BAYERISCHER HOF, MUNICHFrom Charlie Chaplin to BB King, the iconic Bayerisch Hof has been host to some remarkable celebrities since 1841. A timeless benchmark of sophistication, its Presidential Suite 032 (US$4,470 upwards per night) is our classic favourite with a private elvator and butler service. Book the Luxury Weekend Package (two nights and three days, US$1,154 upwards; available now through November) for a Moët & Chandon champagne on arrival, breakfast buffets in the roof garden, and other delightful perks. bayerischerhof.de
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Best time to visit Munich is April and from July to October
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The Tent Munich
This was by far my favorite hostel out of all hostels I stayed at in Europe. It had a laid-back and relaxing atmosphere, and felt exactly like a hippie commune. The staff was rather lovely and were more than willing to converse in English on pen and paper. They made sure I was satisfied and comfortable during my stay. The canteen was fantastic and very cheap as well - no more than 4-5 euros for a proper German meal, including beer or juice. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat!
Hopping on another tram, we were headed to the Deutsches Museum. This is advertised as one of the largest and most important collections of technological and natural science items in the world. Yet, on the way, we discovered a quaint looking little bookstore that had all of the sensory appeal of days gone by where you wanted to hang around and browse through the books. With a wall of English books, this was entirely possible for us to do and picked up a couple of titles. Interestingly, these were new books, but they were cheaper than what we normally pay for used books back in Hungary. It is a conundrum as to why.
wombat´s CITY HOSTEL MUNICH
Our next two days, we stayed at the Wombats hostel, right next to Munich Hauptbahnhof or central station (I just called them the Hasselhoffs). The next two days in Munich were a lot of beer and interesting people, but that’s for the next post, which I promise will be way more fun than this one, but less pictures, I was quite drunk.
The first place we went to was Dachau, the first of the Nazi concentration camps in Germany. Best way to start a euro trip – yeah – visit a place of mindless torture. I’d never heard of a concentration camp, they’d take thousands of prisoners, mostly Jews, and put them here for life, tiny beds, no bathrooms, and one meal of soup a day, and if you tried anything, you’d get shot. Some prisoners were in there for no crime whatsoever, just because they didn’t agree with the Nazi ways. Journalists, painters, construction workers, you name it, all died in Dachau, over 35,000 documented deaths, and so many that weren’t. Take the audio tour, it’s got interviews from survivors and people who’ve visited the site and it’s quite the eye opener. The odd thing is, Dachau’s been restored now, so it just looks positively gorgeous, which really doesn’t convey the kind of stuff that went on there. There’s a massive sign as soon as you enter that reads – ARBEIT MACHT FREI – Work sets you free – I think I should get one of these for every office in India.
The next stop was the Neue Pinakothek Museum. Each evening, a different museum is open until 8pm. which is a lovely way to fit in a couple of visits in one day without liquifying our brain by the end of the day. Admission is 9 Euros, but 5 for seniors and free with a press pass. The majority of works are German artists, but there were Manets, Picassos, and other masters that everyone would recognize. They allow photos too without a flash, so I had a ball doing micro pictures. Rather than take a photo of a whole painting, I would photograph small sections. As I did this, I created captions in my head and had myself quite entertained, though the others were uncertain why I kept guffawing out loud. Once I have the photos up in the other blog, you will see what I mean. We closed the museum at 8pm, which is about all that we close these days. Long gone are the days when we could close a bar.
The largest city palace in Germany, is among the most elaborate residential buildings in the world. It's impossible to take it all in in one visit, so don't even try. Completed over four centuries, the Residenz spans multiple architectural styles. Don't miss 'The Renaissance Antiquarium', the most lavish and the oldest buildings in the Residenz.
Next it was time for a culture stop at the Muchner Stadtmuseum. Unassuming from the outside, inside it is like a playground for adults. The top floor is filled with displays of puppets and marionettes to stir childhood memories as well as transport you to lands of fancy. The museum has a special exhibit for Munich's 850th anniversary called "Typically Munich". Every floor was chock full of fabulous things and they allowed photos. Needless to say, we were there for hours. Across the driveway is a Socialist Museum, included in the entrance fee. There was not much translated in English here and after letting our children out to play, it was not so pleasant an experience. Admission is 6 Euros for adults, 3 for seniors. I entered for free with my press pass.
On the way back, we decided to have a drink at the Teddy Bar. Being this was a gay bar, our impression and what our host told us was that this was a bear bar. For the uninitiated, a bear bar is for those who are the hairy male version of Rubenesque as well as for their admirers. Out hosts told us they thought the bar had closed down, but we found lights on prompting us to give it a shot. Shock would have been better. A gay bar, yes, but nary a bear to be found. This type of gay bar is what is whimsically categorized as a wrinkle room or rather a conference hall for gay septuagenarian and octogenarian gay men. I was the youngest one in there by 2 decades.
We went for a bit to the Schloss Nymphenburg castle, er, Nymph’s Castle (giggle away my friends), it’s nothing to do with that though. It’s easily one of the prettiest castles I’ve seen. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Worth checking out, but only if you’ve got the time.
In search of a coffee shop, we wandered into one that looked cozy enough. After seating ourselves and doing the panoramic view of the premises, we realized there were only 3 men in the place if you counted us. There was a distinct air about the women surrounding us; they were really friendly to each other. It didn't take long for the light switch in my brain to flip on. This was a thespian coffee shop. Oh, forget that, they were not acting, this was for real. This was a lesbian hotspot, though we were not treated like aliens, so we stayed. If we ever return to Munich, this is on our return to list.
Hotel Eder OHG
Munich is the quintessential German city. It is slow paced and refined yet teeming with life at its heart which is Marienplatz. Situated not too far from Munich is Dachau, site of an infamous concentration camp, which has been preserved and is open to visitors. <br /><br />Munich is full of beautiful parks,(the Englischer Garten) beer gardens and is a canvas of beautiful buidlings that you will keep searching for in every other European city you visit. <br /><br />
Classics like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Gone With The Wind were filmed at the Bavaria Filmstadt and the studio continues to be among the largest in the country. Visitors can tour the sets of films such as The Neverending Story, Das Boot and Marienhof, complete with original props and displays. A guided tour in English takes place at 1 PM.
The primary trek for today was the Nymphenburg Palace, where King Ludwig II was born. It was relatively easy to reach by public transport, but we made a mistake taking tram 16/17, which at one point changed to tram 11. We had to backtrack and get a tram 16 for the rest of the route. There is a stop right by the palace, which is set back from the road making for a breathtaking view. The palace sits within a park of 490 acres. There are two lakes with multiple dozen swans, geese, and ducks. It is the most enormous building I have seen. If you were allowed to tour the entire building, it would take you a minimum of two complete days. It was originally built in 1675 for the then electorate and his wife, the predecessors of kings. With each generation it was added to, creating the pavilions Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg, and the Magdalenenklause. We toured the main building, which was plenty. Baroque, baroque, baroque everywhere baroque. This has never been my cup of tea. Even here, it seems so overdone. Museum entrance also provides admission to the Marstallmuseum, which is the collection of the royal carriages and sleighs. The first impression was that this would be less interesting than the inside of the palace. Not true. It was pretty incredible how those royals indulged in finery for their carriages and sleighs. Since Ludwig II was a bit light in loafers, he could not have a "Room of Beautiful Women", so not to be outdone by his father, he had a "Room of his favorite horses". Like his father, they ran the gamut to.