Goal: Live in Munich one day.
When I scheduled my trip to Germany and Austria, I had no clue I would be in Munich during Springfest, also known as Fruhlingsfest. I learned about this pleasant surprise one night while dining at Hofbrauhaus. Like I mentioned before in a previous post, I sat next to a group of American student studying abroad in Spain and even though they made me feel old (ha), they were a lot of fun to talk to. They told me about Springfest and how I had to check it out, so after a morning at Neuschwanstein Castle (post coming soon), I made my way back to Munich and took the U-Bahn straight to the fairgrounds. Springfest is sometimes dubbed “Oktoberfest in the Spring” especially since they are set up in the same location. While I didn’t enter any of the beer halls there, I still had a great time walking around and eating yummy fair food. The only thing missing was Aiden, he would have loved Springfest!
While walking down Kaufingerstrasse, one of Munich’s oldest streets and busiest shopping streets, I saw some interesting street performers. One guy was even stripping… like weird “wearing a lederhosen” stripping. Safe to say, he won’t be in the new Magic Mike XXL movie.
I ended the evening at an amazing Bavarian restaurant, Liebighof down the street from the hotel in Lehel. My hotel manager recommended the restaurant and it was probably the best dinner I had in Munich. I didn’t have a reservations (I totally recommend making one if you would like to dine here though) but since it was later in the evening, they sat me at a table with 2 other people. The food was excellent and the ambiance was charming, but the best part was talking to the German couple at the table next to me. They were around my age and it was just great conversation, where they grew up in Germany, where they have been in the States, what I thought of Munich. I noticed our server carrying around a credit card machine so I had no doubts they took credit cards but when it came time for me to pay, she said they only accept German debit cards. Come again? The couple I have been talking to so graciously offered to pay for our meal with cash and they would walk me to the nearest bank and I could just pay them back then. So, so nice of them! My only regret was not getting their contact information. I would love to run into them again one day.
The only thing I am kicking myself for is not going to the Viktualienmarkt earlier. Initially, I wanted to stop by this farmers’ market on our last day, Sunday, but like everything else in Germany, it is closed on Sundays (make note). It’s like Chickfila and Hobby Lobby… but for everything! By the time I found out, it was too late to stop by on Saturday. Oh well, I will just have to go back to Munich now. Hopefully with Aiden in tow as well!
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