This post is probably the hardest one I’ve had to write yet. Mainly, because I just didn’t LOVE Munich. It may be because it was brutally cold and combined with the exhaustion, hunger, and irritability I was just done, but Munich didn’t wow me. James, on the other hand, enjoyed Munich. I tried to get him to do a guest post and write this one – he said no. One thing we can agree on, we’d both like to return and explore it some more – preferably in the Summer.
We left Barcelona (click to read now) at 7:00 and arrived into Munich, our 7th country in our Eurotrip at 9:10 am.We flew with Vueling Airlines, for the first time, and I have to say their seats are much comfier than Ryanair. The flight was uneventful, though it allowed for a much-needed catnap. I’m pretty sure I’ve perfected the art of sleeping on all modes of transportation.
Transportation to the City Center
We bought 2 days “Munich GruppenTicket” which cost €23.90 total. 1 Day ticket lasts from the point of validation to 6 am the following day, since we were flying out the next day at 3 pm we decided to get two ‘day tickets’. The great thing about the gruppenticket is that it automatically pays off once you have two adults, so the three of us split the cost and went along our merry way. We then took the S8 to Munich’s center “Marienplatz.”
While in Munich we stayed in a hostel called Jaeger’s Munich Hostel/Hotel. It was a short 15-minute walk from Marienplatz so it was ideally located, and affordably priced. James and I got 2 bunk beds in a 4-bed dorm, which had personal lockers and a shower. The only thing I didn’t like about the accommodations was the fact that the shower’s door was a sliding door so all the water from the shower got all over the floor.
While in Exeter, Eli became friends with a girl who was from Germany and when we got to Munich he let us know he had arranged to meet up with her in Munich. The perk for James and I was that we now had someone that spoke the language – yay that’s always a huge plus. Jocelyn was also rerouting back to us in Munich. Eli’s friend was planning to meet up with him around the same time that Jocelyn arrived at the hostel, so while we were waiting for them to all arrive we decided to explore the city a little bit.
The Square was crowded and swarmed by people due to the fact that it was the main center of the Christmas Market. However, it was a great way to see a lot of things relatively quickly. All of the stalls had traditional German foods and of course lots of beer stalls.
In the heart of Marienplatz Square is the Glockenspiel. Every day, when the clock hits 11 and again at 12, the square is filled with music from the Glockenspiel. Two “stories” depicted by figurines play out at the top of the tower, spinning around to the music. From what I read the top tells the story of a marriage of a local Duke, whereas the bottom half tells the story of the Schäfflertanz dance.
St. Peter’s Church
As you can imagine the square was very crowded so getting photos without people in it was next to impossible. This was the best shot I could get of St. Peter’s Church.
Likewise, here are some photos of the outside of the Asam Church. We walked by this Church as we were strolling around through the city.
St. Michael’s Church
As we were strolling through the city we came across this square called Konigsplatz, which is the home to the museum quarter of Munich. An interesting fact about Konigsplatz is that it was utilized during the Nazi Regime as a place for rallies. A more well-known event that occurred at Kongisplats was the infamous book burnings. It was truly humbling to stand in a place where such tragic events occurred in our world’s history.
The next point of interest we came across was this garden, located in the center of Munich. It’s located just near the Royal Residenz. In this garden is the Diana Pavillion which was built for a goddess, and holds a replica of a statue who’s the original lies in the Residenz.
This market is a daily market in the heart of Munich. Imagine a farmer’s market but better. As it was Christmas time there were more “Christmas themed” stalls than I’m sure there are at any other point in the year.
Prince Carl Palace
On our second day in Munich, we decided to take a walk to the Englischer Garten, on our way there we came across the Prinz Carl Palais. Look how beautiful it is.
Just past the Palace is the River Isar. I can imagine a summer afternoon spent along the River could be nothing but pleasurable.
Angel of Peace
Across the River is the Angel of Peace which is meant to be a reminder of the peaceful years after the Franco-German war.
The Englischer Garten is a massive public park in the center of Munich. There’s also a pretty famous beer garden. Sadly when we got to it, it was only about 11 am and the stalls were only JUST getting set up. Considering we were flying out at 3 p.m. that day we didn’t have the liberty to hang around and wait for them to have a beer in the beer garden so we just enjoyed the experience of being there!
The Good Eats
On our first night we really wanted to go to this place that was known for its Schnitzel, and not surprisingly enough, on a Saturday night it was booked and we needed a reservation. Bummer 😦 we didn’t have one and had to go elsewhere.
We ended up at a restaurant – which frankly I don’t recall the name. Eli’s friends said it looked good after taking a look at the menu and got us a table. After looking at the menu James and I realized the food was a bit out of our budget and opted to just sit and chat while the rest ate, and we would grab something we could afford elsewhere. I will say whatever everyone ate – looked delicious! James and I ended up settling on gyros – of all things. Very German of us. In our defense, doner kebabs are quite popular in Munich and we found a great deal just a short walk from our hostel.
The following day we managed to get our fix for German foods by snacking at the Christmas Market all morning long.
Currywurst, Schnitzel, pretzels, pastries. You name it, we had it. While James didn’t have beer at the Christmas market, in our true budget sense – he stopped into a convenience store and purchased an Augustiner! Hey whatever works right?
Transportation to the Airport from the City
We went to the train station around noon to head back to the airport to catch our afternoon flight. Eli’s friends and Jocelyn came to the train station as well so we could say goodbye. It was quite a touching moment for Eli since it was his last time seeing his friend Claire. It did make me a little sad seeing their goodbye because it made me realize our stint abroad was coming to a fast end in just a few days. 😦 We said goodbye to Claire and Jocelyn and took the S8 back to the airport using our Munich Gruppen ticket.
The Flight Out – Transavia Airlines
We were flying with Transavia Airlines to Paris. Now, I have a LOT of thoughts on this airline. Transavia is very strict with their one hand bag allowance. They stopped a ton of girls who had a carry-on and a VERY small purse and MADE them put the purse inside the carry-on. When I say small I’m talking like a little teeny clutch, and the stewardess made a big stink about every single person putting their tiny clutches (which mind you probably had just enough room for a passport and wallet) in their carry on’s or they weren’t allowed to board the flight. I found the staff on this airline to be very cold, and unwelcoming.
I also had some issues with them when it came to booking the flight. When I booked the flight they didn’t send me a booking confirmation, which had my confirmation code in it so I could check in. Trying to contact them is actually impossible – there is no e-mail address, no live chat. They have a facebook and a WhatsApp phone number and didn’t respond to either of those methods for days. When I went on their facebook I was suddenly very worried about flying with them due to the various comments I saw of them canceling and delaying flights often with no assistance provided to customers affected. I immediately contacted them on whatever modes I could use and I finally got someone to respond to me and received my confirmation number to check-in. Eli wasn’t so lucky. He never received a confirmation e-mail and never received a response from Transavia, so he ended up buying a ticket again thinking his first purchase didn’t go through. Well turns out he bought two tickets for the flight, and they only refunded the cheaper flight.
I really don’t think I will fly with them again, mainly due to the various problems booking with them seem to hold, and the lack of desire to resolve problems for customers. All in all, while their customer service skills are extremely lacking, their price was hard to beat. The flight to Paris was SO cheap, like by a lot compared to other carriers. I was very thankful our flight wasn’t delayed or canceled, and the actual flight itself wasn’t bad and we were on our way to Paris, country #8 on our Euro Trip!
Miles Walked: 21.7 miles
- Day 1 Miles Walked: 9.9 miles
- Day 2 Miles Walked: 11.8 miles
Total Cost James and I: $88.26 on prepaid flight, €70.55 in Munich
- Euros spent: €70.55
- USD spent on prepaid flight: $88.26
- Beginning balance of Euros: €509.21
- Total Euros spent: €70.55
- Ending balance of Euros: €438.66
Breakdown of costs
Prepaid Flight Cost:
***ALL 9 Flights Totaled Roughly $301 ea per 7/17/16 conversion rates. This portion:
- Flights to Munich: $88.26 USD per 7/17/16 conversion rates
- BCN-MUC 7:00-9:10 for James and I
- €79.98 = $88.26
Cost Incurred in Munich:
- Post Card: €1
- Food: €25.68
- 2 Pretzels €3.50, €3
- Currywurst €3.5
- Chicken Schnitzel €4
- Pastry €2
- Gyros €8
- Augustiner €1.68
- Transportation: €15.87
- Gruppen Ticket – €15.87 for James and I.
- €23.80 total, split 3 ways.
- Gruppen Ticket – €15.87 for James and I.
- Hostel: €28
- One night for James and I €28
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