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Two Days in Munich

Two Days in Munich

Wind-soaked cliffs, beautiful castles, neon clubs and emerald green gardens-Munich is a smorgasbord of delights for visitors.

As a part of my trip to East Europe, I also went to Munich. This is a place that challenges you, indulges  you, takes you on myriad flights of fancy and creates  memories to last for a lifetime—all at the same time. Over the years, it is now metamorphosed into one of the most dynamic cities, with an art and cultural, food and shopping scene.

I was there for only a couple of days and tried to explore as much as possible. A great thing to do on a summer day is swim In the Isar in the Englischer Garten. It is the perfect place for a picnic/ a game of frisbee/ yoga/ simply grabbing a beer. You can even rent bikes, pedalos and rowing boats from the hut right next to seehaus.

I had rented a bike for the day. Munich is best explored on a bike! So I took a map and started cycling from my hotel. I stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, which is a stone’s throw from the Marienplatz.

There are a lot of museums and palaces to explore in Munich. The Deutsches Museum is the oldest and largest science and technology museum in the world. It offers a plethora of interactive exhibits and a whole section dedicated to curious children: At “Kid’s Kingdom,” kids can sit behind the wheel of a real fire engine, fly into the air, or play on a giant guitar! The toy museum in Marienplatz is also a delight! I saw barbie dolls and doll houses from the 17th century.

This city is a shopaholic’s delight. Collectively, the city’s shops, malls and markets offer everything from the most luxurious of designer goods to the most traditional of Bavarian crafts. Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse, in the city centre, are the main shopping areas in Munich and are lined with large department stores and global chains. Smaller, more exclusive boutiques can be found around Maximilianstrasse and Theatinerstrasse

Viktualienmarkt but they are expensive. I did pick up a lot of peaches from the bustling, colourful food market, which also is one of Munich’s major attractions.

You could check out the Olympia Einkaufszentrum, Bavaria’s largest arcade, comprising more than 135 separate shops, three major department stores and some upscale eating options.

In true Bavarian style, I used to eat my first meal of the day by 11 am-that’s how it’s done in Munich. A traditional morning meal includes boiled Weißwurst (white sausage), sweet mustard, brezn (bread) and a large glass of Weißbier (White wheat beer). Savour the spicier, grilled Nürnberger Rostbratwürste, or the Wollwurst.

This city enjoys an enormous culinary repertoire, with fine restaurants and dishes from all over the world, inserted into a socio-cultural context. You can taste delicious street food at Schlemmermeyer, a butcher that offers excellent grilled sausages and Leberkäs, a savory meat terrine.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, you could try the local favourite Die Schmalznudel. Pay a visit to the nearby Kräuterparadies Lindig, which sells medicinal herbs. Don’t miss the legendary gastro-boutique, Dallmayr, which is the most sophisticated food shop in the city.

Stay Recommendation
The Mandarin Oriental
Tucked away in a quiet side street, Mandarin Oriental, Munich offers an enticing blend of luxury, comfort and style. Surrounded by some of the city’s most famous sites, the property exudes a sense of elegant

charm with a refined décor, beautiful roof-top pool, excellent restaurants and impeccable service. Neuturmstrasse 1, 80331, +49 (89) 290 980, momuc-reservations@mohg.com