48 Hours in Munich
As an avid traveler, I’m often asked if I can spend this weekend anywhere in the world, where would it be? The answer is easy. I’d love to spend 48 hours in Munich. From the beer gardens to the food to the history to the beer halls (yeah, I said beer twice), Munich has a laid-back atmosphere with just enough culture to appeal to the nerd in me. A little sightseeing mixes nicely with breaks at sidewalk cafes and chestnut tree-shaded beer gardens.
While I’d recommend more than 48 hours in Munich, I also understand that most itineraries on the European circuit can only afford a night or two. In that case, find a hotel in Munich and follow in our footsteps. Also, consider buying hop-on hop-off bus tickets if this sounds like too much walking.
First Day in Munich
Drop your bags at your hotel and head to the nearest beer garden. If the weather isn’t cooperating, then find a beer hall. Enjoy a lager along with your first meal in Munich. A little warning here, make that first beer a mite (half liter) as what goes in must come out, and you have some sightseeing ahead of you. Plus, there’s plenty more beer to sample on this journey.
Next is Marienplatz to soak up the gothic architecture of the town hall. This is the moment when you’ll realize that you’re in Munich. For an even better angle of Marienplatz and a skyline view of the city, climb to the top of Saint Peter’s bell tower. Once you’ve descended, be sure to step inside Munich’s oldest parish.
You’ve worked up a thirst from all that walking! Head over to Haufbrau Haus for a late afternoon/early evening beer. Stick around long enough to hear the brass oompah band play, but not long enough to have dinner. There are better places to eat in Munich like Paulaner Im Tal (the roast duck is life changing).
Second Day in Munich
Start your day emerged in the lifestyle of Bavaria’s Wittelsbach family and tour the National Treasury, Residenz, and Hofgarten. Head out early to avoid the crowds. When you’re done, visit the Theatinerkirche right next door, which is filled with Baroque and Rococo architecture. Culture done, now you can seek lunch and the day’s first beer!
Dine like a local at Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s central market. There are plenty of food stands to buy traditional Bavarian street fare like German sausages and pretzels. Grab a cold one and cozy up to some new friends at one of the shared tables.
When you’re done eating, spend time visiting the various farmers and artisanal food stands in the market before enjoying a neighborhood walking tour. I recommend buying Lonely Planet’s Bavaria and Black Forest Guidebook and using one of the many tours. You’ll be sure to find one that peaks your interest.
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Last Day in Munich
I’ve sent you to all the must see attractions, now pick something you’re interested from the long list of Munich attractions like Olympic Park or the Wittelsbach’s summerhouse. Or, take a trip south to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle.
There you have it – an action packed 48 Hours in Munich!