Dec 29, 2014

Munich, Germany


Our weekend in Munich seems like FOR-EV-ER ago. I'm talking October of 2012. Yep. Why haven't I gotten around to sharing one of Germany's most historic and "fest-worthy" cities? No clue. I simply forgot. But it doesn't mean Munich isn't memorable...far from it. In fact, I counted it as one of the top 10 European cities you shouldn't skip. Munich is what I like to think of as the perfect blended city. It's chock full of fascinating history, kitschy cuteness, modern conveniences, and, most importantly, is the host city for one of the world's largest beer festivals...OKTOBERFEST! And that's precisely why we found ourselves in Munich for a quick visit.

Even though we didn't stay in Munich for our Oktoberfest adventure (we opted for more affordable accommodations in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and trained into Munich), we still found the city easy to navigate and filled with attractions for all types of travelers. We traveled with another military couple, and because the two boys wanted to dive a little deeper into WWII history and the Nazi footprint left behind all over Munich (formerly known as "the Capital of the Movement"), we decided to take the Third Reich Tour with Sandemans New Europe tours. Talk about a humbling 3-hour walk. We wandered all over Munich, stopping at infamous landmarks once occupied by the likes of Adolf Hitler and prominent leaders inside the Nazi party. Headquarters, houses, meeting rooms, and memorials...we heard stories of war, horror, and, eventually, the rebuilding of Munich to its former glory. The scars of inhuman malice and unfathomable fear can still be found lurking all around the city, a constant reminder of a painful time many still don't understand. The tour, while macabre at times, was extremely informative and well-done. I highly recommend it if you've got an inquisitive mind and a stomach for hearing some less than lovely stories of German (and world) history.


The tour offered quite a lot of heavy information to take in, so after our morning tour ended, we returned to Munich's famed beer hall, Hofbrauhaus, for a stein to take the edge off. I honestly can't tell you how cool it was to be standing inside the Hofbrauhaus. We'd heard about it for years, but actually having a drink and partaking in the camaraderie typical of the insanely huge beer hall was just beyond awesome. Ain't no party like a German beer party! It did take us a little bit to find a table, but once we did, we spent HOURS there...eating, drinking, and enjoying the traditional oompah band and partying tourists in town for Oktoberfest. Even if you're not typically into hitting up tourist hotspots, the Hofbrau is a MUST SEE. At least wander around inside and enjoy the beautiful frescoes and lively atmosphere. Such a super neat place.




Even if you're not into beer-drinking or history re-hashing, Munich is a gem of a place to behold. If I had to recommend one large city to visit in Germany, this would be it!

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23 comments:

  1. I am so jealous you got to spend time in Munich! I haven't had the chance to make it there yet, but I will for sure go soon! Great photos. Thanks for sharing <3

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  2. We stopped in Munich on our way over to Istanbul and we only got to see a very small part of the city where our hotel was. I remember talking to the innkeeper about some good places for breakfast and somewhere for a really quick visit and he sort of brushed it off and asked my Californian travel companion if he knew Arnold Schwarzenegger personally. I'm so excited to go back and actually explore someday!

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  3. Munich is amazing! And (this sounds odd, but) I would love to take a Third Reich Tour - I can only imagine how fascinating it would be. I read "In the Garden of Beasts" this year, and being able to see the sights mentioned throughout that story would be really, really interesting. I'll add it to my "some day" list!

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  4. I have been to a couple of cities in Germany but have not been to Munich yet. Looks lovely.

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  5. Munich is definitely one of my favorite cities- like you said, Oktoberfest! I just spent a few days before Christmas in Berlin, and I think overall I liked Munich better. Then again, I have been to Munich many times and explored all about the city, so I know it better which perhaps gives me a bias!

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  6. I loved Munich, the many brauhaus and history - just amazing. Definitely a city I would encourage people not to miss if they're heading to Germany!

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  7. I still have a ton of old trips to share on my blog, so don't feel bad! Quite a few people have told me they prefer Munich over Berlin. I haven't been to either but I'll have to see for myself one day.

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  8. Munich - but southern Germany more generally - is definitely on my must-see list in Germany. Knowing how heavy the scars of WWII still weigh on Germany society, I'm sure that tour was heavy but super humbling.

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  9. Ah yes, Munich is sooooo fabulous! I am definately going back there.

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  10. Oh how I do loved a visit to your blog

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  11. What a cool place! Definitely on my bucket list of place I want to see.

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  12. Such beautiful photos of a lovely city! I would love to visit here someday, thanks for sharing!

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  13. I absolutely love Munich! The food and beer are highlights for sure. We also visited Dachau concentration camp not too far out of the city which was quite a somber experience.

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  14. I loved seeing these photos! I went in 2010 and LOVED it. It was for a human rights class, so we did a lot of the history tours, too. It was very interesting.

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  15. How fun! Munich is definitely on my travel-bucket list. Now I have ideas on what to do when I finally get there someday!

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  16. I went to Munich once, but it was so random that I don't remember much of it. Goes to show how bad company can make such an interesting city dull! Your tour looks lovely on the other hand, I clearly have to check this city again, seriously this time.

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  17. I am so glad you posted about Munich! We so loved our time there, and yes, humbling is also right!

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  18. Just in Munich last week and hate to admit that I didn't love it, but I did appreciate it! Great post! If I'm ever back I would consider doing to Third Reich Tour. I did the "free" walking tour with them but wasn't that impressed with the content! http://nomoneywilltravel.com/2014/12/30/24-hours-in-berlin-no-problem/

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  19. Awesome post - love your photos! I saw your post and thought it was ironic... I also posted about Munich today!

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  20. I love Munich! It was one of my favorite cities in Europe. Love your pictures. www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

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  21. My husband and oldest daughter have been to Munich and they loved it. It is definitely on my "must travel to" list. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

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  22. Yay! I LOVE Munich. I went with my family when I was 19. We stayed in Munich, but did a lot of driving to surrounding sites as well (Eagle's Nest, Neuschwanstein, Salzburg, lots of smaller German towns). It is what made me want to study abroad and see more of the world. Such a beautiful part of the world and great city!

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  23. Did you guys try the white sausage and beer for breakfast there? It was delicious. That being said I probably couldn't handle beer for breakfast everyday.
    The Sandemans tour we took in Berlin was just shockingly raw. I get tingly insides when I think about it.
    Lovely pictures.

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