There is so much to see and do in Munich that I am glad we spent two days here. It was difficult to choose where to visit today but we finally decided on The Residenz. It is the palace of Bavarian royal family. As you can see in the pictures the opulence is astounding. Besides the opulence the two things that made big impressions on me were the size of the palace (it goes on and on and on) and the fact that most of what we saw was rebuilt after being bombed to rubble during World War Two. Here are just a few of the things we saw.
The state apartments
A room with pieces all carved out of rock crystal.
And the Cuvilliés Theater. Everything that looks like drapes or curtains is actually carved wood.
After spending several hours at The Residenz we enjoyed beer and pretzels at the Viktualienmarkt beer garden.
For dinner we went back to Café am Beethovenatz where we ate last night. All of the vegetable stands we have seen in Munich have been selling white asparagus. Tonight I had some with Wiener schnitzel and Duke had steak.
We ended a wonderful meal with our first apple strudel of the trip.
Rick Steve’s Audio Europe has audio walking tours of several European cities. Today we did the Munich walking tour. It was great!
We started in the main square Marienplatz where we watched the 11 am glockenspiel, a clockwork party and joust near the top of the tower. One of the interesting parts of the tour was the history provided and learning about which parts of the town were destroyed in the war and rebuilt.
We wandered through the Viktualienmarkt and saw the blue and white striped maypole.
We saw the Jewish synagogue.
It was particularly fun to stop and have a beer and pretzel at the Hofbraähaus.
We walked over seven miles today and my feet hurt. But it was a really interesting and fun day. For dinner we ate at a nearby neighborhood restaurant, Mariandl Cafe am Bethovenplatz. I had fish and Duke had pork roast and dumpling. Both were excellent. There was a very talented pianist providing background music.
Lots of travel today. We walked to a city bus stop and caught a bus to the Luxembourg central station.
From there we took a bus out of Luxembourg to Saarbruecken in Germany.
Then we took a local train to Mannheim. And finally a high speed train to Munich.
Tonight we had a fabulous German dinner. I had Wiener schnitzel and Duke essentially had steak and potatoes. It was one of the specials. You can see the German description here.
The meal, the beer and the restaurant complete with waiters in lederhosen were a perfect introduction to Germany and in particular Munich.
Today was a beautiful spring day in Luxembourg. We walked from our hotel down across the river and up to the old town.
We explored The Bock Casemates, tunnels and fortifications built into the cliff overlooking the river.
The town had lots of interesting buildings and and beautiful parks. .
Our Meliã hotel stay includes tapas and wine or beer in the evenings. So that is what we did for dinner.
On Sunday we travelled from Brussels to Luxembourg.
We are staying at a Meliã Hotel with a wonderful view of the old city.
Today we took the train from Bruges to Brussels.
In Brussels we walked to our hotel and checked in.
Then we went exploring. Right outside our hotel there was a street fair going on. Apparently it is a celebration of one of the starting points for the Tour de France.
For dinner we had pizza at a nearby bistro. The liter bottle of water was €9 and each glass of wine was €3.50.
Bruges seems very similar to Ghent but Bruge is bigger and seems to have fewer churches. This morning in Bruges we took a boat ride on the canals. The ride was faster and more crowded than the ride in Ghent but it was still very interesting. This is a beautiful town. It was sunny and warm today which just added to our enjoyment.
This afternoon we took a tour of the Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges. It was an excellent tour. Two things really added to our enjoyment. One, our guide was really engaged. Not only did he tell us the history of the family brewery and how the beer is made but he also pointed out the various landmark sites in Bruges that we could see from the roof of the brewery.
The second thing that made the tour more interesting than your typical brewery tour was that most of the original brewery equipment was still in place even though modern equipment is being used now. We learned about both the old processes and the new processes
In order to call the beer Bruges beer it is still brewed in the city center but the beer is pumped through a beer pipeline to the outskirts of Bruges to be bottled.
After the tour we enjoyed a complimentary glass of the unfiltered beer. It was very good!
For dinner we ate at Le Chef et Moi. We each had the prix fixe menu, beef appetizer followed by a cod main dish and desert.
This was our view walking back to the hotel.