Tourists from all over the world value Munich as a popular destination for city breaks in order to experience “typically German”. Naturally everyone knows that the Bavarian species is not necessarily representative of all Germans. Nonetheless, numerous domestic tourists are drawn to Munich every year. Because the Bavarian flair can not escape so easily. But this is sprayed not only for Oktoberfest in Dirndl and Lederhose. Munich is worth a trip throughout the year.
The pedestrian zone in Munich is best reached from Karlsplatz, also called Stachus. Here you can first admire the large medieval city gate, the Karlstor , which was built at the beginning of the 14th century. In addition, some train lines converge on this busy square, making it a good starting point to cross the old town and start a shopping trip through the pedestrian area.
The pedestrian zone is mainly composed of Kaufinger Straße and Neuhauser Straße and offers numerous opportunities for shopping and lingering. Here you will find a wide range of trendy shops and luxury boutiques. Department stores and covered shopping arcades invite even in bad weather to a successful city stroll.
If you need a refreshment in between, you will find a number of traditional Bavarian inns in the shopping mile , where you can taste the hearty home-style Munich fare. One of the great places to stop for refreshments is the restaurant “Zum Augustiner”, where you can have morning brunch starting at 9 o’clock with sausages and meatloaf. Until late in the evening, you can enjoy a classic snack in this Augustiner Großgaststätte and feel at home in the ambience of the old Bavarian ballrooms. In summer, especially the generous beer garden invites you to taste the Bavarian delicacies.
In addition to the lively pedestrian zone, Munich’s Old Town naturally also has a lot to offer culturally . The real landmark of the city is the magnificent Frauenkirche , actually called the “Cathedral of Our Lady”. The gothic church was built in the 15th century and impresses above all because of its two almost 100 meter high towers with the so-called Welschen Hauben.
Despite this fantastic landmark, however, most tourists who come to Munich from abroad do not ask for directions to the Frauenkirche, but first want to visit the famous Munich Hofbräuhaus on the Platzl , which has since been recreated in many cities such as Las Vegas , The original from the 16th century, which comes along in neo-renaissance style, can be found only in Munich. Here you are served in a traditional ambience with the best delicacies of Munich and can enjoy in the interior or outside in the beer garden his wheat and his roast pork.
Not far from the typical Bavarian restaurant, there is the Marienplatz , from which you can reach numerous sights, such as the Odeonsplatz or the Viktualienmarkt on foot. Especially worth seeing is the Old and the New Town Hall . Around 1900, four hundred years later than the Old Town Hall, the New Town Hall was built. Due to the construction in neo-Gothic style, however, it often looks older than the original town hall, which often causes confusion. The New Town Hall is now the seat of the City Council and Lord Mayor, while the Old Town Hall serves as a representative building for events and festive occasions.
Several times a day, a glockenspiel fascinates at the town hall, which recreates events from Munich’s city history with 16 figures and 43 bells. So that you do not miss this spectacle, you should rent a room in a hotel or a pension directly near the Marienplatz . Because here you are in the center of the city, from where you can reach all sights without problems.
Although Munich is not only defined by the Oktoberfest , it contributes to the reputation of the city. Every year since 1810, several million visitors come to the Theresienwiese to celebrate the traditional festival.
Anyone planning a trip to the Bavarian capital at this time must be quick, because cheap hotels in Munich are already fully booked, so that timely planning pays off. If you can afford the luxury, the resides in the Park Hotel Theresienhöhe . The 4-star hotel is located in direct proximity to the Theresienwiese, where you are right in the middle of the hustle and bustle .
From here, plunge into the fray and enjoy the exuberant atmosphere in one of the marquees with a liter of beer and a crispy Hendl or a pair of Weißwürsten. But beware: The traditional Oktoberfest beer is based on a special recipe and has a higher alcohol content of 13.5 percent than regular beer. So that the evening does not end too fast, so you should enjoy it wisely. Then nothing stands in the way of a successful day at the world’s largest folk festival . Do not forget dirndls and lederhosen and celebrate the Wiesn together with visitors from all over the world.
Although you can experience so much in Munich itself that you could extend your journey over several weeks, it is worth taking a look beyond the city limits into the surrounding countryside.
Numerous castles and palaces lure visitors out of the city and into their surroundings – especially Neuschwanstein Castle . Just over 100 kilometers from Munich, a day trip to the imposing structure is well worth a visit. Every year 1.4 million visitors come to southern Bavaria to visit the romantic-style building in Schwangau. Guided tours of the castle and carriage rides around it make the trip there a thoroughly successful experience.
In addition to Neuschwanstein Castle and several other impressive castles and palaces, a trip out of Munich into the magnificent nature is also worthwhile . Located near the Alps, you will find great mountain landscapes here, which in winter invite you to ski and in summer to go hiking. So if you have enough of Munich’s big city bustle, you should definitely consider a trip to the mountainous surrounding area when you visit Munich.
If you have planned only a short city break on the weekend to Munich, but you do not have to worry. A trip to the Munich area is definitely worth the trip, but even in the city itself you will have so much to experience that time flies by and you arrive home to start directly, your next stay in the Bavarian capital to plan.
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