I was really looking forward to this trip as our last one to Berlin had been such a success. I know that my two teens were not, but by the end of the three days they admitted that they had had a great time. We were up with the lark at 5pm and at 5.20 were on our way to Stansted. With the car tucked away in the Long Stay, we checked in with plenty of time. There always seems to be a problem at the airport for us and this time was no different. Seemingly my case (which had never been a problem before was too big for hand luggage) and had to be quickly tucked into the main suitcase. Anyway, we managed to get away on time and the plane was jam packed. It was a pleasant enough flight and we managed yet again to get the more spacious exit seats.
We arrived in Munich on time. It is a lovely modern airport with lots of facilities. We made our way to the central area and bought our 3 day tickets for the whole transport network. I should say that Munich has a fabulous integrated train, underground, tram and bus network and the city is swimming with bicycles. We caught the S8 S Bahn (mistake as the S1 is much faster) and 45 mins later we were at Laim station. We then caught a bus to our hotel just 5 mins away.
The Hotel Laimer Hof is a lovely little hotel, just 3 mins walk away from the magnificent Nymphenburg Palace where the now defunct Royal family live and 8 minutes away from the Hirschgarten (beer garden).Sebastian, the hotel owner sat us down and talked to us about all the places we might want to visit and provided us with lots of maps. Michael thought it was a very good idea to go to the Biergarten, especially when Sebastian told him that the legal age for drinking was 16.
We dumped our luggage in our room (very nice) and off we trotted to the Biergarten.
Michael's target for today was to a) buy a curry sausage and b) buy a stein of beer. We all shared this giant pretzel too!
Mission accomplished, we sat down and enjoyed an hour watching the world go by and just taking it all in. We then headed off to Munich City Centre . Seb had told us that it was best to get off the S Bahn at Karlsplatz and walk to Marienplatz as all the main shops were located along that stretch. What a pleasant walk it was.
The shopping area was a real pleasure to walk through. In true Germanic style it was scrupulously clean, but what was really nice was the way so many of the buildings were covered in summer blooms.
After making our way past all the street entertainers and street artists, we reached Marienplatz, the very heart of the city. We stood and took it all in for a few minutes and had a look at the very famous Old Town Hall and its' glockenspeil.