7 Things I still haven’t done in Munich and around

I’m a true “Münchner Kindl” as people call it. Born and raised in Munich. Okay, fair enough, I left Munich when I was 20 and only came back when I was around 26, but since my parents live here, I’ve visited quite often in those 6 years.
But I guess all of us know that you tend to not really explore the cities you live in as much as you explore cities while you are traveling.

That’s why I’ve made this list of things I haven’t done in Munich and around. To remind myself to tick them off little by little and to give you an idea what to do in Munich, if you are visiting. A win-win so to speak.

#1 Schloss Neuschwanstein

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Well, it’s not really in Munich and it’s a bit of a drive (almost 2 hours) but it’s something a lot of people do while they are in Munich. And I’ve lived here for quite a while and never have. Shame on me.

#2 Zugspitze

It’s the highest mountain in Germany (almost 3.000m) and that’s why I feel like it should be a place on everyone’s list, especially when they are from around here. It’s actually just right next to Eibsee where I spent a lot of days already but I’ve never made it up there. But I mean, I’ve still got time.

#3 Deutsches Museum

Alright, this is one point that’s not fully true. I’ve been to the museum before, it’s our science museum and actually the biggest one in the whole world but I think the last time I went was about 20 years ago and I was really bored and didn’t enjoy it. Can’t wait to bring my little nephew and be a kid again for a day!
Actually done that now in October 2017.

#4 Floßfahrt

It’s a very famous thing to do in Munich: Go on one of those wooden boats as you can see on the photo and float along the river, while drinking beer, eating and listening to bavarian music. There are different companies that offer this way of seeing a bit of nature and that way you don’t have to do any hard work yourself. Perfect, huh?
Find one of those companies here.

#5 Surf the Eisbach

Alright, you got me, I suck at surfing so I will probably NEVER fulfil this secret wish of mine but everytime I bring friends to the river, I wish I could just jump right in and do it myself. But yeah.. Probably not gonna happen.

#6 Have breakfast at Viktualienmarkt

“Frühschoppen” is what we call it here. You drink a “Weißbier” (wheat beer) and eat some “Weißwurst” (a bavarian type of sausage) and just enjoy your morning. Sounds pretty peaceful, doesn’t it?

#7 Kocherlball

The idea behind the “Kocherlball” is, that back in the day servants weren’t able to really celebrate and “party” since they were working the normal party-hours. That’s why Kocherlball formed, which happened every Sunday during summer the servants had to start working (5am-8am). Since 1989, Munich brought back Kocherlball one Sunday in July (with a different background obviously) and invited everyone who was interested in dancing classical dances, eating, drinking and having a good time.
I haven’t made it yet but I’m sure I’ll go one day. It definitely sounds (and looks!) like fun!
Here’s a link to what is planned for Kocherlball 2018.

Munich: My favourite Summer Spots

I grew up in one of the best cities in the world – Munich. I then moved away for university but still came back every summer to spend some time with family and friends. And because I am here right now and I am too excited for summer, I decided to give you a few tips on my favourite hangout spots in the summer.

#1 English Garden

I guess parks are the hangout spot in every cities when it’s warm. In Munich, this park is the English Garden (Englischer Garten). One of the highlights of this park is the wave “Eisbach Welle” at one of the arms of the river Isar, which is located at Prinzregentenstrasse. You can find surfers there all year round and even big names like Jack Johnson tried it out on their visits. The stream then goes on into the English Garden, where you can bathe in it or just cool of your feet (Watch out though, the water is super cold!). At night, people start making picnics and pre drinking there, which gives the whole park a really relaxed atmosphere. There are also two great beer gardens in the park, one at the Chinesischer Turm (chinese tower) and one called Seehaus, which is located at Kleinhesseloher See.
It doesn’t only sound as if the park is huge, it actually is. But don’t worry, even when getting lost you’ll find great places and you will have a great summer day!

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Eisbachwelle (via flickr: rmoriz)

#2 Isar

Another given probably – the isar. Because you are always looking for a way to cool down when the thermometre is hitting a certain level. The Isar, the river that runs through Munich, is a perfect way to do that. There are tons of different spots where you can go down to the banks, so I won’t recommend a specific one – they are all pretty. And if you want to see a bit more, go rent a dinghy and float down the whole river. I’ve done it once and it’s super fun! We had our own boat back then, but maybe take a look here or here or just google for other places! (I’v e never tried them, so these are just sites that popped up when I googled it.)

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#3 Hackerbrücke

My best friend introduced me to a spot last year, where I actually never thought it would be as great as it actually was – the bridge over the railway towards the central train station. Yes, I know, it sounds really weird and that’s why I was a bit sceptical when she suggested to watch the sunset from there. But trust me, it was worth it! (You should not be afraid of heights because you are climbing up the steel grinders in order to watch from up there.) We brought a bottle of wine and some fruits before we went out one friday night and I’m definitely going back there this year!

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#4 Café Vorhoelzer

Rooftop bars – I guess every city has them. Munich just started a few years ago and one of the first ones was Café Vorhoelzer, a café located on the roof of the technical university building. It is a bit odd when you are wearing your floaty dress and flip flops, walking past students in their own building, to drink a nice glass of wine or any other drink on the 5th floor, but the view is breathtaking and in the summer, the place is always packed.

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The view. And now imagine in with even better weather! by author

#5 Tollwood

Tollwood is a cultural festival with a lot of different food stalls that offer dishes from all around the world and stalls that offer great jewellery, gifts, art and everything else you can imagine. There’s one in the summer and on in the winter, but I have to say, the summer one is my favourite. It’s located at Olympia park and takes place for around a month (this year it’s June 29th until July 24th).
A lot of bands or comedians also play at that festival at nights and it’s always packed with people sitting in the beergardens, strolling around the stalls or sitting on the grass with a cold glass of beer.

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#6 Everything around Munich

Haha, I guess this is a bit vague, but I’m planning on introducing you to a few daytrips you can do from Munich during the next few weeks. But whenever you visit Munich (probably no matter which season it is but definitely in the summer) go get the train (or a car if that’s an opportunity) and drive out into the countryside of Bavaria. There’s so much to do, that I’m always a bit overwhelmed on where to go. Bavaria has great lakes, that are just a short trip away, such as Starnberger See, Tegernsee or Schliersee but there are also a lot of trekking spots around the mountains. So stay tuned for my tips!

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