Munich, who doesn’t know this city? The Capital of Germany and the most populous city of Bavaria, make it become the third-largest city in Germany (source: wikipedia.com).
Munich is the second city that I visited after Heidelberg during my first Europe trip on last May. The city that also called München is the city with longest visit time in my Europe trip. I spent two amazing days in here.
Despite of the unpredictable weather, there are still some places that will make your holiday very delightful based on my experience during two days in this city.
1. Marienplatz and Neues Rathaus
Marienplatz is a Medieval public square located in the heart of Munich. Since its construction there are some event that happened in here, such as tournaments, markets, public events, and even executions. Originally the square was called Schrannen but was renamed to St. Mary Square, in an appeal to the Virgin Mary to protect the city from the cholera epidemic. Next to it there is Neues Rathaus, The New Town Hall that was constructed in the 19th century (source: visitacity.com).
From my Airbnb, I went to Marienplatz by U-bahn – a Germany local train transportation – from Westendstrasse station that only took 30 minutes. There are two nearby train station that you can choose as your stop, Karlsplatz and Odeonsplatz.
However, thanks to Barbara – my Airbnb host – that suggested me to stop at Karlsplatz U-bahn station. Even though Odeonsplatz is the nearest station, but walking from Karlsplatz to Marienplatz is very enjoyable! There are shops and cafes in classic architectural building that you can found along the way. Also, at noon, you can find some street performers. This is not only along the way from Karlsplatz to Marienplatz, but in some streets around this public square as well.
I arrived at Karlsplatz around 10:00 AM which is already breakfast time. One of my main purpose is to try nice pastry and cake and of course a cup of coffee! So I straightly go to a cafe called Cafe Rischart and order an Erdbeer Brownie (a chocolate brownie), Vanillebreze (a vanilla croissant), and a cup of Haferl Kaffee (a black coffee with cream). The average price for a pastry or cake in here is around 4 euro and for a cup of coffee is 3 euro. But, if you choose to dine in the total price could be higher because there will be service charge and tax in your bill.
After finishing my breakfast, I continue my journey to the public square. According to Google Map, I only need 11 minutes walking from Karlsplatz to Marienplatz. However, I spent 2 hour because I was drawn into many temptations along the way (souvenirs shops, skin care shops, WINTER SALE AND SPRING MID-SEASON SALE!) You know, girl will always be girl. LOL!
But yeah, finally I made it to Marienplatz! At that time, there was many tourists because it was Spring season, which is one of best season to travel to Europe. Here are some photos I took around Marienplatz and Neues Rathaus area.
So, will I recommend this place? Highly recommended! 🙂
Viktualienmarkt is a fresh produce market that located nearby the Marienplatz. You only need to walk around 10 minutes from Marienplatz and pass the Old Town Hall to get there. From local source, it is an old market that founded around 1800 in Marienplatz and then ordered to moved few meters along the road because it’s grow too crowded by King Maximilian
To be honest, I spent most of my time in here, around 2 hours strolling around each stalls. I never been in a type of market like Viktualienmarkt. In my country, Indonesia, the market is very different and much more crowded. But this market looks more like tourist attraction than it’s function.
The condition is very clean – like most of place in Europe – and very comfortable. However at lunch time it’s quite crowded. In here you can found many groceries, foods, fresh juices, souvenirs, and flowers! Oh, I wish I could bring some flowers to home.
The most important thing that you need to know while strolling around in Viktualienmarkt is do not taking photos of the stalls or touching the products without intention to buying it, because you will make the stall’s owner a bit angry. If you want to take a photo, it would be better to ask the owner’s permission first. 😉
3. St. Michael’s Church
One of my favorite church during my visit in Munich. Although there are plenty of historic gothic church in this city, in this church I feel more welcome at the moment I stepped in.
Located nearby Karlsplatz and along the way to Marienplatz, you will find this Jesuit church surrounded with shops and cafes.
As the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps, St. Michael’s Church have very astonishing architecture, from the impressive facade that contains standing statues of Duke Wilhelm and the Archangel Michael’s bronze statue by Hubert Gerhard’s to the interior with representation of the triumph of Roman Catholicism of Bavaria.
St. Michael’s church also still held some religious activity including some mass so sometimes it could be more crowded. When there is no religious activity, you will still found some people came in this church to sit and pray.
4. Asamkirche (Asam’s Church)
This baroque and rococo style church was created by Egid Quirin Asam and his brother Cosmos Damian Asam in the early 1700 and completed in 1746. They intended it to be their own private chapel but the authorities ordered them to open it to the public. The church is dedicated to Saint John Nepomuk who was a monk who had drowned in the Danube River. (source: visitacity.com)
This church have more small and narrow shape than St. Michael’s Church. After entering the big door, there were high metal bars door in the entrance hall, so I cannot continue exploring this magnificent church closer to the altar.
However, there are still more to adore about this church. Try to visit Asam house (Asamhaus) that located right at the side of the church. Here you can see more Egid Quirin Asam’s sculpture and stucco work.
So…that’s all my Munich daily activities during my stay at Munich. I hope it could give you more inspiration and motivation to visit Munich 🙂 Well, actually there still a lot of tourist attraction in this beautiful city such as English Garden, Glyptothek, and The Pinakothek Museums. It’s also highly recommended to visit Neuschwanstein Castle (the Disney Castle) from Munich since it’s closer.
Have you ever been in Munich before? Will you recommend this city for holiday?
Thank you and see you at another post 😉