Munich seems to have it all. Great food, it is surrounded by beautiful nature, more castles than you can shake a stick at and friendly people. It’s also a wonderful location to serve as your home base if you want to explore Bavaria and the surrounding area. With great transportation connections and lots of interesting sites within an hour to three hours by train, it’s a no brainer. Here are my picks of the best day trips from Munich!
Like many people, I spent Friday glued to the television. I was anxious for the up-to-the-very-second news of what was happening in Munich. Munich. I kept asking myself: How could this happen in Munich? But like so many things that seem to happen in the world, there’s no reasonable explanation. There is no logic.
Just shy of five years ago, I visited Munich for the first time. I’ve been back once since and I’ve been mentally planning the trip next year for far too long. So many people have had their heart stolen by the romance of Paris, New York, London. For me, it’s Munich. I could write ad nauseum about the city. And I’m sure some would argue that I already have.
They call it a “toy town,” a major city that feels like a village. Walkable, beautiful, and green. The locals are friendly, the food indescribably delicious. It’s a casual lifestyle that involves cake and coffee (or tea) in the afternoon with no worries of spoiling your appetite for dinner. With art and culture. And I won’t lie and say that I don’t secretly wonder what it would be like to wear a beautiful dirndl.
Last year, I had my first taste of Prinzregententorte at the Richart’s in the Olympia-Einkauszentrum. I’ve shopped at the Saturn electronics store across the street, next to the McDonald’s. I window-shopped for tea at Eilles and bought a car magazine for my husband’s friend in Galleria Kaufhof, both in Olympia-Einkauszentrum. I’m confused and heartbroken. But I’m also more determined than ever to return.
Sending love and warm, kind thoughts.
Maybe it’s the computer nerd in me, but I hate crowds. I actively avoid them. When everyone else is going on vacation in the peak of summer during July and August, I’m quietly planning a trip for the fall or maybe in early spring. But, I have to admit, I wouldn’t mind — just once — visiting the world famous Oktoberfest. It’s just one of those must-do, must-see things that you can’t miss. You have to go at least once! And with more than 6 million people visiting Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany during the sixteen days when the festival takes place, well, maybe I’ll just have to figure out the least busy day to visit. Unfortunately it won’t be this year as Oktoberfest 2013 kicks off this weekend!
My mom was generous enough to share her Oktoberfest photos from the early 1970s for this post.
Growing up in the Philadelphia area I’m used to cheering (or rather jeering) for the inevitably losing sports team and being the overly critical fan. The fans around here are pretty tough, if you haven’t heard; “we” even booed Santa. I pretty much spent years intentionally avoiding sports in favor of music but somehow I got swept up in the 2006 World Cup. Next thing I know, it’s five years later and I’m at an FC Bayern Munich game wearing the team’s jersey. How I ever became a die-hard soccer fan is beyond me, but here I am. I’m certainly not regretting it a second as FC Bayern are just on fire this season. And now I have a new museum to add to my must-see list as FC Bayern have recently open a museum within their stadium, the Allianz Arena, in Munich!
Complex Magazine recently published an article listing the “100 Museums to Visit Before You Die.” Besides being horrified that I’d only been to about three of them, I was left scratching my head. While some looked really neat, others weren’t quite so exciting. At least to me. And where were all the wonderful museums I’ve been to and loved? Perhaps the most notable museum that I’ve been to that wasn’t on the list is the Deutsches Museum.
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If you go to Munich, there are many great sites to see. There’s Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel, the Olympic Park, BMW World, Viktualienmarkt (a personal favorite!), and, of course, Englischer Garten. But one of my favorite places is Schloss Nymphenburg — Nymphenburg Palace. The one-time summer home of Bavaria’s rulers, it’s today a beautiful park that’s comprised of almost 500 acres of nature: canals, forests, ponds and seemingly unending hiking trails. Truth be told, I like it much more than Englischer Garten.
There’s nothing like a nice, long trip to make you…not want to go back to reality. But back to reality we are. My husband and I recently spent some time in München and, boy, did we love it. We had some fantastic food (our favorites included the relaxing Hirschgarten, our post-Pinakothek visit ritual Alter Simpl, and the authentic Braunauer Hof before checking out a film at CinemaxX) and stayed at a lovely hotel, Hotel Laimer Hof, in a quiet neighborhood just blocks from Schloss Nymphenburg and outside of the hustle and bustle of Marienplatz — which while beautiful and close to the Viktualienmarkt (another favorite) was a bit too much for us. I spent the entire trip trying to find the courage to practice the German I’ve spent the last year working so hard to learn but I certainly learned a lot. We’re both looking forward to returning some day. But until then, I have plenty of tastes to try and replicate in my own kitchen (I’ve already been mixing up Spezi and translating recipes). Now if only someone would invent a teleporter so that the dog could come with us!