10 May 2009

Munich !

Munich is a great city.

Even the city motto, München mag Dich, is great...it means 'Munich loves you"
...actually I think it means Munich likes you...but, same diff.

I haven't been to Munich since ,oh geez, here comes one of those statements that makes me feel old, ....since 1989. Yes, twenty years ago when I was in the Army and stationed in Nurnberg.

Billy and I stopped in Munich overnight so I could visit with the guys from Munich Lacrosse. Defenseman Philip met us at the train station and took us to his family's house where we could rest before practice. In a display of true Bavarian hospitality, they not only welcomed us into their home, let me work for a few hours on their internet, but Philip's Mom also cooked us a delicious dinner of Bratwurst, potatoes and broccoli.

Herzlichen Dank !

In the evening we had a great training session with the Munich Lacrosse club at their kick ass sports facilities which include a handy dandy bar/restaurant for after practice get togethers.

Munich Lacrosse is one of the oldest and most established programs in Germany. They have a lot of players and have both strong Men's & Women's teams.

The next day, Philip took Billy & I on a short sightseeing walk around downtown Munich. It's a beautiful city with a rich history and lots to see. As we rounded a corner, we came across a statue of a wild boar...much to Billy's delight, it was the German Hunting & Fishing Museum.

We did a quick walk through the museum, but eventually we had to drag Billy out of there and see the rest of the city.

It was a nice day for a walk around the old city.

The Church with the two towers is the Frauenkirche.

The Church has a nifty legend to go with it. Inside the entrance is the Teufelstritt, or Devil's Footstep. The legend goes that the devil made a deal with the builder that no windows were to be built in the church. But the devil was tricked by the clever builder who had set the columns so that you couldn't see a single window from a certain spot in the entrance hall where the devil stood. Once the devil found out he was tricked the church had already been consecrated so he couldn't enter, but left a footprint at the entrance where he madly stomped his foot.

See, no windows can be seen from the entrance (the big one at the end was apparently covered by a tapestry when the devil came to inspect)

I was expecting a scary devil footprint, but apparently the devil has a size 11 shoe...pretty standard really (said in a Dr. Evil voice)

Billy & I had to catch a train around 3pm, but we had one more stop to make.

The Hofbräuhaus

Opened in 1589 it is one of the oldest breweries in Germany, and certainly the most famous. It is state owned, as it was the Royal Brewery of Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria.

Its packed with tourists and has a gift shop, but its still a great place to experience some of that Old Bavarian charm.

We didnt want to leave, but had to hustle to make our train....we made the train just in time. With our bellies full of yummy Bavarian beer we waved goodbye...

Auf Wiedersehen Munich...we'll be back.


Steve said...

Talk about making a guy feel old. I remember that tip to Munich in 91 to the Oktoberfest. Well I have vague memories of anything after the umpteenth liter of Haufbrau!! Those were the days. Wish I was with you again!!

Chris said...

Yeah, I wish I could do it all over again....oh wait, I am !

Alli Arnold said...

We have the same statue of a wild boar here in NYC! I will email you the pictures! Once again it is proven that New York City has it all...

Steve said...

I was so inspired that while I was in Pittsburgh, I had to stop by the Hofbrau Haus. It is one of three franchises in the US that has been opened, and is the real deal. Schnitzel and Maibach Haufbrau. Almost like I was back in Munchen

Chris said...

I'm now so inspired by your comment that I'm going to go back to Munich and have some more Hofbrau...

Me thinks we have entered a dangerous cycle of drinking and posting about it.