Monday, April 17, 2006

Question about Munich...

Question about Munich Germany.  Ok, say you were going to Munich and would be there for a Saturday night, and all day Sunday and Monday (holiday on May 1st).  

What would be your must see, must do agenda?  Whatever I choose, I’ll be writing about it later.  Just getting ready to go to Helsinki, London and Munich for the last week of April/ first week of May.


Anonymous Dratz said....

I would really try to head up the road just a little bit to see Dachau.

Also, ordering a beer at McDonald's is neat.

If you have time for Dachau, see if you can continue on a little more (or take a train (even better)) to Augsburg. I lived there for a while and the churches and all are wonderful. The Fuggerei is a very interesting part of Restoration era history.

It's too bad you won't be there for Oktoberfest!

I'm giving a presentation in Athens in June, so if you have any tips for Greece, return the favor.

Mon Apr 17, 08:28:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Clemens Utschig - Utschig said....

tom, japanese (beer) garden of course. Olympia stadium - and allianz arena (check if there is an event) at least from outside, they are both considered modern marvels of architecture..
The inner city part of muc is great - specially around the US embassy and the Allianz headquarters - viktualien markt .. the best breakfast in town ..

greets clemens

Mon Apr 17, 08:34:00 PM EDT  

Blogger David Aldridge said....

The English Garden has a "relaxed dress code" for sunbathing, as I recall. If that's the sort of thing you like.

I used to work in the Krauss-Maffei factory in Munich, degreasing machinery. It met the technical description of "indoor work with no heavy lifting" but the similarity was purely superficial. I think of Munich whenever I get the scent of solvent.

Mon Apr 17, 08:52:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

If you like cars you could tour the BMW factory.

Mon Apr 17, 10:29:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Tom, you have to go for traditional bavarian food and beer. If you order "one beer" be prepared to drink 1l (about 2,1 pint) beer since this is the old traditional "unit". I hope someone from the local area will place some good names/places to go here.

If you like to visit the most famous german castle ( I would suggest to rent a BMW, verify the is no speed limit on german highways and arrive just before all the japanease tours start to visit the castle.

See you in Munich,

Tue Apr 18, 02:55:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

If you want to have a taste of Bavaria, you should visit the Hofbrauhaus, the most famous beer place of the world (at least that is what the peolple here say). Old center of Munich, warm traditional ambiance, the best beer and saussages, and the the music too!

Tue Apr 18, 03:13:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Many interesting suggestinons here. I'd like to recommend a nice place for decent german food called "Franziskaner Brauhaus" near "Marienplatz", nice beer there too. If you are intersted in museums they have germanies most famous technical museeum in Munich. It's really impressive you can spend days there. Have fun and I hope wether will be nice, but may should be nice und awarm ;-)

Tue Apr 18, 03:23:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Biergartens - definitely. I am not going to recommend one particular but the concept is great. You can bring your own food if you like. Just sit down and enjoy your beer under the trees.

Tue Apr 18, 03:38:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Matthias Rogel said....

You have a nice sight over the city
and - if weather is ok - over the Alps
from the Olympia-Turm in the Olympia-Center.

Don't forget - Bavarian beer is not
German beer, it is just Bavarian.

(Me, as a non-Bavarian, don't like it,
much too light).

If you are interested in technical things, visit the Deutsche Museum.

Tue Apr 18, 04:08:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Holger Schweichler said....

Hello Tom,

the German Museum is definitely worth a closer look if you have that much time left in munich - lots of technical stuff:

I'm going to arrive at Munich on Monday early afternoon (I think around 2 PM - the ticket is at the office), so I have at least half a day (which is not enough time for the museum unfortunately - you could easily spend a week there...).

Looking forward seeing you at Munich.


Tue Apr 18, 04:29:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Robbert said....

If you're only a little interested in History, I would suggest both Dachau, and 'Das Deutches Museum'.


Tue Apr 18, 06:12:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Hubertus Krogmann said....

Well I haven't been there, but I looking forward to it, as we are booked on the event 2-3.May :-)

All posted things (except beer@MCD :) are good points...

Have a look at:
to see what the city marks itself as "hot spots".

A part of our company is in Munich, perhaps I can ask the locals for "secret places" :-)


Tue Apr 18, 06:59:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hi Tom,
it depends. What are you interested in? I work in munich and there are a lot of interesting things. If you like art then take a look at the pinakothek ( I don't recommand you to visit the hofbräuhaus, better goto the Löwenbräukeller (at the Siglmeierplatz near Main Station). If the weather is fine talke a look at the West Park (very nice) and the English Garden. For a little walk there would be Odeonsplace and Marienplace.


Tue Apr 18, 07:03:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Jim Weatherly said....

Check out the biergarten Seehaus, which is in the English Garden (a 900-acre park). Be sure to order a helles, which is a light colored beer that is out of this world and I can't seem to find outside of Bavaria.

Tue Apr 18, 09:54:00 AM EDT  

Blogger David Kurtz said....

I recommend a trip to the both the Augustiner Restaurant and Braeustuben (

Tue Apr 18, 10:48:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Stephan (Hamburg) said....

A Haxe (roasted pig shank) and a Mass (a liter-size beer mug) outside at the Chinese Tower in the English Garden. Enjoy!

Tue Apr 18, 11:15:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Laurent Schneider said....

the right time to go to munich is between 16.9 and 3.10 this year during Oktoberfest !

Tue Apr 18, 03:40:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I found Munich to be just another large city. It's well worth your while to visit some of the smaller towns outside Munich.
If you have a car you can check out a little town called Rothenburg od der Tauber. Google it for more information. I don't recall how far away it is from Munich but well worth the drive.
It's a must see.

Also you can visit Neuschwanstein castle which is approx 1 hour outside of Munich. On the way to Neuschwanstein Castle you can visit the town of Oberammergau (the famous Passion Play takes place here) and Mad King Ludwigs Linderhof Castle.

I agree with a previous poster, visit Dachau. It's very sad and disturbing but something you will never forget visiting.


Tue Apr 18, 05:23:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Thanks for the comments - I am not adverse at all to travel outside of Munich - never been to Germany before this. I figured with two days, I'd get some pointers.

Dachau seems like something to look into - many recommendations for that.

Tue Apr 18, 05:34:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I have been on work in Munich for the last 6 weeks now and I would say that much of what the others have mentioned seems to be on the mark. It's a bit touristy, but if the weather is nice, the guided tours (bus/bike/foot) can be nice too.

Once you have done some of that and had the beer, then yes, I also find Munich to be just another large euro city. It seems the true beauty of this city lies in all of the nice weekend getaways that are just a top-down drive away.

Anyway.... I look forward to your session in May.


Tue Apr 18, 06:51:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Ãœber-Kiwi said....

Der Spiegel has a useful page with the Germany Survival Bible.,1518,k-6896,00.html

Tue Apr 18, 08:32:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Hi Tom,

great you visit this great city ! If you like beer you better stick to Augustiner, thats by far the best beer. All suggestions made are good ones, well, almost all, I cannot imagine why getting a beer at McD should be a highlight. I'd advise you to visit the inner city with Viktualienmarkt, if the weather is fine, take a trip to the olympic tower (also already mentioned), great view. One tip not already mentioned would be a visit to castle Nymphenburg, nice castle with a great park and an orangerie and a botanic garden.
I hope you enjoy your stay in Munich, it's really lovely.
Kind Regars

Fri Apr 21, 10:31:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

If you don't want to walk alone though munich, my girlfriend and I could show you some interessting places. I only work at munich, but for a few hours it will be enough...
My girlfriend was 1 year in the US and I'm sure she would be happy to talk to a nativ speaker again ;-)

If you don't have any other plans yet and you want to meet two (real) bavarians we could plan something.


Sat Apr 22, 03:51:00 PM EDT  

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Tue Apr 25, 09:51:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Flieger said....

the German Museum is definitely worth a trip, however, it can easily take up an entire day.
As for culinary adventures i recommend trying Weisswurst (
and/or Hacksen.
Don't bother with the Hofbäuhaus. It is a tourist trap and not very nice. Almost any other restaurant that looks appealing to you will probably be better.

Tue Apr 25, 09:53:00 AM EDT  


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