Saturday in Munich

I’ve been wide awake since before 4am this morning, thanks to jet lag. So, after a quick breakfast at the hotel, I jumped on the S-Bahn and headed into the touristy part of Munich.

Unfortunately all the shops are closed until at least 9:30am on Saturday so the city was totally deserted, but it was very pleasant wandering around the old city, admiring the architecture with the church bells ringing out. Took a few photos.

A few coffees later, I grabbed a some essential supplies and took them back to the hotel. The public transport is so good here that it’s easy to just pop back with my toiletries, bottles of water and juice, rather than lugging them about with me all day. ~o)

No sign of Sara on Skype, no SMS from her (we ordered Tesco pre-paid SIMs a couple of weeks ago), no emails. I guess I’m not being missed at the moment. :)]

OK, back outside and it feels like beer-o-clock to me. But its only 11am, what shall I do? I see lots of locals wearing Bayern Munich replica shirts, they must be at home today. United aren’t playing until tomorrow afternoon, so I figure I’ll take a walk and go for some “lunch” somewhere where the Bayern fans might go.

The map tells me that the Augustiner Keller, Munich’s second largest beer garden — it can accommodate 8000 people, apparently — is only a short walk from the hotel, so off I go.

Wow. Fantastic place, great atmosphere, an oompah band, lots of singing Bayern fans, excellent Augustiner beer served in 1 litre measures. What’s not to like?

It reminded me of standing outside Lou Macari’s or in the Bishop’s Blaize at Old Trafford a few years ago, but without the oppressive policing or edgy atmosphere as if something’s always about to kick off.

They’ve got it absolutely right here: superb public transport to the ground from anywhere, cheap tickets (including safe standing areas), relaxed pre-match drinking and good food, without being ripped off or treated like a criminal. Even the weather is good.

I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I might just have another “mas helles”.

Sara — if you read this, give me a call, email or text.

Edit: Bayern Munich beat Bochum 3-1 today, all but securing the Bundelsiga title. The bars and restaurants were packed with happy Bavarians after the game.

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