Monday, October 17, 2011

Beer beer and BEER!


We hit the road and traveled 30 km to Munich. Bavaria's capital for beer. While here we learned just how important beer was for the foundation of Munich. As the monks started brewing beer in the early 1300s they came up with the idea because they would fast all day long and would be hungry. While they weren't allowed to eat, they could drink...Enter beer. The monks called it liquid bread because it was high in calories and different nutrients, and they could go all day without eating as long as they had their beer.

Beer today has a special part of Munich's history and many traditions are still holding strong. For example, back during king Leudwigs time there was a special celebration in honor of his marriage. The celebration went on for many days, and because they had so much fun during this celebration they decided to make it an every year event, which is now known worldwide as Oktoberfest. 

Munich is such an incredible city. There is so much to see, and so much to do, new foods to try and culture to soak in. We could spent a week here and we still wouldn't see everything. The history that is preserved here is amazing, and I have to say I can't complain about the abundance of beer around here. Where else would you drink beer for breakfast?!

Highlights: Free walking tour, this lasted about 3 hours, and we got loads of information! Our guide was excellent and made it entertaining, and light hearted.
The beer halls, hofbrauhaus, and Augestiner
The market, we had cheese and meats,a dn bread from the market every day we were in Munich. The cheese was delicious, and there were so many to try!

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