Fashion and lifestyle blogger Vicky Klieber takes us on a tour of Munich and everything you must see and do if you’ve only got 12 hours to spend it the city!
A visit to the Bavarian capital is definitely a must. It is rich in culture, great food and charming people. Even though I’ve been living here for nearly six years there are still so many places I’ve never been to! I live in the Schwabing neighborhood, which is one of the best to visit. Not only is it super close to the English Garden (one of the biggest city parks in Europe) but there is also a diverse offering of shops and lovely cafés. For example, the charming Reed Café in Hohenzollernstr is a great place to go for a coffee. The owner is a funny English lady and they also serve delicious meals. An alternative is to head down to Café Comte in Ainmillerstraße 10, which is for those in the know – as you won’t find it online. For shopping check out the recently opened Dear Goods in Friedrichstraße 28 or Nicole Mohrmann in Hohenzollernstr. 50.
The charming Reed Café in Hohenzollernstr is a great place to go for a coffee. The owner is a funny English lady and they also serve delicious meals.
After exploring Schwabing, head into the heart of Munich. From Schwabing you can reach the city centre in about 5-10 minutes by metro (note that Munich’s public transport runs only every 10 minutes). As for me I love to get around by bike, which a lot of people do and the bicycle lines are well constructed.
Around the central square Marienplatz, there is a lot to take in. Hear the cathedral chime every full hour, climb up the Alter Peter spire to get the best view over Munich, or visit the Residenz and Old Town Hall. If you want to know more about Bavarian’s history make sure to visit the Bavarian National Museum. The museum holds a vast and impressive collection of decorative arts and crafts pieces, not just from Germany, but from across Europe.
Climb up the Alter Peter spire to get the best view over Munich…
There is also lots of shopping opportunities in Munich too. In the city center you’ll find many popular high street brands but look carefully and you will discover some of our old-fashioned shops. Check out Hirmer, which is an amazing 5 floored men’s department store. Moreover there is Ludwig Beck, Konen or Oberpollinger where you can also go to get your shopping fix.
After all this sightseeing and shopping you may be hungry and what’s better than a hefty Bavarian lunch with a Schweinshaxe or traditional Spätzle, together with a pint of beer. The Hofbräuhaus is a classic, but usually super crowded. The Andescher Am Dom beer hall is also a great place to try traditional Bavarian dishes.
If you want to get out of the touristy city center walk through the Viktualienmarkt, which is the biggest food market in the city. Be careful as prices can be high but there are some hidden gems to be found such as Sababa, which serves Lebanese food. This place is always busy and they have the most delicious hoummus and falafel.
If you want to explore the city center further then head down to the Glockenbachviertel and Gärtnerplatz, where you’ll find more unique and independent shops, restaurants and cafés. Remember to check out the cool Kauf dich glücklich in the Reichenbachstraße for a great selection of contemporary brands for both your home and your wardrobe.
For an afternoon break, I would recommend going to Aroma Coffee in Pestalozzistr. 24. A little insider is also the great EMILO Café in Buttermelcherstr. 5 serving a great coffee. Café Marais is a lovely and bustling place too. It serves great food all day long but if you can, pop in for breakfast.
This area in Munich is also where a lot of the nightlife is. There is a wide range of great bars such a Die Registratur in Müllerstr. 42, Konsulat Bar in Klenzestr. 51 or Loretta Bar in Müllerstr. 50.
12 hours in Munich can be quite intense, especially if you follow all the suggestions in my little guide. There are so many great places to go! Hopefully I have given you a snapshot of the best places to add to your itinerary if you are just on a short visit. Enjoy.