I awoke to rain. Lots of rain. I scrapped my plans to visit Dachau as it is mainly an outside site. I put on my rain jacket and headed out to get a cup of coffee at the local cafe while I decided what to do. Still groggy from a lack of sleep and jet lag I head left when I should have headed right, and soon found myself at the Oktoberfest grounds, which is underconstruction for the big festival next month. I get my bearings and finally make my way to Coffee Fellows, a local German coffee chain. It’s good to see Starbucks’s hasn’t completely taken over the world.
After consulting my guidebook over a cafe creme – the closest thing they have to American coffee – I decided to head out to the Egyptian Museum. A ten minute train ride and I’m there.
The outside of the building is made to look like you are entering a tomb, but the buildings architecture is all modern concrete and glass.
The entry fee isn’t bad at about $9, and I opted to go without the audio guide as the guide book said it wasn’t necessary – they were right.
While I have no desire to visit Egypt, I do have a fascination with the ancient civilization and culture and enjoy looking around these museums whenever I get the chance. The German’s have a fine collection and the museum is beautiful and well laid out.
The self guided tour is a one way path that takes you through the different centuries and covers many different collections focused on various aspects of Egyptian life – religion, writing, crafts, and many more. It was an interesting way to spend a rainy afternoon.
As I emerged from the museum I found the rain had subsided but the skies were still gray and overcast. I used the time to look around at the other buildings in the area before heading back to the hotel and grab a bite to eat.
Nuremberger sausages, sauerkraut, and horseradish.