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
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.
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.
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?
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.