Munich. Capital of Bavaria and most famous for Oktoberfest. But Munich is so much more than beer and pretzels. If you’ve ever been to Munich during Oktoberfest, you know how crazy busy and crowded it gets. That is why we chose to visit Munich after the beer festival.
You can get around in Munich by public transport, which is very efficient and good organized. Short ride (four bus or tram stops or, two U-Bahn or S-Bahn stops) costs 1,40 €. Longer rides cost 2,80 €. If you’re staying in Munich for longer than a few hours, we highly recommend buying a day ticket for 6,60 € or a 3 day ticket for 16,50 €.
However, we prefer walking. It is the best way to feel the city and see all it’s attractions. So, pack something you will be able to walk in for hours.
Residenz (Royal Palace) is a must see. But a must do is rubbing the nose of one of the four brass lions that are guarding the entrance of the palace. Locals believe it brings good luck.
The next stop is National Theater. This is where Maximilian Strasse, home of luxury brands, starts. Here you can do some (window) shopping.
If you’re not that into shopping, just head to the opposite direction to the Odeonsplatz. From there keep walking straight ahead and you’ll end up at the Victory Gate. You can find a great deal of restaurants in the area or have a picnic in the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest park. Fun fact: Englischer Garten is larger and older than New Yorker Central Park.
After the whole day of walking you deserve some good bavarian beer. Go back to the city center to the Hofbräuhaus, the old royal brewery. It is not the best, but surely is the world’s most famous beer hall, and for that reason a must see when in Munich. Be prepared for noise and a large number of tourists. Besides beer order a pretzel to get the full experience.