Back to My Roots
Back to Germany we went, stopping off in Stuttgart to visit the Porsche Museum. You can probably guess who's idea this was!
Seeing the museum was definitely not a waste of time, I will admit that I enjoyed it almost as much as Chris. Designed like a race track, the building itself is incredibly cool and sleek, neighboring a Porsche dealership where you can rent the cars and take them for a spin. I practically had to drag Chris inside the actual museum because he was too enthralled with the cars parked outside.
After an hour or two of wandering around, choosing our favorite cars and reading up on the history, we ate lunch at the museums outdoor cafe then headed back to the train station to catch a train to Munich.
I didn't really know what to expect of Munich, a part from it's famous Cathedral and beer gardens we didn't have much of a sight seeing to do list there, instead we decided to wander around and get a feel for the German culture, which really meant drink lots of beer and eat lots of German food.
Germany became my favorite country to visit during our trip. The people were great, easy to talk to and friendly and the food was like a home cooked meal every time. We felt the most at ease in Germany and constantly talked about what other cities we'd like to see there next time we travel. One of my favorites spots to explore was the open market, viktualeinmarkt, a huge farmers market with so many home made goodies available every day.
Munich's historical centre is beautiful, it has more of a modern feel than others places we went up to that point. Another favourtie spots were the Englisher Gardens where people tube and swim down a flowing river. We were kicking ourselves for not reading up on this before hand and bringing along our bathing suits that day for a swim. Next time.
Beer is what brings most people to Munich, at least that's what brought us. I wouldn't have categorized myself as a beer drinker before this trip, but I am proud to say i've acquired a taste for it. It's not hard when a Litre only costs you 5 or so euros, its actually cheaper than water!
The HofBrauhaus, is the place to be in Munich. It's a three story beer hall that has been around since the 1800's and it's the best place to meet people from all over the world, eat good hearty food and drink all day and night.
On our second day in Munich, we took a train to the Holocaust Memorial site in Dachau. I would recommend visiting to anyone travelling in Germany. It is not a fun trip by any means and it is not meant to be. But I believe it's important to be reminded of the devastating effects of the Holocaust and the dehumanization of a group of people, and what hatred can do. I am glad we went as it was something I've always felt the need to see.
Something that really got to us, was the amount of people taking selfies and smiling photos at the memorial. Please if you do go, remember where you are and what happened there, to see it as a tourist site is wrong, people lost their lives in this place and deserve the utmost respect.
Auf Wiedersehen Munich!