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Munich: A Palace and Yet Another Beer garden

A visit to the Nymphenburg and its beer garden


The hotel staff suggested that we visit the Schloss Nymphenburg, a castle close to our hotel. As we had until 6p.m, when Silvia’s train was leaving we thought it would make for a nice morning trip. After a breakfast and coffee at Good Fellows we were off to the castle.

I really wanted to tour the castle but Silvia suggested that we just tour the 400+ acres of gardens this time, maybe touring the castle at a later date when it might be raining. This turned out to be an excellent idea as when we looked in the window we saw that reconstruction was going on so chandeliers were covered with plastic and one wall was completely boarded up.

The gardens actually consist of several small gardens close to the castle and then large grounds with lots of intersecting paths leading to a large lake complete with a bath house used by Ludwig. We walked 1st to the lake then around it then we were thirsty so we continued straight away to the beer garden.

The beer garden is located in what used to be a palm house. The house is now a restaurant and the walk up stand is just outside. The restaurant severs a nice roast chicken but we were hungry for the beer, sausage and potato salad; a great Mother’s Day brunch for sure.

Silvia had to leave soon after we returned to the hotel so we walked her to the train station and then we went back to the square to enjoy the evening. I turned out to be a very cold windy evening but we still sat outside, in the shadow of the historic buildings, drinking cappuccino and listening to the beautiful classical music from the street musicians.

We did move inside, not knowing until we were seated, we were in one of the oldest beer halls in Munich, from the 1600’s.

Posted by Miss Chris 15:16 Archived in Germany Tagged travel palace tourist munich beer_garden Comments (0)

Looking for the Beer Garden

Adventures while looking for the Beer Garden

sunny 73 °F

IMG_4425.jpgIMG_4446.jpgFor this trip we decided to keep our options open, that is to say that we will go where the spirit moves, if that is we don’t have firm plans. So today we had no plans at all except to visit with our “girl” Silvia. Silvia was one of our students back in the 80’s and we’d lost touch with her until she found us on facebook a year or so ago.

Silvia was to meet us in Munich as this is the city she loves; we’d both be arriving by train just 10 minutes apart so the train station was a perfect meeting place. We got off the train and there walking to us was Silvia, such a meeting after 30 years.

When I made the hotel reservations it looked like they were quite a walking distance from everything but in reality the hotel was just around the corner from the train station. We dumped our stuff and started off using a small map that the staff gave us.

The square was, of course, packed being a sunny warm day. Lots of street musicians, sidewalk cafes and a First Aid demonstration of some sort complete with search and rescue dogs, diving demonstrations and so on.

We wanted some lunch but the square was packed and noisy so we located a beer garden on our map, off in the “Englischer Garten”. We fortified ourselves with chocolates purchased at a small shop along the way.

The gardens consist of a very large park with walking paths going every which way and a stream running thru. People were lying on the lawns soaking in the sun, a band was playing, people biking, jogging and just walking.

We consulted our maps on occasion but instead of a beer garden we found water running into the stream from a canal under the street. The water was running very quickly and young people wearing wet suits were lined up with their small size surf boards, catching the waves as the water ran into the stream. We had to laugh, “Surf’s up in Munich”.

We did find the beer garden and stuffed on sausages, potato salad and beer while the German band played Oompah music from a nearby Chinese Pagoda. People ate while others danced the afternoon away.

Posted by Miss Chris 01:03 Archived in Germany Tagged travel germany friends munich beer_garden Comments (0)

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