Germany Trip 2014 – ‘Atemberaubend’, München

Most school trips have a better start than having their outbound flight (Hinflug) cancelled due to pilot strikes (Pilotenstreik) just 72 hours before flying, but thankfully, that is the only challenge to report on which we had to overcome on our visit to Munich at the start of the Easter break. 

A quick reshuffle of the itinerary to overcome an alternative flight via Düsseldorf meant that we arrived at 18:55 on Samstag evening, rather than 10:30 on Samstag morning. We checked in to our youth hostel (Jugendherberge) and students enjoyed the free wifi (Kostenloses WLAN) to make contact with friends and family at home.

Sonntag saw us take BOB – The Bayerische Oberlandbahn for the short 50 minute journey from München to Schliersee, a lake (See) at the foot of surrounding still snow-capped mountains (Berge).  After an ascent of just over one hour to 1061m, we enjoyed a lunch of Wiener Wurst mit Pommes, before taking the cable car (Seilbahn) back down into the valley to go to the swimming pool for a relaxing swim indoors (Hallenbad) and outdoors (Freibad) with the stunning mountain range as the backdrop.

An evening visit to the Augustiner Bierhalle/Brauerei to soak up the fabulous atmosphere, tradition and culture rounded off a busy but worthwhile Wochenende.

Montag saw us visit some of the main sights (Sehenswürdigkeiten) München itself has to offer, a visit (ein Besuch) to the Allianz Arena, Ludwig Maximilius Universität, in particular the White Rose resistance movement exhibition, ice cream (Eis), surfers (surfen am Eisbach) and (some ‘interesting’) sunbathing in the Englisher Garten, BMW Welt, the Olympic Park where the 1972 Olympic Games were hosted, and a quick ascent to the top of the TV tower or ‘Fernsehturm’ to enjoy the stunning views over Munich and across to the Bavarian Alps.  We were blessed with lovely weather (schönes Wetter) and temperatures of 25 degrees and concluded our day in the OEZ – Olympisches Einkaufszentrum for some well anticipated retail therapy.

Dienstag saw our rescheduled visit to the Münchener Tierpark to spend some time looking at animals through German eyes, Löwen, Elefanten, Pinguine, Affen und Schlangen to name but a few, followed by a visit to the Supermarkt to stock up on some German products to bring back home.  A stop in the buzzing Hofbräuhaus (Das berühmteste Wirtshaus der Welt) followed by a chance to explore the shops around München Stadtmitte and Marienplatz was followed by the short train journey to the Flughafen to fly home.

A superb twilight descent into Heathrow over central London, over Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge as they were playing PSG and other well known sights (Sehenswürdigkeiten) was less comfortable than we had wanted, but we arrived safely back at Coombe Dean in the early hours of Mittwoch!


S Koehler-Lewis

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