I visited Munich with a few friends while I was doing exchange, in literally 24h – I know it seems impossible, but it was the amount of time we had, so we decided do take a chance. Despite it was a very short stay, I feel like it was plenty of time to get the essence of the city and I actually really enjoyed the trip! Better safe than sorry, am I right? 🙂
So here’s my advice of 10 things to do while staying in Munich for 24 hours!
- Start out in Marienplatz
This is the main square of the city, so it only makes sense you start your visit by seeing it. Its amazing architecture, people walking around and its life are what makes it so special. In my opinion, it just makes you stop and stare into this magical square. I was lucky enough to visit while there was a festival due to a public holiday, so I was able to have a beer and a wurst there and see the typical bavarian costumes! How cool is that? 🙂
2. Have a beer at the Biergarten
This one is so obvious right?! German beer is famous for a reason – because it’s freaking delicious! And having it on its “natural habitat” is a great experience! I loved the taste and thickness, but I found specially funny the way they throw the beer from one side of the table to another, so naturally… I wouldn’t try this at home ! 😀
3. Eat a wurst
Another obvious thing to do! The germans are specialists in what it comes to sausages, so what else would you eat in Germany?
They have a lot of types of wurst, but the best one (the one they advise you to eat) is the currywurst. It was quite spicy, which is not really my thing, so I had the normal one, and it was delishhhh!
4. Walk under the Kalstor Gate
It used to serve to defend the city, they were remodelled and now it divides the city center from the suburbs. It is definetly a really interesting thing to see and to pass by.
5. Walk around Hofgarten
This is a beautiful garden to spend a few hours during spring. It is very well treated, full of flowers and with a beautiful fountain and you can also see a few people, wether couples walking around or people passing by. Either way, it’s definetly worth the look. I don’t know if it happens often, but I got lucky again and saw a few people dancing tango inside the bandstand, which was truly wonderful.
Another amazing square in the city that sometimes has held a small market.
7. Visit Dachau Concentration Camp
This was the first Nazi concentration camp, and it was the most impressive thing I ever saw in my life. The camp just brings you back to all the brutal things that used to happen there – it shows perfectly what a terrible time it was and how horribly people were treated. Since the “beds” that used to be packed with people, the bathrooms that had horrible conditions and the gas chambers… Just terribly sad, there are no other words to describe it. It is sad to see this didn’t happen that long ago, and that people were actually treated so horribly. Despite this was a horrible part of history, I advise anyone to go, as it makes you think and understand what happened.
Of course, I would have to name a market in the city, which is probably my favorite thing to visit. This one is a typical farmer’s market, it has nothing different but is quite european and interesting, so if you have time check it out.
What about you? Have you ever visited Munich? Tell me all about it !
Lots of Love,