The next morning (Sept. 9, 2012) has us saying goodbye to Switzerland and hello to Germany!
|Guten tag Germany|
We took a train from Interlaken to Karlsruche (Germany), did a very quick transfer (as in running to catch our train!) then Karlsruche to Munich. The trains were really nice and comfortable and we watched Game of Thrones for most of the 6+ hour journey.
|no direct trains to Munich, the Alps are in the way|
We got into Munich at about 4 p.m., found our hotel and got settled in and then set out for Marienplatz in the center of the city to do the Rick Steves walking tour. It was a beautiful, warm afternoon.
|A fun German band playing in the square|
We just managed to catch the 5 PM Glockenspiel along with the rest of the big crowd there, and walked the 306 narrow stairs to the top of St. Peter's to see the panoramic view of the city. As we were walking down the huge bells started to ring right by us shaking the whole building (slightly terrifying).
|making our way up the steep and narrow steps|
|made it to the top!|
|panorama from above|
|New Town Hall + glockenspiel|
|and back down|
We only made it about halfway through the self-guided tour, stopping at the Frauenkirche (the one with the big onion domes) and then we saw a cute restaurant with outdoor seating right on the square, so we grabbed a table at the Augustiner am Dom. While we loved Switzerland, it was a very expensive country so the prices in Germany were a welcome sight!
We enjoyed beer, brats and our first dinner outside in beautiful Germany.
|perfect outdoor seating for our dinner|