What to Eat in Munich

What to Eat in Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
If you haven't read our previous post on Munich, then head over to Backpacking through Europe Part 9. Here we tell you the food you must try before leaving Munich. 1. Weisswurst (white sausage) with Pretzel This is traditional Bavarian food, which is often served before noon, a perfect option for breakfast or brunch. The sausages usually do not have any preservatives and are white in appearance. They are typically served with sweet mustard, pretzel and a glass of beer. Yes, you read me right, in Germany it is normal to start drinking beer from morning. Perhaps we were not adventurous enough, we so just had coffee. 2. Bavarian sausage salad This cold dish can be eaten as brunch or a snack. Sausages are thinly sliced and served with fresh…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 9: Munich

Backpacking through Europe Part 9: Munich

Backpacking through Europe, Other, Travel
An Authentic Bavarian Experience Dusk of Munich A bit like London, in the evening, Munich comes to life. Little Oktoberfest We didn't plan it, but by chance we came to Munich during their spring festival. So what is this spring festival? Well, think Oktoberfest, then shrink it. This looks odd. There were not that many people there. It turned out, there were a lot of people, and they all gathered at the beer tents. I always had the impression that German people are always very serious. After all, Germany is the country that produces world class technology and architecture. Surely, to produce products to such a high level, you would need a stiff upper lip. Yet, at the festival, everyone we met were very nice and relaxed, recommending us food…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 8: Nuremburg

Backpacking through Europe Part 8: Nuremburg

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Nuremberg: a city full of history and colours Nuremberg was not in the plan. Since I liked Frankfurt so much, boyfriend suggested Nuremberg as a detour, which is another city heavily influence by Franconian culture. Also, Nuremberg has a castle! Somewhere along this Europe trip, it seems to became a tour of German cathedrals and churches. Nuremberg also has a church of gothic style, St. Lorenz. Hospice of the Holy Spirit Going up the castle Panoramic view from top of the castle Weißgerbergasse This little street is probably one of the most colourful streets I have ever set my foot on. White Castle Street is full of beautiful medieval half-timbered houses. There are several restaurants and bars here, perfect for a bite to eat.   Remember to grab a gelato (or…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 7: Frankfurt

Backpacking through Europe Part 7: Frankfurt

Backpacking through Europe, Travel
Frankfurt is the financial centre of Germany, if not, of Europe. It is the fifth largest German city, and the site of many global corporate head quarters. Well, many things happen in this city: book fair, trade show, stock exchange... In a way, it is like Canary Wharf, only many times bigger. The Altstadt Yet, the city centre of Frankfurt, known as the altstadt (literally means old district). It has architectures quite the contrary to those shiny sky scrappers often portrayed by the typical financial centres. When I saw the square, surrounded by the colourful buildings, I fell in love with Frankfurt immediately. How cool is this. The door knock is in the shape of a pretzel. I guess, that makes the door handle resembling to a frankfurter sausage. The…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 6: Cologne

Backpacking through Europe Part 6: Cologne

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Place Boyfriend was very excited about Germany, or what he calls, the 'Land of Sausages'.  I was rather neutral about it. They are just sausages. For that, I was told, 'whoever says they are just sausages, never had the proper ones.' Out of our backpacking trip, we stayed in Germany the longest period. The first stop was Cologne, the cultural capital and fourth largest city of Germany. Upon our arrival at the Cologne main station, or the 'Köln Hauptbahnhof', the first thing that appeared in front us was the Cologne Cathedral, the Medieval Gothic Architecture. It is the tallest twin spired church in the world, at 157m.Its magnificence can only be felt if you are there physically. Looking up from the bottom, I felt rather small. Even as a non-religious…
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Asian Food of The Hague

Asian Food of The Hague

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Indonesian Food: Istana Indonesia was once the largest Dutch colony, and therefore, has significant cultural influence on the Netherlands. This influence extends to food.Drawing similarities to the UK again, Indonesian cuisine to the Netherlands is like Indian food to the UK. There were many Indonesian restaurants in The Hague, probably more than European restaurants. So we were spoilt for choices. We visited the Indonesian restaurant Istana, located in the city centre. The food was very nice, and perfect for the cold weather at the time. I do recommend this restaurant. However, do explore in your own time too. There are simply Indonesian restaurants in every corner. It was the first time I have ever tasted Indonesian food, now I am rather inspired to visit Indonesia.   Japanese Food All-You-Can-Eat: Shibuya To…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 5: The Hague

Backpacking through Europe Part 5: The Hague

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When I told my friends that The Hague was one of the destinations, they all tried to persuade me to go to Amsterdam instead. I was told that there is not much in The Hague, and it is quite boring. Well, I am so glad we stuck with our decisions, and visited The Hague. The place did not feel very touristy, and there were plenty of beautiful architectures and art works to see, exactly my cup of tea. The Hague, or Den Hagg as the Dutch calls them, locates at the West coast of Netherlands. It is the 3rd largest city, just after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It is the home of the Dutch government and the Supreme court, although not being the capital city itself. The reason would have to…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 4: Keukenhof

Backpacking through Europe Part 4: Keukenhof

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My earliest idea of Netherlands was it being the hometown of tulips. Such that, visiting this place has always been on my bucket list. So on the third day of our European trip, we set off to Keukenhoff, also known as the Garden of Europe, where millions of tulips are exhibited every year. There are two organised bus tours, one taking off from Amsterdam, and the other the Hague. We hopped on the latter one. On the way there, we already saw miles and miles of colours, all of which were the tulip fields. These tulips are often cultivated for the bulbs rather than the flowers.   Keukenhoff opens from mid-March to mid-May, with April being the best time of the year to visit. However, the preparation starts much earlier than…
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Backpacking through Europe Part 3: Anterwerp

Backpacking through Europe Part 3: Anterwerp

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Visiting Antwerp was not in our initial plan. We were going to the Hague that day. Antwerp was just on the way. Why not, so we decided a little detour. Upon the arrival at the Central Station, we were already impressed. This station, designed by Louise Delacenserie, was probably the most beautiful one I have encountered. So majestic, no wonder Antwerp was once the richest city in Europe. Here, the backpack is making its first appearance. Yup, we carried the bags on our shoulders that day. Luckily, we packed very light.  The name Antwerp, or Antwerpen literally means 'hand to throw'. The legend has it, that the river of Anterwerp was guarded by a giant. If the passing boatmen did not pay their toll, the giant would cut off one of their…
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Food of Brussels

Food of Brussels

Backpacking through Europe, Eat, Travel
Since human civilisation, culinary art has been an integral part of people. Food tells so much of a country's history, culture and its people. For us, food is a very important element of travelling. We often find if the place doesn't offer good food (i.e something unique of the place), it would feel like something is missing.   Moules-frites (Mussels and fries) To certain extent, Moules-frites is the national dish of Belgium, just like how Fish & chips is for Britain. Many theories surrounding on why frites are so popular in Belgium. Some have suggested this maybe because that the Belgian farmers were the firsts to embrace potato farming, hence the early access. Yet, some have stated that the frites were suppose to be substitutes of fish back in the 18th century.…
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