Guten Tag & Happy Sunday night. On the blog today is Munich, our second stop in Germany and one which we timed perfectly to make sure our five days there coincided with Oktoberfest (the 16 day yearly Beer festival in Bavaria which generally runs from the end of September to early October). I fell in love with Munich instantly, the city was beautiful, the quality and variety of food was amazing and the atmosphere was purely upbeat as everyone got into the festival mood. The streets were filled with locals and tourists in their traditional (..and some not so traditional) German outfits with women in the Dirndl (traditional dress) and men in their Lederhosen (leather short combo).
We were quite possibly staying in the best location in Munich, right near Marienplatz which is the main square showed above. We booked a room through AirBNB which you can check out here. Our host Peter was awesome and told us some great places to eat at and things to see during our stay.
Marienplatz is the heart of the city of Munich and was previously used as a marketplace and space for festivals and activities. Nowadays it is skirted by cafes and shops with plenty of tourists coming to view the historic buildings and take photos.
The above image shows the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) and in front of that the Column of St Mary (Mariensaule).
Backspielhaus Cafe – Weltenburger Straße
Although this post will show otherwise, we really did venture out and try different foodie places in Munich. One day we bought cheese and antipasto type stuff in the markets just near our apartment, two nights were spent at the local Beer Brewery type Gastro Pub where we devoured amazing Schnitzel, Goulash, Roast Duck and drank local Beer, we even had some really good mexican fajitas at a restaurant. But overall our favourite place had to be the Backspielhaus Cafe which was situated two minutes away from our apartment and where we spent three out of our four mornings in Munich.
One the non-rainy days we would sit outside and people watch. The whole menu was in German and the wait staff hardly spoke English, but something about this place reminded me of the cool cafes we get in Sydney. Maybe I was feeling slightly homesick (haha nah who am I kidding), but Munich and it’s cosmopolitan culture really struck similarities to back home.
Vegetable Omelette with Crispy Bacon…people need to start cooking bacon like this back home. Thinner rashers cooked for longer to get that ultimate crunch.
I had the most amazing Bircher Muesli served with freshly cut fruit.
We are big coffee drinkers…the cup indicates this perfectly!
On another morning Ana and I chose something that we weren’t entirely sure about…deciphering the menu as best as we could we made out that we were ordering a tasting plate breakfast type thing. We sat there patiently and anticipated what would be served in front of us. First out was the basket of bread with a variety of crunchy rolls to choose from.
A plate full of different Cured Meats from Spicy and Mild Salami, Smoked Ham, Prosciutto, Mini Salami pieces and Condiments.
And on top of all this came a side of perfectly cooked scrambled eggs. We definitely ordered the biggest breakfast item on the menu and took our time to get through it all. Our stomachs were set for a day of drinking as we headed off to the opening day of Oktoberfest.
The next day, nuring our hangovers (I drank over a litre of beer…I never drink beer) we ordered from the lunch menu since we had slept in. All I knew was that I needed something with carbs. My choice was this tasty Beef Burger & Coleslaw Salad being the perfect cure to any pain.
MMM look at that juicy meat.
Ana on the other hand opted for something fresh..and chose my favourite..the Nicoise Salad.
So there we have it, three different days of food from our favourite cafe in Munich….Well it was the only cafe we tried in Munich, but we were too worried that any other place wouldn’t live up to it’s standard so repetitive visits were a must.
Weltenburger Straße 6, Munich, Germany
Ph: +49 89 9287090
Oktoberfest – Bavaria
Oh Oktoberfest…you brought out my hidden and inner beer loving self. This is the huge entranceway into the festival, and as you can see the place is packed. We visited on the two first days of the festival with most of the beer halls having a long line out the front to get a seat. We found it a lot easier to find a spot at one of the outside beer gardens.
I found a name that I recognised…
The outside beer gardens.
On the second night at Oktoberfest, we met up with Aimee and her boyfriend Albert who we know from home. We swapped and shared our travel stories over another one litre stein.
Getting through it…
A bit of dancing started to happen as the night progressed.
Ich liebe Dich Gingerbread to wear around our necks.
Our German friends who taught us all we needed to know about the festival…and when to down our drinks.
Once the festival ended we headed to Pacha Munich to kick on…the morning after was extremely painful.
If you’re able to time your travels to take in Oktoberfest then I definitely recommend it. The place was one big party and allowed us to see a totally different side to Germany and their love of beer. Over the two days that we visited the festival, I downed over two litres of beer (good effort)…I still can’t say that I really enjoy it though.
The last few photos are ones that I took whilst walking the streets one afternoon. We headed off with no real destination in mind and came across some pretty cool things.
A man made river that runs through the park Englischer Garten has becoming a popular hangout for surfers and onlookers.
Lining up on either side, the surfers take turns in riding the waves of the river.
Pretty impressive stuff considering the narrow passage and the hard river banks on either side.
Black & White
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I loved the the colour and tops of each of the towers. This building looked like it belonged in Morocco.
Tonight I leave you with the only German food photo that I took in Munich, which I can happily say sums up our five days spent there. A glass of beer and a crunchy yet doughy pretzel sprinkled with rocks of salt.
Auf Wiedersehen. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday night and happy short week everyone. My next post is from breakfast yesterday morning at the Butcher’s Block in Wahroonga.
Ps..Munich I fell in love with you…I will be back =D