Out and About in Munich
After our crazy Saturday at Oktoberfest, we had two more days to get out and about in Munich. I’ll be totally honest, Munich was probably my least favorite city visited on our trip. We had several great meals and saw glimpses of a city I could potentially love, but when we left I just had an overall meh feeling towards the Bavarian capital. I’m going to chalk it up to not having as much time to wander and explore as I would’ve liked and a little too much construction happening around the city, so until I can return to make my final call, here’s a look at some of the highlights!
A wet and dreary Sunday morning complete with post-Oktoberfest hangovers led us to the BMW Museum. I’m not a car person, I don’t have any particular love for BMW, but I still found this museum to be pretty cool. It was shiny and modern, they did a fantastic job with all the exhibits AND it was an easy train ride from the center of Munich. For dinner that night we headed to Zum Dürnbräu for some traditional German cuisine. We shared käsespätzle (German mac ‘n cheese, essentially), wiener schnitzel, and pork medallions and they were all delicious. The käsespätzle was my favorite and a common choice throughout our trip, but I think our first taste here in Munich ended up being the very best!
The following day Mike’s parents arrived so we met up with them for a day of sightseeing. We started our morning with a walk to Café Frischhut for a taste of their famous Schmalznudel for breakfast. Schmalznudel is a Munich institution; it’s a ring of fried dough with a very thin film in the middle where the hole would usually be in a donut. Fresh fried donuts are totally my thing so I was super excited for the schmalznudel, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me – literally and figuratively. I had read that they were covered in sugar but when they arrived at the table they were completely bare – and not very flavorful at all. Taking a guess, I sprinkled some sugar over mine and that definitely helped, but for me the schmalznudel just didn’t live up to the hype. I learned after the fact that you are indeed supposed to add your own sugar, so who knows, maybe if I had been a bit more generous with my sprinkling I would’ve enjoyed it more.
After breakfast we discovered that we were right across the street from one of Munich’s largest markets, Viktualienmarkt. This was a very exciting find – there were tons of great stalls with fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and, my favorite – Christmas ornaments! I added several Germany mementos to our collection here.
From the Viktualienmarkt we walked to St. Peter’s Church and paid a small amount to climb the stairs to the top. It was a long, narrow climb, but the views from above were totally worth it. Overlooking Germany’s central square, Marienplatz, there were great views of the New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) and a front seat to the chiming of the Glockenspiel. We caught the “show” from above and below at 11a and 12pm – the square gets completely packed but it’s a fun thing to see if you’re in the area around that time.
From St. Peter’s we walked to catch a ride on our favorite quick and dirty mode of sightseeing – the double decker bus. It started to drizzle and there seemed to be giant cranes everywhere so I didn’t get many great pictures, but, as double decker bus tours usually do, our ride gave us a nice overview of the city.
After one loop on the bus we stopped of at Hofbräuhaus for a quick beer and then headed to Zwickl for our dinner reservation. I found Zwickl via TripAdvisor and it was definitely my favorite meal in Munich. We started with an order of their popular meatballs and a couple bowls of their warm and velvety soups of the day. For mains Mike went with the Wiener Schnitzel and I went with a vegetarian option of mushrooms in a creamy sauce with fried dumplings. Everything was delicious but Mike’s schnitzel was my favorite of the night. Oh how I miss all that German schnitzel!
The next day we packed up our suitcases once more to continue on to the next stop on our trip – Rothenburg. Stay tuned!