Today I started my journey to Munich and had to say goodbye to Ulf and Judith. While Judith may come down to Frankfurt before I leave, I may not see Ulf for a while so we had our goodbye at the train station. I got everything packed up (including lots of Milka) and got on the train to start the 4-5 hour journey down to Munich.
The train was so niceâ€”it was brand new, and had power outlets at the seats for laptops. Thatâ€™s how Iâ€™m writing this now actually J The large windows are great to view the German countryside as we pass from one village to the other with ust a small cluster of houses with distinct gables poking through rows of trees. Every so often, youâ€™ll see a church steeple towering above houses as well. In Frankfurt Iâ€™ll transfer to an ICE train down to Munich.
The ICE train was quite nice and I was able to eat my lunch and get to the train to find my seat. I got situated after eating standing up in the cafÃ© car while watching the landscape pass by. After lunch I headed for my seat to get situated. It was pretty crowded. I was happy that I had booked my seat.
About halfway through the trip, it started to rain so I was worried about the weather in Munich. Luckily it was a beautiful day. I read my Bavaria book on the train as well as updated my blog and found a good hostel right next to the station that had been reviewed well. When I arrived at the station, I went across the street to the hostel. At check in, I got my room key which was coolâ€”everything is RFID so the doors are very secure and they had lockers big enough for my luggage which was also tied to the RFID.
After putting my bags away, I got my stuff together and headed out to the city. I found the main pedestrian area that spans down through the old part of the city. Building after building was more impressive as the next. I made my way to Marianplatz where thereâ€™s a statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the Town Hall with a Glockenspiel. Iâ€™ll go there tomorrow to check it out. After there, I headed for another Victrolian Square where there were tons of market stands selling fresh produce, flowers, sausages etc. I then headed over to the Hofbrauhaus to check out this notable yet touristy attraction. Here I had a great dinner with two sausages on sauerkraut, with a baked potato. It was really good. I then headed back to the hostel to start researching what my plan will be for the next few days.