in to our hotel. We had a great hotel- called Hotel St. Paul. We picked it because it was right by a U-Bahn stop, had free parking, and was close to the autobahn- all of the worlds that we needed. The street we were on was so quiet and peaceful and the area was definitely outside the tourist areas, which was nice.


We were on the top floor, so trekking the stairs everyday got to be a lot- but the place was great. Breakfast included, nice staff, clean. They didn't have AC (which was common for all of our Germany hotels) and no wi-fi in the rooms, only the lobby.



After we checked in, showered, and changed we walked a few blocks and found miss Brie! It was so fun seeing here there, kinda made Munich feel like Sacramento for a few seconds. It was also great to have someone to show us the ropes, since she had been there for a week at that point.



Our first stop was lunch, at the recommended Hackerhaus. We all had beers, I opted to try a Radler (beer + lemon soda) it was good, but got to be a bit too much after awhile. I also ordered Käsespätzle, which looked a lot like mac & cheese.


After lunch we went to St. Peter's Church, and climbed to the top of the tower! It was only a couple of euros, and was to be a great view of the city. The hallway up was very narrow, so you'd have to pull over every so often to let others pass.

 

But once we were to the top, we were treated with stunning views. We of course snapped photos and videos as we walked around the perimeter.






From there, we wandered back to our hotel to take a quick nap, and then met up about an hour later for our beer tour.



Initially, we were pretty excited about the beer tour. I had done some research online about a few, and this was supposed to be the best. But, the guy who normally ran the tour was out for the day, and his replacement had been working all day- so needless to say she was less than thrilled to be taking us on our tour.

We did learn a bit- about the six different breweries in the city. And how St. Augustiner is the only one not sold outside of the city. (Ended up be our fav of the bunch).


We also stopped at a Hofbräuhäuser restaurant and tried a spread of food I probably would not have had otherwise.







It was a good way to try a few different beers with some explanation, but certainly fell short of any original hopes. Afterward we wandered around the city- then bid Brie adieu, as she was US bound the next day.


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