French patisseries in a German speaking country, ballet shows in a foreign theatre and having to learn how to say the word “help” in Deutsch in preparation for your first day on the slopes (it’s Hilfe if you were wondering).
If you find yourself looking through page after page on travel guides looking for things to do in Munich, then this guide is just what you’re looking for!
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I was lucky enough to spend three weeks in Munich at the beginning of the year where I studied a unit on the EU and European Relations at Ludwig Maximillian University.
I had never spent such a long period of time in one place while travelling and loved the experience because it gave me the opportunity to explore so much of the city, and see more than the average tourist.
I accidentally stumbled across these markets after getting lost in the city centre and taking the wrong bus back to our apartment (unfortunately, I’m embarrassed to say this wasn’t the first time this had happened). But this is definitely something every tourist should do when travelling to Munich!
There was so much fresh produce and cute little stalls that sold everything from cheese, Mediterranean mixes, coffee to fresh fruit and vegetables. I could also buy famous German pretzels and sausages, which was much fresher than the produce being sold at the supermarkets.
I spent a whole day at these markets, walking around and talking to locals and taking in the smell of freshly baked goods and coffee aroma in the air.
I found going to the Ballet to be such a culturally eye-opening experience. The theatres in Munich are just beautiful, with large deep red curtains draped across the stage and huge diamond chandeliers. The theatre is very formal, and everyone is dressed so elegantly. The women are dressed in classy long black gowns and the men in tight neat suits.
The performance went on for nearly two hours with a short intermission in between acts. The ballet was about a young couple whose love was forbidden, and mimicked a Romeo and Juliet type of story.
I found it easy to follow the story line, and despite being in another country that spoke another language, there was no language barrier while watching the show, which made it a much more enjoyable experience.
This is one of the most tourist heavy destinations in Munich, but proved to be one of my favourites to visit! I have never been a fan of beer or pretzels, but when in Germany they are two things you definitely need to try. I tried my first ever German pretzel at the Hoffbrauhaus.
I was shocked when the waiter placed it on my table, because of its size. It was bigger than my head!
I also ordered a stein of Heineken beer to get into the true German spirit of being at a beer hall. I really enjoyed this venue because you were able to communicate with so many other locals and tourists. Because of how busy the venue is, you take a seat at one of the large tables that fits 12-14 people and are sometimes placed with complete stranger.
Although confronting at first, it really makes the experience enjoyable because you get to enjoy the German music, beer and energetic atmosphere with people that you soon call friends!
I found this little treasure after (once again) catching the wrong and finding myself in the outskirts of the city centre. Café Luitpold is the cutest most chic little café. I walked inside to see a café filled with small antique style rounded white tables and matching chairs. In the middle is a large colourful dessert bar, that you can walk, serving everything from the famous Apple Strudel to Strawberry Cheesecake.
The smell of fresh desserts coming out of the oven and roasted coffee beans filled the room and the French decor extended throughout the cafe, from the hand painted antique cutlery to the 16th century style classical paintings on the wall.
Whether you’re a beginner, novice or an expert, a day on the slopes is a must! I had personally never skied before until I took a class in Germany. After three hours of classes I became too over confident and decided to go down a red slope, the second hardest slope.
Safe to say, I ended up walking down half the mountain (or should I say falling) and woke up with a dozen bruises.
But nonetheless, it is an experience I have treasured! The air was crisp and cold and the smell was so fresh that it almost made me feel lightheaded. But the views are exquisite.
I loved standing up at the top of the slopes (right before I would fall again) and look around and see snow everywhere, with the occasional glimpse of green, and dozens of kids, teenagers and adults wearing colourful gear and skiing down the slopes.
The four-year-old professional skiers became the highlight of my day, because they would laugh at me screaming loud enough for my family to hear me back at home in Melbourne as I (once again) tumbled down the mountain.