Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Munich Germany 2016-05-30 thru 2016-06-03

Munich Germany
May 30th, 2016 through June 3rd, 2016

I had the opportunity to fly over to Munich, Germany for some business meetings with a few of our customers.

Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, 2016

JC and I left GSP (Greenville-Spartanburg Airport) on Sunday afternoon and arrived in Munich on Monday Morning. Since we didn't have any meetings until Tuesday, we had almost the whole day to explore the city of Munich.

Here on some shots from Monday, May 30th:

My first Bier and Pretzl in Germany

Inside "The Residence"

 JC Enjoying a Bier

The Nymphenburg Palace

The Nymphenburg Palace

The Nymphenburg Palace

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

On our 2nd day in Munich we did not have any business meetings scheduled until the afternoon, so JC and I took the opportunity to head downtown and explore a little. Most of our time was spend strolling around the English Gardens which is about 1,000 acres of Green Space in downtown Munich.
The English Gardens

 The only waterfall I would see on my trip

 The English Gardens

 River Surfing in the English Gardens

 The English Gardens

Cool Graffiti Art in the English Gardens 
Many of the pedestrian/bike paths go under the roads.  
Most of these tunnels feature some really cool Graffiti Artwork

I also decided to climb to the top of the Church of Saint Peter tower which offered an awesome 360-degree view of Munich!
The stairway up to the Church of Saint Peter Tower

view from the Church of Saint Peter Tower

 view of the Neues Rathaus at Marienplatz

Here are a few more photos from Tuesday:

The Neues Rathaus at Marienplatz

Not sure what is up with the guy painted in silver

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

I was on my own for Wednesday Morning, and since the Munich Olympiapark (site of the 1972 Summer Olympics) was located right across the street from our Hotel, I decided to take a hike through the park.  

 Munich Olympiapark

  Munich Olympiapark

  Munich Olympiapark

  Munich Olympiapark

  Munich Olympiapark

BMW World is right outside the Olympiapark, so I decided to check that out as well.

BMW World

BMW Headquarters

Inside BMW World

I also decided take the elevator to the top of the Olympiaturm (the Olympic Park Tower) which is the tallest structure in Munich.  The view was worth the 7 Euros!

view of the Olympiapark

view of BMW World

Later that afternoon, I met back up with my colleagues for a little off-site strategy / team bonding session.  We took a drive to the Andechs Monastry and Brewery about an hour outside of Munich.   Leave it to the German Monks to have a beautiful church with a Brewery in the basement!

Walking up towards the Andechs Monastry

View from the top of the hill

View from the top of the hill

 Inside the Andechs Monastry

 Me enjoying a Bier from the Andechs Brewery

Bryan having a little afternoon snack with his Bier

JC bringing another round
Note: Hes is only bringing (3) Biers since Roland was driving

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Thursday was all business and therefore no photos.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Friday, we had a visit scheduled with one of our customers near Stuttgart (about 200 km outside of Munich).  It looked like a long drive on the map, but Roland took us up to 210 kph (about 130 mph) on the Autobahn and we made it there in no time!  That was by far the fastest I have ever travelled in an automobile! 

On the Autobahn  (210 kph = 130mph)

We were done with work for the week so JC and I decided to take one more ride on the U to downtown Munich.  We picked up some last minute Souvenirs, and watched the storm clouds roll in while hanging out at a Biergarten.
 Storm Clouds rolling in over Munich

Enjoying a well deserved Bier

 JC Enjoying a well deserved Bier at Dinner

We ended up getting caught in a Torrential downpour, so we hopped back on the U to enjoy dinner closer to our hotel.  Once we finished our meal the rain had stopped, so we decided to walk back to our hotel through the Munich Olympiapark.

We were treated to an awesome rainbow and nice sunset.  The perfect way to end our trip to Munich.

 Olympiapark Rainbow

 Olympiapark Rainbow

Olympiapark Sunset

This was a very enjoyable and productive trip!  Even though this was a business trip, I very much appreciated the opportunity to have a little time to explore the city of Munich!

Here are the complete photo sets:

Day 1 = Monday, May 30th, 2016

Day 2 = Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Day 3 = Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Day 4 = Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
All Business = No Photos

Day 5 = Friday, June 3rd, 2016

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