Travel: A Whistle Stop Tour of Munich, Germany

It’s been a little while since my
last trip abroad, so it’s definitely time to write up my little travel guide
for the amazing German city that I was lucky enough to visit. It’s fair to say
that I’ve definitely got itchy feet and I am yet to book any trips for the
coming months- other than a weekend away in North Wales with my better half,
that is. When I went out to Nuremberg in August to reunite with my best year
abroad pal, she offered me two places to visit, outside of Nuremberg city
centre. One of the choices was Munich, the second was tiny town called Bamberg.
Whilst the appeal of a gorgeous, picturesque town was hard to turn down, I’d
always wanted to visit Munich and had a close encounter with the place when I
was living in Strasbourg.

We decided to take the train into
the city from Nuremberg, about two hours ride away. A little top travel
tip: if you buy a Bayern Ticket, two
travellers can go anywhere in Bavaria for around 31 euros. Great for couples,
travellers and friends like Antonia and I who were travelling into and
returning from the city together. In contrast to Nuremberg, Munich was
incredibly different but it was somewhere that I am very happy to have finally
visited. Before getting there, Antonia and I decided we would take full
advantage of the amazing shops that the city had to offer and do a little bit
of shopping together whilst we were there. We spent a few hours when we first
arrived exploring the city and the shops, picking up a few bits and bobs whilst
we had the chance. We had already grabbed a delicious lunch of pretzel with German
salami at the train station so we were able to get well and truly stuck into
shopping. After a quick stop at a restaurant for a drink, we decided it was
time to check out the main tourist attractions.  

Antonia had kept the city under
wraps from me, and I tried really hard not to Instagram the tourist sites and
spoil them for myself. First on the agenda was Marienplatz, a beautiful square
right in the centre of Munich, surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. It was
really crowded which was slightly offputting but the area takes on a very
Baroque style and is absolutely beautiful to look at. We also had a look over
at Neus Rathaus, the city’s town hall, adorned in beautiful red flowers. The
building is gorgeous and full of character. A really beautiful stop on our
whistle stop tour. Finally, after a little bit more shopping and a stop to buy
snacks for the train ride back to Nuremberg, we had a walk across the city to
the English Garden for a quick stroll around. The gardens were so picturesque,
I felt so privileged to be allowed the opportunity to wander through them.
After walking out of the gardens, we stumbled across a beautiful church and a
really bizarre looking pine tree- an unexpected find at the end of a lovely day
of explorations.

We jumped back on the train with
tired feet, big smiles and lots of memories made.

I cannot wait to return to Munich
to explore even more, in the near future.