Munich, located in lower Germany, is the capital of Bavaria. It is home to centuries-old buildings, tall and encrypted with secrets, and museums that are able to transport you through the history and culture of it’s past. Also known for their various traditional beer halls, the city shines best during Oktoberfest, a three-week folk festival dedicated to beer. In the Altstadt (Old Town), you can also visit central Marienplatz, a square that contains landmarks such as Neues Rathaus (new city hall) and Altes Rathaus (old city hall). From their entertaining dedication to beer to their majestic, Bavarian scenery; a weekend in Munich, Germany is guaranteed to be quite the Neo-Gothic experience.
Bar Hop ALong Their Various Beer Halls
Be honest, you knew this was coming. As previously mentioned, Germans like their beer - but the people in Munich? They praise their beer. In order to fully capture the spirit of this tradition, tourists are required to sample the city’s nightlife by visiting one of their many beer halls. Commonly set in a location that makes you feel as though you’re sitting down for a Medieval feast, beer halls are filled with an array of typical Bavarian foods while the beers are most often brewed on-site. Some of the best in Munich are tasted at Augustiner-Keller and Hofbrauhaus Munchen, though in this city, almost every beer hall is worth visiting.
Take A Tour Through Nymphenburg Palace
You’re going to need your running shoes to explore all of this one. Built between the 17th and 19th century, this large and historic palace was the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. After the birth of the heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, Elector Ferdinand Maria initiated the construction of the palace in 1664. Included in the palace tour is the room where King Ludwig II of Bavaria was born, and the portraits commissioned by King Ludwig I. With its stunning architecture and garden, Nymphenburg is a grand example of European arts. Also included in the field grounds is a museum in the former royal stables, the Museum of Nymphenburg Porcelain, the Nymphenburg Palace Park, and the additional small palaces scattered across the park.
Spend An Afternoon at Englischer Garten
One of the largest urban parks in the world, the Englischer Garten - translated to English Garden in English - is a massive public field stretching from the city centre to the northeastern city limits. It all began in 1789 when Elector Carl Theodor told a worker of the Bavarian Army to begin the project. Today, it now includes numerous leisure time activities: pathways for cyclists and joggers, fields for soccer players to meet on, and a Japanese teahouse in the southern end of the park, where tea ceremonies are regularly performed. Beside the Chinese Tower is - you guessed it - a beer garden. Munich’s second largest, the garden is scattered with various benches where you can also enjoy a cold drink on a hot summer day.
Dine at Spatenhaus at the Opera
Spatenhaus at the Opera is a traditional building in the Max-Joseph-Platz square, near the Bavarian National Theatre. Also situated opposite the Bavarian Opera House, this elegant restaurant represents Bavarian hospitality in its finest form. Enter the first floor, the casual atmosphere provides guests with options of traditional cuisine, where their food is taken from old Bavarian cookbooks. These dishes include stuffed veal, meatballs made of delicate beef, with a side serving of homemade potato salad or a perfectly baked cabbage roll. Once upstairs, the restaurant gets more elegant. These four rooms offers guest a different menu, with exquisite fish cuisine and classic Bavarian and Austrian cuisine. If the weather is dry, the terrace on the Residenzstraße fills rapidly and is a truly wonderful location to experience typical Munich culture until late at night.
When visiting Munich, guests often find themselves transported through time. From the various palaces to the heavy influence of their former rulers, the capital city of Bavaria is most enjoyed through their beer halls and historical attractions. It is north of the edge of the Alps and along the Isar River, which flows through the center of the city. Whether this fascinating German city is spent exploring their interesting roots or enjoying their nightlife, expect a weekend in Munich to be an adventurous trip.