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Munich 2018

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Over Christmas and New Years 2018-19 I traveled to Europe with a couple of friends. I will link to the other topics once I create them.

 

Munich, Germany: December 21-24

Vienna, Austria: December 24-27

Prague, Czechia: December 27-29

Berlin, Germany: December 29-January 3

Zermatt, Switzerland: January 3-5

Thun, Switzerland: January 5

Bern, Switzerland: January 5

Zurich, Switzerland: January 5-7

 

We arrived in Munich after a layover in London and a bus ride from Zurich. With round trip tickets out of Zurich, we decided to skip it at the beginning to get other cities into our schedule so we could still make Berlin for New Years.

 

We didn't arrive in Munich until about 11pm on the 21st. We found a brewery to hang out at for about an hour before making our way to the Airbnb. The first few shots are inside of the basement of the Augustiner-Keller. Like the lager cellars in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, these cellars were originally used to lager beers. Now they are filled with large communal tables. They also had a biergarten and restaurant upstairs.

 

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We found some lackluster Döner and then made our way to our place for the night.

 

The next day we decided to try our hand at scalping tickets to see a soccer match. The match was in Germany's third league, the 3. Liga, but between two well known teams for anyone who follows Bundesliga: TSV 1860 München and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Both teams were in the first division in recent memory (2004 for Munich, and 2012 for Kaiserslautern), but they have fallen on hard times lately. Our Airbnb was located right next to the Kolumbusplatz metro station, so it was an easy walk to the stadium. Before reaching the stadium, we stopped at another brewery - Giesinger Bräustüberl - where fans of both teams were having a great time drinking beer and eating grilled sausages (both excellent).

 

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We were able to scalp tickets outside of the gate for about $20 each, but didn't get seats together. The seats were in different parts of the stadium, so we couldn't meet up (there are 4 distinct areas, and you can't go from one to the other). Here are a few photos from the match. They used to play in Allianz Arena where Bayern Munich plays, but the team's ownership didn't want to invest in the team when they got relegated from 2. Bundesliga to the 3. Liga, so they moved into the much more intimate Grünwalder Stadion on the south side of the city and also got new ownership. Fans at the match said that Bayern Munich fans lack heart, and that's what the die-hard fans of 1860 have. Most were still really proud of their team, and having a great time despite their poor fortunes.

 

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Although the fencing obscures pictures pretty heavily, it wasn't too big of an issue actually watching the match. I snapped a photo of the game-winning header going into the goal here.

 

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The banner below says something along the lines of "Merry Christmas to all of the Lions fans banned and behind bars" - a reference to the ultras who have been punished for various activities. 

 

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After the match we took an Uber to the Paulaner Bräuhaus where I only took one photo of some copper tanks, and then we stumbled upon a Christmas Market in a little 100'x50' plaza. 

 

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Unbeknownst to us, the Christmas Market we found was an LGBT Christmas Market. We were immediately struck by the young demographics, as we didn't expect Christmas markets to be so young. The market was called Pink Christmas and it featured the regular assortment of food and drinks as well as a few shops lining the perimeter. At the end of the market was a DJ booth (where the guy was dressed as a unicorn). It was definitely an interesting first Christmas Market experience!

 

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The cup from 2017 which was still in circulation read: "Ehe Für Alle" - "Marriage for all"

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The next day we wandered the city and went to the main Christmas Market in Die Altstadt centered around Marienplatz. The first couple of photos are around Kolumbusplatz, and features the best Döner we had all trip. If you're in Munich, go to Türkitch!

 

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I was taking blurry photos of my mug of Glühwein and this kid kept making faces through the window. 

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It rained a lot while in Munich, but rarely was it too much for anything more than a rain jacket.

 

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My friend Timo lived in Munich for a long time, and he arrived in Munich to visit family during our last night there. He gave us a quick tour of the city that night which included several more Christmas Markets.

 

On the route we passed the Munich Residenz, which was where royalty stayed in Munich. There was a guarded memorial to fallen Nazi party members outside of the Residenz that every citizen was required by law to salute during WWII when they passed it. Germans who didn't support the Nazis would take an alley to the side to avoid passing the monument. An artist was commissioned fairly recently to commemorate those who silently objected to the Nazi party by taking the alley. The alley is officially called Viscardigasse, but was nicknamed Drückebergergasse - or Shirker's Alley - in response to those who used it to avoid giving the Nazi salute.

 

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The Feldherrnhalle shown below was the site of the Beer Hall Putsch. To the left of this photo is the Residenz, and to the right is a church (Theatine Church).

 

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We briefly stopped at another Christmas Market inside a courtyard of the Residenz.

 

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The next Christmas Market we went to was a Medieval themed Christmas Market (Mittelaltermarkt). The main attraction here is the Feuerzangebowle. Essentially, it's a large clay goblet of Glühwein with a lip on the edge. A sugar cube is placed on the lip, and then doused in rum. The entire thing is lit on fire. The longer you let the fire burn, the less alcohol is left in the drink and the sweeter it gets.

 

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The last stop where I took pictures was at the Theresienwiese - the Oktoberfest grounds. The site is a huge plot of land close to the city with no permanent structures. They program for a few special events a year like Oktoberfest, concerts, and Tollwood - an alternative Christmas Market. It's a less traditional market experience.

 

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I can't remember what these were called, but they were cinnamon flavored.

 

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On the last day in Munich we had to catch a train to Vienna. It was Christmas Eve, and the last day of the Marienplatz Christkindlmarkt. We walked the length of the market in the daytime since we hadn't done it before. These are various photos throughout Die Altstadt in Munich before our train trip to Vienna.

 

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A few photos from St. Peter's Church, including the jeweled skeleton of St. Mundita.

 

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A few photos of St. Michael's Church below

 

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We finally ended up in the Hauptbahnhof on our way to Vienna. After our experience in Vienna, this sign in the train station is clearly for them.

 

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I did a similar trip in 2007 and enjoyed pretty much all the jawns.  Munich is arguably Germany's most beautiful major city and what most Americans think of when they think "Germany."  Glad you enjoyed it.


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Looks great. Thanks for sharing!


“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

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51 minutes ago, The_Cincinnati_Kid said:

Great shots!  The city looked garbage free, I didn't see one piece of litter in the pics, is that the case?

 

Honestly, I don't really remember specifically. I don't recall a lot of litter, but it wasn't really something I was looking out for.

 

It's one of those things where if it was equal to or cleaner than the typical city in America, I probably wouldn't notice at all. If it was significantly worse, I would probably notice. So I'm sure there was less than a typical city in the states.

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nice. i love the night shots and yeah it does look very clean.

 

i love traveling in europe over that time time of year. the tourist areas are not so overrun by tourists. thats how i went my first time and we made it to christmas mass at notre dame and then to the pope's new years day blessing in st peters square. you covered a lot more ground though -- i hope we see more pics when you can.

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