While living abroad in Istanbul my wife's grandmother advised us to visit a cousin living in Munich. That our visit happened to coincide with Oktoberfest was a happy coincidence. Munich is an amazing city, filled with laughter, good beer and history....more
I stayed in the suburban town of Vatterstetten for four days and took the S-Bahn into Munich every day. The train was clean, fast and punctual. The U-Bahn runs throughout the city and was an extremely convenient and manageable system of transportation....more
During our stay in Munich my wife and I came here twice for breakfast. Schneiderweisse specializes in wheat beer, which is excellent with or without alcohol. To go with this wonderful brew, we had white sausages and pretzels.
I was lucky enough to be in Marienplatz one morning when the extremely elaborate cuckoo clock went off. The clock literally has jousting knights and dancing characters that play out a three act performance.
I ate here on a clear September night in 2009. Set on the Odeonplatz, Spatenhaus is a great place to sit outside and watch people in smart clothing on bicycles. The menu is a game-lover's dream: rabbit, venison, boar--all served with wild berries, seasonal mushrooms and the like....more
Breakfast in Munich: a steaming bowl of white sausages, a basket of pretzels and beer. Schneider Weisse specializes in wheat beers. It's a great place to eat because it's not nearly as packed as the Hofbrauhaus but it has all the charm necessary. The weissewurst are white sausages made...more
The largest and most delicious blueberries I ever tasted came from the Viktualienmarkt. This outdoor market also sells all forms of game meats from duck to venison, a wonderful array of mushrooms and, during Oktoberfest, fragrant garlands of hops.
I saw the square twice when we were in Munich. First, during the Oktoberfest Parade we stood along the sidewalk watching the various floats and wagons pulled by horse or oxen. Second, on one of our last nights in the city we ate at Spatenhaus brewpub at sunset....more
It started out as a big party celebrating what would be the unhappy marriage of a Bavarian royal couple. Today it's the biggest carnival in the world. In 2009 I was lucky enough to take in Oktoberfest. It was far grander than any American imitation. The beer is poured by the liter. They roast whole...more
On a random afternoon in Munich my wife and I visited the Deutsches Museum, which is located near the river on the east side of town. It's something of a science museum and has exhibits explaining how various industries work. Some of it was interesting, some boring and some incomprehensible....more