As a treat for Jana’s 8th grade graduation, I decided a trip to Germany would be a nice idea. Jana’s paternal grandfather was born in Germany and some of my family members on my mother’s side also originated there. I figured this would be a good opportunity for her to see some sites, learn about the culture and fulfill her desire to visit. After a bit of research, I decided on Munich. Once we nailed down the weekend, we extended the invite to our other favorite travel partner, Grammy, and planning began.
2 Days in Munich at a glance-
St. Peters Church
Linderhoff Palace (Schloss Linderhof)
Landed at the Munich, Germany (MUC) airport in the morning. From there we took the SBahn train to Central Station, just a few short blocks from where we were staying-
Le Meridien hotel.
We unpacked our belongs, rested for a short bit, and then hit the streets. We headed in the direction of Marienplatz, which is a nice 2-mile (or less) walk from the hotel. You can also take either the UBahn or Sbahn from various places to Marienplatz.
Along our route we passed Justizplast (Palace of Justice).
Passed Karlsplaz (Stachus)…
Stachus is a large square in central Munich, southern Germany. The square was officially named Karlsplatz in 1797.
Mom picked up some strawberries from a street vendor. Biggest things I’ve ever seen!
We arrived to Marienplatz and the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). A very lively place with lots of people lingering around.
Marienplatz (en: Mary’s Square, i.e. St. Mary, Our Lady’s Square) is a central square in the city centre of Munich, Germany. It has been the city’s main square since 1158.
We were coming up on lunchtime so we found a nice little Italian restaurant, Berni’s Nudelbrett, that had outside seating. Jana & I enjoyed spicy salami pizza (no option for pepperoni) and Mom enjoyed a local beer along with pasta stuffed with gorgonzola cheese & pear filling with tomato sauce.
After lunch we headed over to Viktualienmarkt to check out the local crafts, food, beer garden, etc. (market is closed on Sundays).
The Viktualienmarkt developed from an original farmers’ market to a popular market for gourmets. In an area covering 22,000 m2 (240,000 sq ft), 140 stalls and shops offer flowers, exotic fruit, game, poultry, spices, cheese, fish, juices and so on.
Next stop was to climb the stairs at St. Peters Church.
Alter Peter (Old Peter) to the locals, St. Peter’s Church is one of the most iconic sights in Munich. If you want to enjoy a view of the entire city center from the church tower, you will first need to climb 299 steps — but the sight is worth the effort. When the weather is very good, you can also see all the way to the Alps.
**Helpful hints- The stairs up to the tower get narrow, and with the number of people going up and down, it’s not the best idea if you have a fear of being in tight spaces. Cost is 2 EUR or 1 EUR for kids.
Narrow walk space.
But once you’re at the top, the view is breathtaking…
View of Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady)
View of Marienplatz & Old Town Hall
Enjoying our crepe and waiting for the 5 o’clock glockenspiel to chime.
Took the Sbahn to get back to our hotel for an afternoon nap.
After a few hours recharging, we decided to get out there again (well, just Jana & me). Trying to think ahead as to what we wanted to do in the very short time we had left in the country, we decided that the Hofbrauhaus was top on the priority list since we wanted to make sure to get her dad a beer stein from there. That and everything else at that point was closed. So off we went in a cab ride from the hotel to Hofbrauhaus (cost was about 14 EUR).
Woke bright and early. Set out for a quick bite and coffee along our walk to meet the tour bus.
First stop was the Linderhof Palace (or Schloss Linderhof) but first a short walk to the welcome center…
Picture taking is not allowed inside the castle but there’s plenty to take outside.
The next stop on the tour was this cute little town called Oberammergau where we had a nice lunch and did some window shopping.
Lunch at Zur Tini.
Then on to THE Neuschwanstein Castle.
Once you enter the Hohenschwangau Village, you can shop, eat (we ate at hotel Muller) before making the trek to the castle. You would also buy tickets for entrance and tour to the Neuschwanstein Castle, just around the side of this hotel. Click here for ticket information.
The Hohenschwangau Castle can be seen from the village.
We hop on a bus (for a very small fee) that takes us to Marienbrucke (or Mary’s Bridge). It’s a great place to take pictures though the bridge can get quite crowded.
…but the views are amazing.
View of Hohenschwangau Village from the bridge.
Approaching the Neuschwanstein Castle
Again, photography is forbidden inside this castle as well…but this picture was taken from the castle, looking out.
A selfie before leaving. 🙂
Along the walk back to the tour bus.
Upon getting back to Munich, Jana and I couldn’t help ourselves. A quick train ride back to Marienplatz for another delicious crepe and last pic of New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus).
Next morning we woke early and caught the plane back home to the U.S. It was a fun yet quick trip. I’m looking forward to planning another trip back.
Places I’d like to go next visit-
The English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg)
The Pinakothek (art museum)
Deutsches Museum (science museum)
Try more German food
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