Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Weekend in Munich

A couple of weeks ago, myself and Kevin jetted off to Munich for the weekend. It was our first time in Germany and we absolutely fell in love with Munich. The buildings and architecture were absolutely gorgeous and we really enjoyed just strolling around, wandering the beautiful streets. I decided to put together a quick little travel post on where we stayed, ate, visited etc.

How to Get There?

We flew with Are Lingus on an early Saturday morning flight and came back on a Monday. It was the first flight out of Cork so unfortunately, I don't think the future schedules fly on a Saturday.

Where to Stay?
We stayed in the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre and the location couldn't have been more ideal. There's steps from the hotel leading down to the underground train station so you don't even need to step outside to get on either the S-Bahn or U-Bahn (one stop to the city centre - Marienplatz). The hotel itself was absolutely gorgeous and we couldn't fault it.

What to Do?
Ok I need to first point out that we arrived on a Saturday, had that full day and a full day Sunday. BUT what we didn't know beforehand was that every single shop closes on Sundays. So we had left all of our shopping until the Sunday and we got a great shock to see that nowhere was open :P So if you are planning a trip there on a weekend, leave the sightseeing things until the Sunday as they're still open.


After searching Google for ages to find something that was open, we went and visited Fr├╝hlingsfest (Spring Festival) which was like a mini Oktoberfest. There was two big beer halls and lots of outdoor rides like mini rollercoasters, ferris wheel etc. It was a gorgeous day and I'm so happy we found it. I think this festival was only on the time of year that we went but it's worth Googling as they do a few different festivals and markets every so often.

Tierpark Hellabrun

We visited the Munich Zoo and loved it. There was a variety of animals but we were most looking forward to the ones we had never seen in other zoos e.g. bear, polar bears, wallaby etc. The weather was gorgeous so it was lovely to stroll around for the day.

Open Top Bus Tour
The first day we arrived, we did an Open Top Bus Tour which took us around to the various sites and landmarks Munich has to offer. We got off at the Olympic Tower and the English Gardens.

Olympic Tower
Olympiapark is an area in Munich where the Olympics were held years ago. They have lots of sports facilities and the 291m high Olympic Tower where you can go up and see the views of Munich. For only €7 it was definitely worth it and although I'm afraid of heights I actually didn't mind it too much.

English Gardens
This is one of the largest urban parks in the world. It has lots of pathways and grass areas which are perfect if you want to stroll around or have a picnic. We walked around it for a little while and came across these guys surfing on a really rapid part of the river - it was very cool!

Here's our vlogs from the trip.