Anatomy Of A Germany Road Trip Pt. II: Munich

by farrah on April 2, 2013 · 17 comments

This is Part II in a series. Part I (Frankfurt) was posted on Sunday. 

And so our road trip in Germany continues…. Eventually we did make it to Munich. By the time we got there Monday night it was dark and the wet snow was really coming down- not exactly something you want to see heralding your arrival to a city you are spending the next three days visiting. Our optimism did not waver- however- as we were determined to have a good time and see one of the most impressive cities in Europe.

A little before 8pm we arrived at the hostel. I will admit that I held my breath as we turned down the street- but I assure you, all was well. I’m doing a full review of the hostels for Travel Mamas so you’ll just have to wait to see the pictures (unreal) and hear all about our accommodations in the coming weeks.

Tuesday morning: We woke up early (as per the usual with small kids) and grabbed a quick breakfast in the cafeteria. We then loaded ourselves down with mittens, hats, coats, scarves and backpacks. The underground train (subway) was a bit of a hike and with the wet slush on the ground I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it. It took us about 15 minutes on foot from the hostel and once we arrived we didn’t see the lift or an elevator- just a huge set of stairs. And so began how we rolled with the stroller- kids tilted back, hubs at the bottom and I at the top. We had to trust B to go down by himself and I remember thinking that it was going to be a long 3 days indeed. At least with the escalators we could do this:

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The snow really began to fall once we got to the main city area. Our plan for the day was to see one of the mammoth toy stores and check out a corner of the city. With the wind biting our faces we somehow managed to find the store and goofed around a bit. At this point I also realized that Linc wasn’t feeling that great. He was shivering a little and wanted to just stay in the stroller- which for a kid in a huge toy store to prefer is just weird.

Linc and his buddy Bert.

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This animal figurine display at the toy store was EPIC.

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We then trekked back to the hostel and tried to put the boys down for a nap. Disaster. They slept off and on in the stoller so had their fill. Lesson learned. We hung out for a while and then made a plan to find a kid-friendly restaurant that night for dinner.

We found Hofbraukeller which suited our needs perfectly. They had a supervised kids play area (albeit the toys/etc we a little on the gross/falling apart side) towards the back of the restaurant. Large, open air setting in the main hall was noisy and just how we like it when dining out with the boys. We ordered a table full of German food and ate until we could eat no more- all that walking sure did work up an appetite. Good thing too since we still had to head back to the hostel, get the kids to sleep and brace ourselves for another day.

Various beer hall photos. Brody is drinking apple juice as served in a small stein.

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Wednesday was the worst weather of the week. The sidewalks and roads were an absolute mess and pushing the stroller was a nightmare. Our plan for that day was to go out- and basically stay out until bedtime. It was so much work to trudge back and forth to the hostel in the snow that it just wasn’t worth the energy. We made a plan to see the Glockenspiel and hit up a museum.

As seen in the Marienplatz…

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We arrived at the Marienplaz a half an hour before the Glockenspiel ‘show’ so took our time and looked around. Lovely shops, many cafes and friendly people were around us. I was amazed at even in the awful weather there were so many people standing around waiting for the chimes. It really made me wonder what it must be like in the summer when it’s hot and full of tourists. I was actually glad we were seeing it then as I don’t like big crowds and I like big crowds full of sweaty people even less.

Glockenspiel time!

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We pressed on for the Deutsches Museum. I was not prepared for  the sheer size of it! It would take someone days- if not weeks to go through every single exhibit and read every single information blurb. The boys loved it and it was a perfect way to spend a day INDOORS and constantly busy.

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Brody gave in to a nap right before we left the museum, and we headed to the largest and most famous beer hall in Munich: The Hofbrauhaus. Here we gorged again on awesome German food, drank wonderful beer and almost shoplifted two snow globes by accident. It was in the women’s restroom stall where I changed a poopy diaper standing up (no baby changing area) that I did indeed see the resemblance in my family and that of the Griswolds. Not sure if I should laugh or cry.

By the time we finished dinner, the kids were ready for bed. I have to admit that I too, was done with Munich.

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Nuremberg and the first castle I have ever seen in real life awaited us on Thursday.  In all honesty- the best was yet to come!

I realize this is really long winded… apologies!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy Baserman April 2, 2013 at 8:43 am

Love it!

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2 farrah April 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Amy what do you say? Pack up the crew and come over here!

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3 Christie Tate April 2, 2013 at 9:32 am

I am suddenly dying to visit Germany.

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4 farrah April 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

You’re hard core. Even in the snow?

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5 Kristen April 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

It is incredible that you get to go and see and do with the boys. Not too many people in the states can say the same. I’ve never even been over to that side of the world. Your photos put with your words make me want to pack up and head over with my girls so they can see it all too!

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6 farrah April 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

You should! I feel so fortunate that we have been able to do this- the boys are still loving it, so that says something to me about how we made the right choice 🙂

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7 Kristin April 2, 2013 at 10:45 pm

We were in Munich in the summer – and childless. I LOVED it! We ate at outdoor beer gardens, took the bus tour to Schwabing, lazed about in the open air markets, and marveled at the architecture.

Oh! And we wandered into a free concert at the church in the main square – AND climbed up to the top of the tower. Ahh for the carefree days – we’ll do it again in 20 years.

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8 farrah April 3, 2013 at 10:58 am

Ha! If anything Munich seemed HUGE to me. The more I thought about it the more it saddened me that so much of the older architecture was bombed out and replaced with pretty ugly and plain style from the 70s. I think Nuremberg and Bamberg are more my style. I already told my husband that I am perfectly willing to live in either.

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9 Kerstin April 3, 2013 at 3:49 am

I lived in Munich when I was really little (like before Kindergarten), but went back there often, it’s a great city.
Can’t wait to hear what you thought about Nuremberg! My hometown!!!
I saw your tweet about the Nuremberg zoo when I was in Vegas and for the first time in over 5 years I suddenly felt homesick. We used to have a membership to the zoo and went there all the time. The castle was basically my second home… *tear*.

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10 farrah April 3, 2013 at 11:00 am

THAT was your hometown? Oh you lucky, lucky lady.
I’m torn between that and Bamberg being my favorite. That zoo was awesome- we’ve been to more zoos in more states in more countries now than I can count- and by far that one is a top favorite. It’s gorgeous.

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11 Jen April 3, 2013 at 4:48 am

Ah the standing poopy diaper change, us Euro moms are usually expert in that pretty quick. Have you noticed how few changing places there are?

What an amazing trip, you guys sure like to make the most of your time! We usually take a sightseeing bus and call it a day. I feel quite lazy now.

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12 farrah April 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

So that’s normal?!?! Oh that is just too funny. I guess it didn’t really dawn on me what other moms did- I figured I just didn’t know where the ‘secret’ baby changing room was 🙂

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13 Brianne April 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Loving all the tales!! Keep em coming! Thank you for sharing. The backpack pic is killer adorable! 🙂

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