06 January 2011
Posted in Sights and Sounds
January 6, 2011
If I had to describe Munich with just one word, this would definitely be "classy." One month before we had spent our cold advent weekend in Munich, I was touched to receive a message from a dear high school girlfriend to say- "Let's meet up in Europe," and Munich just happened to be our central meeting point.
This time leading up to Christmas had provided us with all the jollies and glitter that comes during this time of year, and not forgetting to mention...snow! Munich also boasts several Christmas market stalls around the city centre, selling: gifts, lebkuchen and mulled wine. Even Munich's six day Viktualienmarkt (Victuals Market) had shown its festive presence by selling its wares of fresh mistletoe, pinecones and pine trees. What is also impressive at the Vikualienmarkt, is the quality and variety of its unblemished fruit and vegetables. Here you could find a Mr stripy tomato or fresh cranberries for festive cooking.
If you're having your first time visit in Munich, I would highly recommend taking a city bus tour that will cost 11 Euros. You can hop and off at as many stops as you like. We found this to be quite useful, as from the deck of the bus Sue had spotted the once historic, come modern style Cafe Luitpold situated at Odeanplatz; we were enticed us to hop off the bus and go and get toasty in the cafe. The bus also drove us through the exclusive neo Renaissance Maximilianstrasse; a street for luxury shopping with what seems like the never-ending brand stores including Armani and Escada...a great place for distant window-shopping!
With a blue sky and a white path, nothing else could have diverted us from wanting to take a stroll through the city's 3,7km length Englischer garten, starting with a peep at the artistic Schwarbinger Christmas market just outside the colourful Münchener Freiheit train station. The garden was a hype of winter activity with people ice-skating on the iced over lake; kids sliding with their sleighs from the hilltop of Monopteros; people surfing in head to toe wetsuits at the mouth of the stream. The stream is pumped with a mechanism that produces the wave, and the signage states that only an experience surfer should at attempt such a recreation.