A quick flight from Paris to Munich got us there by the afternoon. We checked into our hotel, which judging from my memory and lack of photographs served the purpose of providing a clean and convenient place to sleep.
There’s nothing better in Europe in the summer than dining outside. As this was Munich, there are also any number of beer gardens. I’m not sure why we chose Augustiner Bräu beer garden but we did and it lived up to expectations. Large, frosty beers, pretzels, and really unhealthy food. What more do you want in a beer garden. It came with a salad.
The next day was filled with the actual car pickup, but we had a different treat in the evening. The 2014 World Cup was happening at the same time as our trip to Europe. It seemed that visits to each country were well timed to matches featuring that country’s team. While we were in Munich, France and Germany were playing each other, and the Olympiastadion München was showing the match on a big screen. And by big, I mean big. When in München, do as the Müncheners, right? What a unique opportunity. The match was a quarterfinal match, won by Germany, 1 – 0. While the match did not garner rave reviews, we enjoyed the experience. As an important historical note, the 1972 Olympics in Munich are unfortunately best remembered for a terrorist attack that left 15 people dead.
The next morning we left for Zermatt, Switzerland, but not before stopping at a local sausage restaurant, Gaststätte Großmarkthalle, Tomo found. There we witnessed folks enjoying their 10:00 am beers. It was definitely off the beaten path, but we had a car, and that’s one of the advantages of having a car. What does tripadvisor say?