Munich, walking tour and lots of beerskis
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This morning Becky (my roomie) and I decided to go on the free walking tour provided by the hostel. I was a little apprehensive since I heard it was about three hours long. Since it's a public holiday, there was nothing open and not many people walking about. This was good for walking around and seeing things, but not good as not much of anything was open. I didn't realize until I was on the tour that most of Munich was flattened in WW2. The buidings have the look and feel of older buildings, but that is because the city recreated the buildings so they would look the way they did pre-war time by using photos the Nazis took so they could reconstruct "Hilter's" Munich after the war. Out of the entire three hour tour, there were only four buildings (or parts of buildings) that were actually older than 60ish years old.
Our tour guide, Aussie, was awesome and kept everyone entertained for the full three hours, even without the usual beer stop for lunch. I would recommend to anyone going to Munich to either stay at Wombats and take the free tour with him or to at least go to Wombats (at 11am) and take the tour anyway. He works only for tips and is gives a very insightful tour and is hilarious to boot!
After the tour, our fantabulous tour guide brought us to his favourite bar. I had a 'breakfast' beer which is only 4.5% but its large size made up for it. It was probably the best beer I've ever had as it had a bit of caramel in it mmmmmmm. We then walked to a authentic Bavarian restaurant and I got the pork schitnzel which I hat I had been craving since I arrived in Munich. It was everything I thought it would be and more :) I also had potato pancakes, red cabbage, sauerkraut and more beer.
After a quick stopover in the hostel where I met our three new British roommates (I looooove their accent!), we all went down to the Hofbrauhaus beer hall which is the most famous in Munich. It seats something like 1,500 people and there's men in lederhosen playing old school Bavarian music. This is one of the many places where you can get a 1 litre beer, served in a super big mug with a handle. After lots of beer, I was up next to the band dancing Bavarian style with an old man that could really dance! Good times!
After the beer house, we went looking for a dance bar and couldn't find anything, so after wandering around for a bit, we ended back at the hostel and then to a hostel next door. I had a feeling tomorrow was going to be rough, but as a random Aussie guy told me, "If you're going to Dachau, you might as well be hungover since you're going to feel like shit anyway" haha