Day 2, The Hofbrau Haus

After a very warm night we awoke to drizzly rain. We weren’t deterred though as today we were going to the museum side of town (bus 100 ) to visit the Neue Pinakothek and the Alte Pinakothek. We went to the Alte museum first and saw many fine pictures including the Durer self portrait, some Breughel, Rembrandt, Titian, some Leonardo, Fillipi Lippi etc. We had refreshments in the museum and then hotfooted it across the road to visit my favourite which was the Neue gallery. They had loads of stuff there, almost too numerous to mention but including: Degas, Gauguin, Hodler, Van Gogh, and Monet. We had a very good lunch in the museum, I had prawns and a variety of fish in a salad, and a glass of wine.

In the evening we went to the Hofbrau Haus which is a beer cellar which serves food. It was the grandaddy of all beer cellars, seating in excess of 200 people I should think. The waitresses and waiters were dressed in traditional garb, dirndl dresses for the women, and were strong enough to carry about 5 litre glasses of beer in each hand! It was incredibly noisy, with an oompah band, and you just sat at a table where you could. There were a couple of girls at our table and we had a merry exchange of views with them. One was from Hanover and the other Polish, and it was their first visit to such a place also. I had a ragout of veal with spatzle and apple strudel. The service was very prompt and friendly. We left about 9.30 pm, having got there soon after 7, as the noise was a bit oppressive after a bit. The Germans seem to start eating very early in the evening so a 7 pm arrival at the restaurant meant it was already full to overflowing, mind you, they were still arriving when we left! I’m not surprised that the girls all wore trainers on their feet.

In case you are wondering about the surfing pictures that are on my first post, they are surfing on a weir just below our bus stop! The river is forced into a tunnel, under the road and where it comes out local surf enthusiasts meet to perfect their style. Its great because you have the same wave every time.

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