What else would we do with a half a day in Munich besides drink?!? Okay, maybe we did a couple other things first....
We drove to Marienplatz, a plaza in the center of the city. The first thing we saw was the huge Neues Rathaus, or New Town Hall, in the center of the plaza. We went up to the top where they ring the Glockenspiel throughout the day. We happened to be up there at noon, so our vast views of the city were accompanied by 43 ringing bells.
Thanks to Sue Orton and her obsession with the Hofbräuhaus, we knew this would be our next stop. Originating in the 1500s, this famous spot was filled with typical live german music, old dudes who looked and dressed like they came straight from the day it opened, and lots of good beer. Dad had some tasty typical meat and potatoes which were delicious. I had a liter of beer, dad had a small one since he's driving, mr. responsible!
We retuned the rental car... Trains from here on! We walked up to another beer garden, this one a recommendation from Eric.... Since I didn't do anything you told me to do in Panama, I knew I had to come here or I'd get yelled at ;) But I'm glad we did! The Augustine Keller..... we had a hefeweizen in the huge outdoor garden, then I got a personal tour, including the awesome basement. The beer is served straight out of wooden barrels and they strike a bell to announce each time they open a new barrel. They built a cellar below ground in 1807 and they chilled the beer with ice. So cool!! I wish breweries in Denver had stories like that!
We said our final goodbyes to Germany before hopping on the train to Switzerland. The train ride was gorgeous!!! Eurail is definitely the way to travel. We got into the town of Lucerne pretty late at night, and it was pouring rain, so we had no idea what we would see in the morning. Trust me, we liked what we saw :)