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Day 23 - Munich

Dachau Concentration Camp, Walking Tour - Rise of the Third Reich, Beer and Food Tour

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In the last few days, I have spent some quality time with some relatives. Now, its time for the European leg of my Journey.

Yesterday, I drove to Heathrow and took a flight to Munich, Germany.
The hotel is across the road from the main railway station in Munich, and the tour office.
After breakfast, I wandered over the road and signed up for some tours.

Tour 1 - Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial

One of the few surviving concentration camps from WW2, and still has many of the original buildings.

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At Dachau Railway Station, I was surprised at the number of bikes.
Most of the bikes are "Town Bikes", where the rider is more upright. (As apposed to mountain bikes or racing bikes, which is what you see in Australia). The riders just wear their normal clothes and no cycle helmet. In Australia, it is really only the fitness freaks and die hard's that
ride. (And decked out in all the bike gear)
There are bike lanes everywhere, nominated by a strip of tar seal on the pavement. There are no actual markings to say it is a cycle path.
I saw a lady riding while holding an umbrella in one hand, she still was able to ring her bell as our group just totally did not see her as we crossed the road.
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The tour ended back at the main railway station, with just an hour until the next tour, I had some lunch and picked up a travel adaptor from the department store near the railway station.

Tour 2 - Walking Tour, Rise of the Third Reich
Back to Radius Tours by 3pm for the next tour. Steve, our English tour guide, lead our group on a 2.5 hour walking tour of Munich, where he showed the group some of the key Nazi sites.
His take of the rise of the Nazi's was well informed and also contained some less well known facts.
The tour ended at 5.45pm in Marienplatz. I took the underground back to Hauptbahnhof, just in time for the next tour.

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Tour 3 - Beer And Food Tour Of Munich
Our guide for this tour was a half crazy German who spoke very good English. They passed around half litre handles of beer, where he gave our group a brief history of the beer making industry in Munich. Once he made sure that we understood quite clearly that Munich was the only place in the world that actually made real beer (With the exclusion of some micro breweries), we headed off (Thankfully on the underground, as by this stage I was beginning to feel pretty tired).
He took our group to the Octoberfest museum, where we sampled 3 different types of beer, and a pretzel. Now I usually don't like Pretzel's as in Australia they tend to have the consistency of small twigs or branches from a tree.
After the beer sampling, we went upstairs where the tour guide proceeded to cement my opinion that he was a little more than half crazy.
We took a tram to a beer hall, were we were served beer in 1 litre mugs. The glass was so heavy I though it would benefit from another handle.
The food arrived, where we sampled some white sausages, other sausages and various goodies.
After perhaps an hour, we headed off to the most famous beer hall in the world Hofbrauhaus.
The tour ended there, with most of the people going their separate ways. A small group of us decided to get a table and have a few more beers.
I only managed another 1 litre of beer and that was enough for me.
The five of us all had hotels near the main railway station, so we headed off for a 20 minute walk back. I was all done in by this time and the hotel was a welcome sight.

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Posted by AlastairPorritt 06:51 Archived in Germany Tagged munich

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