|48 Hours In Munich
|Laura Radford, Travel Writer
Spending a weekend in Munich? Then be sure to plan ahead and make the most of your time in this quintessential German city. Most famous for its huge beer festival in the autumn, Munich is so much more than Oktoberfest. Filled with galleries, museums, hotels, shops, and an impressive gastronomy scene, delve into the heart of Bavaria with 48 hours in Germany’s third city. And here’s what we suggest you do, whilst there…
It is without any doubt, that anyone travelling to Munich for the weekend wouldn’t at least spend some time in Marienplatz, the city’s main square. If visiting between November & December this square will be filled with stalls selling Christmas fare, for the city’s annual Christmas Markets can be found here. But it is of course worth a visit year-round. Here you will also find Altes Rathaus, the old town hall and Nueus Rathaus, the new town hall, with its gothic tower and famous Glockenspiel, a cuckoo clock dating back to 1908 which at 11am, noon and 5pm chimes, showcasing the city’s history with the use of over 40 bells and 33 life-sized figures. This spectacle always draws a crowd and is one not to be missed!
Viktualienmarkt is Munich’s oldest open-air market. Dating back 200 years, this is the beating heart of Munich’s thriving gastronomy scene. Its stands are a sight to behold, with imported exotic fare, and local produce. This is a great place to get your hands on some Bavarian delights, in the shape of bratwurst & schnitzel, to name a few. There’s a great beer garden here too, where the brewery usually between the city’s producers.
The Munich Residenz is a resplendent palace that serves as the seat of government from 1508 to 1918 and used by the Wittelsbach dynasty for centuries. This impressive building was restored after World War II, and boasts beautiful interiors, ornate ceilings and 10 inner courtyards, some dating back to the 16th century. A wonderful place to spend an afternoon strolling, whilst taking in a little Munich history.
Munich’s Olympiapark was created especially for the summer Olympics of 1972 which were held in the city. There’s a lot on offer here, particularly if you’re after a little adventure during your time in the city. Why not climb all the way to the top of the stadium? You can even zip wire between buildings! There’s also mini golf, a large ice-skating rink, and a Sea Life Aquarium. If you get thirsty, why not enjoy a cup of coffee in the Olympic Tower’s revolving restaurant for superb views of the city.
THE MUNICH ZOO
Whilst zoo’s can be frowned upon by visitors, if you’re doing your research, you will know if one is worth visiting or not, and its usually down to their conservation efforts. Munich Zoo is one of those, often dubbed one of the best zoos in Europe. It covers a whopping 89 acres, and has over 19,000 animals sitting on protected land, to ensure their habitat is as undisturbed as possible. The zoo is easily accessible from the centre of the city by public transport, and the zoo even offers a Green Mobility Journey Planner, so you can opt for the most climate-friendly mode of transport when visiting.
There is plenty more to see and do whilst visiting Munich. Why not get in touch to discuss your city break with Marvellous Escapes?