My husband and I traveled all around Europe for two weeks in April and our first stop was in Munich. There was so much that we loved about Munich, but what made us the happiest, was when we found out that they were celebrating their Spring Oktoberfest (Aka “Springfest”)!
You see, my husband and I LOVE beer and had no idea that there was even such a thing as Springfest. So when we found out, we made sure we pushed aside a few of our plans and celebrated with the locals.
Aside from that, there are so many amazing things about Munich such as the English Garden, stunning museums and churches, and of course the schnitzel!
Here are a few highlights from the trip that I think you may find useful.
How we got there:
Icelandair has very affordable flights all around Europe with layovers in Iceland. We took Icelandair to Munich and arrived at Flughafen München (the airport in Munich). Getting through customs was fairly simple and there was a train (the S-Bahn) that would take you directly from the airport to the city center. You want to take the train to München Hbf (tief) – Central Station, where the ride is approximately 45 minutes
Where we stayed:
The best part about this hotel beside the fact that it was affordable, was the fact it was centrally located to pretty much everything. Marc Munchen was on a couple of short blocks away from the train station which was very convenient for commuting purposes.
The hotel itself was very clean and the staff was friendly. We were thoroughly impressed by their large complimentary breakfasts in the morning and the updated rooms in which we stayed. The hotel was a walk away from some of the major attractions in the city but was also in a quiet location.
Savannah: My husband wanted to be adventurous one night and try a type of food we had not ever had. After doing a lot of research and reading a bunch l of reviews, we decided to try a South African restaurant called Savannah.
Our first impression was “Wow! This place is small and crowded!” But it totally made sense because the food was excellent. The area was beautifully decorated with South African pieces of art which made for great conversation pieces during dinner.
We thoroughly enjoyed their awesome happy hour specials, fun drink menu and the food. I, personally, am not super adventurous when it comes to the food I eat, but if you are someone that likes to try different things then their menu is for you with meats ranging from ostrich to crocodile. I decided to stick to the chicken (which was delish!).
Hofbrauhaus: I know it’s cliche and the “touristy” thing to do, but I absolutely recommend going to the famous Hofbrauhaus if this is your first time to Munich. I’m not saying that the food was the best, but the experience we had there most definitely was.
The space is huge and the atmosphere was lively. I loved the music and watching the people dance the traditional dances. We had so much fun here!
Make sure you try a pretzel, schnitzel and grab yourself a big stein of beer.
Our Favorite Activity:
There are a lot of amazing things that we did while in Munich, but our favorite thing that we did was actually an excursion outside of Munich to Southern Germany where we got to visit Neuschwanstein Castle.
Everything about this tour was perfect.
First off, our tour guide was spectacular. She was very nice, spoke great English and was extremely knowledgeable about the country and its history. The train ride could actually be a tour in itself as the views of the rolling mountains are breathtaking. When we got to our destination, we got to explore the town a bit and hike up to the castle (make sure you bring good walking shoes) where we got a guided tour.
The tour that we did was surprisingly very affordable for everything that came included. For just over $60 USD, you get a tour guide, rail tickets, and entry passes to the castle. It was worth every penny.
Our next stop was Salzburg! Stay tuned for that post. 🙂