Munich - Gateway to Bavaria

We spent one day in this city of art and culture made the most of it! We choose a few places to eat, picked one museum, and wandered through various sections of town. Even though we missed many major attractions, we were able to absorb the city’s character.


Munich - Gateway to Bavaria

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

After we unloaded our bags in the hotel, we headed over to Marienplatz. Following a recommendation from Frommer’s, we ate at Donisl where we ordered Weisswurst and beer for breakfast. We were a bit put off when the sausages arrived as they were white and in a bowl of juice. But they were very tasty and rich. The beer went very well and they even gave us some pretzels – which was quite a combination for breakfast. We were the only people there so early in the morning, but it was a cute place. Afterwards, we walked outsize to watch the Glockenspiel which in St. Peter’s. You can walk up and down around this area and find various shops. We wandered over to the Viktualienmarkt and bought some wine, bread and cheese to take back to the hotel for a quick nap. Alte Pinakothek was the one museum we chose to visit. We saw various 14th through 18th century paintings and left with a new appreciation for several artists. The rest of out time was spent enjoying the laid back lifestyle of the Germans by having beer and sausages in the biergartens and eating their famous wiener schnitzel for dinner.${QuickSuggestions} If you fly into Munich and are staying in the city you can take the train (S-Bahn) into town. It is a great way to acclimate yourself to the European rails and does not cost nearly as much as a cab. Once you get settled, have a beer. Even if you are not a beer drinker (like me) you should have one. We could not find a single “bad” beer in Germany. They were all good! For a fun beer experience, make sure to visit at least one biergarten. Hofbrauhaus is the most famous. If you have some time there, schedule and afternoon to stop by the market near St. Peter’s and pick up some meat, cheese, bread and a bottle of wine and head over to a park for a picnic. Munich is a very green city and there are several parks to choose from. Another tip – keep your change! Many of the public bathrooms in Munich charge a few coins for use.${BestWay} The best way to explore Munich was to walk and take their public transportation called the U-bahn. Like other European subway systems, the U-bahn is efficient and clean. You can buy a ticket for the day and use the U-bahn as often as you like. It can be a little confusing if you don’t read German. Look for the blue vending machines to purchase your tickets.

Hotel Astor

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

This hotel was centrally located in the city. It is not in the heart of any tourist attractions so it is quiet, but it is close to all transportation and you can even walk to Marienplatz if you want to. I believe it is a three star hotel. The beds were very comfortable and each person had a single down blanket to cuddle under. The bathroom was a bit awkward and had a very tiny shower. The television had cable with a variety of news, music and weather channels. The room was decent if small. Your stay includes breakfast in the morning which consists of a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, fruits, etc. The breakfast room is a pleasant light blue and we enjoyed the quality of the breakfast. We would stay there again because it was a good location and great value.
Hotel Astor
SCHILLERSTRASSE 24
Munich, Germany
49-089-548-370

Spatenhaus

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

After a day of wandering through the city, grab an outside table at Spatenhaus to enjoy a classic Bavarian dinner and watch the people wander by. Spatenhause is located directly across from the opera house on Max-Joseph-Platz. Order a beer made by the restaurant itself to go along with your meal. We had the wiener schnitzel which was bigger than the plate! It was served with some classic Bavarian sauerkraut unlike anything you will find in the United States. At Spatenhaus the portions are large, the beer is good, the food is classic and well-prepared, and the price is right. Sit back and watch the people attending the opera and finishing their site-seeing of the Residenz.
Spatenhaus
Residenzstraße 12
Munich, Germany, 80333

Donisl

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

At the recommendation of Frommer’s, we made Donisl our first stop in the morning. After checking into the hotel we took the U-bahn to Marienplatz and walked over to Donisl. At 9am the restaurant was empty. The plan was to have sausage and beer for breakfast. The sausage was called Weisswurst which is white. The sausages came in a bowl with a lid on it and they served us pretzels as well. We ordered beer to get the true Munich experience. The sausages were very tasty and richer than I had tasted before. The meal was very satisfying and a great way to start off a Munich morning. After we ate, we could step right outside and watch the famous glockenspiel at St. Peter’s. The food was tasty and well priced and the restaurant had a cute alpine look.
Donisl
Marienplatz
Munich, Germany

Alte Pinakothek

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

Since we had only one day in Munich it was hard to decide which museum to visit. We chose Alte Pinakothek because of it’s collection of paintings from European artists from the 14th through 18th century. As many art museums in large cities, Alte Pinakothek is very large and you should plan to spend a few hours there to really appreciate what is offered. There are only two floors, but the museum is long and you will be drawn into all the various works.

I am a Rubens fan and this museum has more Rubens paintings than any other in Europe. There is a wonderful Rubens painting called the Lion Hunt which shows lions attacking the hunters on horseback. It is a very graphical painting and he captured amazing elements with the details of the muscles and expressions of not only the humans, but also the horses and the lions in the painting. They have on display an early version of the painting where Rubens sketched out drawings of the picture in a smaller form before he painted the canvas. It is a rare treasure to see how a master such as Rubens evolved and developed his work into the final piece.

In addition to Rubens, there are several other masters’ works on display as well. You will see numerous paintings by Rembrandt, da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian and van Dyck as well as other Dutch, Flemish, French, Spanish and Italian artists. By seeing so many famous artists’ paintings that are not published in text books we felt that we saw a different side of the artists or were introduced to many of them for the first time. We were most impressed with van Dyck since we were not too familiar with his work before visiting Alte Pinakothek.

Throughout the museum there were two or three different paintings of a story called Susanna and the Elders. They were by different artists in different time periods. I bought a post card of van Dyck’s version so I would remember the name of it. To this day, I do not know what the story is, but I have created several stories myself of what could be going on with Susanna and the Elders. Is she guilty of something? Do they desire her? Did she betray them? I guess that’s what art interpretation is all about.

Alte Pinakothek
Barer Straße 27
Munich, Germany, 80333
+49 89 23805159

Glockenspiel

Member Rating 1 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

All the tour books I read and people I spoke with said to make sure to see the Glockenspiel at Marienplatz. It "performs" each day at 10:30am, noon, and 5pm. We had a quick breakfast and saw the Glockenspiel at 10:30 a.m. I was not impressed. It is neat that the glockenspiel was created hundreds of years ago and it still working. When the Glockenspiel turn on, you see a miniature tournament of knights jousting. I thought it was over-hyped. People were standing all around Marienplatz to see the performance of the Glockenspiel and we were surrounded by tour groups. The area is a great place to shop and hang out so if you hear it going off and are in the area, then look up and check it out. I don’t suggest scheduling your day around it. Ideally, you will be able to sit outside in one of the sidewalk cafes lining the area and enjoy a snack while waiting.
Glockenspiel
New Town Hall
Munich, Germany

Biergartens

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

In Munich, will not have any problem finding a biergarten (beer garden) to relax and enjoy a nice cool beer. While the most famous, and “wildest” biergarten is Hofbrauhaus, there are several to choose from. When you visit you can socialize with all the others or sit back at a table and watch the crowd. You may find yourself sitting next to other people from various walks of life sharing the same tables and benches to enjoy the Bavarian food and beer. It is a very casual and comfortable environment. Don’t be put off if you do not like beer. I am more or a wine drinker than beer drinker but I drank beer the entire time I was in Munich and was never served one I didn’t like. You should definitely spend a few hours visiting one when in Munich.

Viktualienmarkt

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by wildhoney269 on June 3, 2003

One of the best ways to step inside the culture of a European city is to visit their markets. You will be exposed to the common foods the locals eat and drink every day. You can choose from fresh fruit and vegetables, wonderful breads, delicate pastries, a large variety of cheeses and even wines. There are several stands which serve prepared food such as salads, meats, and sausages. You can buy a few things and find a table to enjoy your lunch or pack up a picnic and head off to one of the parks around town. There is a biergarten (beer garden) in the center of the market as well. If you can somehow resist the temptation of all the wonderful foods, you will still enjoy watching the locals go about their shopping.
Viktualienmarkt
Center of Munich
Munich, Germany, 80331

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