48 hours in Munich

April 10th 2017

I had numerous plans and places I wanted to visit on the first day in Munich including Nyphenburg palace and the Olympic park. However, I didn't take into account how bad the weather could be in March.

Upon leaving the München Hauptbahnhof (main station) we were met with a torrential downpour and the rain felt so cold. We made our way to our hotel which was supposed to be 10 minutes from Hauptbahnhof but we had come out via a further exit and google maps took us on a route that came to a road tunnel that we couldn't cross on foot. We had to retrace our steps and go all around the station until we eventually made it to our hotel who kindly let us check in early and get out of our wet clothes. With the rain showing no signs of stopping we decided to go and walk into the centre and find somewhere to eat and drink.

We walked to Karlsplatz and then through the pedestrian zone to Marienplatz stopping to check out interesting buildings on the way such as the church of St Michael's seen below which is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. The style of the building had an enormous influence on Southern German early Baroque architecture.


Church of St Michael's.

Then we saw the Rathaus and St Peters church before heading to the Hofbräuhaus as there was no sign of the weather improving and we were very hungry and thirsty by now.

The Hofbräuhaus is a huge tourist attraction but a must visit whilst in Munich, 1 litre steins at around  5 euros went down very well. The bar gets extremely busy, we managed to get seats both days we visited (Thursday and Friday) at around 15.00 hrs but by 17.00 hrs the hall was packed with hardly any spaces on any of the benches. We moved on after a few litres and visited some other bars nearby including Kennedy's Irish bar. Plenty of choice for restaurants and bars but we were surprised as nearly everything closed at 23.00 hrs even on a Friday and Saturday night. 

Food was very good throughout Munich, here you can see a pork, crackling with a potato dumpling and sauerkraut meal I had at a Paulaner restaurant.
Bavarian local wearing Lederhosen.

Second day had brightened up loads, we had tickets for the Bayern Munich
game in the afternoon and decided to have a good walk in the morning to
shake off any signs of a hangover. We headed for the
Englishe Garten
which didn't look far from Marienplatz on the map but
 practice was a
20 minute
walk. We walked as far as Chinesischer Turm and had a
coffee there before heading back to our hotel to get ready for the game.

Glockenspiel im Rathausturm and fountain within Marienplatz.
We then headed back to out hotel and got a taxi to the Allianz arena which was about twenty minutes from the centre of Munich.
It's located in an industrial park with no bars or restaurants nearby. It was an enjoyable game with Eintracht Frankfurt being the better team for the majority of the first half before Bayern scored a simple goal with their first attack. Frankfurt brought about 4000 fans with them and contributed to a really good atmosphere and kept on singing throughout despite conceding two more goals. One complaint was the seats were very cramped and not the most comfortable, to make up for that though you were able to drink alcohol in your seat which is something we're still not trusted to do in the UK.

Allianz Arena
Frankfurt fans singing as Bayern Munich score the first goal.
Really enjoyable weekend in Munich didn't see as many attractions as I would have liked due to the weather but made the most of the good food and beer that was available.

In the departure lounge at Munich airport came across these napcabs for the first time.  20 euros for an hour seems slightly expensive but I was still tempted to give it a go.
Freemont Street Experience.
Freemont Street Experience.