Back, when we were first planning out our trip we decided that we will stay in Munich only for two days – and it was one of the biggest mistakes that we ever made. We underrated Germany, thinking that its cities are not going to be as beautiful as those in Austria or Switzerland surrounded by mountains. Munich proved to us just how wrong we were.
As we had only one day to sightsee, we had to focus only on the most obvious attractions. We started our day visiting the Englischer Garten which is one of the largest urban public parks in the world (bigger in size than the Central Park in New York). That was a great choice and we were amazed by its astonishing beauty! The park is so big that you can find various different sceneries in it. First, you walk by a river in a small forest-like place that looks like no human hand has ever touched it and after that you see vast open areas covered with grass and small hills. As you walk further, you arrive to a beautiful lake with small islands in the middle of it. There, you can feed ducks and other waterfowl or just sit and enjoy the nature like we did. If you have some money to spend, you can even rent pedal boats and see this place from a different view. What’s weird, on the south side of the park, you will notice more oriental influences: a Chinese Pagoda (where the biggest beer garden and restaurant is); as well as a Japanese Teahouse.
After the park we went to see Munich’s architecture. As we were heading to the city center, we spent some time resting near the Alte Pinakotek and then we went to the Hofgarten. Hofgarten is the city’s oldest garden, made in a high renaissance style, and it’s also a very beautiful place to visit. It is a stunning symmetrical garden with a pavilion of the goddess Diana in the middle of it. On the east side, there is a big building – the Bayerische Staatskanzlei, the state agency of the Bavarian state. It was then that we realized how big of a mistake it was to decide to spend only one day there, since everything we have seen so far was simply incredible.
The more we explored, the more amazed we were. We went to the city center where – beside just wandering around and walking through small alleyways – we also saw some more touristy places like Marienplatz with the Neues Rathaus or Bayerisches Nationaltheater.
In Munich there are also a lot of incredible churches; we visited a couple of them (like the Asamkirche or Peterskirche) but one of them simply took our breath away. The name of it is Theatinerkirche; it was built in Italian high-baroque style and it is completely astonishing inside. Since we both love white churches (and white buildings in general) this one really tickled our fancy! It is full of beautiful ornaments and reliefs and I am certain that we spent at least half an hour in there, just admiring it and taking lots of photos. We can recommend this place to every fan of that style!
Sadly, as we didn’t had time to see more, that was the conclusion to our sightseeing in Munich. But we can assure you that even if you are on a budget and are a low-cost traveller you won’t get bored in this city!
Here you don’t have to worry about having to pay a lot of money just to visit the inside of some interesting museum or simply to see something worth your while; you can spend a few days without wasting any money and still leave with the feeling of accomplishment as the beautiful nature and architecture sweep you off your feet free of charge.
- Couchsurfing: 6/10
- Hitchhiking in and out: 8/10 overall
- Freeganism: 7/10
- Busking: N/A
When it comes to couchsurfing it wasn’t very easy to find a place but it wasn’t the worst either; we did it without much stress. Hitchhiking in and our was super easy (as usual in Germany); although we were soaking wet because of the rain : < We didn’t dumpster dive in this city but we asked in a bunch of restaurants after or near their closing time if they have something that they could give us – we gained a lot of sweet pastries that way (donuts or even two pieces of a cake!). We also weren’t blackriding that much because everything is quite close, but those two times that we’ve tried it it went off without a hitch.
Berlin -> Munich: petrol station near Nikolassee S-Bahn stop (as on hitchwiki)
Munich -> south: Aral station on the Rosenheimer Straße (as on hitchwiki)