Thursday was yet another German holiday, and we had the day off. Michelle, Heidi and I headed for Munich in the afternoon via train from Essen.
Once we arrived in Munich, we checked in and dropped off our luggage at our hostel. We headed to the Augustiner Keller Biergarten because of the noise we heard while on our walk to the hostel. The Biergarten was the place to be, loaded with people watching the England versus Uruguay soccer game and drinking their Augustiner beer.
Friday morning we headed toward the Olympic Park area to check out the flea market. It wasn't quite what we expected at first, but we did find some good stuff.
Swim hall- Olympic Park Munich
After gaining 10+ pounds worth of flea market items, we had to stop at the hostel to drop it off.
We had a fantastic lunch at the Augustiner Munchen, which we determined what very legit because of the type of crowd dining there.
Next we took the metro to the Marienplatz, which is the center of the city. We walked around and checked out the sites.
Heidi and Michelle weren't up for the museum, but I spent some time in the Muencher Stadtmuseum (Munich Museum).
Munich (originally) is in the shape of a crossbow
After grabbing some food at the market, we headed back to get our luggage and hop the train from Munich to Salzburg.
Once we made it to Salzburg, we grabbed some bus tickets and headed to our hostel. We were pretty tired from the day, so called it an early night.
Saturday morning we quickly headed for breakfast on the way to our "Sound of Music" bike tour! Once we found the location where the tour began, we were assigned bikes.
The "Sound of Music" bike tour was really fun. We had a great tour guide who told us more about Austria's history, scenes from the movie, and encouraged us to sing, dance and pose like Von Trapps.
Our tour guide encouraged us to recreate the movie scenes
After the bike tour, we ate some falafel wraps, then checked out what the market and shops had to offer.
We walked back through the gardens of Mirabell Palace.
Our dinner was at L'Osteria, where we shared wine, salad and pizza.
Sunday was a gorgeous morning for a run around Salzburg.
We made our way to the train station to drop off the luggage and figure out the day's bus situation. We then headed for breakfast which was at a very cute cafe with a not-so-pleasant waiter.
From breakfast, we headed past the square and up the mountain towards the Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Castle).
Heidi really wanted another falafel for the upcoming 8-hour train ride, so we hustled to the market to grab lunch. I chose a crepe with tomato and cheese.
After yet another sprint to the bus post-transportation confusion, we boarded the train from Salzburg to Munich then another to Essen.
We all agreed that these two cities were a lot of fun, and we had a great weekend!