GREAT BEERS AND PLENTIFUL FOOD: Three days in Munich

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We arrived in Munich late it the afternoon so we only had time for dinner at a random place on our first day.

In the morning we joined a free walking tour with Sandemans. These typically last for 2-3 hours and you pay for a tip at the end.

Despite the bad weather, we got to see many of Munich’s highlights – we started at the impressive Marienplatz and its beautiful town hall, visited Frauenkirche, St Peter’s Church and covered a lot of ground in the town centre.

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For lunch we headed to the iconic Hofbrauhaus, a famous beer hall where you get delicious beer, fresh pretzels and live music in the most traditional setting possible. The place is huge but it’s always very busy (visiting during the day is a safer bet as we struggled to get a table in the evening) – but it’s good fun and definitely worth a visit (lunch for 5 including drinks and tip for 60€).

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We then headed to Victuals Market, full of fun stalls selling fresh vegetables, local delicacies and handicraft. It’s a good place to shop for snacks and souvenirs.

After a stop at our flat, we headed to Augustiner for dinner. This is considered one of the best beers in Munich, and it really was delicious (dinner and drinks for 5 including tip for 55€).

On our last day in Munich we took the U-bahn to the famous English Gardens, which is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. We had coffee under the Chinese Tower, usually a busy beer garden but empty when we visited as it was cold and rainy.

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Heading back to Marienplatz, we stopped for another typically German lunch at Paulaner (lunch for 5 including drinks and tip for 65€).

After struggling to find our way in the rain, we visited the Residenz Palace (tickets for 7€), a huge palace full of baroque glory.

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Our last stop of the day was Maelu, a pastry shop with the most incredible desserts (dessert and drinks for 5 for 45€). Then it was time to head back to the flat as we had an early train to catch in the morning.

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HOW TO DO IT:

  • Stay: We struggled to find accommodation as we got to Munich just before Oktoberfest (a bad idea) and our Airbnb got cancelled last minute. Usually there are lots of options.
  • Transportation: Munich has a good network of U-bahn and S-bahn, and it’s easy to get around. A daily ticket for 2-5 people costs 12.60€ and was a good option for us.
  • Go: Munich can be easily reached by plane, train or car, and it’s a good base to start or end a trip through Bavaria.
  • Food: German food is meat-heavy, but it’s possible to find veggie and vegan food anywhere. Restaurants always have veggie options and can accommodate for vegans on request.

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