Things to do in Munich (in a Day and a Half)

Things to do in Munich in a short visitWe 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.

The video tells all. Then scroll down to plan your own quick stay in Munich.

Things to do in Munich
Free Munich Walking Tour

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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.Things to do in Munich

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.

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20 thoughts on “Things to do in Munich (in a Day and a Half)

  1. Edith Conyers

    Fantastic video clip and report! Loved it and especially the “cameo” appearance of Henry!
    Always loving it and enjoying it to the hilt!!
    Thanks for the fun in following your adventures
    HUGS to all

  2. Only By Land

    I didn’t do the English garden when I was in Munich as it’s on your things to do in 36 hours I must have missed out. I’d love to experience the drinking in there, even in the cold and snow! The beer you had in the tall glass looks very tasty! Great video, I love how you showed the train journey to Munich.

  3. Abhinav Singh

    I loved the video. You sure work hard on your blogs. Those are some great tips. I am amazed to know that surfing is popular in winter as well. I am afraid of water in winter, haha. That surfing shot in the video was exciting. I wish I could do that too.

    1. Mel Post author

      Thanks! I do spend a lot of time on them!! The surfing did look pretty exciting, but I think I would want to learn when it’s warm out.

    1. Mel Post author

      Yes, the beer is great and I would love to go to one of the fests. My favorite thing about this trip was that I had no idea how much I would like the city.

  4. Naomi

    This comes right at the right time! I’ll have one evening in Munich on one of my next trips. Will definately check out the Hofbräuhaus. I’ll leave the ice wave though. Not for me. Lol

  5. Sara Essop

    I didn’t know that there was so much to do in Munich. I love the free walking tours so I will definitely do that. The ones I’ve done have been so informative. I also enjoy gardens so I will visit the English Gardens too.

  6. Kassie

    I’ve only spent a few hours in Munich, and most of it was spent at Oktoberfest but I would love to go back someday. There seems to be so much to do. Looks like such a cool city, especially the surfing in the park!

  7. Diana - MVMT Blog

    I don’t know how I missed the surf pool in the English Garden when I went in April 2014 but I might have to go back just for that! I am a big beer drinker and big fan of German beers in particular, and I loved the relaxed environment and beer halls there. Hoping to go back for Oktoberfest this year 🙂

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