72 Hours in Munich, Germany

mikes-bike-tour-in-munich-germanyYou can pack a lot of adventure into three short days in Munich! Trust me, I know, because I did it! Plus, it was my first time to Munich so I wanted to see as much as possible. Luckily, BMW had been to Munich before so he knew of few of the must see spots.

I probably should have called this Two Days in Munich because we actually wound up spending the third day taking a day trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle. (More about that in an upcoming post!) But like I said, we squeezed a lot into just a few days. Germany is such a beautiful place and quite tasty as well! 

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If you love a casual, laid back vibe, then you’ll fall in love with Munich. I felt like it was a lot like Austin in many ways, tons of young people out and about everywhere, a delicious beer culture and lots of history. But beware, history, especially related to WWII, is still a touchy subject here. So, learn what you can but be very sensitive. Then go drink lots of the best beer in world with the friendliest people!

I went a little crazy with the pics but we had such a great time! We stayed in a lovely Air B’nB and would recommend the same for you. We were able to walk almost everywhere we needed to. One thing I loved most about Germany was how easy it was to indulge in local cuisine but also have plenty of healthy options. Vegan and vegetarians will find lots to eat in Munich. One of my favorite things, just like Japan, were the beer vending machines. C’mon America, let’s get some of these. Check out my guide below!

rooftop-view-of-munich-from-duetsches-museumView from Rooftop of Duetsches Museum

how-to-spend-72-hours-in-munich-germanyStopping by the Theater on our Mike’s Bike Tour

great-breakfast-in-munich-at-kochspielhausScrumptous Brunch at Kochspielhaus

golden-steps-in-munich-germanyGolden Steps honoring those in WWII

bike-riding-in-munich-germanyEnglish Gardens during our Mike’s Bikes Tour

best-museum-in-munich_duetsches-museum best-food-market-in-munich-viktualienmarktAll of the olives at Viktualienmarkt Food Market in Munich

best-beer-houses-in-munich_paulaner-bra%cc%88uhausThe best salad at Paulaner Bräuhaus.

A of Guide of what to do, eat and drink in Munich for 72 hours!

Beer Gardens:

Hofbräuhaus– Probably the most famous, and biggest, of all the Munich beer houses. Hofbrauhas is definitely a traditional beer house and worth checking out!

Augustiner Keller– This one was the one local recommended the most and I agree, it was definitely my favorite of all the beers we had! I wish they exported it but they don’t, so be sure to check this one out if you’re there!

Paulaner Bräuhaus– Paulaner is now a worldwide brand and you can get their beer in lots of places. But the food here was really good and they have a nice patio, great for lunch.

Chinesischer Turm– Located in the English Gardens, this was the most un-traditional beer house. We actually stopped at it for lunch on our Mike’s Bike Tours. BMW loved the pork knuckle here and I stuck to the cheesy spaetzle.

Eat:

Schmalznudel Cafe– Famous for their lightly fried donuts, this was a great spot to check out before heading out to our bike tour! It’s mostly sweets here and a small menu but we loved a sugar to start to the day!

Kochspielhaus– If you’re wanting a big breakfast or brunch in Munich, this is place! Eggs, cereal, toast, bacon, sausage, not to mention a big basket of fresh made bread on each table! They even leave a bag at the bottom of the basket to take the bread you don’t eat with you. Of course I loved that little touch. It is a really cute spot.

Wirtshaus in der Au– Famous for their dumplings and the patio was packed on the evening we went there. Ask for the english menu! The dumplings are huge, so definitely be sure to share. We also loved the ox filet here.

Viktualienmarkt– A wonderful, outdoor food market! I wish we had time to eat at each food stall! We grabbed a bunch of marinated olives at one stand, then picked up some fresh bread and hummus at another and walked with our beers over to watch the Gloclenspiel!

Do:

Eisbach Wave– Taking city surfing to the next level! Locals surf a roaring river rapid, right in the middle of the city! It used to be illegal but now it’s swim at your own risk. We stopped by the Eisbach Wave on our Mike’s Bike tour but would be easy to get to on your own!

Mike’s Bikes Tours– If there is anything I recommend to do in Munich, it is to take a bike tour with Mike’s Bike! I was hesitant (because it is going to be hard!? What if I get run over by car!?) but it was literally the best thing we did. It wasn’t hard at all and it was very safe. Plus, they have the best tour guides (Ours was Timmy and we loved him!). This is the best way to see the city, try and do this on your first day there.

Deutsches Museum– If you want to see some seriously cool exhibits like a submarine and walk through a mine, then this is the place for you! They have also have a really cool rooftop deck for sweeping views of the city. There is no possible way to see it all in one swoop so read up on what you want to see and head to those first!

Glockenspiel– The most famous thing in Munich probably is the dancing clock! Now, I must say it’s worth seeing…once. So grab your olives and beers and walk over. The best part will be the beer 🙂

 

Have you been to Munich? Tell me your favorite spots!

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