Day 3 of our 9 day trip to Munich in the fall
Preface: I have been trying to write these blogs as we go along and it’s kind of working except there’s no wifi at the hotel so we’ve been relying on finding free wifi areas around the city.
We agreed to meet in the lobby this morning at 9:30AM. For breakfast we found some food in the main station.
After that we took the U3 up to Odeonsplatz. We mistook for the Theatiner-Kirche for something part of the Residenz so we snapped crazy and then realized it was actually across the street.
We opted for just the Residenz tour and not combo with the treasury and theatre hall. Only costed 6EUR thanks to my student card. Good thing the cashier didn’t really check too closely because all I showed was my student card and I was able to get two student tickets. The audio tour was free and so was the cloakroom as we were forced to drop off our bags and jacket. It took us around 1.5 hours to go through the whole thing and it was your typical palace with many rooms, paintings and sculptures.
After the tour we took the subway up one stop to Universität. There was a fruit stand just outside so we picked up a few mandarins since we felt so deprived of everything but sausages haha. These fruit stalls are everywhere around here. I guess these are the only places someone can get fruits in the city.
We walked through a bit of the park which was quite large. On the map it almost looks as big as Central Park. Fall is still going on full swing here so the autumn leaves are still on the trees and in its most colourful form. Weather wise it was still cold (felt like it was around 10C and full overcast) but I could see how awesome this place would be in the summer.
We climbed to this hill that had a Roman-like monument for a view of the park below and the city churches in the near distance.
Walking a bit further we finally found the Chinese pagoda and the outdoor beer garden. We snapped our shots and then grabbed some food in this cafeteria-style beer garden. We got a schnitzel and a hearty potato mix with all kinds of sausages and meat. They also had some hot wine which we opted to try. The others discovered a new type of beer there – beer with “lemonade” which really is just Sprite. It was actually quite the good combo.
The Welt and BMW Museum
After lunch we made our way out of the park on a different path and then hopped on the subway again up to Olympiazentrum. On the way there we saw quite a few BMW factory workers dressed in their blue work pants heading to work.
For close to 3 hours we spent roaming around the Welt and the BMW museum. The Welt was an architectural beauty. The main floor section is catered mainly to the tourists like us, displaying some of their top of the line cars like the M6. They even had a section for Rolls Royce which was unexpected (now those were some baller cars. Or even had a pop out umbrella from the passenger door). They also have a gift shop there that had plenty to keep us busy for awhile. If you take a flight of stairs up you can see the rotating platforms where lucky BMW purchasers can pick up their cars. The dream for me is still to do that Euro Delivery. So awesome!
The BMW museum is right across the street and you actually have to go through the Welt and cross a bridge to get there. The museum is only 6 EUR for students and again Emily was able to pull it off by showing only her student card and purchasing all 8 tickets at once. The museum is really for the fans of BMW as it is beautifully presented in a logical, simplistic and modern multi-floor layout with everything from its history to the engines, the brand, the actual cars and motorcycles and the M collection. It’s quite a bit of material to go through so for an enthusiast like myself I found it all very interesting but for everyone else I think it may have been a bit too much so most of the time they were just sitting around using the wifi. There were tons of angles to shoot from here and I got a few but if I had more time I would’ve gone even more crazy haha.
From the Welt we crossed another bridge to get to the Olympic park area. There are just a huge collection of buildings from the infamous 1972 Munich summer Olympics that make up the village. We got a great view of the Olympic tower, Olympic hall, swimming pool and the stadium. If it were closer we wouldn’t have minded to check out the actual village residences but it was on the far side as too cold. It was interesting to see the architecture of the buildings and marvel at how modern they still look to this day with their fluid collection of glass panes that make up all of their buildings’ roofs.
Shopping on Maximilianstrasse
From here we subwayed back down to Marienplatz to shop on the main high-end street of Maximilianstrasse.
Not wanting to carry all our crap to the beer hall I thought we could drop off our stuff at the hotel. Before we did that we found a dollar store equivalent in Germany, aptly called the Euro Store.
At 8:15 we regrouped at the lobby and headed over to a well rated beer hall called Augustiner Braüstuben. This was recommended over the well known Hofbräuhaus because it is a bit more out of the way and caters to more locals. This was one stop west from the main station and a short walk away. When we got there we weren’t sure about the seating but then I remembered from my research that at these beer halls you just have to find your own benches to sit on and then you’ll get served.
Dinner was pretty normal at first. We had to squeeze in beside these 3 Mexicans but they left soon after. Chantelle and I ordered a pork schnitzel and this mix special. Of course beer was pretty much mandatory at this place so I decided to man up and order the 1 liter if their original called Hellas or something. The beer was pretty light but as i discovered throughout the night that it got harder to drink the more drunk I got. The mix special was a good variety of everything and certainly very tasty. The schnitzel I liked quite a bit though the veal that some of the others got was a lot better and more tender. Schnitzel is apparently eaten with this cranberry type sauce which was interesting. Everything else we just dunked in ketchup in typical North American fashion. We also got a big plate if sauerkraut. We later found out that Munich people love this stuff abnormally more than the rest of Germany.
The night got a lot more interesting when a German guy nearby randomly came over and started off with a question about where we were from and “I want to ask you a question. Don’t get mad…” Immediately we knew it would be racist and had a good laugh out of that. He went on to ask us if it was true that Asians get drunk easily. We dispelled those rumours even though it was more true for me. He also went on to ask us if we all knew Kung-Fu where we responded with a confidently with “hell yes!” After we finished our food he eventually came back and really made the rest of the night. A whole bunch of shenanigans happened but mainly we got him to harass these two other Asian tourists about tolerance levels that we thought were Korean that actually turned out to be from Hong Kong, we dispelled more Asian myths, asked him and his friend (exchanged to Vancouver) about stuff we wanted to know about Germans like if they ever eat vegetables, learned German swear words and likewise taught some Chinese ones, taught them (growing group of his friends that came over) the drinking game where you and the people next to you turn into a tree if you get pointed at and sang Gangnum-Style. We really wanted to ask them questions about WW2 but we thought it might be too soon. The first guy that came over was Leonard or something but we just called him Lenny. The other guys I really can’t remember.
It was quite the hilarious night. I was pretty done after the full litre so it was a struggle to keep awake but I ended up making it through. By midnight the joint was closing down so we said goodbye to our new German friends (in Munich for a high school field trip and 10 years our junior). Our waitress was also very nice and pretty so the guys got a picture with her.
After that we drunk walked back to the train station while trying to do the Wendy side feet clicking in the air.
The party continued at our room with the Euro tall can beers they picked up at the Euro Store. I was so ready to pass out but we played as few drinking games to try to finish them. We didn’t get to sleep until 2:30AM haha.
Fussen and the castles tomorrow! Doesn’t look like the weather is going to clear up or warm up anytime soon but as long a it doesn’t rain I’ll be happy.
- We learned a lot of German words that would be inappropriate to put here so I’ll type them up phonetically here without the translations.
- Fick dicht
- Icht must pissen
- Horn en zorn
- Tsi Tsi Tsi! Or X!X!X! = chug chug chug!
Tips & Tricks
- If you’re travelling in large groups and within the city of Munich they have what is called a Partner day ticket which allows you to take all forms of transportation within the inner zone for up to 5 people for 10.20 EUR which is a steal. For our roup of 8 it still made sense to buy this over individual tickets.
- The Munich Residenz opens at 10Am
- The Welt is actually open until midnight while the museum is open until 6PM so try not to get distracted by the glitz of the Welt and walk through it first and cross the bridge to get to the museum
- The BMW museum and the Welt both have free wifi so if you’re starved you can be checking your email the entire time.
- I really wanted to do the BMW plant tour but by the time I emailed to inquire all the slots were gone for the days we could go. If you know for sure you want to do it try to reserve in as much advance as possible.
- Expect the unexpected at the beer halls. If you were lucky like us it’ll turn out to be a night to remember!
- Breakfast at the main train station
- Subway to Odeonsplatz
- Munich Residenz tour
- Subway to Universität
- Walk to the English Garden
- Lunch at the beer garden by the Chinese Pagoda
- Subway to Olympiazentrum
- Visit the BMW Museum and the Welt
- Walk around parts of the Olympic grounds
- Subway back to Marienplatz
- Mission shopping for Emily and Chantelle at LV and Channel on Maximilianstrasse
- Subway home to Hauptbahnoff to drop off our stuff and check out the Euro Store
- Subway one stop over to Hackerbrücke
- Dinner and a jolly good time with German kids at Augustiner Bräustuben
- Drinking games with Euro tall boys at the hotel
- Back to Maratim Munich Hotel for the evening
Check out the Next Day
To read about my adventures in Fussen to see the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein, check out Day 4 – Fussen – Hidden Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.