It was love at first sight. The moment I stepped out the metro station at Munich’s Marienplatz, walking up the stairs and looking at the building that hosts the “Toy Museum”, I was sold and in love! A feeling of being in the middle of a fairy tale town completely overwhelmed me. It wasn’t my first visit to Munich but I never realized its beauty before. A perfect sunny spring day, probably helped a lot.
All of Marienplatz (the famous square in downtown Munich) is just too beautiful. Amazing old building, lovely and expensive shops, everything your touristy heart might require. A perfect place to take pictures.
Taking a walk around and turning into one of the little side streets you’ll find an old church with a visitor’s balcony: Saints Peter’s Church. Compared to other tourist attractions (in other cities) the access fee for the balcony is a joke..*but please ssshhhhh.. I hope it will stay this way (2€). However, getting up there is no joke at all. It’s a lot of stairs, but definitely worth it. You can probably get the best panorama view in Munich.
From there, we went through central Munich towards the English Garden. The biggest recreation park in Munich. Alone the walk through Munich was worth it. Such beautiful buildings. But also the park itself is just beautiful. Probably comparable to NY’s central park, it’s an oasis in the middle of the city. And guess what.. There is also a surfer’s wave! Yep! In the middle of the city. Only one surfer at a time allowed. I could figure out the rules relatively quickly though: as soon as you fall off the board it’s the next surfer’s turn.
I had the pleasure of staying at the amazing Novotel Munich City. Great location, just 2 stations from “Marienplatz”. Vibrant, yet cozy hotel. Colourful, yet tasteful and sophisticated. A 50/50 mixture of business and leisure hotel. Since I only landed early that morning, the walk through the English Garden was tiring enough. So, I went back to the hotel, to rest and get ready for a night out in Munich.
My date for the evening was a set-up by a common South African friend. He set me up with a real Munich-boy who was willing to show me parts of his town instead of leaving me alone in my hotel room (the room was really nice though, wouldn’t have minded staying in either) The date was great. We met at Marienplatz, he showed me a corner I hadn’t seen in the afternoon. We went to a Spanish Art Exhibition at the Art Museum Munich, which was a really refreshing date. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month the art museum is open for an after work event, with the exhibition being open till late and then drinks and music at the museum café. great vibe, arty people, nice atmosphere.
Thanks Mr. Munich for taking me there:-) And… taking my request by heart to end off the evening at the most famous Hofbräu Haus! It must be a torture for a local to take a tourist there… I appreciate it and was in the end very happy to have gone out instead of spending the evening in the hotel room by myself!
Bye bye Munich, till next time!