Touring Central Europe: Munich

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I’ve just got back from a touring holiday around central Europe with my boyfriend and it was such an amazing experience that I had to start a series of blog posts on it!

Our tour started in Munich, arriving at the airport at around 6:30 am (yes, we were very tired that day!). Munich is the capital of the German state of Bavaria, which used to be its own kingdom and was the main area where we spent the first couple of days of the tour. As soon as we stepped out of the airport we found an amazing sandwich stall which I can’t find the name of anywhere but I do remember it was near McDonald’s and the train station! I had ham and cheese sandwiched between lovely, fresh white bread and my boyfriend had a chicken schnitzel roll – it was a very tasty and affordable first German meal.

We then headed straight for the S-Bahn as it was a lot cheaper than getting a taxi to our hotel. The map was a little confusing and really made me appreciate the London tube map that I am used to but the German trains themselves were pleasant enough to ride. Econtel Hotel was conveniently close to Neuaubing station which was about a 20 minute train ride away from the centre of Munich. I really enjoyed our stay there, the hotel room was comfortable (we had two double beds!), breakfast was fairly basic but enough to fill us up for the morning and the staff were very welcoming.

After checking in we got the train to Marienplatz which is a central square in the city of Munich. From there you can walk to the town hall, or Rathaus as it is called in German, and watch the Glockenspiel clock chime on the hour. It’s a slow sequence but its quaintness made it very charming to watch. We had a wander through the city looking at the Greek and Italian influenced architecture which King Ludwig I of Bavaria had organised to be built during his reign.

We then headed to a beer hall for dinner where we had boiled sausages, mashed potato and sauerkraut. The food left a lot to be desired and the restaurant itself felt a little gimmicky but it was a cheap meal in a convenient location and it still gave us a taste of the Bavarian culture. We also had an amusing waiter who kept shouting out everyone’s orders and who mispronounced ‘prawns’ as “PROGS”. Plus the beer was great!

This saw the end of our day in Munich and we headed back to the hotel. I really wish I’d had more time to explore Munich’s famous buildings and beer halls as it struck me as a really beautiful city. If you are considering a trip to Munich, I’d definitely recommend Econtel Hotel and the S-Bahn but suggest looking at restaurant reviews before you go so you can find better quality food than we did.

Our next stop was Neuschwanstein Castle!

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