So I woke up and decided I had had enough of scenic and beautiful places, they had had a super calming effect on my body, and I now I needed some noise and activity to brighten up. So I decided to go to Munich. Had a great breakfast at Fingerlos (Salzburg) , got a Bayern ticket for 24EU and hopped on a regional train to Munich. The journey was fairly interesting, farms, villages and snow covered peaks at a distance. Reached Munich, got a map, had lunch at an Italian restaurant close to the station, Gnocchi and gelato(9 EU) and set on to explore the old town.
I followed the http://www.bigboytravel.com/europe/germany/munich/freewalkingtour walking tour, stopping at almost every church, all of which were inspiring, each significantly different from the others, notably the St.Michael’s church, St.Peter’s Church, Holy Ghost church, Theatinerkirche. After quite some I got to see clear skies and sunny weather, it felt like a privilege walking on the streets without an umbrella and a jacket. Munich was by far the finest city I had seen(Vienna is even “finer”). I was completely unprepared for the the views of the Rathaus, such a gorgeous building it is, and I was even more unprepared for the Residenz. The grandeur at the Residenz literally blew me away, the Renaissance effect I guess makes it a little different than other palaces in Central Europe. The Theatre too was impressive.
There was a sunday roadside food market just outside the Residenz, the french fries with loads of mayonnaise and ketchup looked very inviting(something I would have otherwise avoided). However, the best part of Munich was the views from the 13 storey tower infront of the Rathaus, can’t imagine a nicer evening than that. By late evening the street musician scene had turned lively and I spent quite some time strolling around. Had dinner at the same Italian restaurant and returned by the the late 9 PM train to Salzburg. So 12 noon to 9 PM, not bad at all, I could have stayed for another day too, but unplanned , surprise experiences like these add a flavor to your trip.