On our third day in Stuttgart we traveled to Munich. With our German Rail Passes we were able to hop on board any of the ICE/EC/IC trains that would take us to Munich. ICE, or inter city express trains, run at speeds up to 174mph but its very smooth even at the higher speeds.
Munich is a 2.5 hour train ride from Stuttgart. Trains depart about once an hour or more earlier in the day. We were able to take the 10am train which got us into Munich at 12:20. The trains are very nice, I think even nicer than flying first class! During our train ride Jim and I took the 2.5 hours to plan our trip using the Rick Steve’s tour book.
Munich has many good sites within the city limits and even more interesting sites within a short train ride away. Since we only had a day’s worth of time in Munich we decided to see the most famous sights by having at the Hofbräuhaus, walking around the Viktualienmarkt, and exploring the Deutches Museum.
Our first stop once arriving at the Munich train station was to take the city trains (Stadt Bahn, SB) to Marienplatz. The Marienplatz is the main plaza in central Munich. It is surrounded by the Old and New Town Halls. The New Town Hall contains the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, which is a famous tourist attraction in Munich.
At 11am, (12am and 5pm, in the summer) the Rathaus-Glockenspiel displays little sculptures moving in time to the chimes! Since we arrived at noon and were departing at 5pm we missed the show but the next time we go we’ll have to see it!
The Hofbräuhaus is a brewery that is actually owned by the Munich State Government which was founded in 1589! The Hofbräuhaus has an outdoor seating section under leafy trees and an inside seating area where you can listen to an Ompah Band. We chose to sit outside in the Biergarten and enjoy the nice weather. We quickly ordered our beers, me a Hefeweizen (non-filtered wheat beer) and for Jim a Hofbräu Original. We also ordered some yummy traditional Bavarian food to go along with the yummy beer!