München / Munich - Gotta love those kids
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Returning to the 4 you München hostel from our full day of sightseeing, we picked up our bags from the luggage store and headed up to our new room on the fourth floor. We had been on the 2nd floor and were surrounded by a group of French children (at the worst age of children 16 to 17, they think their adults but so are not!!!!), who had kept us awake with their teenage antics most of the previous night. The hostel had been really good about moving us and we suspect that it is a fairly common occurrence. As we opened the door to our new room we were happily surprised to discover that we'd been upgraded as well as moved and now had a really nice room with ensuite bathroom and a much more suitable double bed. Thank you to the horrible French children and their incompetant teacher. You inadvertantly did us a massive favour. We relaxed into our new surroundings and recovered from our gruelling day with a couple of those excellent German beers.
The next day we set off for a huge walk through the city. In our opinion and experience we've found the best way to see a place is by taking a walk through it. We set off from the hostel and as usual the city is never as big above ground as transport maps seem to show and before we new it we were back at Marianplatz. The camera was very busy photographing the beautiful buildings and the sun came out for us which always makes places look more attractive. We strolled on down to the river which was a raging torrent, and circled round to take in some quieter backstreets and taking us to Odeonsplatz and the sights around there.
Our main target for the day was the awesome Neue Pinakothek art gallery. It contains a fantastic collection of mainly 18th to 20th Century paintings but includes a few beautiful sculptures too. There was a lot to take in and a very informative audio guide gave good background and information on the paintings and artists. There were many highlights particularly the Nazzarines and The Sin by Franz von Stuck which was beautiful. They also house a version of Van Gogh's Sunflowers which was supposed to be the star of the show. Having spent several hours going round we found a park and had a picnic on a bench in the sun and rested our weary bones. We had considered the modern art and design museum but were pretty much exhausted and although it looked fantastic we gave it a miss.
Back at the hostel it was time to pack yet again and the backpacks are getting heavier and heavier as we were unable to post home our stuff from India due to a postal strike here. Next stop Salzburg.