Friday, November 6, 2015

2015 - Eastern Europe Summary (Munich)

Duration: 4 days (Arrived on Saturday September 12, 2015 at around 10:00am and left on Wednesday September 16, 2015 at around 4:00pm)
Cost: Hotel Freisinger Hof (564 € for 4 nights), automatic transmission car rental ($234.43 CAD for 3 days), average meal was roughly 17 € a person for us, and admissions to sights and transportation.

Highlights (in no particular order):

BMW Museum. Honestly, I think because I didn't know what to expect, this wowed me a lot more than I thought it would. It was very interesting to see the history behind BMW, all the types of things that they made, how they came to be and the lineage behind a lot of their products (whether it is engines, car, boats, etc). This museum gave me a greater appreciation for BMW and makes me wonder if other automotive companies have something like this.

Dachau Concentration Camp. Again, not knowing what to expect, this was an eye opener for me. This is a place that has a deep history behind it and I felt that having a tour guide made a world of a difference compared to if I was wandering around and just reading what signs are available. Having a tour guide that happens to be a history major helped as well. If you go, I definitely recommend going for the guided tour which is available in English (just check to see the times).

Linderhof / Neuschwanstein. Being from Canada, I can only draw on Casa Loma as a comparison and there is no comparison at all to what I saw here. Linderhof and Neuschwanstein show what can be built in a time where money was less of an object. Not to say that we don't still have things like this being built, but to this level, I don't think so. It is well worth a stop to visit, and odds are, if you do one, you will end up doing the other and doing Neuschwanstein first is my suggestion.

Lowlights (in no particular order):

Nothing comes to mind. I think the open air market was a bit disappointing, but at the end of the day, it isn't a paid sight, odds are, you will just stumble upon it.

Must try food places:

No restaurants that we visited really stand out in my mind that I would say you must visit. Go with the intention of having lots of sausage, pretzels, and beer and you should be okay.

What would I change?

I think we planned this portion of the trip pretty well. I would initially say that it would be preferred if we stayed closer to the city centre, but since we were driving two days and commuting two days, it wasn't a big deal in the end. I feel that we probably could have spent more time here in Munich, but that is because I didn't feel like we ran out of things to see and do.