Germany; the country that brings up memories of Nazis, Der Führer, WWII. Agony from dictatorship turned into the biggest war in history.
Unfortunately, this has left a black mark, that isn’t easy to scrub off. However, this land has many great cities and their inhabitants have worked long and hard to prove their successes and leave the shadowing judgment for a place in the spotlight.
Berlin is very popular and has made its way into every Europe top-10 thinkable. For good reason, as I also discussed in my previous chapter of Based in a Suitcase. But how about Hamburg? Frankfurt? Cologne or Munich?
I was lucky enough to book work in all of the above over the years, as well as visiting my best friend David, who was temporarily living in each and every one of them. Rarely has a place ever exceeded my expectations as much as Munich. It’s the home of overpowering amounts of green, a hub for classical music and an incredible spot for urban surfing. These are qualities the city is widely known for, but not celebrated enough. I’d like to leave an impression of my time spent in awe as I can wholeheartedly say this is one of my favorite places to spend a day or two.
#1: Das Goldene Bar
Did anyone say Nazi’s?
Well, yes. Das Goldene Bar is located in the Haus der Kunst, built by the Third Reich’s leader in 1937. It was home to the creations of artists loved by the art critic manqué, not far from his own four-story residence.
To not allow this block of granite to become a white elephant, Haus der Kunst now houses an ever changing collection and serves the grand public the best Rueben sandwich straight from an establishment adorned with world maps, depicting spirit heritages and tobacco routes, renovated in 2010. Their team consists of well dressed and character carrying individuals who recommend drinks with a savoir faire that reaches impeccability, though this place is far from incapable of sin. Their homemade absinthe will have you speaking in tongues in no-time while your chorizo holding potato soup is on its way to heat up your soul and calm your appetite.
#2: Munic Eyewear
Scratch the H and you’ll find the brand that dedicated its name to its birthplace and are my helper in need when it comes to focus. Especially when trying to write when the sun is out or trying to jump on an inflatable unicorn (champagne problems I admit, but still). By no means am I blind without my glasses, as my main issue is Astigmatism, a refractive error first reported by Thomas Young in 1801, but the written word is important to me and what I can’t see correctly, I cannot write to be read. On my latest trip to the Bavarian capital, I visited Munic’s HQ and was greeted with a pair of customized frames for my mom, who had been telling me how obsessed she was with my sunnies. Granted, it’s hard for us small headed people to find fitting glasses, so clearly I was on a mission. When I entered the office, I had an immediate peek into the new collection, carrying gold frames and clip-ons. No doubt I’ll be making a return trip to pick up some new pairs early 2018.
Everything one can know about this place is true; they brew their own beer, their decor is the true to it’s kind and makes one feel like they’re in a proper Opera-district places establishment and their Bavarian cuisine hits the spot. They have a private dining room upstairs if you want to get cozy with some friends or have a formal business meal with a family style touch. For vegetarians, this two menu-carrying Kuffler restaurant isn’t top choice as for many dishes the chef has embraced the wishes of a carnivore. So if you like your sausages and fish-filled plates this place will rock your world. I’m a fan.