Oh Germany, our second home. It was so lovely being in Munich! Although this was our first visit to the capital of Bavaria, we felt relaxed from the moment we arrived. We spent three and a half days in the city which was far too short for my liking. I enjoyed so much that I wanted to put together a post to share with you all what we got up to…
My boyfriend and I’s goal was to spend a little quality time with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend who we very rarely see since we live in Bristol and they live in Munich. It was so nice to catch up with them! And as for seeing Munich itself, in short we explored the centre and took a day trip to the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle.
How to reach the Bavarian capital?
Munich is a big city with a population of around 1.5 million so there are many travel options for getting there. There are a lot of cheap flights to the German city but you can choose the international bus services like Flixbus or arrive by train which is the more expensive option. Travelling in by car is also a pretty good option.
We flew with easyJet from London and were very happy with the service. Plus, the duration of the flight was less than 2 hours.
What we saw…
For a couple of years now I have made a conscious decision not to over plan my holidays which has made trips much more enjoyable, especially when I haven’t tried to cram in every single tourist attraction in my chosen city. If you’re going to follow this same approach, I would recommend starting in central Munich. We took public transport to reach the Marienplatz, the heart of the city. It has everything! There are plenty of cultural attractions, nice restaurants and lots of opportunities for shopping! There is also the Neues Rathaus, a wonderful building from the 19th century with an 85m tall tower which has a glockenspiel that chimes at 11am, 12pm and 5pm everyday between March and October. Visiting the tower is worth it if not just for the spectacular cityscape of Munich.
However, if you don’t like crowded spaces then St. Peterskirche might be more up your street. It is located in one corner of Marienplatz. The church is beautiful but is a bit less popular with the tourists than Neues Rathaus. You can climb the tower for €3 for which you will get more or less the same view as you do from the Neues Rathaus.
Don’t miss the Frauenkirche, a stunning and enormous cathedral. Conveniently, it is only few minutes away from the Marienplatz. Decoratively it is simple but still very impressive. Also, we could see the footprint of the Devil in the cathedral! How exciting is that?! Unfortunately, the front of the building was under reconstruction but it didn’t really impede on our enjoyable visit.
If you want to do some shopping, then walk through the Residentzstrasse and on the Kaufingerstrasse. You find the most popular shops there.
You can find the Residenz and the Odeonsplatz in the centre too. The Residenz used to be the Bavarian duke’s palace. Nowadays it is an art museum which hosts many exhibitions. I definitely want to visit it, but we decided it was more of a rainy-day activity and this time we were lucky with the weather so I’ll have to head back there in the future. There is a garden called Hofgarten next to the Residenz which belongs to the palace. It is a lovely place, especially when the flowers begin to bloom and the trees become green again. We were a little early with our visit to see these in full flourish but we just about caught the start.
If the weather is nice, then I’d definitely recommend taking a walk next to the Isar. The Isar is the river which runs through the city, splitting Munich in half. The city’s parks are also an ideal place to enjoy the sunshine, particularly the English Garten. I’m definitely heading back there with a picnic in hand.
On our second day we went to the Olympia Park and to the BMW Welt. If you are a sports fan and you have a taste for nice cars, you have to visit both places. The Olympic Games was held in Munich in 1972 for which they built a nice visitors centre and you can also visit the 291m tall Olympic Tower. The entrance fee is €9 but the view is spectacular! Not least there is a restaurant called Restaurant 181 Munich which I highly recommend for a quick lunch or light refreshments.
The BMW Welt is free for everyone who wants to admire the beautiful cars. BMWs, Mini Coopers and motor bikes are in the showroom. There are even some models in which you can take a seat and enjoy that BMW feeling! I gave it a go and highly recommend it – the materials are so soft and everything is made to such a high standard. You will experience real quality there.
So that was our short trip to Munich. We really enjoyed it and it would be nice to go back one day and see even more attractions and sites, maybe some a bit more off the beaten track.
If you’ve been to Munich, let me know in the comments below what you thought of the city. Did we manage to see enough of Munich? I’d love to hear if there’s anything you think we missed out.