Germany Day Trips: Munich

by Shereece Spain
Stripes Europe

Topping most “must-see” lists is the iconic city of München (Munich). 

In addition to its historical beauty and local charm, February is a great time to visit if you want to be a part of the ultimate Fasching experience! 

Local Highlights 

Olympia Park - This was the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics. Today, it’s a venue for concerts, social, sport and religious events. You can take in what the park has to offer on one of its many tours or hands-0n experiences. The self-guided tours help you cover the most distance during your stay. 

Neues Rathaus - This iconic, breathtaking landmark is truly a sight to behold! The town hall sits on the Marienplatz, where they host flea markets and a Christmas market. Don’t forget to wait for the larger than life mechanical clock (Glockenspiel) come to life at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. with its 32 figures and 43 bells. 

Hofbräuhaus - You may have tasted the beer before, but it doesn’t compare to being in the ornately-decorated location where it originated. Plus, they have amazing, savory Bavarian-style food. Be sure to get a reservation, because you aren’t the only one that’s reading this article right now. 

BMW Welt - You can’t come to Germany and not have some sort of car-related experience. Here, BMW Group offers a variety of experiences to visitors. Take a tour of the museum, plan or shop for a car, take the kids to a workshop creating cars and so much more! 

St. Peter’s Church - You can’t leave a German city without marveling at their beautiful churches. Not only is it architecturally magnificent, but it affords the best panoramic view of the city from the top — after a 299-step climb. The tower is open seven days a week, including holidays; however, the hours are limited. 

Nymphenburg Palace - Once the summer residence of Bavarian monarchs, it’s now one of Munich’s most popular attractions. You can take tours of the residential areas and museums or take in the air in the gardens. Even though it’s cold in February, you’ll be amazed by the size. 

Midnightbazar - Cap off your day with a flea market shopping spree. Not only will you get to shop for one-of-a-kind pieces, but you can do all this while enjoying live music and extraordinary street foods. The social scene is definitely unlike any other flea market you’ve wandered through. Check the sale dates before you go because they are limited. 

Fasching festivities 

This year, Fasching is celebrated Feb. 28-March 6. It’s a time for foolish malarkey and over-the-top shenanigans. You will hardly be able to go anywhere in the city without feeling and experiencing the festivities. There are parades daily and different parties across the city during. The Dance of the Market Women is Munich’s highlight of this foolishly festive season. You’ll want to be at the Viktualienmarkt on Shrove Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. 

Have some extra fun on your trip and go in costume! It’s one way to get multiple uses out of that Halloween costume you purchased last year. 

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