We took so many photos on our Eid break – here’s just a few of my favourites from the 3-days in Munich 🙂
Our short break there was entirely planned to Sandeman’s. A good friend of mine from high school recommended Sandemans to me before we left for our OE. Definitely one of the best travel advice I’ve ever been given!
Day 1 – Free Tour
It was India’s second time on the Free Tour. I thought she did pretty well 🙂 How it works is that there’s a certain time everyday where everyone meets. At the end of the tour, you give what you think the tour is worth.
We got there just before 1pm at the large column in the Marienplatz. There you’ll find the Sandeman’s guide. Usually a very enthusiastic person who knows everything about the history of the city. What I like about it is that they make it very entertaining. Beats walking around with a travelguide on your smartphone/printed history/travelbook – anytime. I won’t go into details of the tour, you can read about it on the website. Tour finished around 4pm – you literally walk all over the city to all the main spots 🙂
Day 2 – Dachau
Tom was our guide for the day. I thought it was pretty cool how he made the effort to chat to everyone on our train ride to Dachau 🙂 A lot of respect for him as well – it must be tough to talk about it again, and again, to everyone who goes on the tour. Particularly dealing with a few annoying people on the tour. Salute.
Dachau’s one of those things , I think everyone needs to do when they go to Munich. History of the Holocaust, on Hilter, on the Jews, the suffering and all. It was surreal walking through the grounds where so many people had died. Some of the images on display and particularly the video that they showed was quite heavy. To be honest we actually spent the rest of the trips in the evenings reading more on the history, and have only just two nights ago watched Schindler’s List. When we were walking through the markets in Vienna, we saw a lot of old postcards and belongings – couldn’t help but wonder if these were just one of the many things that the Jews left behind back then…
Day 3 – Neuschwanstein
It’s a bit of a hike up the mountain but it’s all well worth it. The only thing I don’t recommend (sorry!) – is the tour inside the castle (additional 12euros). It was quick, and for a moment I thought the woman who gave the tour was a robot.
The best bit was getting onto that bridge and the view of the castle (photo above) from there. One of those wow moments. Don’t bother getting the postcard from the shops, just take a photo yourself! 🙂 My fav was also tramping down the hills. A bit scary when we got to the steeper parts, reminded me a bit of Karangahake Gorge 🙂 I miss green.
If you have the energy, do the Beer Challenge with Sandeman’s as well. We didn’t get the chance to do the Third Reich Tour as we only had 3-days there, aw. Whatever it is – definitely do the 3 tours above! In between – check out the gardens – Hofgarten’s beautiful, so sad we missed out Englischer Garten 🙁
Cheers again to India, Jon and Blake 🙂