München, Deutschland

Munich is the capitol city of the Bavarian state in Germany. It is the third largest city in Germany, and unlike Berlin it was not as horrendously bombed during the war, so a lot of the historical sites are still standing. Munich is home to the BMW factory and and the world famous Hofbräuhaus. It holds the Oktoberfest festival annually and provides great beer for tourists and locals . Munich also offers many beautiful parks, museums, historical palaces, and much more for the frugal minded. Even though Munich is a more wealthier city there are plenty of affordable activities for backpackers and students.

Here are some of the things I did while in Munich which was both affordable and extremely fun!

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View from the Alter Peter Church
  • Bike Tour– My friend and I headed over to Marienplatz (the city center’s main square) to meet up for our five-hour bike tour reservation. This is a great way to see a lot of the city and learn some interesting history. Munich is a very culture rich city, so there was a lot to learn! We went through Mike’s Bike Tours Munich which ended up costing us about 35 Euros each.
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Marienplatz
  • Deutsches Museum– The Science and Technology Museum in Munich only costs 4 Euros for students and 11 Euros for non-student adults. I was there for about 4 hours and I still did not get to see everything because of how massive the place is.
  • English Garden Park– Nice day outside? Head over to the market for some snacks and beer and have a little picnic at the park. The Isar River runs through the park which accommodates swimming and…surfing! (Check out this video!)Make sure you bring some swim trunks, or not, totally nude sunbathing is cool here too!
  • Munich Residence– It was a formal royal palace of the Bavarian Monarchs. It was very pretty and pretty boring at the same time. Maybe something to check out on a rainy day…
  • There during World Cup playoffs? Go to the Olympic Stadium for a public viewing. I was there in 2014 when they beat France just before facing Brazil and ultimately winning the World Cup. It was intense!

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  • Neuschwanstein Castle– This is somewhere I really wanted to visit, but due to the weather and time constraints I did not get a chance to. It is about 5 hours away from Munich by train, so plan on revolving a whole day around seeing this beautiful castle. Mike’s Bike Tours offer tours and helpful information about the castle on their website.
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    • Check out fellow travel blogger Nomadic Matt’s post Munich Travel Guide for more ideas on things to do in Munich.

Transportation, Lodging, & Dining

  • Train– I took a train from Prague to Munich and it took about five hours. I absolutely love traveling by train, so the next time I visit Europe I am going to buy a Eurail pass. There are a lot of different options depending on your length of stay and desired frequency for transportation.
  • Munich Transportation Pass– I bought a three day transportation pass when I arrived at the Munich Train station. A lot of major attractions are spread throughout the city, so it is wise to buy one once you arrive.
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Crowded train after the game
  • Youth Hostels- I stayed at HI Munich Park Youth Hostel. It was situated in a safe neighborhood a short walk from the metro station. I found this hostel on Hostelworld.com.
  • Beer & Food
    • Augustiner Bräustuben– This is the less touristy version of Hofbräuhaus. Everybody was speaking German around me, so I assume this is a local spot. (I am now able to knowledgeably say that Germans really do know what their doing when it comes to brewing beer. It was EXCELLENT.
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      bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer
      • Hofbräuhaus München– The famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall.
      • Food Stalls- Food stalls are scattered around festivals, beer gardens, and downtown. Grab a quick local bite to eat from one of them to save a little money.
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        Food Stall: pork knuckle, schnitzel, pretzel and cheeeeese
      • Beer Gardens- Beer gardens are everywhere in Munich. Here is a guide to finding all of them.

Language, Culture & Customs

  • Tipping
    • Server- at least 10% if the service charge is not included
    • Bartender-round up
    • Taxi-round up
    • Tour Guides-usually 5-10 Euros.
      • Germany: Tipping and Etiquette
      • Be smart with your money, so you do not feel the need to be a stingy tipper (that is no way to make friends in a foreign country).
  • Culture Smart-Germans are very organized and take their order very seriously. Make sure you read some tips on their customs. It is important to be a culturally smart traveler.
    • 52 Ways to Act Like a Münchener
    • Here’s a funny clip from Seinfeld “The Soup Nazi“. I do not think the character in Seinfeld is even depicting a German, but I did find myself ordering like this at a couple restaurants in Munich.
  • Language– I always try to speak as much of the language as I possibly can. Do not be afraid of pronouncing  words wrong. Locals love it when you at least attempt to speak their language.
    • Basic Words Vocabulary
    • Side note: Try not to speak their language in an obnoxious American accent. It can be just as annoying to locals as it is assuming everyone in the world speaks or should speak English.

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this post helpful for your adventure in Munich. My next post will be about my trip in Amsterdam. See you next time!

-Teresa

 

 

 

 

 

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