Hello my friends! Looking back at all the photos from our recent 10 day road trip, the thing I miss most would have to be waking up knowing I have a full day of adventure ahead of me. It was so wonderful exploring new cities together and wandering around Munich like complete tourists in the same country we live in. Although our destination was to Vienna, the first stop on our road trip was Munich.
We stayed at Hotel Europa for 3 nights. It was a wonderful hotel and the breakfast was really good. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. We walked downtown every night and found great places to eat/drink without even trying. I’ve never eaten so many pretzels in my entire life.
Since we only spent 3 days in Munich, I thought I would share our favorite restaurants and places to see!
Places to Eat/Drink
Hofbräuhaus München…tradition and cosy atmosphere. This brewery was founded at the end of the 16th century and it’s still the most famous beer hall. It’s as stereotypical as you can imagine. Women walking around carrying picnic baskets full of giant pretzels, wearing tradition german “dirndls”. A dirndl is a traditional Bavarian dress. I was surprised to see a lot of locals there as well. If you look above most tables, there will be a sign hanging that reads “Stammtisch” along with a name. Stammtisch means Regulars’ Table. Basically whenever those regulars come in for a drink or get together, it’s required that you give up the table for them. I should also mention that underneath these signs is a bell (DO NOT RING THIS BELL), it requires you to buy a round of drinks/shots for the entire table. My boyfriend’s curiosity led him to asking how many hours he would have to spend at that Brewery to get his own stammtish…
Zum Augustiner…cosy and casual atmosphere. Beautiful restaurant, beer hall & historic brewery, serving Bavarian dishes in an art nouveau building.
Andechser am Dom…cosy, lovely atmosphere. Food was wonderful, and the service was great. It has a large beer hall part of a monastery brewery and they offer hearty Bavarian dishes.
Löwenbräukeller… excellent Bavarian cuisine and delicious Löwenbräu beer made from their brewery. They host large concert events and the dining halls have a typical cosy Bavarian ambience. Coincidentally the night we wandered into Löwenbräu, they were hosting some kind of Oktoberfest themed party. We were definitely not dressed for the occasion but it didn’t stop us from getting the full Bavarian experience while we were in Munich.
Places to See
Nymphenburg Palace…magical palace outside of the city center. Every room was beautiful and the hand-painted ceilings are captivating. Impressive gardens, fountains, park, and swans everywhere. It’s a MUST SEE! Self guided tour, photography allowed.
St. Peter’s Church… known as Peterskirch in German. Peterskirche has a number of great works of art, fifteenth century sculptures, and beautiful hand-painted ceilings. If you’re up for the climb, there is a viewing platform that has the best view of Munich. Warning: Be prepared to climb many, many stairs to the top. There are 306 steps to be exact and it’s a very narrow stairway. Do not wear heels. If the cloud visibility is just right, you can see all the way to the Alps. We were lucky enough to have seen the Alps and it was absolutely worth the climb!
Marienplatz… the square still continues to be the city’s focal point. The heart of the city if you ask me. The square is dominated by the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall). This monumental building stands 79 meters (259 ft) high. Each day at 11, 12 and 17 o’clock, visitors can watch the famous Glockenspiel or carillon. If you’re wondering, it’s 32 mechanical dancing figures rotating around a two-tier platform accompanied by 43 musical bells. It lasts about 15 minutes.
Frauenkirche… translates to the Women’s Church. This beautiful gothic cathedral which was later reconstructed with Baroque elements is one of my favorites. Some of the most eye-catching features are the two domes and the tall arches inside the cathedral.
Victuals Market… is a daily food market near Marienplatz in the city centre. Originally it started out as a farmers’ market and is now home to many gourmet shops that sell all Bavarian delights. Munich’s Victuals Market, Viktualienmarkt in German, is the place to find exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, artisan cheeses, honey, truffles, fish, meat, sausages, herbs, spices, wine, and last but certainly not least, flowers. It’s also right next to a popular square where locals sit and drink beer.
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