There are loads of things to do in Munich. This city is a crowd pleaser. It’s one of those places that you can easily visit again and again thanks to cheap flights with airlines such as Monarch. Not only for that reason though. It’s one of those cities that doesn’t lose its charm. There’s also loads of sightseeing to be done whether it’s your first, second or even third trip. Just make sure you visit in the different seasons so that you can really appreciate all it has to offer.
Here are #7POW (seven pearls of wisdom) on things to do in Munich:
♥ Enjoy the Pretzels
Salty doughy goodness in the form of giant pretzels. Keep it simple and go for one sprinkled with rock salt. Usually eaten with a bier, it’s a tasty alternative to the typically English bowl of nuts. You’ll find them in almost every pub, including the beer gardens. They cost next to nothing and they’re not just for tourists. You’ll see the locals ripping chunks of this carb heaven off as they catch up with friends.
♥ Hire a bike
Thankfully flat roads and dedicated wide cycling paths provide a great opportunity to work off some of those calories. I hired a rather fetching baby pink cruiser (that I naturally named Petunia) through Mike’s Bike Tours. Cycling through the crisp autumn leaves; golds and burning reds falling from the strongly fierce, yet elegant tall trees, and breathing in the fresh air, was so invigorating. Day hire charges cost under 30Euros. You can find out more here.
♥ Visit The English Garden
You could easily spend a day in the English Garden – it’s huge (and free). Make sure you visit the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower). It’s located in the second largest beer garden in the world (also found in the English Garden). Check out the arty sculptures, feed the ducks on the river and lakes, or even trying your surfing skills at the man-made centre.
♥ Clink a Stein
There’s a reason Munich is full of beer gardens. It’s not just the tourists that thrive on them – the locals are big fans of the tradition of drinking beer from a stein. Whilst the lively and ever busy (day or night) Hofbrauhaus is renowned as being one of the best beer houses and it is conveniently slap bang in the centre of the city, there are plenty of others to try. I certainly researched a few. My favourite was the less touristy Aumeister in the top corner of the stunning English Garden. You’ll find all the details and in fact, a whole #7POW dedicated to the beer here.
♥ Explore the Architecture
Old cobbled streets and charming, romantic gothic buildings successfully intertwine with familiar high street names and modern squares that are perfect for people watching. Historians are also catered for with the Nymphenburg Palace, which has a very grand impact. You’ll need a panoramic setting on your camera if you hope to get a picture of the full impressive building. Of course, the more centrally located Neue Rathaus and the famous balcony known as the Glockenspiel are also very camera worthy for its sky reaching spires, flower filled window ledges and intricately sculpted design.
♥ Visit The Burger House
If bratwurst is your thing head to Viktualienmarkt and enjoy the show. If you want to buck the German traditions, head to The Burger House for a feast of a burger. You’ll still get a show as the kitchen is on display at the front of the restaurant. Watch the chefs creating their masterpieces right in front of your eyes and then battle your desire to look classy with your desire to get your mouth round the huge bun. My money’s on the bun.
♥ Time Travel to 1972
The beautifully landscaped gardens of the former 1972 Olympic site are just an easy thirty minute cycle out of the very centre of Munich (and they’re free to visit). Marvel at the futuristic buildings, or why not try a bungee jump into the stadium if you’re feeling brave? Runners, skaters and cyclists glide by in this peaceful green area, making it the perfect bench stop for those with a less adventurous spirit. Car lovers will enjoy the nearby BMW Museum.
Munich caters for the masses, yet it feels homely and has retained its position as a truly German must-visit location.
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