In our desire to discover more about the german territory, we went to Munich ! As the capital of the famous Bavarian region, Munich has an important historical heritage. Known as one of the “most pleasant cities in the world”, we explain why we confirm this statement:
When you arrived in the centre of Munich, you couldn’t miss Marienplatz and its new city hall (Neues Rathaus), as majestic as it was imposing. There is also the Column of St Mary, built as a symbol of the end of the Swedish occupation during the Thirty Years’ War. Marienplatz is surrounded by several churches and cathedrals, including the Cathedral of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) or more commonly known as “the little onions” for its shape, the Church of St Peter (Peterskirche) and the Church of the Theatins (Theatinerkirche). Go for lunch and you’ll get a nice melody!
Continuing our adventure around Marienplatz, we came across the Viktualienmarket. A market of local products, where you can taste local specialities on site. Indeed, a restaurant area has been created in the middle of the square to enjoy Bavarian dishes. And if, like us, you make a mistake on the wrong day and go there when the market is closed, you can always admire the beauty of the square where it is located and find an open restaurant stand.
Munich is a city rich in monuments but also museums and art galleries of all kinds! While strolling around Karlsplatz, Konigsplatz and even Odeonsplatz, you can admire the beautiful architecture of these colourful buildings. We have chosen not to venture inside all the museums to fully enjoy these three sunny days strolling the streets and admiring the architecture. But if you stay longer than us, we recommend it!
You can’t miss the Englischer Garten when you come to Munich! Called Munich’s “green lung”, it is one of the largest landscape gardens in the world (it is larger than Central Park and Hyde Park!). And we can definitely confirm its immensity! Spring having made its arrival, we were able to enjoy pretty colors. We started at the south entrance of the garden to pass in front of the Hofgarten, the Greek tower (Monopteros) and then the Chinese tower, where we stopped for ice cream. We also went along the Eisbach River, where it is possible to surf! We then ended the day at the shores of Lake Kleinhesseloher, to admire a beautiful sunset.
Biergarten: garden or terrace of a restaurant where you can taste your own food, or buy it in food stands, as long as you order a drink.
What we remember the most about Munich is the feeling of being in a very airy city where life is good. The streets are so wide, flowery and colourful that you never feel like you’re suffocating. And yet Munich is a very big city! Transport is also easy to understand and serves the entire city well. We loved this little weekend so much that we wanted to extend it! Here is a list of our favorite photo spots so that you can discover the beauty of Munich with us:
- The districts of Schwabing and Maxvorstadt: a bobo atmosphere and colourful houses are waiting for you.
- Friedensengel: the monument is beautiful but look around, you might find pretty fields of blue flowers there!
- Law Central Library: we unfortunately missed the opening hours, but check out Pinterest, it’s worth a visit!
- Munich Reinsurance Company: You never thought an insurance company would have such a beautiful building.
- Marienplatz: perfect for low angle pictures.
And of course, we don’t leave you without sharing with you our great tips for an economical stay:
- The 3-day transport pass at 16.80 euros will save you a lot of money and you can walk around the city centre and its surroundings.
- With Flixbus, we found a 20 euro round trip from Stuttgart to Munich and back! Don’t forget to look, there are many good tips on Flixbus.
- We found the youth hostel a&o Hostel München Laim which offered the night at 19 euros in a mixed room. Good plan only 20 minutes from the center by subway!
- On the restaurant side, we recommend Steinheil 16 for cheap German food. The plate was very copious (we even left with a doggy bag…) and we only paid 10 euros. You can also eat local for an economical budget on the Viktualienmarket.
ATTENTION: In Munich, everything is closed on Sundays. We were surprised by this, so try to plan all your activities for the other days and maybe prefer Englischer Garten on Sundays!