If you know me, or read our first post, you know I’m in denial I’m turning 25 this year. Why? I don’t know. It’s just a freaky age, okay? I think it means I have to stop eating goldfish and chicken strips or something. To ease the pain of turning 25, I’m hoping to spend it at Oktoberfest in Munich, which starts a couple days after my birthday. That’s an adult thing to do, right..? So, I’m starting to plan the trip, which made me want to reminisce on our trip to Munich earlier this year. It’s an awesome place.
Lexi and I went with our parents for a long weekend in January, and we drove there from my parents’ place in Frankfurt (that’s still weird to say). Munich is in Bavaria (Bayern) and what you picture typical Germany to look like. Beautiful old buildings and lots and lots of beer.
|Beers LITERally as big as your head|
When we first arrived, we were starving and took the metro (super easy to use) to the beautiful city center (Marienplatz) and started to walk around. We immediately ran into an amazing outdoor market/biergarten with booths full of bratwurst and other sausages, beer, wine, and fresh fruits/veggies/fish/meat. We spent a good amount of time there, eating bratwurst and drinking delicious Hefeweizen. If you think you don’t like beer, you’re wrong. German beer is phenomenal. If you’re in the Dallas area, check out Franconia. It’s a German-style beer that’s brewed in McKinney. Really delicious.
|Beer n brats in the biergarten|
Basically, I could’ve spent the whole weekend at that market, but Shwan had plans for us. We ate (drank) at three beer halls while we were there – Ayinger, Hofbräuhaus, and Ratskeller. Ayinger and Hofbräuhaus are two of the main breweries in Munich and part of the “beer mafia.” There are a few large breweries that basically have contracts with the majority of restaurants and beer halls. Whichever brewery the restaurant supports, its clearly marked on the outside, and that’s the only beer you get. But, whatever, they’re all delicious, and I don’t discriminate.
Before we went, Shwan made reservations for dinner everywhere, which I HIGHLY recommend. Germans don’t mess around. If you don’t have a reservation, especially at one of the more popular places on the weekend, glück.
Obviously, everyone has heard of and knows Hofbräuhaus. It’s arguably Munich’s most famous beer hall and brewery, and has one of the largest tents during Oktoberfest. And, obviously, it’s really touristy. We normally try to stay away from tourist traps, but we had to go to Hofbräuhaus, even though we were skeptical. The history behind it is fascinating, too.
Y’all, you have to go. Make reservations in advance, though, and ask to sit on the third floor. It was by far our most fun night in Munich, and maybe even of the whole month Lexi and I were in Germany. They do run out of some of their more popular dishes, so you might try and go earlier. But, once you have the table, you have it for the night. The entertainment was great, too. There were singers, dancers, and guys making music with whips? Oh, and, you can only order their beer in liters. When in Germany, right? If you don’t have reservations, the first floor is reserved for walk-ins, but it fills up quickly.
I fell completely in love with Munich while I was there and can’t wait to hopefully go back for Oktoberfest. If any of y’all have been to Oktoberfest and have suggestions, please let us know!
Below is a list of thing we did, and things we recommend y’all do if you visit.
- Allianz Arena (Bayern Munich’s stadium; also hosts FIFA and UEFA games)
- Neuschwanstein Castle (You will have to take a train to it, as it is right outside of Munich. It’s the castle that Disney modeled Sleeping Beauty’s castle after. There are technically two castles: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. We took a tour of both, but we personally liked Hohenschwangau better).
- Munich Residenz
- Olympiapark (Home of the 1972 Summer Olympics. We ran out of time to go, but you should go and send me pictures).
- BMW Museum (Also ran out of time to visit this one, but it was on the list).
|Stacey & Shwan at Wirtshaus Ayingers (PRECIOUS COUPLE)|