Munich Germany is the beer capital of the world. Even better the city boasts great architecture, food and beautiful public squares.
Time in Munich: 3 days
Highlights: Beer and Public Squares
From the Munich airport we traveled by Lufthansa coach bus which is about €20. Its a direct coach downtown to the central train station in about 40 minutes. Our accommodation was the City Centre Aparthotel which was in a great location. The hotel has apartment style units including separate bedrooms, laundry and kitchenettes which can help save money.
As with many European cities, the old part of the city was once surrounded by a wall. The best way to quickly learn your bearings and know where everything is in the old city is by doing a walking tour. Sandeman’s offers a free three hour walking tour of the old town complete with an overview of history, key spots to eat and drink and sightseeing. The tour is free but it is expected to tip at the end. This was an awesome way to really learn quickly where everything was. It also gave us some ideas about what we wanted to do for the rest of the weekend which included Hofbräuhaus and the viktualienmarket.
Marienplatz is the central square in the old city. Most tours start here and you can watch the Glockenspiel every morning at 11 am which is a performance on the tower with bells and moving figures.
After our morning walking tour we purchased a day metro pass for €12. Munich’s subway System is known as the UBahn and is an efficient and affordable way to get around the city. Overall, most key tourist destinations are within walking distance as the central city is quite compact. But it was helpful for visiting the BMW Welt or anything else you want to see a bit further away.
On our last day we started by exploring a garden near the central train station. We then went to watch the glockenspiel at Marienplatz. From there we went to the viktualienmarkt, a huge open outdoor market complete with a beer garden. In the evening we did a brewery tour which took us to 3 local places to sample different beer including the Hofbräuhaus. I would definitely recommend a tour like this, its a great way to get to know other people from around the world!
Viktualienmarkt stalls and beer garden: