24 hours in Munich
Bavaria is just different, and that is also true of Munich, Germany's third-largest city. If you do not feel like drowning the day in beer on the lawn of the world's largest lavatory – the “Oktoberfest Wies'n“ -- let us tell you everything Munich has to offer in a 24-hour period. So away from the collective Oktoberfest fun! It doesn't mean you have to stay totally dry.
As a starting point for your perfect Munich trip, the Hotel am Englischen Garten is a fine choice. The big lederhosen show, thanks to a jump in the city's hotel prices in September, are at least a third higher. The family-run hotel is not for the masses, which is utterly incomprehensible, because the location couldn't be better. In the furthest corner of Schwabing, where Munich looks like a sleepy village, is the English Garden. Schwabing is a cult -- do not pass up the chance to take a stroll through the alternative-tinged streets with their Art Nouveau buildings.
The English Garden, Munich's strikingly beautiful "green lung," is regarded as the most spacious park of all European cities! Note that you will find here different "climate zones" that you had not necessarily expected. The large beer garden at the Chinese Tower is probably the best place for the first and white sausage (Weisswurst) of your city tour -- so far, so good. But a little further south, your appetite for sausages of all kinds might dissipate -- because you are in a nudist zone. How amusing!
The next stop is a must -- something you may not get to see again so soon. Since the 1970s cool neoprene heroes surf in the waves at the man-made Eisbach River, just as in the surf off of Hawaii. The legendary Eisbach surfers attract consistant spectators from all over the world. Warning: it's a spot where one gets stuck easily!
But Munich has so much else to offer. Check out the Ludwigstrasse, where flip-flops and suntan lotion quickly disappear and the city puts on its glamorous face. Marvel at the antique-looking Victory Gate (Siegestor), the Residenz Palace, and all the rest of the imperial glory that the Wittelsbachers concocted for their Munich.
You now arrive at Marienplatz and find yourself right in the bustling heart of Munich. Here are the Marian Column (Mariensäule) and the magnificent New Town Hall, reminiscent of the one in Brussels. Walk a little farther to see Munich's undisputed No. 1 landmark, the Frauenkirche, with its two cap-wearing towers.
Another Munich Weisswurst institution is just around the corner -- the Weisses Brauhaus is, despite its huge size, often bursting at the seams. Sometimes it's better to wander among the colorful, fragrant delicatessen stands of the Viktualienmarkt or pop into in one of less crowded restaurants in the area.
Once your sausages have digested, it's time to spice up your trip with some art. That is no further away than Maxvorstadt and its "Kunstareal," where three world-class museums await. If the Old Masters are your thing, you should head straight for the Alte Pinakothek (which has a whole room full of monumental paintings by Rubens, among other things). Otherwise, from the three famous Munich Pinakotheks, you should select the the Pinakothek der Moderne -- it combines four exhibition areas -- art, architecture, graphics, and design -- under one roof.
Car buffs in Munich must pay a visit to BMW Welt -- the free tickets grants access to one of the most spectacular new buildings in the city (architect: Coop Himmelblau). The Olympic Park is adjacent to it as well. Admire up close the tent roof of the sports facilities (the world-famous Olympic Stadium, former venue of Bayern Munich) and the nearly thousand-foot-high Olympic Tower. Even for a long walk, the Olympic Park delivers, with its green hills and the sea making the perfect backdrop.Munich by night -- it's impossible to be bored! If you underline the tips in this printable guide with the aid of your golden MasterCard or are friends with German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, then drop into Pacha. Only a few feet away from the glitzy disco Reich und Schön (Rich and Beautiful), the 089-Bar hosts a cooler (certainly a cheaper) party. As an alternative, let the brick Muffatwerk be duly recommended as well. In the former power station on the Isar, all kinds of music genres (well, not brass bands) party until the wee hours.