Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 77
these days an iron bridge lets walkers easily
cross high above the rapids.
You don't have to leave Munich to log some
serious miles. On one of my last days there,
Unique Germany set me up with a local
guide for a few hours of foraging on foot.
We marveled at dozens of architectural
gems showcasing the bold neoclassical
Greek and Roman architecture adored by
Bavaria's King Ludwig I, then headed to
the open-air Viktualienmarkt in the city
center. Surveying the bounty of gleaming
apples, bins of wild mushrooms, sausages,
cold-smoked salmon, pickled haddock,
venison, 200-pound cheese wheels - and,
of course, beer - we stuffed our daypacks
and set off for what my guide promised was
a true Munich tradition.
An hour and a few miles on foot later,
we arrived at the leafy English Garden, a
sprawling Munich centerpiece larger than
Central Park. We settled in for a feast at
Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower), the
Biergarten gatherings at Chinesischer Turm
in Munich's English Garden and (right) beer delivery, Bavaria-style.
park's beer garden, as my guide explained
why traditional German biergartens promote a bring-your-own-food policy: To
protect local restaurants, Bavarian beer
makers weren't always allowed to sell food,
though many now do today.
Hundreds of Münchners sat at rows of
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music sounded in the background and a
wedding party gathered nearby. Cyclists
and joggers swept past in a soft breeze that
carried the aroma of bratwurst. I toasted to
cold beer and fresh air - a proper conclusion
to my Bavarian exploration. Prost!
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