Europe on a Euro: Munich

Europe on a Euro: Munich

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is not only known for Oktoberfest celebrations but also its high prices. Though this city may be overly-priced, your time there doesn’t have to be. Check out this affordable list of budget-friendly things to do in Munich.

1. Tour Olympiapark, the site of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games. If you desire, you can even tour the roof of this stadium! Ropes and carabiners will be provided as you ascend high heights. Should you feel like splurging on such an event, the tour costs 43 euros.

2. Participate in a free walking tour via Like a local, a travel planning guide made by locals. The meeting point is at Marienplatz. Tipping is highly appreciated.  

3. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, take advantage of their Museum Sundays where admission to Munich’s museums are only one euro!

4. River surf at the Eisbach, a 2 kilometer–long creek that runs through the Englischer Garten. Note that you should be an experienced surfer first.

5. Stroll through the Englischer Garten, a vast Garden comparable to Central Park. In this green oasis you’ll find beer gardens, a Japanese teahouse and a landscaped lawn to bask in the sun. Admission is free.

6. Pay homage to the land of beer by drinking one at the Hofbrӓuhaus, the beer hall synonymous with Oktoberfest.

7. See where the big boys train at the FC Bayern München training facility. If you double check to see when this famous soccer team is training, you may be able to see them practice without having to pay for a game ticket. 

8. Witness Baroque elements come to life at the Asamkirche, a Baroque church that was built without an order in 1746.

9. Eat healthy at Dean&David, a restaurant offering fast, healthy and fresh cuisine. You can create your own salad for a few euros!

10. Learn all about the German luxury car BMW at BMW Welt. Admission is free, but if you want to tour this museum, tickets will be 10 euros. If you are a group of five or more, admission will be 9 euros.

11. Bring out your inner hipster at the Gӓrtnerplatz, an area in Munich where all the trendsetters and hip people unite. In this square, you will find many trendy bars and restaurants.

12. If the weather permits, pack a picnic or sip on refreshing beers as you sit alongside the Isar River, a river that runs through the Englischer Garten. Some areas allow you to have a barbeque. 

13. Culture yourself at the Kӧngisplatz, a square built during the Neoclassical time. This square is filled with performing arts.

14. Tour the gardens at the Schloss Nymphenburg, a palace that resembles Versailles. Touring this lovely park is free, but if you want to take a look inside the palace, tickets are 6 euros.

15. If you’re a foodie, stroll through the Viktualienmarkt, a market filled with many food stands and drinks from all over the world. Spices, fruits, flowers, cheese and sausages await you in this international market.  

Munich isn’t just a place for you to wear dirndl and lederhosen while you drink large amounts of beer, it should also be a German city in which you can find affordable things to do! It is possible to experience the best of Munich on a budget!

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