i was a little disappointed in the city. i was hoping for charm, beauty, and gnome paraphernalia, and cuckoo clocks on every street corner and i didnt get much of that. BUT i did learn alot about the city and enjoyed what we did:
we went on a FREE TOUR of the city! this company offers tours of a handful of europes most-visited cities which we thought was too-good-to-be-true until our tour guide suggested we tip him... we were surprised, but tipped him because he was so knowledgable about the city, and overall a fairly decent guide... we found out later that the guides work off of tips only and have to the company 2.50 E per tourist (our guide didnt tell us this... if wed known at the time we wouldve given him more!), so if you ever go on a tour, tip the guide at least 5 bucks...
munich has a alot of dark history due to Hilter's rise to power and WW2, and the city cannot forget... read this article and this article...
on a lighter note!!! there are "beer gardens" EVERYWHERE!! a beer garden basically is a restaurant that has long wooden tables and benches that everyone sits at together, lots of beer, and lots of yummy (but gluten-filled) food
this is a picture of us about to embark on a "beer tour"... we went to a handful of different beer gardens and.... that was all. clearly, i thought it was lame because i cant drink beer. they did have a selection of wine, but they were not delicious.
below is a 'MAYPOLE'.... they are all over munich, but i'm not sure what the significance is ha!
this is the GLOCKENSPIEL
more on the trip later!