Road Trip through Germany 2019 travel blog

Munich city hall

Munich old city hall with Glockenspiel at top.

Glockenspiel at noon in Munich

Munich flower shop

Munich flowers

Marsha's flowers 1

Frauenkirche frames statue

Munich Frauenkirche tomb

Mittags pause at Ratskeller in Munich

Munich Ratskeller gargoyle

Munich Ratskeller entry

Entry to Ratskeller with two Munich lions

Layout of the Ratskeller. It is REALLY large.

Munich Ratskeller dining area

Munich Ratskeller stained glass window

In keller part of Ratskeller in Munich. Note stained glass at end...

In Ratskeller and fancy stairway bust

Munich Ratskeller staircase post

Munich street lighting

Marsha #11

Marsha #12

We all met in the breakfast area of Hotel Obermaier, and enjoyed lots of choices for our meal. Before we could depart for downtown Munich, Linda began to feel badly, and chose to stay behind. M&M and I walked to the nearest U-Bahn/S-Bahn station (about 500 yards) and tried to figure out how to buy the right ticket (a small group day-ticket), and then find the right track. We asked some help, and got to where we needed to be. A few minutes wait, and we were on our way to the Marienplatz station.

My goal for today was to show M&M the old Ratshaus (city hall) and the Glockenspiel; then the Viktualien Markt (fruit and vegetable market); and finally the HofBraeuhaus. The Glockenspiel plays at 1100, noon, and reportedly at 1700. Since we were in the square by 1130, we stayed put and were ready at the noon show. The Glockenspiel is probably more correctly called a carillon, and plays music produced by bells. Near the end of the bells portion, the animated characters start moving, and this is the favorite part for the tourists. It all takes about 12-15 minutes, which is a long time, as M&M will attest after trying to film it all.

After the Glockenspiel, we found our way to the Viktualien Markt, or market for flowers, fruits, and vegetables, plus lots of fast food places--German style, of course--with drinks of beer, wine, and soft drinks. M&M had a good time browsing through the offerings, and especially liked some garden art they can bring home to SLC.

On the way to see the Frauen Kirche (one of the symbols of Munich, especially the two twin towers), we also looked into St. Peters church. Very impressive inside. Marsha did get freaked out by the skeleton of a high church official in a glass crypt. From there we walked to the front of the Frauen Kirche, but the view was diminished by the scaffolding. It seemed every church in Munich was undergoing renovation. Come to think of it, the churches in Bamberg were in the same condition. Back to Munich. The inside of the Frauen Kirche is impressive in its simplicity. I had hoped the ladies would like to see at least one church, and we have now checked that box, but there will be plenty of additional opportunities.

The next stop was supposed to be the Hofbraeuhous--the most famous beer hall in Munich. If you talk to the locals, it is not the best beer hall of the six (as I remember) major breweries in Munich, but it is the one on people's bucket lists. Unfortunately, I could not find our way to it, but it worked out OK as you'll see tomorrow. We did find ourselves back at the Old City Hall, and decided to get something to eat and drink in the Ratskeller. We had a nice break sitting outside in the courtyard, before we wrapped up with a visit into the actual basement (or Keller) to see all the dining spaces there. M&M even tried to get a server's name badge, and after even talking with the head person, we gave up. Seems you have to work there to get one--not an item for tourists.

After walking probably more than we wanted, we caught the S-Bahn home--just like we knew what we were doing. We checked in on Linda, and she was ready to join us for dinner.

I asked a woman on the street for some recommendations, and she said the restaurant "over the bridge" was good and not too far. She was right on both counts. We sat outside in the cooler air (Munich is fairly hot right now--high 80s or low 90s), and were wowed by the menu. Linda and I can both read a German menu fairly well, but this one was printed in Bayerisch, or the local dialect. We struggled with it until the waiter (a Hungarian who also does not handle Bayerisch well) brought us an English menu. I'm not sure what everyone had, but think Marilyn stuck with tomato soup and a salad; Marsha had a Schnitzel; Linda had some sort of meat dish; and I had Matjesfilets, or herring filets in a sauce with salad fixings. It was all good. Then we headed back to the hotel for some needed sleep before we tackle Munich again.

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