During my three weeks in Germany I was in awe of everything around me. Everything was so different yet so similar to what I knew back home. That is until we went to Munich.
When my group and I walked into the Marienplatz, we looked around and realized that we were surrounded by everything we had seen pictures of for years. In German class, we heard our teachers stories of the city’s beauty, watched videos about its history, and hoped that someday we would be able to experience it for ourselves.
Now we were finally here.
With the few hours we were given to explore, we went through as much of the city that we possibly could. In a quick spin, I could see the Fish’s Fountain, the Frauenkirche and Glockenspiel, and stores that my teenage budget could never afford.
We walked through a huge farmers market of fresh food, souvenirs, and sweets. Naturally, we had to stop for ice cream on the hot day that it was… twice.
Our next mission was to find the Englischer Garten- with a map. That’s right, without service on our phones, we resolved to using the ancient navigation tool of a map to find our way around the city. We did manage to find it eventually after a few wrong turns, but it was totally worth the trip. The Isar river went through the Garden and it created the literal lazy river. People just casually floated down the river well everyone else around relaxed in the grass. There’s even a man-made wave that people surf on.
FYI: There is a nudist area too. We unfortunately witnessed it.
The next day, we went to Neuschwanstein Castle. This is the castle that Disney is based on. We first took a bike tour in the pouring rain around the area. This lead to our lovely photo in these trend-setting rain coats…
…and then of course when the rain stopped- we went swimming in Swan Lake.
Swimming in Swan Lake
When the sun came out later, we went on a steep hike (there was an optional carriage ride for those who truly want to feel like royalty) up to the castle. The castle and the view were absolutely breathtaking.
München was everything I thought it would be and more. The sights and stories I now have will last a lifetime, and I can’t wait to go back in the future.
Until next time!