Even aside from Oktoberfest, Munich was a lovely city. Mr. Selfish and I enjoyed sightseeing in its city center. We typically started at Marienplatz, which contains the epic looking Rathaus (city hall).
Nearby the Rathaus is Viktualienmarkt, which dates back to 1807 and is the oldest air market in Munich. We had a delicious lunch and partook of some beer in the beer garden. Apparently, the Bavarians enjoy their beer regardless of whether they are at Oktoberfest. Also, per the advice of our German friends, Mr. Selfish and I also ate a pretzel with our beers.
We also walked up Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church) for a nice view of the city center. Coincidentally, we ran into some Americans wearing Virginia Tech Hokie sweatshirts at the top.
Finally, we walked to the Englischen Garten (English Gardens) for more beer. From St. Peter’s, we walked passed the Justizpalast (Palace of Justice), toward Odeonsplatz (containing Theatinerkirche), and then right next to the Bayerische Staatskanzlei (Bavarian state chancellery) on our way.
Upon reaching the Englischen Garten, we discovered everything to be lush and beautiful. There was also a Chinese Tower of which Mr. Selfish had fond memories. As we were leaving, the sun started to set. We frolicked in the gardens for a little while and enjoyed the beautiful colors in the sky.