Instead of “Where’s Waldo?” today it’s “Where’s Gallivance-o?” It’s a few days until Europe’s biggest party begins, and we’re sitting at a picnic table, under a leafy canopy of chestnut trees.
The keys to this kingdom? Just say, “Zwei bier und zwei bratwürste bitte.” And if you want to be properly dressed for the party it means leather pants for the herren, and low-cut bodices for the damen. Bow-chicka-wow-wow! If you guessed Munich – ding, ding, ding – you’re correct.
We’ve spent lots of time in Germany, and lived in Berlin, but we haven’t been to Munich (München to the folks here), and mid-September is the perfect time to visit. The weather more than agrees with a couple of I’m-over-the-heat Southerners; the summer tourist hordes are back where they need to be, and it’s the calm before the Oktoberfest storm.
Munich has beautiful cathedrals, palaces, and museums galore to tantalize architecture, history, and art buffs. Allied bombers weren’t kind to these icons, but you’d never know it today. The city is the financial, political, and cultural capital of southern Germany – the corporate HQ of Bay-Em-Vay (BMW), and they have river surfing (gnarly!).
All of these assets ensure that for visitors, there’s something for everyone. It’s a big city with lots to do … and we’ll have Zwei Bier bitte.