After living in Munich for nearly year, I am starting to forget that dramatic first impression the city gave me, and sadly normalizing myself to its beauty. I thought it be a good idea before I compeltely forget what the city has to offer, to talk about some of my favourite places in the city…
The notorious Hofbräuhaus is definitely doesn’t disappoint. Beer, and a band, what more could you ask for? The atmosphere here is a killer, and it’s always a lot fun to visit. Beware, though: people share tables, it’s extremely loud, and nothing’s cheap.
If you want to experience the full chaos, I’d recommend going on a weekend evening, but if you want something a little more relaxed, perhaps during the day. No matter when, the beer always awaits!
This is the centre of the city, boarded by the old and new Rathaus, it’s a pretty overwhelming place. But something here that I do really recommend is watching the Glockenspiel.
In winter, it only plays once a day at 11am; however, in summer it plays a most hours. I happened to come across it randomly, and it was stunning. It depicts a traditional wedding, to which the figures dance to the charm of the bells.
What probably makes Munich one of the best cities for me is Oktoberfest. I can’t even describe how amazing this festival is. For me it’s everything. People travel the whole world for this beer-guzzling festival, and I can completely see why.
This would have to be my strongest recommendation for anyone thinking about visiting Munich, do it during the festival. There are other beer festivals, but none have the buzz quite like this.
Possibly my first love in Munich, the Englischgarten’s intense beauty really stole my attention as I made my first venture through the park.
As one of the biggest inner city parks in the world, you really need a bike to explore it properly.
The park also has the Eisbach, a small artificial stream, with a very strong current, in summer you expect to see it full with people as they follow the current a good distance away.
In fact, the Eisbach’s current is so strong that surfers find it an ideal place to show off their skills (or the lack of them, as the case may be).
Munich Residenz Tour
Despite walking past the palace every day I never actually thought about going in. It was a recommendation from a visiting friend that got me inside. WOW. How foolish was I never to consider going in. It was impressive, room after room, each with stunning design and interesting stories. The audio tour is free, and I strongly recommend it. It’s amazing hearing the story behind the royals and their home. Be warned though, the tour can a good four hours, so make sure you have enough time; I sadly had to leave early.
The Olympic Park
The Olympic Park is a fantastic place for kids. In the summer this place is full of activities, from pedal boats to bungee jumping; it’s like a mini theme park.
If that’s not enough for a mere €8 can you travel up the Olympic tower, which is the tallest building in Munich, and get a fantastic overview of the whole city, and on a good day, even see the Alps.
Last but definitely not least, the Alps. Although not being a part of the city, the Alps are just a short train ride away. Their beauty is something you can never adjust to. They are forever awe-inspiring. And with a quick google you can find hikes suitable for all ages, so make sure to bring your hiking boots!