After my recent trip to Munich I can easily say that the city is now one of my German favorites! The Bavarian capital has it all; from charming cafes and local cuisine to picturesque buildings and great shopping. During Christmas it literally transforms into a fairy tale consisting of lights, mulled wine and decorations on every street corner. Here’s why you have to put Munich on your bucket list.
Munich, which is the largest city in southern Germany, is located just half an hours drive from the Alps and thereby surrounded by stunning nature. That in itself is a reason to visit! On clear days it’s even possible to see the mountains from the city – something quite tempting for any skier and snow lover!
Munich is located in the heart of Bavaria, which is world-known for its idyllic scenery and cultural traditions. Bavaria is also situated in the heart of Europe, for which reason it’s easy to travel almost anywhere from here. The Austrian border is just 40 minutes drive away and the rest of Europe is of course easily accessible as well.
The Christmas markets
Like the rest of the larger cities in Germany, Munich has a stunning Christmas market attracting thousands of visitors each year. However, the one in Munich is actually one of the oldest. Today there’s obviously more than one market, which provides something for everyone, but the largest and – in my opinion – most charming of them all is the Christkindle Markt in Marienplatz. One of the first things I did when arriving in the city was to leave my bags at the hotel, walk down to the market and enjoy a steaming cup of glühwein (mulled wine) while absorbing the atmosphere. Like that I became quite familiar with the spirit of the city already upon my arrival. Visiting the Christmas markets in Munich is an absolute must-do in December!
The celebration of quality
Dallmayr, Lodenfrey, Hofbrauhaus….whether you’re talking about food, beer or clothes, Munich is the place to be if you’re addicted to quality! Certain brands have survived here for many, many generations and the younger people seem to embrace them as well! Quality is truly a recurring motif in Bavaria and most often it’s associated with traditions and history. If it’s old, family-owned or just a bit old-fashioned – it’s usually OK. In a world where mass production and frivolous consumer goods have taken over, this celebration of quality should be admired.
Dallmayr is a world-famous luxury food and beverage store in the heart of Munich. It dates all the way back to the 17th century and with more than 2,5 million visitors every year it’s a living proof that quality never goes out of style.
Munich is a city of traditions. Especially the ones concerning food, beer and festivities. The Octoberfest is probably one of the proudest symbols of this. Each year millions of people flock here from all over the world to form the largest folk festival on the planet. It dates back to 1810 where it was a part of the celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.
The food scene in Munich is obviously influenced by the Bavarian kitchen, which also holds a lot of traditions. It’s quite heavy with meat and knödel (dumplings made out of potatoes or bread) as main ingredients, but throughout the years it has been refined and modified. The traditional Bavarian cuisine is closely related to the Czech and Austrian cuisine.
Fairytale sceneries unfold as beads on a string in the beautiful Bavarian landscape, but Munich alone is also home to some remarkable castles and royal residences. In the 17th century the Bavarian monarch Ferdinand Maria built the incomparable Nümphenburg Palace, which still tempts visitors with its magnificent beauty. It’s a clear reminder of Germany’s past glory and it’s not to be missed if you’re ever in Munich.
Apart from Nümphenburg it’s also recommended to pay the historical Blutenburg Castle a visit. The castle dates back to the 15th century and today it’s well-known for its concerts.
If you want to explore the castles outside of Munich it’s hard to avoid the famous Neuschwanstein (2,5 hours from Munich), which is famous for giving inspiration to the Disney logo.
Stay tuned for more articles and reviews on Munich coming up very soon! The Copenhagen Traveler was invited to Munich by The National German Tourist Board.