Belle Michelle
New Town Hall frontage (Neues Rathaus)

Munich Weekend Trip

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful city of Munich in Germany for the weekend…

The flight from London Gatwick to Munich was less than an hour and a half, so super quick. However, after leaving the UK in blazing sunshine, we arrived in Munich to… pouring rain and darkness. After figuring out the train to our hotel, we headed out to search for some dinner. We found a traditional German restaurant called Burg Pappenheim, where I had a massive plate of pork and potatoes and dumplings which filled me up for pretty much the duration of the weekend!

The next day, the sun decided to make an appearance and we headed out to explore some of the city. On the short walk to the city centre, we crossed over the Isar river, which runs through the city.

View of the Isar river from a bridge View of the Isar river from a bridge

Walking through the Viktualienmarkt (an outdoor market), we passed The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), which is an awesome looking building.

Street in Munich with the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)

Just around the corner in the Marienplatz (central square), we had a look at the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). This building has so much insane detail in its exterior.

New Town Hall frontage (Neues Rathaus)

Christmas markets were being set up within the square but wouldn’t open until the next week, so we had just missed them, boooooo.

New Town Hall frontage (Neues Rathaus) Looking up at the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus)

We happened to be walking by when the glockenspiel on the exterior of the New Town Hall started playing with moving characters and music, as it is played at certain points in the day. The square became very busy at this point!

Glockenspiel in the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) Looking up at the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) glockenspiel

Continuing on our walking tour of the city, we came across Munich Residenz – which is a former royal palace…

Frontage of the Munich Residenz (Münchner Residenz)

…the Munich National Theatre

Munich National Theatre and street tram

…I think this is called the Maximillian Residenz, the west wing entrance of the Residenz. Regardless, I love the style of the building.

Maximilian Residenz (17th Century west wing of Munich Residenz)

We paid a few euros to climb up St. Peter’s Church tower to get a view of the city. It was a long climb up very narrow stairs!

View of Munich from St. Peter's Church tower View of Munich from above with the Frauenkirche and New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus)

Back down to ground level, we continued walking around the streets, including this one – Maximilianstraße – which is filled completely with high-end stores like Chanel and Prada. Way too expensive for the likes of me (maybe one day!).

Street in Munich

This building stood out to me walking along, but I didn’t know what it was at the time; looking it up after the fact, it is apparently the district government building of Upper Bavaria.

District government building along Maximilianstraße

Walking through the Hofgarten (court garden) on the way to the Englischer Garten (English Garden), we walked past this building, which is the Festsaalbau of the Residenz (apparently a banqueting hall)…

Festsaalbau of the Residenz

…and the temple in the middle of the garden.

Temple in the Hofgarten (court garden) Hofgarten (court garden)

This building is the Bayerische Staatskanzlei. It houses government chancellors offices, apparently.

Bayerische Staatskanzlei frontage

We finally made it to the English Garden… and funnily enough didn’t actually end up spending much time there, as we were super hungry and cold. I’m kind of annoyed about that now, as there are loads of cool stuff in the garden we didn’t get to see! We did see this man made waterfall though, and further up stream, people were surfing. They looked bloody cold!

Waterfall in the English Garden (Englischer Garten)

Some evening strolls around the city…

Evening shop lights near the Munich Residenz Shop lights near the Munich Residenz

Lion statues at the Feldherrnhalle, back around where the Residenz is located.

Lion statues at the Feldherrnhalle and the Maximilian Residenz (west wing of the Residenz)

Cake and coffee stop was required after a long day walking around and looking at stuff. We went to a café called Maelu.

Strawberry cheesecake and coffee from Maelu Café

On the last morning, we went to a restaurant called Cotidiano, which was very busy but had fantastic breakfast. I had bircher muesli with some fruit bread. It was so so good!

Bircher muesli breakfast from Cotidiano bakery restaurant in Munich

A giant pretzel had to be acquired before getting on the plane home. Just to round out the carb fest that was this holiday 🙂

Giant pretzel

I really enjoyed Munich but there was just not enough time to see everything over the weekend. I would also like to see some proper German Christmas markets, so definitely a reason to come back to Germany at some point!

© Michelle Dinan 2017