The faded Autumn sun glints against the green and yellow leaves that cap the city of Munich like a golden crown. As we walk in the lingering rays of sunshine, we hear the ringing of bells from the famed Rathaus, with its spectacular glockenspiel in Marienplatz. While Oktoberfest was “officially” over before we arrived, we enjoyed eternal Oktoberfest at the Hofbrauhaus, Munich`s oldest and most loved beer house. Inside the establishment, the noise level increases several decibels with raucous laughter and joyful music played by a live brass band, whose members are in full lederhosen. We ate lunch outside in the courtyard, under the golden yellow leaves, and yes, I did drink a beer in the beer capital of the world, while enjoying my roasted pork, sauerkraut, and spaetzle. While Munich may well be the beer capital of the world, my vote is for the “comfort food” capital of the world.
Munich is home to several world class museums..the Deutches Museum and the Alte Pinakoteck Galleries, which were fabulous. We also took the train to Bamberg, Germany’s oldest intact medieval city. We enjoyed viewing the cathedral, trying to figure out when all of the components were built, since it appears to have had a building campaign in every generation.
We have decided that Autumn in Bavaria is pretty amazing!