We made a quick trip to Munich while staying in Bayerisch Gmain, Germany. Honestly, I wasn’t really excited about it. I wasn’t not excited about it, I just had no idea what to expect. Turns out is it a lovely city and there are a lot of fun things to do in Munich.
Our friends from home, Deena and Todd, hooked us up with their friends from high school who are currently living in Munich. It was such a treat to meet interesting, fun people and connect with someone outside our family. Hanging out with just the four of us is great, but once in awhile a little outside energy is nice.
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Things to do in Munich
Free Munich Walking Tour
Take a free city tour with Sandeman’s New Europe. Make a reservation online before you go.
Surf the Eisbach in the English garden
Even in the middle of winter, you’ll see die hards surfing at the south end of the park. There is an artificial wave on the manmade river called the Eisbach. You can even take a surfing lesson if watching from the bridge isn’t enough.
Stroll Through the english garden
The Englische Garten (English Garden) is one of the largest urban parks in the world. After watching the surfers, stroll along the paths in the English Garden. In winter, there are sledders on the little hill, in summer you can watch (or join in) naked yoga in the park.
From beer gardens, to museums, to a Chinese pagoda, there is a lot to see in the English Garden. If you are only in Munich for 36 hours, you won’t see it all, but check out this free self-guided walking tour and plan out which sights you don’t want to miss.
Eat, Drink, and make friends at the Hofbräuhaus
The Hofbräuhaus is Munich’s oldest beer hall and most visited. There is a reason that it is packed with tourists and locals — it’s really fun. Pull up a bench at a communal table, order a big, tasty beer and make friends with your neighbor. Be sure to grab a huge pretzel when the vendor walks by.
There is a lot more to see in Munich, but you only have a day and a half. Better catch your train home.
Need to pack more into your trip? Top 20 Things to See and Do in Munich should keep you busy.
One of our other favorite cities is Salzburg. Rick Steves Pocket Munich & Salzburg has you covered for both.
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