After leaving Rothenburg on Saturday morning, we drove a few hours to Munich. By the time we got there, it was late evening, so we checked into our hotel, the Four Points by Sheraton near the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. There was a big cultural showcase going on there, so we walked around, and got some gluwein. It was really crowded, so we didn’t stay long that night. We walked to the Augustiner Keller for dinner. This is generally one of my favorite beer gardens. That night, however, the service left a lot to be desired. Definitely a disappointment, though the food was really good. On the way home, we stopped in the Munich train station to buy dad a diet coke and a bottle of wine for mom and me.
The next morning, we got up and walked to Karlsplatz where we had breakfast at McDonald's, then walked down to Marienplatz, enjoying the pedestrian walkway and Christmas markets along the way. We saw several beautiful Nativity Scenes.
We got to the Rathaus just in time to see the Glockenspiel’s show as the clock chimed and the characters started their movement. This happens only once a day in the winter, and we happened to walk up just in time.
In addition to the much beloved Gluewein, I tried a new drink in Munich’s Christmas market. Dad even liked this one. It was called Feuerzangenbowle. Below is the Feuerzangenbowle booth -- selling the traditionalGerman alcoholic drink for which a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine.
|Mom buying souvenirs|
After buying souvenirs, we went to the Hofbräuhaus to listen to some traditional music and to have some beers and a late lunch.
|Mom and Dad at Hofbruhaus (Not Dad's beer!)|