Ah Munich.. One of my favorite German cities! 🙂 I’ve had the good fortune of visiting twice, and as I’m typing this, I’m starting to miss the food there again haha.
I spent about 2 days there last Summer (11-13 Aug), and had lots of great food to eat hehe. I’ll be sharing my itinerary in this post, so do have a read! I’m also thinking of writing a related post to share about my day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle (Mar 2013), so do check back soon! 🙂
I arrived in Munich with my mom and sis on the evening of the 11th of August 2014 from Mykonos, and we took the S8 train from the Airport to Rosenheimer Platz. We had booked the Hilton Munich, and it was very conveniently located right above the S-bahn station! We proceeded to check in and left our luggages in our room before we went out for dinner.
We took the S-bahn to Marienplatz, where we walked a short distance to Zum Augustiner for dinner. Zum Augustiner is a huge beer hall in Munich, and it was bustling with activity as we walked in. Luckily for us, we didn’t have to wait long before we were seated haha. It’s a great place to experience an authentic German beer hall experience, and the food is quite good too. My German is pretty limited to ‘Guten Tag’ and ‘Danke’, so I shall just post pics of what we ate hahaha. I’ll include pics from my previous trip to Munich (Mar 2013) as well.
Although I can’t remember the names of the sausages, the German sausages are all very tasty hahaha. The pork knuckle was good too, and I loved the crispy skin yummm.
Got a weiss beer to go with the food. Yes, you simply cannot eat German food without German beer! At least that’s what I think hahaha.
After dinner, we walked around Marienplatz for a while, and shared some ice cream that we bought off an ice cream cart. I gotta say that ice cream in Germany is really cheap, and you can easily find ice cream carts/shops that sell a scoop for 1 euro (S$1.50). Those who’ve been to Singapore (and local Singaporeans) would know that ice cream here is getting more expensive, and most places charge upward of S$3 for a single scoop.. Although if you’re lucky, you can still find S$1-S$2 ice cream from those ice cream uncles that roam the streets haha.
We got up bright and early, and had a quick breakfast of German pastries at a nearby bakery. German pastries are really sweet and sugary, so I really wonder how is it that there aren’t that many fat Germans around.. I really like the German pastries though, because they’re tasty (although it’s probably bad for my health and waistline if I live there and eat it daily haha).
Took a S-bahn train to Marienplatz, where we changed to the U-bahn (U3 or U6) to Universitat. German U-bahns look very modern and nice, and are rather spacious inside too haha.
We got off at Universitat and proceeded to walk to Englischer Garten, which was our first stop of the day.
Englischer Garten is a huge park in Munich, and is open to the public for free. While we were there, we saw many locals enjoying the park. They were either jogging/running/walking their dogs/playing with their kids and so on haha.
The pic above was taken in Mar 2013 at the Monopteros (within Englischer Garten). It was still pretty cold haha, so I was all bundled up :p
This was taken in Aug 2014, and look how pretty the garden is! 🙂
The star attraction of the gardens is the Chinesischer Turm, which is a tall pagoda that really stands out with its Oriental design. It is also the second-largest beer garden in Munich!
Yea so I was saying that the garden is really pretty hahaha. Even the little streams are so cute!
We headed out of the garden toward Odeonsplatz, and passed by the Hofgarten, which is also quite pretty, albeit much smaller than the Englischer Garten.
Pretty pavilion in the middle of the Hofgarten.
Took a pic with my mom in front of the Feldherrnhalle (Field Marshall’s Hall), which was commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in honor of the Bavarian army.
The above 2 pics show the interior of the Theatinerkirche (a Catholic church next to the Field Marshall’s Hall in Odeonsplatz).
We hopped back on the U-bahn and took it to Marienplatz, and walked a short distance to the nearby Viktualienmarkt. Viktualienmarkt is open daily (except Sundays), and comprises of stalls offering fresh food and deli meats for sale, along with other shops selling flowers, plants, and even teas. Viktualienmarkt is located in an open area behind St Peter’s Church, and is quite easy to find haha.
Popped by Schlemmermeyer’s for some great wursts (hotdogs). They’re pretty well known for their wursts, so do grab one if you’re in Munich, you won’t regret it. 😉
We walked around the market for a bit, and had some coffee at a little café while we rested our feet haha.
The interior of St Peter’s Church.
Passed the city hall at Marienplatz as we went shopping along the shopping street. We spent the afternoon shopping and relaxing at cafés haha.
Dinner was at the world famous Hofbrauhaus am Platzl!
The Hofbrauhaus Munich is one of Munich’s oldest and largest beer halls (being first built way back in 1589), and is currently owned by the Bavarian state government. It was the royal brewery of Bavaria, hence the ‘Hof’ in its name. There is also an outdoor beer garden, and even a souvenir shop on the premises.
A rowdy beer hall hahaha.
At the Hofbrauhaus, you are only allowed to order 1L of beer. I’m kidding. Hahaha. But yea, I got a tankard of the dark beer, and it was really good. Way better than those bottled beers you find lol.
Really good pork heh.
Fried chicken schnitzel, which was ok, not particularly great.
Yummy German sausages!
German luncheon meat haha and some other dish (I forgot its name lol).
The last 2 pics above were from my previous visit there.
There’s also a live band on the premises!
We didn’t have a full day to spend as we needed to catch an afternoon train to Nuremberg, so we decided to get up early and head over to the BMW Museum.
We took the U3 to Olympiazentrum, where the Olympic Park and BMW museum were.
A pic of the BMW museum from Mar 2013, when it was snowinggggg!
You can actually see the snow pretty clearly in this one wow.
Back to the more recent past (Aug 2014), where I took my Ford Mini for a spin. Ok I’m kidding again hahaha. But it was cool to see all the sleek cars on display, and wondering if I’ll ever be able to afford one in Singapore..
We had time for lunch in Munich before catching our train, so we headed back to Marienplatz and made our way to Schneider Weisse for lunch.
It’s a short walk from the Marienplatz U-bahn, and quite easy to find as well. 🙂
More German sausages hahaha. They were really good btw.
Potato salad was great, and the egg with leberkäse was rather tasty too.
The pork was ok, but I didn’t really like the rice-ball thingy they served with it.
Their light brew was good! 🙂
After a good lunch, we made our way back to the hotel to grab our stuff and took the S-bahn to the Hauptbahnhof. We travelled by DB to Nuremberg, and it was a comfortable journey, which I’ve come to expect when travelling with DB. 🙂
Summary of Day 1
- Dinner at Zum Augustiner
Summary of Day 2
- Englischer Garten
Viktualienmarkt (for Schlemmermeyer’s sausages)
St Peter’s Church
Shopping along Marienplatz
Dinner at Hofbrauhaus am Platzl
Summary of Day 3
Lunch at Schneider Weiss