Munich is a dynamic city that taught its people how to live their lives to the fullest. Explore the artsy Schwabing district and sit down at any of the 47 open-air cafés and restaurants along the Leopoldstrasse nearby. Or burn some Euros at the celebrity spot, Maximilianstrasse, lined with all the big brands such as Versace, Jimmy Choo, Dior and more. The city centre is easily reached from Munich Airport by train or shuttle service.
Lay down on the grass and relax at the English Garden . This beautiful park was opened to the public in 1792 to allow every person access to a green space. While in the park, don’t miss its famous attraction, the great Chinesischer Turm where you can have a stein and get to know the locals. If you’re up for some surfing (or simply watching others surf), catch a wave at the one and only surf spot in Munich. Located at the southwestern corner of the English Garden the Eisbach, a man - made river with a constant wave attracts many surfers . This city also offers many treasures for art lovers and its museums and galleries reflect how deeply the residents care for the arts.
No matter how you decide to spend your time there, you will be impressed by the historical and modern-day gems the city has to offer. Should you want to discover the nearby places, hire a car in Munich and have an adventure!
Traffic can be an exhausting experience especially during the peak season, which is anytime from June to August when the weather is perfect and the city is bustling with festivals. If you’re thinking about hiring a car in Munich, you won’t face any complications – car hire deals are very affordable and there are plenty of car hire companies, such as Keddy, Alamo, Enterprise and more to choose from. The downside is that once you have your rental, finding a parking space in the city centre and the more central districts is frustrating. We suggest you leave your hired vehicle in a Park & Ride car park in the outskirts of the city and use public transportation to get to your final destination .
Keep in mind that the maximum BAC level is 0.05% for drivers of private vehicles. There is a Zero Tolerance Law for novice drivers who have held a driving licence less than two years and for young drivers who are less than 21 years of age.
Let’s begin at the true heart of Munich, the Marienplatz Square with Old and New Town Hall . The Old Town Hall was built between 1470 and 1480 and sits on the east side of the square. The New Town Hall, done in a neo-Gothic style dominates its north side. Climb the building’s tower and enjoy the view of the city.
For more breath taking views walk up the 299 steps of the Church of St. Peter, the city’s oldest parish church, and enjoy the view from the church’s spire. By law, no building in Munich can surpass the height of the towers of the Church of Our Lady (99m), so the skyline and view provides the perfect, uninterrupted Bavarian view as far as the eye can see. On a clear day you can even see the Alps! A visit to the aforementioned Church of Our Lady is a must. It is one of Munich's most important landmarks. Step inside and visit the tomb of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian and the devil's footprint .
If you’re up for it, and if you hire a vehicle in Munich, you can explore more captivating places. The first one on our list is the impressive fairy tale castle , Neuschwanstein , about 75 mi (120 km) southwest of Munich. It’s so enchanting that Walt Disney used it as a model for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! Head north and visit Bamberg , known as the Little Venice , a rough 142 mi (230 km) north of Munich. The Regnitz River that runs through Bamberg and the Old Town Hall adds a special atmosphere to the city. Another beautiful place towards north is the medieval village Rothenburg ob der Tauber , a 155 mi (250 km) long ride, with half–timbered houses , cobbled streets and a festive Christmas market . If you want to change direction, pick east! About 93 mi (150 km) that way you can visit the charming Berchtesgaden and explore the Old Town , discover the Salt Mine , or visit the Oktoberfest’s beer hall . Why stick to Germany only, when you can go further! Salzburg , Austria , known for the movie The Sound of Music is only 15 mi (25 km) up the road from Berchtesgaden! Take a photo of at least one of the many castles and palaces , like the Hohensalzburg Fortress , have a look at the house Mozart lived in, and visit the Mönchstein Castle . Before you cross the border, make sure you notify the car rental agency and ask for any additional information.
Bavarian food is heavy on meat and dumplings (usually made from flour, bread and potatoes). It is safe to say that the Bavarian cuisine is very rich, filling and doughy – exactly what is needed when sampling German beer .
Looking for something light? Try the salty pretzels ! Yes, they are huge. Or spaetzle , tiny dumplings often served with fried shallots and cheese.
Next is the popular schweinshaxe or a roasted pig knuckle accompanied by a huge potato dumpling. It will sharpen your mind and cleanse your soul! You simply have to try the weisswurst or “white sausage” made from bacon or veal. You can eat it with the aforementioned pretzel or dip it in sweet mustard. Pure heaven! And of course, the snitzel is not to be missed. This classic is a boneless meat coated in breadcrumbs and cooked in such a way that it will bring a whole new meaning to your life! And for dessert? Germans love their Kaffeeklatsch (basic translation: gossip over coffee and cake) and finding a café that serves strong coffee and tasty cakes won't be a challenge.
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