Travel like a local: Munich guide for absolute beginners

Post by Majdi A. on 26/07/2013

Munich is more than the city where millions of people get drunk at Oktoberfest. The city is at the epicentre of Bavarian culture and from pretzels to sausage to beer, the cultural flavours of Southern Germany are as diverse as the region’s topography. Our friends at GoEuro kindly put together this mini travel guide to give you the hippest advice on how to experience Munich like a local.

Getting Around

Once you've sorted your travel to Munich, getting around is easy. Using Marienplatz as a main starting point, exploring the city centre on foot is highly recommended. In addition, public transport costs just 2.20 per ride.

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Must-see Museum: Haus Der Kunst

Visiting museums seems like a must on any trip. If you had to go to just one, I highly recommend Haus der Kunst if you enjoy contemporary masterpieces. With the ambition to be at the forefront of modern art, it hosts international exhibitions on a regular basis and is a favourite of many locals. They offer guided tours in both English and German, which are free with paid admission.

Surfing in the City: Eisbach and Floßlände

Located near Haus Der Kunst is a small man-made river that flows through the English Gardens. Experienced surfers have been riding this wave since 1972. Not far is the Floßlände which is wide enough for a few surfers to ride at a time and is easier for beginners.

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Eat Like a Local: Viktualenmarkt

A must see for any visitor, the Viktualenmarkt is a food market located in the city center. Once a farmer’s market, you can now find gourmet foods and delicacies across 140 stalls offering fruit, flowers, game, poultry, spices, and special cheeses. Try out some organic Weisswurst and Sauerkraut here. It’s tasty and pretty cheap!

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Watch History: Rathaus-Glockenspiel

The 32 life-sized figures dance everyday at 11 am to the 43 bells of the town hall for 15 minutes. The top part of the bell tower tells the story of Duke Wilhelm V (who also happens to be the founder of the infamous Hofbräuhaus) to Renate Lorraine. The bottom half tells a story about struggles and the “coopers’ dance” that brought luck to those struck by the plague and other troubles.

Coffee Shops: St. Jakobs Platz

Quaint cafes line the streets of the Jewish Quarter in Munich. It is an ideal place to spend time and grab a cup of coffee in between museum visits. The hard to miss medieval arsenal, which is now the City Museum, sits across from the Jewish Museum and synagogue. The space weaves together historical and cultural vibes.

Walk in the Park: Hirschgarten

Once a royal hunting ground, the Hirschgarten, meaning deer garden, is a favorite location for locals to escape city life and lounge in the grass. Along the pathways is also the “Königlicher Biergarten,” which is one of the largest in the world. It’s a perfect pit stop after a stroll on a summer’s day.

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Listen to Beats: Harry Klein

A needle in a haystack, Harry Klein is a tiny, intimate club in the city centre. It was originally constructed as a room within a room, with thick concrete walls so that party-goers could dance all night long. Listen to funky tunes that swing you deep into the night.

Drink: Big Beers

Munich is the birthplace of the beer hall. There is no shortage of tasty beer flowing into the gigantic one-litre glass mugs. The historical Hofbräuhaus is a hall you just can’t avoid. It’s filled with tourists and internationals but the happy atmosphere and oompah bands make it a night you won’t forget, no matter how many litres of beer have been consumed. For an alternative, more authentic beer hall, we suggest the Austiner Bräustuben, which is close to the city’s Hauptbahnhof.

goeuro-logo.pngThis guest post was contributed by the team at GoEuro, an exciting start-up based in Berlin. Their platform is making it easier for travellers to compare transport options within and around Europe.

 

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