5 Days in Munich
DO NOT MISS
Kloster Andechs, Church of St Johann Nepomuk, Marienplatz
Day 1: Marienplatz – There are about 6 churches within 10 minute walk from this plaza (Frauenkirche, St Peter’s Church, Heiliggeistkirche, St Michael’s Church, Burgersaalkirche). Watch the glockenspiel (clock tower with mechanical musical marionettes) chime every day at 11 am. Viktualienmarkt, where the food stalls are, is also a short walk away.
Church of St Johann Nepomuk (aka asamkirche) – Located near Sendlinger Tor, one of the old gates of Munich, I found this church to be the most fascinating out of all the churches in Munich. It is small but the decorations are intricate.
Day 2: Olympiapark – Take a swim in the same pool where the athletes competed! The aquarium is also located inside the olympiapark. Near by is the BMW museum for those who fancy cars. The entrance to the giant display floor is free. There’s additional cost for factory tour. Check their website for tour schedule and availability.
Day 3: Odeonsplatz – adjacent to this plaza are Hofgarten, Theatinekirche, and Residenz museums. walk or take a bus up Ludwigstrabe to see the Siegestor (victory) gate. Continue on the bus route unto the Englischer Garten, the largest urban park in Germany.
Day 4: Schloss Nymphenburg – Both the main castle and castle grounds are worth a look. There are several smaller museums and houses on the castle premise for additional entrance fee. The Marstallmuseum (museum of carriages and sleighs) was one of the more interesting ones.
Day 5: Kloster Andechs – Visit the monastery then have some tasty beer with fried pork feet/knuckles followed by dessert at the bakery. To get there, take the yellow train (S5) to Herrsching. There is a bus that goes to Kloster Andechs. It’s about an hour outside city center.
Hofbräuhaus is the most famous Bavarian beer hall in Munich. A less touristy alternative is Der Pschorr. There’s always pretzels, pork knuckles, and bratwursts available at Viktualienmarkt stalls. The main train station, Hauptbahnhof, also have a nice food court area for cheap eats.
Here is a map of the complete subway and bus system in Munich. Most of the major attractions can be reached with this fantastic transportation system, and it is not too costly with a day pass, or week pass.
TRAVELING WITH LESS TIME…
Stick to the city center around Marienplatz and Karlsplatz area.
TRAVELING WITH MORE TIME…
Visit the gorgeous Schloss Neuschwanstein (New Swan Stone Castle) and the adjacent Scholoss Hohenschwangau located about two hours drive south of Munich. Tickets sell out quickly so get there early or make reservations online. It is about a 30 minute trek to go up to the Neuschwanstein. There are buses and carriages bus sometimes buses may not run.