After the BMW factory, we returned the rental car and strolled through Munich to the Hofbrauhaus—a brewery that has been around for 500 years. (Don’t worry, the boys had fizzy apple juice.) After some traditional (vegetarian) German food and delicious brews, we headed to the train station to catch our night train to Amsterdam… but that’s another post.
The castles are only viewable with a tour, and, thanks to one of our students in Abu Dhabi who lived in Munich for several years, we knew to book online in advance. The tours were crowded, and a little rushed, but nevertheless informative. I am glad we got to see both castles and learned so much about Bavarian history.
Derek may argue that the best part of the day was the drive through Bavaria over historic winding roads, though pastures and forests. On the way home from the castles, we stopped at a German cheese house and a little patch of strawberries where the boys got to pick a few for a snack. It was a beautiful day in Bavaria!