Munich Travel Guide
This past weekend I went to Munich for four days and realized there is much more to this city than Oktoberfest. Of course this is a not-to-miss event that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime, and the main purpose of my trip was to attend the Echelon music festival, but I ended up finding out that there are quite a few things to do in this city that made me wish I had more time to spend there. So below are my travel tips for this lovely city:
Where to stay
If you are looking for a more Bohemian area with many bars and restaurants, I would suggest staying at the Schwabing district, which is an up and coming area located in the northern part of Munich.
What to eat
When in Bavaria there is hardly any chance that you will miss trying some of its food, which includes many meat and Knödel dishes. My favorite ones are cheese spätzle, potato soup, Weißwurst with pretzel and schnitzel. Many of these meals come accompanied by sauerkraut or beets, and Germans also eat a lot of potatoes. For dessert, some popular options are the apple strudel and Prinzregententorte, which consists of at least six thin layers of sponge cake interlaid with chocolate buttercream, with a dark chocolate glaze. There is also this very famous ice cream place called Der Verrückte Eismacher, where you can try the weirdest flavors such as sauerkraut or asparagus.
And of course, when in Germany you cannot miss trying its beer, or even the Riesling wine. In Munich beer is really like water and you will rarely see people ordering cocktails or many of the distilled drinks. A popular drink (especially among some girls) is beer mixed with sparkling lemonade called Randler.
What to do
Depending on the time of the year, you will be able to enjoy different aspects of Munich. During Oktoberfest, which lasts for about 3 weeks starting around the middle of September, you will see that the city is packed with tourists and many people wear the typical Bavarian clothes, which are the dirndl for woman and Lederhosen for man. During winter, Munich has some lovely Christmas markets happening around town, and during summer the city will offer many free open air concerts and outside activities.
Some of the touristic spots that you should check out are the English Garden, the BMW Museum, Nymphenburg Palace and the Olympiapark. You should check out the Neuschwanstein Castle if you can, which is located within a short drive or train ride from Munich, where you will enjoy this beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of the castle.
For shopping, you will find many stores around Marienplatz. For luxury brands, you should walk along the Maximillianstrasse.
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