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The most popular beverage in Munich is Beer: There are many options to sample the local suds starting with the Hofbrauhaus – Daily: 9 AM-11:30 PM, Platzl 9, 49 89 290136100, A 3-floor beer hall dating back to the 16th century.
Another option is a visit to Weilhenstephan – Daily: 11:30 AM – 11 PM, Am Hofgarten 2, 85354 Freising, 49 8161 13004 Weihenstephan is known for being the oldest, still existing brewery in the world.
And another possibility is Azgustiner – Keller – Daily: 10 AM-1 AM, Arnulfstraße 52, 49 89 594393
The Azgustiner – Keller is definitely supported by locals who like their beer. Their menu includes many German favorites such as: crispy pork knuckles, sauerbraten, sauerkraut, veal schnitzel and a sausage platter.
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Day One: After dropping your bags off your first stop is the Marienplatz – the center of Munich to get a sense of the city, use the Free WIFI and also to see the Marion column and the statue of the Virgin Mary.
At 11 AM, 12 AM and 5 PM the Glockenspiel (carillon) in the New Town Hall does a “show” featuring 16 figures and 43 bells.
Next our Cousin Helmut suggests a visit to The Frauenkirche Cathederal – Daily: 7 to 7, Th: till 8:30, F: till 6, Frauenplatz 12, 49 89 2900820
The Frauenkirche serves as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising and seat of its Archbishop. It is a landmark and is considered a symbol of the Bavarian capital city.
Lunch is at the people watching palace Café Glockenspiel – B,L,D: Daily, Marienplatz 28, 49 89 264256
A good starter is the rocket salad with figs, pine nuts and gorgonzola or the potato and mushroom soup with roasted ham. Then the grilled beef filet with bacon potatoes and vegetables or the carbonara linguini. Your wine is the ’11 Riesling Alte Relen and dessert is the chocolate gateau.
To get some exercise take a walk in the English Garden – Open year round. It is a large public park in the center of Munich that requires your exploration.
Lots of activities are available in this green oasis including a Japanese tea house, a Greek-style temple, paddle boat rentals and four beer gardens with the Chinese Tower being the most popular.
Next you’ll visit the Residence Museum – Daily: April-Oct: 9-6, Oct-Mar: 10-5, Residenzstraße 1, 49 89 290671
The architecture, interior decoration and works of art displayed in the Residence range in time from the Renaissance to the neoclassical era. They bear witness to the discriminating taste of the Wittelsbach dynasty.
The apartments, ceremonial rooms and chapels that belonged to the rulers of Bavaria provide an opportunity to see a number of rooms in a wide variety of styles. The Residence gives visitors a good idea of how rulers lived in past times and how they used art and architecture.
Over the centuries the Wittelsbachs amassed important collections of porcelain, silver, paintings and miniatures. You can see these along with a broad selection of outstanding works of art. The treasures range from classical antiquity to bronze sculpture from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, tapestries, furniture and clocks, to candelabras and chandeliers.
Cousin Brigitte suggests dinner at Limoni Ristorante – D: M-Sa, Amalienstraße 38, 49 89 28806029
Start with the potato gnocchi with beef filet, dried tomatoes, artichokes and rosemary or the linguini with scampi. Then share the whole branzino baked in salt served with vegetables.
Your wine is the ’12 IGT Riesling and dessert is the black and white mousse with pickled peaches.
Day Two: At Café Lotti – B & L: Daily, Schleißheimer Straße 13,49 89 615 19197 they choose your breakfast ingredients with love.
Sabrina’s cousins make their cheese, collect their eggs and grow their pigs. The cakes are homemade and Otto has been roasting their coffee since 1998, but yours he will do today.
To start your day visit the Museum Ensemble– Tu-Su: 10-6, Tu till 8, Barer Straße 27:
The Alte Pinakothek – is home to over 800 European masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo. One of the highlights is its Rubens’ collection
Additional collections include Early Italian, Old German, Old Dutch and Flemish paintings, with masterworks by Albrecht Duerer, Peter Paul Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci.
The Neue Pinakothek features 400 paintings and sculptures from the 19th century. Founded by King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1853, the museum’s highlights include German art of the 19th century with paintings from romanticist Caspar David Friedrich and the private art collection of King Ludwig I.
There is also a collection of French impressionists including Monet, Degas and Renoir.
The Pinakothek der Moderne is the largest museum dedicated to modern art in Germany. The vast gallery complex unites four collections: The State Graphic Collection with more than 400,000 prints, drawings and works on paper.
The International design Museum Munich; the Museum of Architecture of the Technical University of Munich and the State Gallery of Modern Art, which showcases artists such as Picasso, Magritte, Kandinsky, Francis Bacon and Warhol.
Lunch today at Geisel’s Vinothek – L: M-Sa, D: Nightly, Schützenstraße 11, 49 89 55 1370
Start with the sturgeon caviar or the oysters with quinoa and trumpet mushroom dashi. Enjoy a glass of the ’12 Saint Pierre Macon-Lugny. Then share the rib eye with onions and potatoes.
The ’10 Bertani Valpolicella is a good wine choice with the beef. Dessert is the figs and dark chocolate.
In 1988 Dee and I picked up a BMW at the factory and we are still driving it. We suggest visiting the BMW Welt – Daily: 11-11, Sa,Su: till 9, Am Olympiapark 1, 49 89 125016001 purely out of nostalgia.
Even if you’re not picking up a car, the permanent exhibition is worth a visit. It houses more than 120 automobiles, motorcycles and engines from nine decades of BMW history.
The Schloss Nymphenburg Palace and Grounds – Daily: April-Oct: 9-6, Nov-Mar: 10-4, is a must see.
The palace and park is one of the most popular and famous sites in Munich. Some of the facades and rooms show original baroque decoration while others show a rococo and neoclassical style.
Nymphenburg is open to the public, but also continues to be a home for the head of the house of Wittelsbach who has claims to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The 490 acre park was once an Italian garden (1671), then enlarged in a French style by Dominque Girard who was a protégé of Le Notre. It was redone as an English manor style in the 19th century by Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell who also designed the the nearby English Garden. From 1775 to 1785, sculptures were added.
Café Maria – B & L: Daily, D: M-F, Klenzestraße 97, 49 89 202232745 is an interesting cuisine change.
The homemade hummus and tabbouleh with pickles and olives or the mixed salad in balsamic dressing with oriental mezze (homemade tabbouleh, hummus and olives) with toasted pita bread are delicious starters.
For your main the marinated chicken in coriander and chili yogurt is simmered slowly and paired with turmeric rice and fresh coriander or the pork loin Schnitzel fried in clarified butter with potato-cucumber salad are excellent choices.
The house wine is a green Veltliner that works well with these choices. Dessert is a serving of those homemade cakes that are family secrets.
Day Three: Breakfast at Schmalznudel – B & L: M-Sa, Prälat-Zistl-Straße 8, 49 89 26023156 is for doughnut lovers.
Great staff, espresso, fried doughnuts and the “Rohrnudel” filled with plums is all you need to start your day.
This morning your first visit is The Deutsches Museum – Daily: 9-5, Museumsinsel 1, 49 89 21791
The Deutsches Museum possesses over 100 000 objects from the fields of science and technology. The collections are not restricted to any specialized range of topics. They include objects from mining to atomic physics, from the Altamira caves to a magnified model of a human cell. They extend from the Stone Age to the present time.
Markets are always fun to visit and Munich has the Victuals (Latin word for food) Market – M-F: 10-6, Sa: 10-3, Viktualienmarkt 3, 49 89 89068205
Locals, tourists, and the city’s top chefs come here to fill their baskets with everything from fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, to pastries, honey, spices, flowers and fresh squeezed juices. There is a beer garden where you can buy lunch or bring your own goodies from the market.
Cafe Neuhausen – B,L,D: Daily, Blutenburgstraße 106, 089-18975570 is popular and offers good value.
Cousin Fred suggests starting with the beef tartar or the avocado with shrimp, radishes and cucumber. Then the fried chicken breast in Thai red curry with rice and vegetables or the veal with a potato-cucumber salad.
The Rosa dei Fratti DOC is a good wine pairing. Dessert is the limoncello-mint parfait with caramelized strawberries.
Neuschwanstein Castle – Daily: April-Oct: 8-5, Oct-Mar: 10-4, Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, 49 8362 930830 is one of the most popular palaces and castles in Europe. Its Romanesque revival architecture makes it an important visit.
The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic. King Ludwig’s story line and his castle construction is a worthy exploration.
For your last dining experience on this holiday we suggest a traditional Bavarian experience at the Gasthof Weichandhof – L & D: Daily, Betzenweg 81, 49 89 891 1600
Cousin Gisela suggests the mixed greens with broiled perch or the pickled salmon with hash browns and horseradish. Then the fried chicken with a potato cucumber salad or the veal medallions with potato wedges.
Your wine is the Leithaberg chardonnay and for dessert go for the apple fritters and vanilla ice cream.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge aka Mr. & Mrs. Sites & Bites
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