A Bit of Culture and Beer
Munich, Bavaria's famous capital, was definitely not on my agenda while I was travelling through Austria. However on my last day in Salzburg I decided to be spontaneous and booked a 8am train to Munich! Knowing I had to get back in twelve hours to head to the airport, I researched all the top places to see and do, and I feel like I really captured Munich's beauty. So, heres some of my top recommendations to experience Munich as best you can in only a day!
1. Schloss Nymphenburg
As my train arrived in Munich's central train station at 9:30am, I jumped onto a tram (the public transport in Munich is amazing!) that took me right to Schloss Nymphenburg. Known as the "Castle of Nymph", this gorgeous palace was only around 20 minutes away from the city centre. Surrounded by the most beautiful forested grounds, the baroque palace is definitely worth a visit. Don't blame me when you immediately want to move in!
2. A Walking Tour
You guys already know I'm a sucker for a walking tour, and Munich was no different! After exploring the palace I rushed to Marienplatz in the city centre where SANDEMANN's tour was starting at 11:30am (yes, I was definitely late, but luckily their trademark red shirts were my saviour). They took us through the old town and key parts of the city centre.
After two hours of walking, walking, walking, I grabbed some food and beer in Munich's largest and most famous beer garden. Just two minutes away from Marienplatz, this beer garden/food market is bustling with outdoor food stalls which you can have a look around before kicking back at one of the many picnic tables.
Things to Know
- Although walking is the best way to see a place, when you only have a day, public transport should be your best friend. With the city metro lines (U-bahn and S-bahn), trams, buses, getting around Munich is super easy!
- Sundays are the best for Museum visits as all state-run museums are only 1 euro entry.
Views, Parks and Even More Beer
4. St Peterskirche
If you want to see a beautiful view over the city, a trip up Munich's oldest church tower is a must do! Grab a ticket for only two euros (tickets can be bought outside, you don't have to enter the church itself!) and make your way up - just a little warning, there's not elevator and the stairs a pretty narrow, but the view is definitely worth it!
5. Englische Garten
I ended my day in the Englische Garten, one of Europe's biggest parks (it's even bigger than central park in New York!). In the centre theres a cool Chinese themed beer garden located by the "Chinesische Turm" (Chinese Tower). I was extremely lucky and was blessed with warm weather the day I went. By 6pm, the parks were filled with locals relaxing after work, having BBQs and tightroping. The Isar river runs through the park as well, making for a lovely stroll, but sometimes you can watch people surf in the river as well!
All in all, I made a great decision to visit Munich. I loved every bit of it - I'm not sure if it was the sunny weather or just Munich in general but everyone was happy and having a great time wherever you went. It was so infectious! I got back on the train to Salzburg and already missed lounging in the parks with a chilled beer.