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Live Life and Travel!
If you plan on visiting Munich, Germany don’t go on a Sunday because most places are closed with the exception of beer gardens/halls (okay – restaurants and popular tourist attractions are open too but a majority of stores are closed)! We learned the hard way. We only had 1 day in Munich and it just so happened to be on a Sunday. Although many places were closed, we enjoyed being outdoors. The weather saved us – sun was bright and shining in mid-70 degree weather – locals were out sunbathing! 😉
Visit English Garden, one of the largest urban parks in the world. It’s also known for the Beer Garden (look for the Chinese Tower). Grab a huge pretzel, beer, and pork knuckle and enjoy the scenery. Prices are a bit high. Great atmosphere all around and lots of seating was available. It reminded me of New York’s Central Park but without the beer garden (and believe it or not it’s much larger than Central Park).
The coolest thing about this park was the “wave park” for surfers. Make sure to have your camera ready for when surfers perform their tricks.
Walk along the park and people-watch. Don’t stare at the nudist, it’s totally normal in Germany :). It’s a big park with lots of paths, cyclist, entertainers (jugglers, tight-rope walkers, musician, artists), and families with kids. It was a perfect day to be out!
Visit Marienplatz, central square in Munich, where you’ll find the famous Glockenspiel (watch the 15 minute show from the clock tower; show times are 11am, 12pm, 5pm), St. Peter’s Church, and old restructured buildings.
Climb the tower of St. Peter’s Church for magnificent views of the city.
Don’t miss the most popular beer hall in Munich – Hofbrauhaus. Although I’m not a fan of beer, I needed to “fit in” so I had to get one. Plus I wanted the server that had 10 beers in his/her hand to serve me a cold one. A band was playing and a group of guys started dancing and they pulled me in to dance with them :). A room full of happy (and drunk) people!
That evening we left on our last overnight train ride to visit the last country of our Europe trip in France!
P.S. I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below if you want to share your experience in Munich, share any other tips and advice for other travelers, or simply just to say hello :).