City Guide: Exploring Munich, Germany

When my sister moved to Munich for an internship in spring this year, I was happy to finally visit her in the Bavarian capital. On a Thursday afternoon after work, I took the train to Munich.

 

With its 1.5 million inhabitants, Munich is the third largest city of Germany after Berlin and Hamburg and the state capital of Bavaria. Munich ist probably most famous for its beer, the Oktoberfest and women in dirndls. But even in the off-season (outside the Oktoberfest), Munich has enough to offer for a day, a weekend or even a few days, as Munich does not only offer its world famous festival, but also several museums, interesting history and exciting buildings. 

 

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breakfast in Munich

Since my sister had to work Friday, I had the opportunity to explore the city by myself. As always, my sightseeing tour started with a good breakfast. My dear friend Rieke had recommended the Cafe Cotidiano with excellent almond croissants. On the way there I happened to find the Reed kiosk, and since the little café looked so cozy, I decided to start the day right here. My porridge with berries, honey and cinnamon was really delicious and the owner was very nice.

 

KIOSK REED: HOHENZOLLERSTR. 12, MUNICH

OPEN MONDAY TILL FRIDAY 8 AM - 6 PM / SATURDAY 10.30 AM - 6 PM

 

I visited the Café Cotidiana two days later, before I got on the train back to Cologne and the almond croissant was really delicious!

 

CAFÉ COTIDIANO: HOHENZOLLERSTR. 11, MUNICH

OPEN MONDAY TILL THURSDAY 7.30 AM - 10 PM / FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7.30 AM - 11 PM / SUNDAYS 7.30 AM - 9 PM

(AND THREE OTHER LOCATIONS IN MUNICH)

 

But the best breakfast I had during my visit to Munich was definitely at the Occam Deli in Schwabing, which you can see in the picture below. While I had the most delicious matcha and chocolate french toast, my sister ate a hearty bread first and ordered a sweet pie afterwards. In addition to breakfast, the modern Deli offers pies, cakes and sells jams and other delicacies in its own shop.

 

OCCAM DELI: FEILITZSCHSTR. 15, MUNICH

OPEN MONDAY TILL FRIDAY FROM 8 AM / SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 9 AM

 

Munich Germany ofpenguinsandelephants of penguins & elephants Occam Deli breakfast

Sightseeing in Munich

The way from Schwabing to the city center is easy. I was just in time for the Free Walking Tour, which I love to join in every city. My tour guide Jake was quite funny and guided us around the streets of Munich for about 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

 

In the beginning we stayed at the Marienplatz for a little while. Jake told us about the two town halls at Marienplatz: The old town hall looks relatively new and appears in a simple white color. The new town hall, however, looks relatively old in its neo-Gothic facade, which was completed until 1909. In an ironic way Jake also explained the happenings of the chimes of the new town hall. He called it the most overrated tourist attraction in Germany, as it is a 15 minutes ceremony of only a handful of events repeating again and again. 

 

Munich Germany ofpenguinsandelephants of penguins & elephants town hall Marienplatz
Munich Germany ofpenguinsandelephants of penguins & elephants town hall Marienplatz

 

The tour took us further to the church of Our Lady. Here you can find a footprint of the devil. He had accelerated the construction of the church, expecting the soul of the first human visitor. But the builder chased away the devil by insulting him with forgetting the windows when the church was built. In fact, the side windows of the church are not immediately recognizable when entering the main entrance. That’s why the devil stamped on the floor and run off. 

 

Munich Germany ofpenguinsandelephants of penguins & elephants church of our Lady

 

Our next stop was the Augustiner Brauhaus and the residence of Munich, where Jake told us some anecdotes of the kings of Bavaria and also talked about the emergence of the Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiesen.

 

When the tour ended around noon, I strolled back to the city center in the direction of the Viktualienmarkt. Here you can buy some delicacies, flowers and souvenirs. It had a pretzel with butter for lunch. 

 

My personal highlight of the day was the visit of St. Peters Church. Located between Viktualienmarkt and Marienplatz, you can climb the church tower and enjoy a breathtaking view. As you may know, I love lookout towers! Enjoying the view over the city and gazing down from above always pleases me. I especially love church towers. I did not hesitate to climb up those 306 steps. As always, this church tower was really narrow and really steep in some places, but that's exactly what I like about these beautiful church towers.

 

ALTER PETER (TOWER): PETERSPLATZ 1, MUNICH

OPEN MONDAY TILL FRIDAY FROM 9 AM / SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 10 AM (CLOSING TIMES VARY - CHECK WEBSITE)

PRICE: STUDENTS 2€ / ADULTS 3€

 

At the top, I had a great view over the New Town Hall and the surrounding buildings. I was particularly surprised by the mountain panorama of the Alps. Although the weather had deteriorated slightly here in Munich and a few dark clouds appeared over the city, the view to the south was clear: every mountain peak was clearly visible and the white snow sparkled all the way to Munich.

 

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Munich Germany ofpenguinsandelephants of penguins & elephants view St. Peters church
Munich Germany ofpenguinsandelephants of penguins & elephants view St. Peters church

 

 

After taking in the view, I scrambled down and walked to the area of the museums. I planned to visit the Modern Pinakothek, as I had not enough time for all museums. But you can also visit the Old Pinakothek, the New Pinakothek as well as the museum Brandhorst

 

Being a fan of modern art, I visited the Modern Pinakothek. First, however, I sat in the conservatory of the museum and ate a piece of rhababer pie. Having a break felt good after this long day and afterwards I was ready to visit the museum. I enjoyed the modern art and took my time to see every piece of art. 

 

PINAKOTHEK DER MODERNE (MODERN PINAKOTHEK): BARER STR. 40, MUNICH

OPEN MONDAY TILL WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY TILL SUNDAY 10 AM - 6 PM / THURSDAY 10 AM - 8 PM

PRICE: ADULTS 10€ / STUDENTS 7€ / ON SUNDAYS 1€

 

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dinner in Munich

 

By now my sister had finished work and we met in the university district. We had dinner at Café Zeitgeist that day. We chatted over delicious pasta and A burger and went to bed early, as we planned to visit Salzburg the next day.

 

CAFÉ ZEITGEIST: TÜRKENSTR. 74, MUNICH

 

When visiting Munich or Bavaria for the first time, I‘d recommend having dinner at Bapas Munich, as they have Bavarian tapas - perfect to try some local delicacies.

 

BAPAS: LEOPOLDSTR. 56A, MUNICH

 

Another day we ate at Aloha Poke, a Hawaiian bistro selling sushi as salad. The basis is rice. You can add fish, fruit or vegetables and other side dishes. Very funny and delicious, but not very comfortable to sit and therefore more suitable for a quick snack or to go.

 

ALOHA POKÉ: TÜRKENSTR. 80, MUNICH

 

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