REASONS TO LOVE MUNICH 1, 2, 3
1) The Weather: Germany is a country that actually has defined seasons. Winter is cold (and when I say cold, I mean minus 10 degrees celcius and below, not your pathetic zero degrees that Ireland grinds to a halt for). It snows, real, thick snow that lasts longer than your average celebrity marriage. Summer can be hot and humid. In the absence of a decent coastline, Muenchners have taken to surfing on the River Eisbach. Those crrrazy Germans have been doing this since the 70’s. Talk about enterprising and practical! However, on further research, it seems all the surfer dudes do is surf about ten foot from one side of the river to the other, back and forth. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLTTct6xBIc8&v=LTTct6xBIc8&gl=IE
2) The Location: Nestled at the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, those travelling to Munich have the opportunity to hop on a train to Salzburg, Venice, Berlin….practically anywhere in Europe. It’s supposed to be very picturesque, in a ‘Sound of Music’ kinda way. I did not see this on my travels, as I was literally blinded by snow.
3) The Public Transport: Boring, I know, but efficiency, and, in particular, efficient public transport are what Germans are famous for. (Well, obviously famous for more than that, but we won’t go there). The city is serviced by tram, U-Bahn (underground train) and S-Bahn (suburban train) which all run like clockwork. For a punctuality freak like me, this was heaven compared to Bus Eireann’s laissez-faire attitude of “We’ll get there when we get there”.