Munich: Inspiration for your next holiday
Our time in Munich was absolutely fantastic, and I can't wait to visit again. Going just before Christmas was even more brilliant because it meant the Christmas Markets were in full swing, and the city was completely decorated and lit up. The streets were filled with small log cabins bursting with baubles, snow globes, tree decorations and food, with the owners busily chatting with customers or creating new stock while they sat behind their full counters of wares.
Although it wasn't snowing (I was slightly disappointed, but it meant it was warmer!) it was great. The days were cool but not freezing, and the sun went down early. Thermal socks and a mug of Glühwein to wrap cold hands around were essential while wandering through the stalls. Every one we saw was rugged up in scarves and trendy hats (I started my hat collection from one of the markets here!), while shopping for their family and friends. The shopping here has everything you could possibly need - high street fashion, international labels and big department stores as well as the glorious markets.
Once we'd had our fill of Christmas-ey goodness, we walked further through the town to see more of it's story (big thanks to our friend and fabulous guide Steph!). Munich has an interesting past and aspects of it are proudly on show throughout the city. It is the capital of Bavaria, one of Germany's 16 states. The people are extremely proud of their heritage, and the royal history here boasts massive palaces, archways and statues of the 'Mad King' Ludwig ll. There are also many statues of lions throughout the city that are routinely rubbed shiny by passers-by hoping for a little luck :)
It was cheap to get around, with a ticket for 5 of us for an entire day on trains, trams and buses costing less than 13 euro! I imagine it would have taken us a lot longer to figure out how to get everywhere without Steph and Reece's help, but it was so handy to get around I'm keen to have another go. We shot all over the city to visit the various Christmas markets, the not-so-Christmas-ey Tollwood Market, the Pink Market (a gay market with coy looking Santas and drag queens singing Christmas carols), beer gardens, the Kings Residence (Munich Residenz), the Seigestor Arch, the magnificent 14th century church Frauenkirche and the gorgeous town square, Marienplatz. Here, the fountains are flowing, the old hall is a stunning masterpiece and the performers do their thing. I just wandered around open mouthed, snapping away on my camera like crazy.
I'm a little bit in love with Munich, and would love to go back in Spring or Autumn when all the parks are colorful and a little less cool. How handy being based in the UK, which flights only around £80 return! I can't wait to explore more of this trendy city :)