We have just got back from a very wintry two night stay in the Bavarian city of Munich. The weather was crisp and bright, perfect conditions for getting lost and exploring a historic city like this. We discovered that there is a lot more to enjoy than just beers, bratwurst and lederhosen.
Here is our itinerary from our stay in Munich!
Landed in Munich and grabbed the train to Munich Hauptbahnhof (approx. 45mins in to the centre of the city)
We stayed at the Sofitel Bayerpost which is located right next to Munich Hauptbahnhof station. The hotel was stunning and we received outstanding service on arrival. Our room was ready on arrival and even better, they had upgraded us to a larger room. There was a luxury spa which was ideal for warming up after a day in the snow plus a substantial breakfast buffet with champagne on the side! We highly recommend this hotel.
Strolled through the busy squares of Karlsplatz and Marienplatz and grabbed traditional Bavarian lunch and a beer at the world famous Hofbrahaus, complete with lively entertainment from the Oompah band!
After a little bathe in the spa, we headed off to the delicious Burger Lobster Bank for dinner and drinks (not to be confused with the similarly named chain of restaurants in London). From lobster bisque to lobster rolls, you name it, it’s here! It also hosts a varied cocktail menu with plenty of gimmicky choices. Cucumber Hendricks and gin from a teapot anyone?
Breakfast buffet with a side helping of bucks fizz!
Walked through the fancy Maxamillianplatz, through the quaint Hofgarten and to the Englischer Garten. Enjoyed lazy strolls around the park and visited the Chinese Tower. We would recommend starting in the lower part of the garden at Odeonsplatz, grab a warm drink at the Fräulein Grüneis Cafe and visit the surfers in Eisbach– or not in our case. Who could blame them with that much ice?
Took a short taxi to Olympiapark and wandered through the fantastic site which is steeped in history from the 1972 Olympics. There is also a viewpoint which provides an incredible panorama of the city, the distant Alps, as well as the park itself.
Another day, another beer hall but this one was our favourite. Augustine Keller feels slightly more authentic than the brilliant but touristy Hofbrauhaus. Imagine the scene from “Beauty and the Beast” with Gaston’s song…yeah that is what it’s like!
Revisited Marienplatz for the Glockenspiel chime. The figurines come to life as the glockenspiel clock in the tower balcony of the Neues Rathaus chimes at 11am and 12pm daily.
Auf wiedersehen Munich!
I hope you found some of these tips helpful. Feel free to comment below if you have any other recommendations you would like to share.