Tuesday, June 25, 2013


So after two days of family gatherings and beer garden adventures, my aunt, my sister, and I spent a few hours in down town Munich. I was really excited to look around because I haven't been down here in years and years, and I don't think I've ever been downtown. We only had a few hours of time before we had to drive back to my aunt's home 5 hours away, but I really wish that we could have spent more time in the city. There's just so much to see, do, learn, and eat, but with limited time we hit up the big sights.

We started out in the Viktualienmarkt, which is like a permanent outside market full of fresh cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. We ended up with most of those in our shopping bags - flowers, cherries, dried apples, and schmalznudelen (which are kind of like a combination of funnel cake and thin donuts).
the May Pole
Above is a picture of the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) viewed from the Market side. The building is from the 14th century - isn't it crazy that something built that long ago still stands today? This is obviously common place in Europe, but living in the Midwest for most of my life, it always surprises me, no matter how often I am over here. Anyway, it stands in the Marienplatz, which is where we wondered over to next.

Above is the Old Town Hall from view of the Marienplatz - it also houses a toy museum which would have been interesting to see. Below is the New Town Hall. According to our trusted source, Wikipedia, this building is from the 19th century and has over 400 rooms. This is where the famous Glockenspiel is - here's a bit more of a close up. 

Next we went into a large department store where we proceeded to look at all the fancy expensive clothing, and also went to try on the traditional Bavarian garb. I'm from northern Germany so we don't really do the dirndls, but it was great fun trying them on! Here's a little idea of what they look like - apparently you are supposed to wear a push up underneath them! No thanks, that sounds even more painful. These were beautiful, although far too expensive. Maybe if I ever make it back for Oktoberfest, I'll have to spring for one. Afterwards we got lunch at Bratwurst Gloeckl - I had schnitzel for the first time (it was delicious). 

And a couple of miscellaneous pictures....
I really liked this picture in a display window of a drug store, but there were some other people standing in front of it. My sister went over to pretend to be very interested in something in the window, and slowly made the people scooch out of the way. Isn't it so cute though? I feel if Kate Spade did make-up, this is what the ads would look like.
It kind of looks like the weather forecasts weren't that accurate - instead of mid 70's, it's been mid 50's since we arrived. My two pairs of pants are getting a lot of wear. It was pretty chilly and rainy this day - there's a cardigan hiding underneath that jacket.
Jacket: from my last trip to Germany [similar]
Tee: Everlane
Scarf: Victoria's Secret
Purse: Coach [current style]
Jeans: Urban Outfitters [exact]
Shoes: Tory Burch [exact]
Of course we had to stop at Milka World (it wasn't that impressive)
Until next time Munich!