Innsbruck

So last weekend we spent in Innsbruck, a beautiful lesser regional capital with a very cool club if you enjoy live music (the pmk). Apparently I’m the mayor of it on foursquare at the moment.  So anyways…

Last year we were there a few times…twice for sight-seeing and once for a concert. Although it is possible to do Innsbruck (sight-seeing) in a day from Munich…either you won’t see much at all or you’ll be completely exhausted from running around all day…leave EARLY and come back late (early is more important as museums, castles, palaces, and churches close by sun down or earlier).
I recommend 2-3 days, quite similar to Salzburg…though Salzburg is much prettier…

Innsbruck Christmas market

 

I enjoy being in Innsbruck…but I certainly wouldn’t want to work there as a tour guide…

So yeah…things you should not miss:

The cenotaph of Max I (it’s in a church, across from the palace, gotta pay to enter, but it’s well worth it)….castle Ambras….and the museum of the golden roof…the imperial palace is nice as well, but we’ve got much better in Munich 🙂

Want a more impressive run-down on what is in Innsbruck and my opinions of each?  ask in the comments or e-mail me!  (I just don’t want to write a novel if no one cares 🙂 )

 

Beer Tours in Munich

As many of you know, I used to do the Radius “Bavarian beer and food tour.”  Last night I went on the tour with a group of fellow guides & Radius employees as well as a few tourists.  I rarely go on tours from other guides…just as most guides rarely go on mine.  It’s usually very annoying to me so I sneak away from the group and try not to listen to the guide.  There are many reasons for this…

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Anyways, so last night I went with the group to the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum (which is great), had a few beers there & then went on to eat at the Hofbräu Keller (which is a highly recommended restaurant for good reason), and then we ended up at the infamous Hofbräuhaus.  Well, okay, to be fair we continued after that…but not with the full group.

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This is actually a fairly typical night out, partly because so many of the places in Munich close by 11 or 12.  So then you have to hunt for a smaller hole in the wall that will let you drink for another hour or two.

Several companies these days to pub crawls, but when we created the Bavarian Beer and Food Tour we were the first to focus on the actual TOUR…the beer and its role in Bavarian culture.  Depending on the group as well as the guide, however, in practice the tour can make many detours and digress very quickly into a drink-a-thon pub crawl with food thrown in for the hell of it.  Half truths filling in for reality and accepted because of either pandering to nationalism or an emphasis on entertainment rather than correctness.

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I think it may be impossible to do a proper beer tour day after day without this variance though.  That may be a big part of why I don’t do the tour any longer.  At least not for random groups.

I love beer.  I love Bavarian culture.  I love Munich.  *sigh* oh well.

Want a private beer tour?  €220 + the price of the beers and I can make it happen.  Please enquire at least three weeks in advance of the proposed tour date. Cheaper if you don’t mind me drinking soda while you’re drinking beer, that way I can work the next day.

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