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Munich - A City For Everyone

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An April 2007 trip to Munich by flyingscot4

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Munich - A City For Everyone

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Towers of the Frauenkirch Photo, Munich, Germany
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I love Munich. Despite my age, I still travel with a backpack and stay in hostel dorms which makes Munich an ideal destination. Much of what I write is geared to the budget traveler (whether by necessity or frugality). I will not be recommending different tours (many of which are expensive), but rather talk about public transportation. I will not recommend hotels or expensive restaurants because I have not patronized them for over 40 years. I will talk about ways of budgeting time and resources allowing one to travel inexpensively as well as what can be called experientially. My goal in this writing is to convince readers that a trip to Europe need not be a one-time thing, but one in a series. My defi...Read More

Easy Palace Hostel

Hotel | "One Of My Personal Favorite Hostels In All Europe"

Easy Palace Hostel Photo, Munich, Germany
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Munich is one of the best "base cities" anywhere in Europe. Franz Josef Strauss International Airport is just outside Munich with frequent and efficient train and S-Bahn transportation into the city. The Munich Hauptbahnhof has direct trains to almost anywhere in Germany, indeed, most of Europe. The city has one of the best U-Bahn (subway) and S-bahn (light rail servicing the suburbs) systems in the world. Austria and the Alps are close (you can see them on clear days), Regensburg, Augsburg, Nürnberg, and Stuttgart are all less than 2 hours by train. And, Munich is one of the safest cities in Europe.What could be better? How about a very inexpensive hostel (14.50 euros per night for an 8 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2008

Easy Palace Hostel
Mozartstr. 4
Munich, Germany 80336

Wombat

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Hotel | "Wombat's Hostel"

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Wombats Munich is one of the cleanest hostels I have found. Pros: The rooms and bathrooms are immaculate, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. The beds are quite comfortable. It is located within a block of the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) so coming and going is very convenient. All transportation is close by. Our two-person room was €70.00 per night, although some of the dorms are about €15.00 per night. There is a free walking tour of the city which leaves the hostel at 10:30 AM. It is quite a good tour.Cons: It is in a kind of seedy neighborhood. While it is not unsafe, some women have felt uncomfortable. My girlfriend said she would not stay there i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2007

Wombat
Senefelderstraße 1
Munich, Germany D-80336
+49 89 5998 918-0

Hofbrauhaus

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Restaurant | "Hofbräuhaus"

Just having a little beer and fun. Photo, Munich, Germany
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Historically, the Hofbräuhaus has been around for over 400 years. Originally the royal brewery (the name "Hofbräu" means "royal brewery"), the Hofbräuhaus has been in it's present location since 1607. There is a wonderful "time-line" history of the restaurant and brewery at the Hofbräuhaus website listed at the bottom of the page.I have read many reviews of the Hofbräuhaus over the years. Most were positive, but some were not. My reaction to negative remarks is, "If you don't like it, don't waste your time here and go somewhere that you enjoy." The Hofbräuhaus can be just as obnoxious as any other place that serves alcohol to a few million visitors per year. Basically, it's a lot of fun fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2007

Hofbrauhaus
Brauhausstrasse
Munich, Germany

Bratwurstherzl

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Restaurant

Bratwurstherzl Photo, Munich, Germany
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This wonderful restaurant is located just behind the Victualiensmarkt at Dreifaltigkeitsplatz 1. Historically, the present building of this "Bratwursthaus" has been a gasthaus since 1633, and became the home of Bratwurstherzl in 1901. The current owner, Herr Walter Berringer, has 5 restaurants, this being the only one in Munich. The others are located in Nürnberg and all specialize in Nürnberg Bratwurst. These delicious finger-like sausages, made in the city after which they are named, are brought in daily from Nürnberg (if the sausage is not made in Nürnberg, it cannot be called "Nürnberger"). Freshly grilled over a beechwood fire, the sausages are served with a large helping of sauerkraut or potat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2008

Bratwurstherzl
Dreifaltigkeitsplatz 1
Munich

Marienplatz

Attraction | "Marienplatz - Where Munich Begins"

Marienplatz Photo, Munich, Germany
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FactsMarienplatz is the heart and heartbeat of Munich's old city. Much of the old city was badly damaged or destroyed during the allied bombings in 1944-45, and rebuilt following WWII. In that respect, the square is quite new, but it has a history as long as that of Munich, and was central to the Bavarian seat of power for almost nine centuries. The Wittelsbach dynasty's first palace, the "Alter Hof," is one block NE of the New City Hall. The square and its immediate environs appear to be part of the Middle Ages as well as part of the Renaissance. Italian influence can be seen in the Münzhof, (royal stables) as well in the main post office on Maximillianstrasse (which is also...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2007

Marienplatz
Marienplatz 8
Munich, Germany 80331

Munich Residenz

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Attraction | "Residenz"

Munich Residenz Photo, Munich, Germany
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The Residenz was the home and seat of power of the Wittelsbach family for over 700 years. Built in 1385 as a small, moated castle, the Residenz replaced the Alter Hof (near Marienplatz) as the Wittelsbach family residence and seat of government. During their 700 year reign, which lasted until 1918, they also built Nymphenberg Palace as a summer residence.Because the Wittelsbach's were in power for so many centuries, most of the periods are represented including Renaissance, Rococo, Neo-Classical, Baroque, etc.. The remarkable Antiquarium (Hall of Antiquities) is the largest secular Renaissance hall north of the Alps, and is on top of the list of highlights (other than the Schatzkammer). T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2007

Munich Residenz
Max-joseph-platz 3
Munich, Germany 80539
49 (89) 290-671

Schatzkammer der Residenz

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Attraction | "Schatzkammer der Residenz (Residenz Treasury)"

The crown of an English queen  Photo, Munich, Germany
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If you like jewels and gold and things that glitter and sparkle, prepare to get your socks knocked off.Historically, the collection dates its origin from the will of Duke Albrecht V in 1565, which required the formation of an "unsaleable" collection. Under him and his successors, the collection grew through the centuries especially in the 18th century when the treasure of the Wittelsbach's of the Palatinate was transferred to Munich. Then, in 1803, a large amount of secular church property was confiscated (Roman Catholic for the most part), adding many more treasures. In addition to these secular pieces, the Residenz also has a collection of many liturgical relics (bones of various rulers,...Read More

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