Ok, maybe this isn’t grammatically correct, but you get the point. Good day Munich! We got to spend five days in Munich last summer and I thought I’d share some pictures and details on this great travel spot.
When you think of Germany, do you think of beer, pretzels, lederhosen and Birkenstocks? I do, too! Those are just some of the great things about this spot, but there are many more things that make it worthwhile to visit. We flew into the airport around mid-day and took a couple trains to the Marienplatz. From there, we walked the rest of the way to our hotel. We got lost, so it took about 30 minutes instead of 15. My husband speaks German so it was definitely helpful, but a lot of the locals speak some or very good English, so it was easy to understand and communicate throughout our whole stay.
After checking in to our clean, slightly modern and well located hotel, we headed right for the Viktualienmarkt which was less than a block away. This lovely market has been around since the early 1800s and you will find candles, flowers, beer, sweets, fruit and our personal favourite, schnitzel! We had a big lunch of schnitzel and beer before we started to wander around.
The next day we took one of the hop on hop off bus tours and saw the city and surrounding area. We love these tours as it really highlights the popular attractions and usually shows you something you may have not heard of.
This area is great for walking and is super bike friendly. Actually, all of Munich is bike friendly. We rented bikes and spent one day pedalling through the Englisher Garten (English Garden). This city garden is one of the largest in Europe and has many paths to walk or cycle, beer gardens, monuments and water features. There is even a spot to surf on one of the rivers! From there, we went to the Olympiapark to see where the 1972 Olympics were held. More beautiful paths, a little lake with paddle boats and some amazing buildings were all there for the viewing.
We also spent a day at the zoo. Say what you will about zoos, but this one was pretty good. It was a 5 km walk to get there from our hotel, but we wanted to see the the city so we ventured on. I brightly plenty of sweets and treats to keep the kids going and I have to admit, they didn’t complain as much as I thought they would. Once we got to the zoo, we were not disappointed. It was very well laid out and had a great amount of animals to see. Some of the habits looked so natural you might even believe the animals were in the wild.
On our last day, we drove to see the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. It was only a couple hours by car and it was a beautiful drive to see this part of Germany – so close to the Alps and Austrian border. This castle was built by King Ludwig II and was the inspiration for the Disney castle. As we didn’t buy tickets ahead of time, we weren’t able to get inside for the tour. Instead we took a bus up the hill and were on the grounds of the castle. We were amazed at the detail and the how difficult it must have been to build a castle in this location.
We probably had some of the best meals of our whole trip in Munich. Our hotel served an amazing German breakfast every day. We had schnitzel in various beer gardens for lunch every day and dinner was usually at an Italian restaurant. The pasta and pizza at dinner was delicious. I’m not sure if it is because of the proximity to Italy (it’s not that far north of the Italian border), but it was indescribably good! We love German food!
If you are considering a trip to Germany, make sure to add Munich as a destination. We found it laid back, family friendly and overall it had a nice vibe for us to enjoy. Please let me know if you have ever been to Munich and what you thought in the comments.