Up and over the Alps, through Austria to a rather damp Munich.
Thursday 30 August 2018 - Friday 31 August 2018
Thursday 30 August
After a rather indifferent breakfast at the B&B, and a stop at the supermarket to buy some chocolate, we wandered down to the railway station for the 11:02 from Verona to Munich.
The train was comfortable, the scenery was, well scenic, especially through the bits of Italy that they stole from the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the first world war.
Following the river up to the Brenner Pass.
The Trento region.
Travelling down the Brenner Pass.
More of the Brenner Pass.
A random castle on a hill in Austria.
We arrived in Munich on time about five hours later. The hostel / hotel was just around the corner and quite comfortable.
Dinner was a typical German restaurant with typical German food (veal, schnitzel, mushroom sauce, potato salad) and a typical German beer (very tasty indeed) which I did not get a photo of as both the camera and phone were left in the hotel charging up.
Friday 31 August
A miserable day. Raining all day.
After a good breakfast at the hotel, we checked out, stored our bags, and went for a walk. We caught the open top tour buses that do three loops around the city hoping to see something and keep dry.
We got off at the Odeonsplatz and then the Marienplatz in time for the 11:00am show by the glockenspiel in the Neues Rathaus.
The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) in the Marienplatz.
The Neues Rathaus.
The area was crowded and trying to take photos and videos in the rain is not much fun.
From there we went out to Nymphenburg Palace.
Hung at Schloss Nymphenburg.
From there, past the Olympic Stadium, through Schwabing and back to the city centre.
To the airport, sort out the tax refund, and dinner. The flights back to Auckland were good, on a Lufthansa A380 to Hong Kong where I said goodbye to Hung and then a new Cathay Pacific A350 to Auckland (where the weather was the same as Munich).
It was a shame about the weather and that we only had one day there. Germany will back onto the list for a more detailed visit soon.