The direct Delta flight from Portland to Amsterdam was great (about ten hours); connection to Munich (KLM) was a bit quick but worked. I managed to get into Munich via the S-Bahn train pretty quickly, by about noon local time.
I might have spent a few days in Munich, having never visited before. But I arrived a few days before Oktoberfest, and I really wanted to avoid it (I don’t drink). Plus I decided to focus on Slovenia and Austria on this trip. Still – I was here, why not check out Munich briefly? My plan was to spend a few hours walking around the center, take some pictures, then train on to Salzburg. I wanted to drop my bags in Munich somewhere, but the only place to drop my bags seemed to be at the central train station, and I didn’t want to waste time backtracking there. So I wound up dragging them around with me (carry-ons) for my brief visit.
The weather was sunny and warm in Munich.
Sadly, many of the beautiful old buildings were under renovation and covered with scaffolding and tarps, so these ruined many photo opportunities. I still manged to walk around (bags in tow!) and snap a good bunch of basic photos of pedestrians and tourists sampling beer (this was a few days before Oktoberfest!).
I sat down, grabbed a slice of pizza and a pretzel, tried to shake off the jet lag, and then eventually headed to the Munich Central Station to head on to Salzburg. The train ride through Bavaria was beautiful.