Munich Outside the Beer Halls

If you visit Munich and you don’t like beer or you just need a break from it, there are plenty of other things to do outside the beer halls.  We kept very busy visiting the other side too.

Walking Tour of Munich

Sandemans Munich Tour
Munich Tour – it was a big group for a cold New Year’s Day

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Munich Beer Halls

More than any other place in the world, Munich is known for its beer halls. As beer drinkers, we had to try at least a few!

There are options to go on beerhall tours, but we found it very easy to do on our own. Find a beerhall, walk in, and find a seat and order. The hardest part was finding a seat.

Here is a round-up of the beer halls we visited last weekend in Munich.

Augustiner Bierhalle

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New Year’s Eve in Munich

Munich is a wonderful place to spend New Year’s Eve, or Silvester, as they call it here, named after a Pope no less. We had a really fun and entertaining night out in this city.


Fireworks at Tollwood NYE
Early Fireworks at Tollwood NYE – way before the fog set in

They love their fireworks here! Apparently, they are readily available for sale, which is why we started hearing them going off before sunset and all the time after. This also explains the debris in every street into New Year’s Day of firework remnants. The unfortunate thing was, the city was shrouded in fog before 12 midnight so it was pretty impossible to see any of the fireworks, no matter how near.


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Eating and Drinking in Ischgl

Before coming to Austria, and the Alps no less, I had imagined there would be good eats here. I expected the food would not be as good as our ski trip in Italy a few years back, but I was incorrect. It’s different from Italian food, obviously, but still really good! Plus, we can ski over to Switzerland and they’ve got some pretty yummy meals too! Good thing we are getting exercise skiing with all this good food.

Christmas Dinner: Chinoise Fondue and Austrian Red Wine

Already mentioned our delicious first night’s dinner – which we ate at 6PM because we were so tired from all the travel LOL early bird special! The fondue came with totally unnecessary baked potatoes.

Fondue in Austria
Fondue – YUM

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Photos from the Ischgl Alps

We had such a great 5 days skiing – the weather was beautiful, with blue skies and sunshine every day. The wifi in our hotel was not as good, so I didn’t get to post very much.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the week in the mountains

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Our Home In Ischgl

Hotel KardonaWe are staying in this apartment in this great hotel in Ischgl called Hotel Kardona. I booked this in early November, and at that time, a hotel anywhere in the Austrian alps was hard to come by, especially an affordable one!

This hotel turned out to be right up our alley. Homey and comfortable, it’s just easy. We are located right across the river from busy Ischgl and the ski slopes, just a 5 minute walk away. On top of that, the hotel offers a heated locker for all our ski equipment right beneath the main lift for just a few Euro for the week so we don’t have to carry our skis back and forth each day! Score!

The hotel is family run, and they are very nice. The proprietress even gave us Christmas cookies when we checked in!

The apartment is a one bedroom with a kitchen and living/dining room. It’s great to have some beers in the fridge for the getting ready to go out stage of the night and a coffee machine in the morning!

Our place is on the first floor, right next to the sauna. It’s handy to have a sauna so close, but there are a lot of rules. The sauna is only open between 4:30-7P, so it’s always crowded. Also, no clothes in the sauna. And it’s tiny! You walk into the room, there’s a shower and a bunch of beach chairs. People lounge in the beach chairs, in the nude, after their sauna. We went to the sauna in our bathing suits and felt like fools. North Americans, eh?

Kardona Sauna
The entrance to the sauna – I decided it wouldn’t go over if I took photos inside!

Anyway, we are very happy with our home for the week. It’s quiet at night and near enough the action. Happy place.

First Day Skiing Ischgl

Most of the day today I kept looking around me and saying “It’s like a painting.” Today was a good day for our first day skiing Ischgl.

When we arrived in town Sunday afternoon, it was rainy and dark. Today was sunny and clear. And warm! Quite warm – 6 degrees! There’s a pretty good base of snow here, and especially as you climb the mountains, the snow gets better.

From Ischgl, we went into the Swiss Alps and all around. Some of the runs lasted almost an hour. It is awesome. Toward the valleys, the snow was more like slush and ice, but up high, it was pretty nice. And the views don’t hurt either.

We had lunch somewhere in Switzerland on the Saumnan side – we had no idea we were even in Switzerland until they charged us in francs. Soup and beer for me and Brian had a cheese plate with beer. And a pretzel – which I helped devour, of course.

The day flew by, but we have 4 more left of enjoying all the different runs on both the Italian and Swiss sides of the mountains. It is supposed to cool down and maybe we’ll get some fresh snow too.

Some photos of our first day skiing Ischgl and Samnaun.

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Easy Year to Travel on Christmas

We got lucky! We had 3 flights plus a rental car trip to take us from Toronto on Christmas Eve early afternoon through into the Austrian Alps on Christmas afternoon, and all of them were on time and had plenty of room for our non-checked bags! Merry Christmas indeed!

Toronto to Detroit

Easy, on time and Detroit is a pretty fun airport! They have a tunnel to take you between terminals and they play great Motown tunes and change the light so it’s a fun experience for airport movement. We enjoyed the disco tunnel, Detroit!

Detroit Airport Tunnel
Detroit Airport Tunnel

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