I first got the chance to visit Germany in April 2014, when I stayed with a friend who lived near Ulm, in Baden-Württemberg.
We were in a great base for exploring South Germany, and one city I really wanted to see was Munich. Her sister had a flat there, which was great as it meant we got to visit for a flying weekend – essentially, we only had 48 hours in Munich.
Catching the train from Ulm to Munich took two hours, and cost €30 each return. We arrived in Munich on the Saturday mid-morning, and went straight to my friend’s sister’s flat in Pasing so we could drop all our stuff off.
Our first stop in the city centre was to Marienplatz, right in the heart of Munich. Our first day consisted of mainly looking round the shops, of course! There were several dirndl shops, and I’d considered buying one, but they were pretty expensive, and it wasn’t like I was heading to Oktoberfest (although it’s something I’d love to do one day, despite not liking beer!). So even though I didn’t buy one in Munich, I ended up getting one eventually – but that’s another story.
We ventured to the Rathaus which was packed with people, and then stopped off for a slice of cake before wondering round the shops, purchasing souvenirs. I was told that one place you had to visit when in Munich was the iconic delicatessen Dallmayr, which was full of food from all over the world.
Once we’d gotten our shopping fix out of the way, we decided to do some quick sightseeing, including Odeonsplatz where Feldherrnhalle stood: an iconic area during Nazi Germany times.
That evening, my friend and I pre-drank at the flat before heading back into the city centre, making the most of our 48 hours in Munich. In Germany, everyone was dressed really casually, so I switched the heels up for boots, hoping I’d fit in.
After having some cocktails, we headed to Max-Joseph-Straẞe, where there was a whole row of clubs. Personally, I thought it was pretty tacky, and would have preferred to check out some more of the bars, but at least I know where not to go on a night out in Munich next time!
On the Sunday morning, we rose bright and early, ready for a full day of being tourists. Firstly, we caught the tram out to Schloẞ Nymphenburg, which was a former summer residence of the royal family. Entrance to the grounds was free, and you could even rent a gondola out on the lake.
From there, we met up with my friend’s sister in central Munich and went to Hofbräuhaus on Bräuhausstraẞe: a traditional beer hall in Munich, famous for its Bratwurst and Oompah band.
Our final stop on our 48 hours in Munich was the Englischer Garten. Its claim to fame is that it’s bigger than both Hyde Park and Central Park. As we were running out of time, we didn’t get to see much of the park, other than the surfers on the river, but that’s somewhere I’d like to spend some more time.
We collapsed on the evening train back to Ulm, both so tired from just 48 hours in Munich, rushing around the city. It was great being shown around the city by locals, as it meant that they knew the best places to go, and we really used what little time we had to the max.
However, I’d like to go back again at some point and see some more of the city… although the next time I’m back in Germany, it’ll be to Berlin!