Our train ride was smooth. We enjoyed riding in quiet private seating compartments and for a bonus our train car was adjacent to the restaurant car. We arrived in Munich about 12:30 PM. After getting our bearings straight, we walked over to our hotel and dropped our bags. The distance to the hotel from the station is about five minutes.
By 1:30 we were heading out for our first Munich adventures. We took two subways out to the BMW Werks & Museum where we had lunch and spent the next three hours. The people in the museum certainly knew of our South Carolina plant, the largest BMW manufacturing facility in the world. But it was special being in their world headquarters and the boys were fascinated with the exhibits. The museum featured the history of the Mini Cooper as well as the history of BMW from its earliest days of building aircraft engines, then motorcycles, and then cars. (I think I have that order right). The “Werks” part of the facility (which is massive) features more of the recent work from BMW. Each boy was “required” to learn at least four things from their tour and we “tested” them after our visit.
After BMW, we crossed the road to take a look at the Olympic Stadium, home of the 1972 Summer Olympics. We were lucky because there’s a weekend event happening and we got caught up in the middle of it. It was called Munich-Mash, or something like that and it featured a bunch of competitions including skateboard and dirt biking events, etc. There were plenty of exhibitors, plenty of food, plenty of hands-on activities, and plenty of people. It was like a big party and it was fun to be able to spend about an hour there.
We returned to our hotel to officially check in and 30 minutes later were heading to dinner at the Lowenbrau, a biergarten about ten minutes walk away. Everyone ordered something German because there were no other options on the menu. I’m pretty sure everyone enjoyed their meals because there was virtually nothing left on their plates.
It was after 10:30 when we got back to the hotel and we called it a night…and a good day.