MUNICH, GERMANY: March 1-3
Our final with kent went considerably longer than expected so we couldn’t make the 12:12 train to Munich that we were hoping to. They leave every hour though so we weren’t concerned. However, at 1:59 I sat in the common room wandering where Bryce was (someone didn’t pack the night before), we had to get the next train at 2:12 but the train station is two minutes from the montarina. We book it down there platform three, all is good. Until we look at platform 2 which also says it’s going to Zurich and we have no idea which is the one we need to be on. The whistle blows and we hop on the first one, fingers crossed! Both trains were going to Bellinzona but we didn’t know where to after and if one was a longer route because we had to make it to Zurich to get our connecting train to Munich. We both think we got on the wrong one. We get off at Bellinzona to check the time table and realize it’s the same train just two minutes apart.. Haaa we feel stupid but pleasantly surprised. Next up for our poor planning, we didn’t take a good look at what time our train leaves Zurich or the platform or how much time we have in between. Another surprise win! We check and have about an hour until our connecting train leaves, which means we had time to find WiFi and get directions to our hostel. I don’t know how we managed to get through this with our poor planning, but we did! We found our hostel, got some late night food at McDonalds, and then crashed for the night. We also managed to get an 8 person room to ourselves haaaayyy.
The following morning we woke up early and got the train to Dachau. Dachau was a concentration camp close to Munich, actually the only camp that was open during the entire duration of the Holocaust. Afterwards we booked it back to the center of Munich to go on the free walking tour. I think this was the best tour I’ve ever had. Our tour guide was really enthusiastic and really knew his stuff.
After our tour we went back to St. Peter’s to climb to the top and got an amazing view of the city. Then we headed back to our hostel to get cleaned up for dinner and Hofbrauhaus. We went to Augustiner’s for dinner where I got a traditional german meal; pork knuckle and potato dumpling! I was a little nervous but it was actually delicious. Augustiner’s was another beer hall with large tables and you just sit wherever there is room. We found a table and cozied up next to some Germans and ate and drank for a few hours! Then we headed to Hofbrauhaus, even though Augustiner’s was a really cool atmosphere we knew we couldn’t go to Munich and not get a beer from Hofbrauhaus. Unfortunatly we wished we had stayed! Hofbrauhaus was dying down by the time we got there, the beer was more expensive, and I think it’s better to be in a larger group. They had live music and a huge dance floor, but people were clearing out and it was only like 11!
The next morning we woke up to catch a 6:52 train to Fussen to see the Castle that inspired Walt Disney! We also got tickets to get the tour inside which may not have been worth the 11 euro, but was definitely cool to see. On our way down from the castle we found an outdoor food market and bought some pizzas for lunch. These were really different and like nothing I’ve ever had before. We only had about 15 minutes to catch our train back to Munich where we got our next train to Salzburg. As I got up to walk away I realized my invisalign was gone. Just disappeared, no clue where it went. We checked all around the table and the floor and the trash and it was very upsetting. But no time to waste, if we didn’t get this train we were stuck for another 2 hours and would miss our train to Salzburg!
So we hop on the train and about an hour later I hear “oh shit babe,” … we had just missed our stop to catch our second train back to Munich. Panic, why do we keep screwing up the trains?! We asked someone to double check and we she confirmed we were 2 stops away. We got off at the next one to see what we had to do, and by some miracle we look to the next platform and it says Munchen. !!!!! The train we should have gotten on goes in the same direction for a few stops and luckily this was one of them. I don’t know where this good luck came from but I’m taking it!
Made it back to Munich, made it to our hostel, got our bags, and hopped on another train!