Before arriving to Munich, I wasn’t that excited about the city. When doing my research, I couldn’t find a lot that I (thought I) was interested in and also knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to the Neuschwanstein Castle (the castle Walt Disney based Cinderella’s castle off of) that was about a 2 hour drive outside of the city. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. So much so, that I wish I had a couple more days to travel (and also decided I would be making a trip back to Oktoberfest for my 30th).
However getting there was a bit of a fiasco. Leaving from Prague, I knew I was going to be in for a day as there was no direct train offered on my pass to Munich. So I picked the one that had the least amount of transfers and mentally prepared that I might be a little stressed out getting to and from each train. There were few people on the first train so I thankfully got my own seat and practically an entire car to myself. I heard 2 people speaking in English with Midwest accents so I struck up a conversation with them and found out they were headed to Munich too. And THANKFULLY for that because when we pulled into the station we were supposed to transfer at, it was literally in the middle of nowhere and practically falling apart. I had missed my transfer but the one they were getting on was about to pull into the station. So like the awkward girl that I am, I tagged along and followed them through the remaining 3 trains we had to take to get to the city. Shoutout to them for saving my life.
Anyways, Munich is basically what I pictured Germany to be – charming. The cobblestone streets, the old architecture, cute houses and tons of beer. I even got to see a flower parade through the town center.
One of my favorite places I stumbled upon was the English Garden. Although I didn’t really stumble on it because this park is bigger than Central Park and is also home to the famous river surfers. With acres of open grass, it’s the perfect place to go to and chill. In the center, there is a restaurant and beer garden at the Chinese Tower (I know, Chinese Tower in a the English Garden in Germany doesn’t really make sense to me either). It has a wide variety of food and of course, beer.
I also absolutely loved the Munich Residenz. It is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria and the largest city palace in Germany. I went for the full ticket (it includes the Residence Museum, the Treasury and the Cuvilles Theatre) which I thought was fully worth the price however, if you’re looking to cut something out, the Cuvillies Theatre is beautiful but you literally walk in, see it and walk out so it could be skipped. Definitely leave at least half a day for this wonder – honestly, a full day would be ideal but if you’re a little ADD like me, that’s a little overkill.
Another favorite of mine was climbing all 299 steps to get to the top of St. Peter’s Church. This provided incredible views of Munich and the mountain ranges in the distance. A little scary if you go up at the top of the hour though because the bell will shake the entire structure and make you question your life considering it was built in 1368 and you just neverrrrr know.
Lastly, and the place I think EVERYONE should make a trip to if you’re in the area is the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. I’m still a little speechless from my time there but I can say that it was a truly grounding experience. I’m also convinced that this is where my grandparents met and worked throughout World War II so if you have any information on how to find that type of information that won’t cost me an arm and a leg, please let me know! We lost their papers but do know they were in a work camp in Munich.
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