24.09.2014 - 25.09.2014
I arrived in Munich via the central train station at around 5pm. Getting off the train was a sight to remember. I realized things would be crazy in Munich around Octoberfest but I guess the concept of 10 million people didn't sink it perfectly. Stepping off the train I was in a sea of people wearing Lederhosen and Dirndl walking around with liters of beer. After moving through the crowd I was able to make it to the subway system and make may way a few stops to my hotel. I decided to stay away from Octoberfest for the night and head out into the main city. Munich is a really nice city with a vibrant nightlife and a great transportation system. Of the places I have been so far it most reminds me of New York. The streets are bustling with people and there are plenty of high-rise buildings surrounding you most of the time. I can't wait to see more of the old city square and of course Octoberfest over the next few days.
A note of public transportation....Germany and for that matter Switzerland and I am sure most other countries in Europe got it right. America needs to send over some people and take a look at what they are doing. One ticket is good for trains, buses, subways (U-Bahn), and trams. The stations are located all over the city and the signage, although in German, is easy to understand and follow. Within minutes you can be anywhere in the city and its suburbs while riding on very clean and efficient transportation. For never have stepped foot in this city before, I easily was able to use the subway to get to my hotel, into and around the city, and back with no problems.
More to follow and the end of this leg of the journey.