Munich. The capital of Bavaria, the most beautiful ‘bundesland’ in Germany. Munich is full of charm and character, people wandering around in Dirndls and Lederhosen. A place so Catholic that it shuts down completely on a Sunday!
In old German, Munich used to be called “By the Monk’s place”!
Munich is most known for its yearly festival: Oktoberfest and its beer: Hofbrauhaus! Twinned with Edinburgh, Scotland and Cincinatti, USA,The main language spoken in Munich is German. Muncheners have strong accents compared to the rest of Germany, and still use some of the old words from Bavarian German.
The main annual celebration in Munich is Oktoberfest which runs from 17 days before the first Sunday of October. The Christmas markets in Munich are very famous and definitely worth a visit if in Munich in the winter!
Where to go: There are many great day trips you can take from Munich. The area around the city is so full of things to do and amazing places to go.
- Starnberger See: Lake Starnberg is just a 40 minute train ride from Munich central station. It is a great place to relax at the weekend, swim in the lake, get some ice cream or go for a hike.
- Schloss Neuschwanstein: A must see if you are in Bavaria, Schloss Neuschwanstein is a stunning castle on the Austrian border. It was the home of King Ludwig the Second, and the scenery and views are to die for!
Dachau: take a trip into the past by visiting Dachau Concentration Camp in the north of Munich. It is a humbling sight to see, and definitely a must
What to do in Munich: My favourite thing to do in Munich is stroll/cycle and sunbathe around the English Garden, then wander to I Love Leo by Geschwister Scholl Platz for Fro Yo, and then head to Odeonsplatz to wander around the stores!
- The Alte and Neue Pinakothek (only €1 on Sundays) are great art gallerys!
- The largest inner city park in the world, the Englisher Garten is full of life and people relaxing. Sunbathe, swim in the river, jog or cycle around the walkways, grab something to eat!
- Residenz Palace: the home of King Ludwig in central Munich is beautiful and well worth a visit.
- Go to a church service at the Frauenkirche. A classic German catholic service is a must see!
- Climb to the top of Alter Peter, the tower in St Peters Kirche. The views are amazing and it only costs around €2.
- Take a wander around the Viktualenmarkt.
- Stroll along Maximillianstrasse and around Odeonsplatz for some great shopping!
- Pop into Theatinerkirche on Odeonsplatz. A beautiful church with such ornate details.
Where to stay: Both Budget and Luxury.
- Hotel Mons Am Goetheplatz at around €50 per room for a night is a budget option, but it is a lovely hotel with a family feel. It is located just south of the centre, about a 15 minute walk from Marienplatz (the central square).
- Munich has many luxury hotels, but one of the most famous is Bayerischer Hof, opened by King Ludwig as a place for his guests to stay. Located near Karlsplatz, around 10 minute walk from Marienplatz. A double room comes to around €300 per night.