No trip to Munich is complete without a visit to the famous Hofbrauhaus! An interesting tidbit about those traditional German leather pants with the flap in the front - that derived from the olden days when men would be drinking at the Hobrauhaus, where they didn’t have a bathroom, and when they needed to relieve themselves they would do it right there while still sitting at the table. At the end of the evening they would hose down the place with water washing away the day’s urine and beer. Imagine the stench! Yeech! I visited the Vikrualienmarket which is filled with booths of people selling food, crafts, flowers and more. They have a seating area outside of one of the booths that is filled with people sitting shoulder to shoulder with a liter of beer in front of each one of them.
I wandered over to the English Gardens which is a huge park, similar in size to Central Park in NYC, complete with a river running all the way through. There were people everywhere enjoying the 60 degree sunny day, playing Frisbee, riding a bike, reading a book, or just laying out soaking up the sun and ALL of them were drinking beer. This really is a beer city! There’s even a part of the river where a natural wave is created and there are surfers, yes surfers in the middle of Germany, hanging ten.
I visited the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany, not because it’s a fun tourist activity, but because I felt I had to. The tour I took was chilling, leaving me sickened and depressed as I learned of the torture and psychological warfare that was inflicted on thousands of innocent people.
My last stop was in Zurich, which sits just north of Lake Zurich, a stunning lake with water so clean you could drink it. I found a nicely landscaped path that ran along much of the edge of the lake where I took a long, leisurely stroll as the sun set. The Old Town is filled with historic churches with large clock towers, cobblestone streets and cozy little shops. They have an extensive cable car tram system which is the only type of transportation allowed on some streets. The river Limmat runs through town, splitting it into The Right Bank (Old Town) and The Left Bank, and ending up in Lake Zurich. The quays along the river are some of the most beautiful anywhere!