The three Baltic countries might have given us our first taste of Europe, but what better country to REALLY begin, than Germany.
Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. The city would be our starting point for our upcoming road trip through Bavaria itself.
The inner city’s heart is Marienplatz, a large open square overlooked by the impressive New Town Hall. And while it’s pretty grand craning our necks up from the crowds below, its even more grand craning our necks down from the tower of St. Peter’s Church opposite.
Every day at 11am, 12pm and 5pm, all heads gaze up to the New Town Hall’s Rathaus-Glockenspiel. Mechanical wooden figures perform the Schafflertanz (Dance of the Coopers), and have done so for the past 100 years.
To escape the crowds, we ducked inside St. Peter’s Church, where our eyes were drawn back up again. Are they birds up there?
Unfortunately, our sightseeing in Munich would be short (this time anyway), as our main priority lay with the thousands of patrons downing stein glasses not far away.
Yep. Oktoberfest was in town.
Visited 22nd September 2014.