Munich will forever be one of my most beloved cities. My home for nearly three years, this old-meets-new Bavarian gem has provided me with some of the best experiences in my life and is a place that should be visited for more than just its beer festivals (however, these are nothing short of spectacular purely for the fact that you can wear a dirndle or leiderhosen and not be judged).
But for anyone who has Munich on their radar during their European adventure, here are the must-do’s to make sure you make the most out of your visit to one of the most historic cities in all of Germany.
Before you start deciding where you are going to explore in Munich, it is important to know how you are going to get there! Munich is a biking city and there are bike paths lining nearly all the streets! You can rent a bike from Hauptbahnhof (the central train station) for around 20 euros a day and it is the best and most efficient way to see the city!
Germans’ main meal of the day is lunch, so don’t be surprised if the breakfasts options seem slim. But not to worry, you still have plenty of options to get your day off to the right start.
On the go: There are a broad range of bakeries to choose from, so if you are on your way for a day full of sight seeing make sure to grab a freshly baked bretzel or crossaint around any corner.
Die Backstube//Sendlinger Tor
Sit down: Bur if you are feeling like a sit down meal, The Victorian Teahouse is snuggled in the corner of Marienplatz and is one of the only places in the city that offers brunch. Enjoy a wide selection of teas, coffee, pastries, eggs and even a BLAT!
Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz are considered the city center of Munich, so it can get quite busy by midday. Enjoy the historic sites without the busy bustle by checking these spots out first thing in the morning. Top places to visit:
1) St. Peter’s Church: Be prepared to climb nearly 700 old wooden stairs in cramped corners but you will be rewarded with an ariel view of the city. On a good day you can see all the way out to the Bavarian Alps!
2)Ludwig Beck: in the Galleria Kaufhof is one of the most posh stores in all of Bavaria. Make sure to try on some of the most exquisite dirndles and leiderhosens that this city has to offer.
3) Rathaus: One of the most iconic places in Munich, this city hall is a combination of old and new, with only remnants of the original building remaining post WWII. See if you can figure out the difference between the two.
4) Viktualianmarkt: a daily farmers market that has been in the same spot for hundreds of years! Make sure to get a basket full of fruit and snacks for an afternoon picnic.And don’t forget the obligatory milka as well!
After you have done your sightseeing for the morning, head over to the English garden for a bit of relaxation. Located right next to Marienplatz, it is no more than a five minute bike ride to Munich’s version of Central Park. Have a picnic, dip your feet in the Isar and make sure to watch the Munich surfers.
Bavarians love their long afternoons and most choose to enjoy it with a big and hearty lunch. Beergardens are an institution in Munich and it would be a crime to not experience one for yourself. Remember that it is not an official beergardens unless there is a playground for children to enjoy as well! Make sure to order yourself a radler, bretzel and obatzda.
Top beergardens to find:
Chinesischer Turm//English Garden
Augustiner Keller//Arnulfstrasse 52
Park Cáfe//Sophienstrasse 7
Evenings in Munich can be as peaceful or l as wild as you want. If you are keen to experienxe a more local night out, head to Isator. You’ll have your choice of Bavarian fine dining at Augustine Keller,a row of local bars lined up along Isator Platz and a selection of films at the museum-turned-cinema Lichtspielhaus and an evening swim and hot chocolate across the street at Müller’s Volksbad.
But if your afternoon at the beergarden has inspired you to have a wilder night out, you have your selection of bars and clubs to choose from. And luckily, the Ubahn doesn’t shut down until 2am and there are night trams running twice an hour for the rest of the evening.
$: Turkenstraße and Gieselastraße
$$$: Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz
But no matter how you choose to spend your time in Munich, make sure to appreciate the unique heartbeat of this city that has managed to capture the history of its development as well as adopt progressive mindsets that have made it one of Europes most successful cities. And remember to Prost!