Munich City Guide: 72 hours in the Bavarian City
City trips are my favourite. Munich is Germany’s third largest city with a population of 1.5 million. The majority live quite densely in the city centre – so it can get busy. Given that, the streets are wider and it doesn’t feel nearly as busy as Paris.
Bavarians call the city ‘München’, which is located south of the Bavarian mountains in Germany. The water in Munich is the cleanest in the country. Make sure to drink the tap water here for some fresh mountain water.
AirBerlin* fly to Munich daily with flights at 6:50am being very popular with commuters. Given that the flight is only 50 minutes, its ideal and you could definitely live in Berlin and work in Munich. If you LOVE waking up at 5:00am.
I was rather amused when I landed in Munich and found that the fields and farms were particularly well ‘eingerichtet‘. In Germany they pride themselves on discipline, organisation, and efficiency. I think this photo best demonstrates these.
* update: AirBerlin has since stopped operating in 2017. Fly with EasyJet or take the DB train in the same time.
Sadly, during WW2 up to 50% of the city was destroyed, leaving it with an enormous amount of rubble. This was moved and collected over the years in one area. The Olympiapark is very hilly and the reason for this is the rubble underneath it which has had 70+ years to settle. The Olympics in 1972 meant the city decided to put grass over this and turn it into a magnificent green space. We climbed up to the top of these hills and all around the water to see the views over the city (good sightseeing tip for free).
The MVV runs the transport system with trains, S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations being renovated massively to improve inner-city transport including making the changing of lines easier. The lines vary and the trains are either extremely high-tech or still from the 50s. I like it.
As the stereotype goes, Munich is incredibly clean and this is in trains, bars, streets and shops alike. The most impressive station would have to be Marienplatz in the city centre. I recommend downloading the MVV app to your phone for maps, train times and tickets which you can buy on the train. Munich is split into zones; the cost depends on how far you travel.
Back to the Woods Festival
This techno/electro festival which was run by Keller Kind was great, not only because it could be reached via U-Bahn line in Munich but also because it was fairly small. It did get busier as the day went on – the atmosphere remained friendly and everyone was approachable; it was easy to find people again unlike in larger festivals.
Festivals and clubs have turned into creative spaces where the organizers try to cobble together stages, chill / seating areas and tents with more natural materials to create a more relaxed, nature-inspired atmosphere. I prefer sitting amongst plants, pallets, lights and sofas rather than shiny booths at a club.
Food in Munich
Hearty, warming, wheat-based, and German. Let us not forget the food! The Bavarians, in my opinion are very similar to the Irish: they love their food, their drink and humour. If you order dinner in Germany the portions tend to be generous, more savoury based and not vegan-friendly.
The rule is not to leave your guests hungry. Ever. Although primarily Austrian, the Bavarians do an excellent version of the Wienerschnitzel, served with Kartoffelsalat / potato salad usually. Another favourite is the Bratwurst which definitely features at every Beer Garden. Alongside sweet cabbage or eaten simply with a Pretzel and 0,5L of Bavarian Beer. Can’t go wrong with that.
Beer is of course, the best in Munich (do not try to argue this otherwise). It is true – the oldest breweries in Germany are indeed from Bavaria. Weihenstephaner, have a really nice Weißbier (wheat beer) you should try Hefe Weizen is what they say in Berlin – Bavarians tend to laugh at this.
Beer Gardens are your moment to try to lift a litre of beer and finish it before it goes flat. Try something local, buy some fresh Pretzels and bring your own Brotaufstrich – geil!
For more city trips, see further antics in Bangkok or Budapest.