Even thought it was only day 6, it was really the 7 day itch for the hubby. He was tired of go-go-go and just wanted to relax. As that is not my speed, things were less than stellar this day, but we ended up having a good time anyway!
We started with a little bit of sleeping in, then to the metro to head to the BMW Welt tour
as well as the Olympic Park and tower!
The day was one again dreary and drizzle… But the metro stop is really right there… IF you go out the correct part of the Metro you can basically walk right into the welt (or as we call it, the really fancy show room) We walked the long way and hit the museum portion first. Not having an amazing hold of the german language it was a treat to try and indicate we had reservations for the factory tour. Take care when they give your directions on where to meet! The first sign is not the correct one, walk through the gift shop and there is where you need to meet. We figured it out, but it could have been stressful as they indicate a limited number, no late arrivals etc…
We were at the correct place for our tour – we locked up our phones as the instructions said (in the free lockers) – which apparently no-one else did. And then… the guides or stand in guides are fluttering around, talking really fast in german to one another, then flipping to english indicating to please sit and wait… long story short – the factory was not running. Le sigh. Are you kidding me, my sorry butt got all the way to germany and your factory is down. I’m thinking an email in the morning could have saved us the trip.. Alas they said the tour would still go on, but that nothing would be running – not really a comparison but having done the Celestial Seasonings tour when it isn’t running, we decided to skip a 2.5 hour walk through a dead plant…
Next up the olympic area. And for me the tower!
Directions were not great, but luckily it’s the tallest thing in the area, so finding it isn’t too hard.
We paid our entrance fee and up the elevator we went. Again – it was overcast and raining, and no pictures inside came out because of the glare, but it was fun to see where things might be or parts of munich or the frauenkirche or other things were knew where they were! We did go up the stairs to the outside platform and enjoyed the sites from there too!
Next up – roadside america but overseas- i had read about a little church that has caused a raucous when they were building the facilities for the olympics. The little man had build his house and church out of rubble after WW2 with no permits etc… The government was going to tear it down… but the town rallied around him and they left him be… It was not well marked, as in not really at all until you walked through the entire Olympic Park (which is actually quite stunning – but really wished we had gotten bikes…) and only after you leave the park is there a tiny little sign indicating to head to the left.
Can’t say it was worth the jaunt or the cranky hubby but I can say i saw it, and when it falls down, it wont be something i never got to see! Yeah for father timojef!
Next up – lunch – we were starving! We headed back to Marienplatz! And finally with cash in our pockets we got to eat at the Doner Kebab place! Squee!
I went with the plate and wow was that a ton of food! But it was all the things, and so beyond delicious, i can’t even tell you! Soooo yummy!
Lucky for me I also got to steal all the veggie parts from hubbies place! It was a smidge of a soup natzie thing – as in, no changes, just take it as is, sit where/when they tell you to sit, and bring cash and pay them at the end! The other option i would suggest is to get it take away, and bring it to the beir garden next door!!
After that hubby had some work emails to answer and we were yawning with the food babies we were carrying around – so to Starbucks we went!
I left hubby there while i went off exploring!
First up the Frauenkirche and the “devil’s footprint“. I had also hoped to climb one of the onion domed towers, but it was under construction – sigh…
It was a beautiful church and always super fun knowing some history and what to look for inside!
Next up – I had a note in my “what to see list” that there was an elevator in the “new town hall” – so I meandered in to see if this was true! To my delights it was!
I had my 4.50 euro counted out and ready to pay the lady! It was an elevator to the 4th floor – which is a note as you enter the elevator, then you pay your fee and there is another smaller elevator to the 9th floor for the views!
So amazing to look down and see all the pieces of the New Town Hall (which is actually older than the New Town Hall which was destroyed during WWII and rebuilt in the 90’s)
I also enjoyed looking over at Frauenkirche as i had just been there! The detail for only those close up was phenomenal! I enjoyed my little secret tour as I felt i got something special since I had left the hubby behind! At this point my phone was nearly dead, so no more pictures or texts unless I returned to Starbucks and the hubby and the battery.
From there we knew we had a late night, so we popped back to the hotel for a nap!
But not before taking a quick peek at the Oktoberfest Museum. It was not a great tour and not alot in english and no option for beer at the end. I would suggest popping into the pup instead of paying to take the tour, but we did some cool old logos and pictures from the past!
We woke up with enough time for us to run over to Nueue Museum for me to finally see those darn sunflowers, and then get to our concert!
The museums take turns on which ones stay open late on which night, and this one was wed night. We ran it at 7:15 and flabergasted the staff as to why anyone would come into a museum with so little time left. Since i don’t really do well, and i knew my main objective was the sunflowers, i was fine with it!
There is a series/event called SOFAR – basically it is pop-up concerts in random places. I had seen a couple month prior that they had one in Munich while we were there, so figured why not! And we got in so it was something different and cool that no everyone else could ever do!
You have to bring your own booze usually – ut this place did end up having drinks, so that might have been useful to know prior, as we forgot about the weird 8pm store closing thing, even in downtown and were running through the REWE (i call it – Ree-wee, but found out later it is re’ve’ – but got to amuse our expat friends with my pronunciation) and grabbed chocolate and beer before they threw us out!
What i didn’t really factor in was that the MC and speakers would all be in German. So I attempted to grab a couple works here and there… but nope…
There was a couple next to us that would tell us important things once in a while, like, the next act is upstairs on level 3! So that helped!
It was a fun night, funny that every word was in german until they started to sing, all the songs were in english. *shrug*
We got through the first 2 acts – the first one being in the lobby with everyone sitting on the stairs that circled up, the next being upstairs in a room with a whole wall that was greenery… But with 20 minutes between each act and it already being 10pm… It was a fabulous venue – an old hotel that is kind of a co-working, hostel sort of thing with a huge dance floor performance space that spanned a good number of floors.
And then the cold that had been being kept at bay was heading our way, something fiece and we had an early morning the next day – so we skipped the last 2 which was a bummer since it looked like the last one was a good sized drum core… But i think the sleep did us good!
Definitely a once in a life time! Next up – Sound of Music tour – and we decided to re-use our outfits from Oktoberfest, cause, why not…