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We have just got back from a spontaneous long weekend away! We booked only 2 weeks ago for the autumn break, to the beautiful Bavarian capital Munich. A last minute KLM flight and a few nights at the Hotel City Munich were booked.
Flying on Friday morning we had a quick breakfast and caught the intercity from Rotterdam. No delays which is always good. We started our KLM flight separated in the aircraft, but we were allowed to sit together after take off due to space available (in the extra leg room seats too!), Thanks KLM!
We decided to start our weekend with a free walking tour by SANDEMANs NEW which took around 3 hours of all the main places within Munich. Tom was our tour guide and showed us the most interesting points of interest within the city centre. Some places included the City Hall, Royal Palace/Munich Residence, the Bayerisches National Theatre, the open markets at Viktualienmarkt, the Hofbräuhaus beer house and the St. Peter’s Church.
The church had something rather unique, a skeleton named Saint Munditia, who has a transparent body stocking which is covered in gold and jewels, with glass eyes. Apparently beheaded with a hatchet.
We spent our 2nd day enjoying a buffet breakfast, followed by a morning of shopping. After a quick lunch we decided to head to the Olympia Park. We watched a movie before we left the Netherlands about the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coach at the 1972 Olympics, called Munich. So it was strange to be walking there through the olympic park housing area where the tragedy happened.
We went up the 291.28 metre tower for the 360 views of Munich. We could just see the Alps in the distance. Definitely a recommendation to do for only €7.00 per person!
For dinner we headed back into the city to the Restaurant Zum Spöckmeier for a delicious meal and washed down with you guessed it… a nice cold beer!
Dachau was our main destination for day three. First checking out of our hotel, storing our belongings, and heading to the SBahn train. Arriving at Dachau station we walked the 40 minute journey to the concentration camp following the Path of Remembrance. The camp is free to enter and we paid only €3.50 each for an audioguide, which has over 300 numbers of information to listen to. I found that the 22minute film was the most interesting as it really tells the story with photos, videos and personal stories to explain what it was like at the concentration camp, which you can then walk around to the barracks, bunker, the grounds and the crematorium building. We also went inside the gas chamber, which was actually never used at this concentration camp.
The Jourhouse to the concentration camp and the famous gate with the words “work will set you free”.
The bunker with its long corridor.
The main maintenance building.
The gas chamber and crematorium.
The liberation of this concentration camp by US Army troops was April 29, 1945. This memorial site is very intriguing to visit and worth a few hours of your time.
My visit to Munich ended with quite a rather funny/stressful ending! I was scheduled to fly home on the 4th morning of our trip, while Lennart would stay longer for work. I wanted to check in with my KLM app but to my surprise I had to wait another 27 days until check in! I don’t know how I had not seen it earlier when booking my flights, but I had somehow paid to fly back home 1 month later!! But it’s safe to say I managed to travel back to the Netherlands with Transavia, my second favourite airline (with costs 3 times less than the last minute KLM flight!).