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|Dates: 1997 Sept 20, 21
- Using the first day of our Eurail Pass, we caught the early morning
train from Amsterdam to Munich, Germany.
- Arrived at Munich's Hauptbahnhof (Main Train station) in the afternoon.
- Searching for the American Express office (to cash some Travellers
Cheques) ,we were disappointed to find that the office closed at noon on
Saturdays (Sept 20) and closed all day Sunday. We had to cash our cheques
at a Currency Exchange (which charges a hefty commission).
- Because it was Oktoberfest, all the hotels and hostels were booked!
Luckily, an old lady (vulture) spotted us and offered us a room for 45
Deutschmarks per night per person. Given the situation, we accepted the
offer. Her home was located in east Munich, off the Trudering subway stop.
- To our surprise, we found out she had no hot water ....... but if one
needed to bathe, she would boil up some water for 5 Deutschmarks. Needless
to say, I did not bathe! Room rating: GOOD (1 night) ..... nice room and
plush, warm blankets; rating would have been higher if there was hot water.
- We did the Oktoberfest. It was quite interesting. Located at Theresienwiese,
Oktoberfest resembled a country fair, complete with cotton candy, rides,
and games. The difference though, is that people are obviously intoxicated
and wearing leiderhaussen(sp). The beer mugs are big (approximately 2.2
pints) and heavy.
- Because of Oktoberfest, many of the museums were closed on the 21st
(Sunday). We would have stayed on until Monday, but museums and galleries
are normally closed Monday.
- Visited the Glockenspiel of Munich's Town Hall; click
here to view the panorama!
- The plan: take an overnight train to our next destination - Venice,
For more information about Munich, visit Munich
For information about Oktoberfest, visit the Oktoberfest
lodgings in Munich
Town Hall Clock Tower (Glockenspiel).
a beer at Oktoberfest.