After a month of planning I’ve arrived in the Bavarian capital of Munich. I flew from Heathrow’s new (less than a year old) Terminal 2 first thing this morning.
So much for German efficiency, though… Boarding started late because the plane arrived in to Heathrow late. Then we had to wait for the de-icing crew… then there was some other problem. After checking in my luggage at 06:30 this morning, we didn’t take off until almost 10.
Still: Can’t complain. It meant I didn’t have to wait hours on arrival in Munich to check-in to my hotel, and as the flight was half empty, I got extra legroom anyway (see right).
There was then trouble with the train which meant, instead of going all the way to the city centre, I had to get off the S-Bahn at Munich East and continue my journey on the Underground (the U-Bahn). Not too difficult, but it did mean between the airport and my hotel I took no fewer than three trains!
I finally arrived in the hotel at about 3pm local time (exactly 12 hours after I stepped out the front door in Cirencester).
Arriving in Germany by plane at this time of year is always a lovely sight:
It was a nice sunny day in the city today – really rather warm in that sunshine – and without knowing whether the sunshine would last the weekend, I took advantage of the good weather and went for a little walk.
First I went from my hotel in the Sendlinger Tor district to Marienplatz, in the heart of the city – and back again. Then I took the U-Bahn (the Underground) to Universität station, to visit the Englische Garten.
Here are some of my photos from my city exploration.
Just outside my hotel.
The Siegestor: Victory Gate
On my way to the Englishe Garten, on leaving the underground station which is inside the university, I saw this…
Bigger than New York’s Central Park, the couple of hours I spent wandering around, without really knowing exactly where I was, were not enough to see the whole park. I could easily have stayed longer, but the sun was going down, and it was getting cold.
I’m off out to find something to eat now. Tomorrow, I will probably go to Dachau during the day. During the evening, I’m going to a concert.
Bye for now.