München / Munich and the kids from hell.

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Adam climbing our bunk at 4 You Munchen

The best nights sleep in months behind us we set off for the station and realised that we'd need to sort out some warmer clothes for our time here. Whilst it's great to be back in a cooler climate open toed shoes are not the most practical thing for cold wet days. It was the first drops of rain we have seen for months and the novelty getting wet made it most welcome. Our journey to Munich involved two changes but the efficiency of the German rail network made it a really simple trip. When we bought the tickets we had been given a printout that showed us the exact times and even the platforms our various trains would be arriving and departing from. Not quite what were used to in the UK!!

All of the trains were spotlessly clean with no window etching or chewing gum on the seats, no graffitti and comfy seats.

A fountain at Neues Rathaus
 The first was even one of the double decker trains they have here. If it sounds like were trainspotters just refresh yourself with the train we took in India with the cockroaches running over us and you'll understand our enthusiasm.

We are in a constant battle to keep our costs down in here and accommodation is obviously our main expense. We decided that we'd give a youth hostel a try here in Munich and had booked three nights at a hostel called 4 You München. Checking in we realised we might be in for a rough stay as there were tons of schoolkids running around the reception like headless chickens. Why is that kids seem to shout all the time? We headed up to our room fearing the worst and sure enough we opened up the door and we had bunk beds!!! It was like being 14 and on a school trip all over again.

City views
Not the most romantic situation a married couple can find themselves in!!!

We dumped our stuff down and had a bite to eat. We are saving cash by indulging ourselves with all of the things we've been missing such as avocado wraps, pickles, plum tomatoes and cheese for Adam. Our evening meals are basically picnics but fantastic. We made our way back to the station to buy some beers and book our onward travel to Salzburg and again got a really good value ticket by having a few train changes. No problem!!

A part of the deal with the hostel was a free beer in the bar so we headed down there and it was thankfully a child free zone which made it all the more enjoyable. That all changed when we went back to our room though. We discovered that we were basically sharing our floor with a French school party of 16 year old children.

Pedestrian Road at Dachau
Nightmare barely covers it. They were running around knocking on each others doors almost all night and and the stupid giggles of excited girls and shouts of hormone addled boys trying to get into their knickers was endless.

We went down to breakfast the next morning giving every kid we saw the evil eye and calling on the bus gods for a coach crash. We had a word with the reception and asked to change floors and were astonished to discover that their teachers were staying on the same floor. Talk about dereliction of duty. There is no way they wouldn't have been kept awake by it and they did nothing. The hostel though were brilliant and moved us two floors up and as our room wasn't ready we stored our bags and set off for some sightseeing.

First stop was Dachau concentration camp which was a short train and bus ride away.

Dachau
The temperature had dropped significantly and our weather roles had reversed, Steph was now in great discomfort with the cold while Adam who has been suffering for the last five months with the heat, was over the moon to be cold again. The exhibition and camp at Dachau was presented really well but to be honest it suffered a little with information overload. Towards the end we were glossing over some of the material as we had already been there two and a half hours and were burnt out. Having been to equally harrowing places in Cambodia, Japan and Vietnam the obvious terrible suffering that occurred at Dachau didn't come across quite as powerfully. It wasn't helped by the place being over-run with school trips. Can we not escape these damned kids!!! 

By this time Steph was a ball of ice and back at the train station we found a super cheap clothes store and bought some socks and a jumper each to prevent frostbite from setting in.

Inside the Bunker at Dachau
We got on the train and drew some fairly strange looks as we stripped off and re-dressed in our new warm clothes!!!

We took the train back to Marianplatz in the centre of the old town of Munich and walked around a bit admiring the architecture. Unfortunately much of Munich was destroyed during bombing in world war two but what remained or has been restored left us in no doubt of how impressive it must have been pre war. We had intended to head up to the BMW factory where a museum of 120 classic BMWs is but at the last minute we decided to check it was open and found that it is still being re-vamped. Lucky we did as it would have wasted a big chunk of time. We were in a major shopping area so got ourselves some shoes each as walking around in sandals and socks is seriously uncool and is only acceptable for those handing out church leaflets!!!

We headed for the public library and got some research done on where next.

"Work brings Freedom": translation from the gates into Dachau
Its just our luck that our timing has brought us here when the whole of Europe has the Mayday holiday coming up so accommodation prices are high and vacancies low. Like all the best laid plans our are in a state of constant flux!!!

danny291 says:
agree about the German rail system! I had to change at like 3 places and I had a printout of the times and the platforms, it was really helpful. Shame the UK's not like that!
Posted on: May 28, 2008
barrieandann says:
Great to be "with You" again.

Love you lots
Mum and Dad xxxx
Posted on: Apr 29, 2008
Virginiagoodings says:
Darlings:
Am loving catching up with you! Too bad about the hostel and the young'uns...but it sounds like there are compensations!
Love
Mum/Virginia xxoo
Posted on: Apr 27, 2008
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Adam climbing our bunk at 4 You Mu…
Adam climbing our bunk at 4 You M…
A fountain at Neues Rathaus
A fountain at Neues Rathaus
City views
City views
Pedestrian Road at Dachau
Pedestrian Road at Dachau
Dachau
Dachau
Inside the Bunker at Dachau
Inside the Bunker at Dachau
Work brings Freedom: translation…
"Work brings Freedom": translatio…
Roll call at Dachau
Roll call at Dachau
St Peterskirche
St Peterskirche
Glockenspiel
Glockenspiel
Glockenspiel
Glockenspiel
Frauenkirche
Frauenkirche
River views
River views
A beautiful clocktower; we never k…
A beautiful clocktower; we never …
Park views
Park views
Its over there
"It's over there"
Odeonsplatz
Odeonsplatz
The ridiculously high river
The ridiculously high river
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