Day 1-3 of the Central European Alps by Train
As part of an Alps Train Journey, we decided to start our adventure in the beautiful city of München!
Munich is a very vibrant and festive city, with beer halls, picturesque gardens and modern shopping areas.
Day 1 – The city and a Beer Tour
We arrived from the airport right in the heart of Marianplatz. The bells were ringing and a band was umparing away under the spectacular Rathaus.
We stayed just south of the main square in a homestay. It was a quiet neighbourhood in Buttermelkerstraße. We walked through markets with local produce and fresh food, including some fabulous cheese and salami shops!
In the evening we joined a Beer and Brewery Tour, where we learnt about and got to taste some of the popular beer in Munich. My favourites were the dark Augustina beer and the Unfiltered Paulina Hell (lager).
Day 2 – Neuschwanstein Castle
The beautiful castle of Neuschwanstein was built only 150ish years ago by King Ludwig II. He wasn’t really mad- I think he was just an oppressed homosexual. Sad really.
Neuschwanstein is about 2 hours from Munich, and we went with a tour group.
The views are gorgeous and the inside is small but intricate! Complete with its very own Grotto! Haha!
This is an all day event. We left at 9:15 and arrived back at 19:30. I highly recommend going with a tour, as it is hard to navigate to the castle by yourself.
Day 3 – Munich Residence and the English Gardens
With a leisurely start to the day we reached the Munich Residence late morning. I could safely say that there is nothing quite as big or as extravagant as this palace in Europe. It was mostly destroyed in the Second World War, but the restoration is spot on and the palace is vast! The religious relics are a little creepy. Well worth the €7 entry. We didn’t get to the treasury, but I think it would be worth seeing too- maybe next time for us.
The English Gardens are a beautiful display of city woodland, complete with its own surf river!
The Chinese Tower is a great place to grab some lunch and drink beer. We sat listening to a German Band in a Chinese Tower in an English Garden!
As warned by our German teacher in high school, the Germans are not afraid of sunbathing naked. Lots of naked Germans!