Munich is an amazing city
I can easily say that Munich is one of my favourite cities in the world if not my very favourite. I do not know why there could be a multitude of reasons for this. Maybe it is the easy going nature of the Bavarians. Maybe it is a city with a great history and monuments. Maybe it is the beer they produce. Remember the names Paulaner, Franziskaner, Hasker Pshorr, Augustiner and Lowenbrau. These are the original Munich beer makers. Steady yourself for a diet of Pork knuckles, schnitzel, sausages, chicken and potato salad. To me, I feel more at home in Munich than in any other city in Europe. I have been to Munich 4 times in the past and will certainly go there again. The city of beer, sausages and giant pretzels is a must visit for all.
Schloss Nymphenburg is located in the outer suburbs of Munich. I often call it the forgotten attraction of Munich. Construction started on Nymphenburg Palace in 1664 and by 1679, the original Palace was completed. In 1715 further construction and design of the Palace was started once again and continued on and off for most of the 17th century under different Bavarian Royal families. The gardens that surround Nymphenburg Palace are 490 acres in size. I must say I have never really explored the gardens in length as they cover such a large area but I image they would be fantastic on a beautiful sunny Munich day. You can tour the inside of the palace at your own pace with an audio guide. The inside of the palace is very opulent like one would expect. There is also horse carriage museum. This house’s the amazing ornate carriages that the royals used to ride in during their times. If you visit during the winter the lake may be frozen over and ice skating may be an option for you. Bavaria’s most famous King, King Ludwig spent time living in Nymphenburg with his family
Family travel tip: take some bread with you and you will be able to feed the swans and the ducks that live on the lake. Out the front on the street is the best ice cream in Munich. make sure you get the spaghetti ice cream it is amazing.
The Deutsches Museum is the world’s largest science and technical museum. This museum which occupies a building six floors in height has over 28,000 exhibited objects from 50 fields of science and technology. There are are 2 other branches of the Deutsches Museum a hangar at Schleißheim airfield, and in the Deutsches Museum Bonn. The museum has a large number of original world famous artifacts on display for you to see. Some of these original items include the first motorized aircraft built by the Wright brothers, the U1 submarine, the first program-controlled computer (Conrad Zuse’s Z3), and Diesel’s original engine on the island; the first motorcar by Karl Benz in the transport museum; the Douglas DC3 at Schleißheim; and the first Fischer wall plug in Bonn. We spent half a day at the Museum and did not even scratch the surface.
Family travel tip: There are a large number of interactive displays at the museum that your kids will love. There are specialized kids programs available at the museum for children to participate in.
The most iconic beer house in the world is how I would describe Hofbrauhaus Munich. Hofbrauhaus is only second to Oktoberfest as an attraction in Munich. Founded in1589 by the Duke of Bavaria. It was originally founded as a brewery to the royal family. In 1828, King Ludwig 1 opened the beer hall to the public. Today Hofbrauhaus can hold 3,500 beer drinkers and diners simultaneously. These patrons are serviced by 100 waiters and waitresses serving up to 30,000 guests a day at peak times. Hofbrauhaus can be enjoyed by all. Music can be found playing at different times throughout the day. If the beer hall atmosphere is too busy for you there is a more personal experience waiting for you on the second floor in the smaller Bräustube. Hofbrau’s popular wurst sausage are made fresh every morning at 4 am to be ready for famous beer and sausage breakfast that is served every day. I can personally say this something not is missed.
Family travel tip: Hofbrau is very kid friendly. You will find families and children in the venue at all hours of the day. The kids were very interested in how the waitresses could carry so many beers at once and the traditional ompha music.
Marienplatz, Munich City Centre, Town Gates.
Munich city centre is a great place to stroll around in the summer. There is plenty of cafe’s, restaurants and bars. Beer is a big thing in Munich and it is available everywhere. There are a plethora of amazing churches to be viewed. If you are a fan of the swan King Ludwig you will find his tomb in one of these such churches. Neuhauser Straube runs from Munich Karlsplatz to Marienplatz. Its is the main pedestrian mall and filled with shops of all design. The world famous glockenspiel at Munich Rathaus re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the mass of tourists waiting patiently for the show. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. Every day at 11 a.m. (as well as 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. in summer) it can be viewed. Munich has three original town gates left Karlstor, Sendlinger Tor and Isartor. All three town gates can be viewed withing the city centre region of Munich. These town gates were built during the 13th century as part of a defensive wall to protect the city. I love Karlstor its picturesque with a fountain and leads down Neuhauser Straube. I love Isartor with its painted images of Louis the Bavarian (Ludwig IV) after this victory over the Austrians at the battle of Ampfing in 1322. I love Sendlinger Tor because of its simplicity and how one would imagine a town gate from the middle ages would look.
BMW Welt is a burst of narcism from this German auto giant. It is everything the BMW group creates, constructs and sells all in the one place. BMW welt would cause heart palpitations among car lovers and even arouse a sense of recognition among us all. BMW WELT displays all the BMW models, a world that pays homage to the Mini and even the iconic Rolls Royce that BMW now builds. You can hire a BMW for a cruise or just sit in the many models and dream. You can tour the factory or buy entry to the museum. Motorbike’s, BMW merchandise and concept cars abound. I am not a car lover but BMW started my engine. We spent over 2.5 hours here looking, sitting, photography the cars. Best of all this attraction is free to visit, yes free.
Family travel tip: BMW has a junior campus for kids to learn key consepts. There is cafe’s and a restaurant. Free wifi and comfy couches to have a rest between sitting in cars and climbing on Motorbikes.
Bonus Attraction: Wildpark Poing
Wildpark Poing is located just outside Munich in Bavaria, Germany At Wildpark Poing, you see all the animals that once lived and roamed the forest of Bavaria. There is over 4 km of track through the park where you can observe the Bavarian animals in their natural habitat at Wildpark Poing. The animals are penned in big and natural enclosures. We are not talking small Zoo enclosures here we are talking big natural simulated environments for these animals, where they can roam and have some resemblance of what their life in nature would look like Wildpark Poing is a great way to spend an afternoon outside of Munich.
I hope you can find something interesting to visit in our article. I did not list Oktoberfest as it only happens for 2 weeks every year. By all means, if you can attend it amazing and highly recommended with or without kids in tow. You can read about out Oktoberfest experience here. Make sure you put Munich on your list of cities to visit you won’t be disappointed.
Arriving in Munich:
The airport is located 28.5 km (17.7 mi) northeast of Munich near the old city of Freising. Munich is the world’s 15th busiest airport. The city centre can be reached by train from the terminal or the ever popular private transfers.
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