Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Day Number 3 in Germany

The third day of our trip started out after breakfast with a short walk down to the Bahnhof to get our approximately 45 minute S-Bahn ride into Munich. We arrived at  main train station which was pretty centrally located to the places we wanted to go. We wanted to go to the Oktoberfest fairgrounds first and it was about 10am opening time. It was a short walk (maybe about 5 to 7 blocks) and being a Monday Morning it wasn’t crowded yet. 
There are lots of rides there that I’m not even sure would be allowed here in the states. We’re both a little old for rides so we walked around and gazed at everything. There was food of all sorts there and everywhere you looked. The Beer halls probably numbered around 12 with about 4 or 5 of them large enough to hold 8,000 people. If you want to sit at one of the tables I hope you reserved one about two years ago.

We walked around and then found an outdoor place to eat that had seating room. We both had a beer of course and I had my Weiswurst and Sauerkraut and she ordered a pretzel so between the two of us we had the typical Bavarian Breakfast and we had it before noon. We walked around a little longer and then decided to go find the Hofbrauhaus which was about as far on the other side of the train station as the fairgrounds on this side.
We were seated with other people at a bench style seating and ordered our beers. My wife had to go use the ladies room so she pointed at something on the German menu we had and said to order that for her. The waitress then came back and I gave her our selections and then she asked if we would prefer a menu in English. I knew pretty much what I had ordered but I looked at the English version anyway hoping my wife had ordered something like Pig’s Feet but she lucked out.
We walked around the downtown area a little while and then headed back for the S-Bahn back to Altomunster. I think it was on the way back that we did have to change trains but that wasn’t too difficult. When we got back we weren’t real hungry but we did want to eat something to keep from having to leave our hotel again. My wife just ordered some bread and cheese and I found a section on the Menu which said for the kleinen Hunger. When the meal was brought to be there was a pile of sauerkraut and four long sausages on the plate. I asked the waitress if this is what they consider Keiner appetite and all she said was that in Bavaria we eat
We went to bed early since we now knew we would get a serenade from the church bells at 6 am so we might as well plan on getting an early start the next morning

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