München / Munich and the kids from hell.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.