My mini-globe tour of Munich has taken me to places you wouldn’t expect to find in the Bavarian capital, like Greece, Italy, New York, and even Asia.
Who needs to travel far when you have surfers in the middle of the city, an original Nepalese pagoda, intriguing street art, and container cafes, or a pompous castle with a fantasy castle park to visit?
Whether you’re in Munich for Corona or not, I’ve put up a list of the city’s best sights and events with some of my preferred eating establishments while you’re at it.
Let’s dig in, shall we?
Welcome to Munich’s Asian Dream of Westpark!
In the middle of Munich… a Thai shala and an actual Nepalese pagoda?!
Well, Westpark does transport you to another world entirely.
As the sun sets, the open pavilion with the Buddha statue on a platform in the middle of a beautiful lake takes on a remarkably magical atmosphere.
The Nepalese Pagoda is just a few feet away, and it brings back pleasant memories of this exciting country. A team of 300 Nepalese carvers worked on it for seven months before it was dismantled and got to Munich.
The two pavilions, built for the 1983 International Horticultural Exhibition, can be found to the west of the Chinese Garden.
They should soon be able to host Buddhist complete- and new-moon celebrations. Taking a stroll through the Chinese “Garden of Fragrance and Splendor” will take you on a lovely journey through the seasons, while meditating in the Japanese Garden will leave you deep peace.
Cafe advice: The Westpark’s Gans am Wasser construction trailer café has a laid-back vibe, a unique aesthetic, and excellent appetizers. Perfect for a refreshing beverage and more!
There’s a Japanese Tea House in the English Garden where you can learn everything about this 3,000-year-old beverage during a formal tea ceremony.
For the 1972 Olympic Games, a simple but very well-designed residence was built to introduce Europe to the mystique surrounding this ritual.
The Nikkei Kitchen in Schwabing, which opened just a few weeks ago, introduced a novel concept: Japanese-Peruvian cuisine served at a limited number of tables with simple décor but bursting with flavor.
Your taste senses will be pampered by the ceviche, sushi, and stuffed baby calamari, all of which melt in your mouth. Please give it a try!
The ancient town of Munich has a distinctly Italian feel about it.
This past year, when I was wandering through Florence at an early hour, I stumbled across the Loggia Dei Lanzi and gasped.
Suddenly, I found myself in front of the Feldherrnhalle in Munich, as if I’d been transported back in time.
As you can see, the two buildings are pretty similar. Compared to Florence’s neoclassical loggia, Munich’s, known as the “northernmost city in Italy,” is much more recent, dating to Ludwig I’s reign.
The outdoor festival Klassik is Odeonsplatz takes place here every summer, with world-famous stars and orchestras participating in the event. Shopaholics and visitors visiting surrounding Munich sites sometimes take a rest on the stairs going up to the hall to stare down Ludwigsstrasse toward the massive Siegestor.
The Theatinerkirche, the first church built in the late Baroque style north of the Alps, rises across the courtyard, its towers rising above the trees. At the end of the day, numerous sunbathers relax on the steps of their homes at Max-Joseph-Platz, which is just a few blocks from the Feldherrnhalle and evokes Rome’s Capitol Square. Gelateria Garda’s Italian ice cream is a delicious complement.
Recommendations for good restaurants: My favorite Italian restaurant is Garbo on Kaiserstrasse.
No matter what you order, the cuisine is terrific. However, the Passaparola and the organic restaurant Hostaria R e BUN are only a few meters away, so you may virtually live the Dolce Vita while you’re there.
In a Viennese coffee shop, savor a selection of delectable delights.
The Café Luitpold in Munich’s Brienner Quartier is a long-standing local favorite.
It fits well with the Munich stylish set’s stereotype of a good supper or a weekend breakfast. While Lieschen Müller and Anton Huber seem comfortable at the city’s coffee shop, the two others are slightly nervous.
A palm garden with a 12-meter-high glass dome in the courtyard provides a calm setting for long chats.
The interior has a classic appeal. Of course, no visit to the hotel would be complete without sampling something sweet from the pastry shop. Fruit tarts, unicorn cake pops, or chocolates from the cafe’s “sin mile” are excellent options. In-house creations “Luitpoldtorte” and “original Sachertorte” have been on the menu since 1962.
You may learn more about the coffee house’s history in the in-house museum, which houses fascinating artifacts and information, such as a list of the Michelin Guide awards the coffee house has received each year since 2015.
Even from the outside, the 632-meter-long castle complex is stunning.
As you enter through the gate and gaze at the majestic edifice from the park in the strict, symmetrical French style, the comparison to Versailles is obvious.
Walking around the 200-hectare park with its bridges, lakes, statues, and castle rondel is one of the best ways to see everything it offers. Palace Park in Munich has been available to the public since 1792 and has remained one of Munich’s most beautiful landmarks.
However, a trip inside the castle is just as enjoyable.
Steinerne Saal, which covers three stories, is the most spectacular. Gigantic chandeliers and huge paintings on the ceiling add to the awe-inspiring effect.
What an honor to have lived here!
With other rooms, the room where King Ludwig II was born, draped in green silk, is open to the general public. During the warmer months, you may take a gondola ride through the palace complex to experience its unique atmosphere.
The French Quarter, Haidhausen, has a plethora of creperies and other French-themed restaurants.
Quite the contrast to the city’s landscape!
Admire street art and urban architecture at the Werksviertel, just as in New York.
Munich’s newest neighborhood, the Werksviertel, is home to a thriving mix of art, architecture, and entertainment options for the city’s residents. Work, culture, and athletics are all intertwined in a small space. This area’s best characteristics include the colorful graffiti on the containers, the wide grassy spaces, and the wooden seats.
When one thinks about Munich, large cities such as New York, Berlin, and London come to mind. The neighborhood behind Ostbahnhof used to be a popular hangout for young Berliners looking for a stylish, worn-out vibe. In addition, I remember the evenings vividly I danced at the club.
In the Werksviertel-Mitte, a new amusement park, the Umadum Ferris wheel premiered last year. A typical ride on the world’s most enormous transportable Ferris wheel lasts around 30 minutes and provides spectacular views of Munich while traveling at a speed of less than one kilometer per hour.
Most of the catering businesses have chosen to set up shop at Werk12.
Across the street from the Murnauer Kaffeerösterei, you’ll find 14 distinct types of cheesecake at the Cheesecake Witch. Mango was the flavor of choice, and I devoured the cake, made by a Canadian woman using an old recipe, in a couple of minutes. Head to the Bel Air Bar instead when it’s time to relax.
Discover the fascination of the Wild West right in the heart of Munich.
As the massive iron gate swings wide, I find myself in disbelief that I am still in Munich. It used to be a vast expanse of moorland; now, it’s filled with cowboy-themed restaurants, bars, and riding schools.
To begin with, I’m speechless with admiration. It’s hard to believe you’re not on a movie set in this authentic cowboy idyll!
For its part, Europe’s oldest cowboy club, the Cowboy Club Munich, was founded in 1913. As a result of a shortage of funds, the “Wild West” raffle club’s founders had initially planned to move to the United States with the winnings.
This handsome newcomer has piqued my interest as a horse owner because of his striking good looks. Members of the club can ride the club’s two horses, though.
Beyond the equestrian facility, the woodland tipi bivouac serves as an inspiration to me. In these sanctuaries, the club members can spend the night without electricity or comfort. Many of the old-time sports and pastimes of the club are still practiced, such as leather tanning, archery, lasso tossing, and square dance.
The Cowboy Club Munich
A private club that holds an annual “open day” or flea market in Thalkirchen, The Cowboy Club Munich’s members can come and go as they choose. The location may also be used for other celebrations, such as weddings and birthdays.
The following are some of the city’s most famous sights: The beautiful temple-like monuments on Königsplatz, which date back to King Ludwig I and symbolize Greece in Munich, will captivate you with their Greek architecture.
He was enamored with the Mediterranean country’s classicist architecture and called Munich “Isar-Athens.” A colossal grass invites you to rest and sunbathe in front of the renovated Glyptothek, and the Propylaea, styled like the Acropolis in Athens.
King Ludwig I also constructed Bavaria, the state’s secular patroness, in the Greek style of Athena, the city goddess.
On a hill overlooking the Theresienwiese, the world-famous Oktoberfest is held every September, and an 18-meter-tall bronze monument stands.
The Theresienwiese and its inner workings may be seen in unprecedented detail during a visit to this technical marvel. At the top of the enormous monument is an observation deck accessible through a spiral staircase. At this time, the Bavaria and Hall of Fame are closed.
Where to Eat?
Many party Greeks like Cavos, Milos, and Paros, who served huge amounts of ouzo and raucous sirtaki, made Munich famous for many years. You’re so close to seeing everything that Munich has to offer.
Nowadays, if you’re looking for a fun night out, you may still find restaurants like this. Some of the city’s tiniest Greek eateries provide classic dishes from Hellenic cuisine with an unusual twist.
Similar to my favorite Greek restaurant, Ola Kala, in Schwabing. Grilled artichoke hearts with mountain cheese, zucchini pancakes with tahini sauce, and grilled baby calamari have already whet my appetite.
Is this the case for you, too?
The Eisbach wave is a surfer’s dream in Portugal, Morocco, and Hawaii.
After living in Munich for a few years, I still find myself pausing at the Eisbachwelle and forgetting the time.
I can’t help but smile when I see a surfer riding the tram with his board tucked under his arm. In Munich’s English Garden, you may ride three river waves in the middle of the city. Eisbachwelle and Dianabad thresholds are two of the most prominent.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for surfers worldwide to show off their abilities on the 24/7 wave.
One of Munich’s most famous spectacles, even if they fall back into the freezing water after a short time, is even the most inexperienced divers’ gripping performances. Some surfers come here even at night to avoid being spotted by the throngs of people that gather here during the day.
Cafe Grüneis is a fantastic place to get a bite to eat just next to the Eisbachwelle.
You may take a little break in the middle of the greenery here, whether for a quick cycle, a snack, or a cup of coffee.
You’ll feel like you’re in “Little Istanbul” in the station district.
It’s unlikely that anyone enjoys spending much time at a city’s train station sector. Nearly every German will accompany you as you make your way through gambling dens, kebab restaurants, and low-cost salons.
There are a few gems to be found in this predominantly Turkish and Arabic neighborhood, though, if you seek hard enough. When I went to the Center for Oriental Dance last year, I had a wonderful experience belly dancing to the beats of another world.
There are a number of tourist sites near the train station in Munich.
A brief diversion to the Neptune Fountain, even if the crowd in the Old Botanical Garden does not inspire confidence, is strongly recommended. Nearby, Slemani produces some of the best flatbreads in town.
The oven runs all day to keep the thin, delicious bread warm in your palms for as long as possible. The charming Café Stockholm serves up traditional Köttbullar. Kubi Coiffeur is the place to go if you find yourself in need of new hair scissors. In separate rooms, women and men are given final touches on their appearance.
Verdi supermarket, on the other hand, is my favorite. Other than here, I’ve never seen such a diverse selection of fruits and vegetables. When I think of Asia, I think of red apricots, garlic sprouts, rambutans, and mangosteens.
The 25hours Hotel, right across the street from the train station, is a welcome retreat in the midst of this notoriously seedy metropolis.
All Munich sights and activities may be easily reached from this location. In addition, the NENI Deli Restaurant also offers delightful options for a quick drink or to satisfy a little appetite. Israeli, Romanian, and Spanish cuisines mingle with regional specialties in a hip and cozy atmosphere.
Trying to find the perfect dirndl or lederhosen is a never-ending task.
Holareidulijö has been selling second-hand leather trousers, dirndls, and accessories at a fraction of the cost of new for almost 30 years. The collection’s earliest lederhosen date is from 1880.
In Moosach, the Lodenfrey Outlet is a great place to look for classic fashion bargains. My two beautiful dirndls were obtained at a bargain price from this shop.
I hope this article has piqued your interest in my city of Munich and everything it has to offer visitors.
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