We arrived in Munich and were well pleased with Matty's hotel decision being right in the centre of town and only 100 meters from the train station. We headed straight to the closest beer hall which was Augustiner and had a naughty stein before picking up our New Years tickets to Tollwood. We were then off through the hoards of shoppers to Hofbrauhaus to see if their beer could possibly be any better and get some dinner. After a pork knuckle, an epic chess battle and three steins each (for the boys), it was still difficult to tell who sold the best beer and so we thought we better go to Augustiner Keller to see if we could come to a conclusion. After a final stein and feeling like it might be a challenge to get home the result was inconclusive.
The 31st started pretty slow and we attempted some shopping. After a nap and a few more steins and some 'found works' through some roast pork at Augustiner Keller we were off to Tollwood (where they have Oktoberfest) for New Years. We were definitely eager beavers, but that meant we got front row seats in a beer tent to a very lively pianist and some American girls rock band. We celebrated New Years outside next to a fire with a bottle of champagne and then it all turned downhill and little was remembered of the rest of the night.
The New Year was brought in with a visit to the Dachau concentration camp on the 1st. Dachau was the first concentration camp to be set up and had 200,000 prisoners while it was open from 1933-1945. 40,000 people died at Dachau during that time. The train trip home was particularly difficult with the hangover kicking in, however Matty managed to push through this and wasted Cam at chess. Italian for dinner and then a 6 hour train to Berlin on the 2nd.