We spent two days in Munich, and even though it was cold and a bit snowy, we were immediately blown away by how different Munich is to where we live in Stuttgart. The city is huge and alive, and things are actually open on Sundays! :) I’ll be back in Munich in April, and I can’t wait to see what the city is like in the spring.
Accommodation: $0 – HostelBookers.com sponsorship
Transportation: $80.65 (€60)
Food: $101.76 (€75,63)
City Transit: $3.36 (€2,50)
Entertainment: $4.04 (€3)
We spent Saturday exploring the city. First stop was Marienplatz – the main city square. We then went up the tower at St. Paul’s Church. For just €1,50 you can get a great view of the city square and the surrounding area. From there, we walked along the river, and ended up at Englischer Garten – which is kind of like Central Park. There, we saw people surfing in this little river. It was bizarre, but cool. From there, we went to BMW World and the museum (admission was free b/c some of the museum was closed), Olympic Park, and Allianz Arena. So basically besides food, all we spent was €1,50 for the tower, and €2,50 for a transit ride. :)
Sunday was our splurge: Nic bought us roundtrip train tickets (€14,50 each) to Neuschwanstein Castle – which is one of the most famous castles in the world! I definitely recommend this day trip – it’s a 2 hour train ride to the city of Fussen, which is about 5km from the Austrian border. A ticket to go inside the castle cost €9, but we opted not to buy it, and just stayed outside.
We stayed in the Wombat City Hostel for our 2 nights in Munich, and had a great time. Our private room cost €35 per person ($47). However, you can get a bed in a dorm as cheap as €12 ($16.15) during the week or €17 ($22.87) during the weekend. I personally prefer private rooms because 1) I often need to write while I’m away, and 2) I’m a very light sleeper. That being said, one of the huge bonuses of this hostel is the awesome lounge area with free WIFI access. They even have hammocks. Come on. That’s just awesome.
The room we stayed in was small and functional. Everything was really clean – and we even got our own private balcony! I imagine it’d be amazing in the summertime. During happy hour at the bar downstairs, you can get 1.5L of beer for €5, and there’s also an all-you-can-eat breakfast served every morning for just €3,80.
After really thinking hard, the only downside to the hostel that we could come up with was there was no access to a fridge or a kitchen – so for super frugal travellers, it’d be really hard to make your own meals. It was fine for us (and for most travellers), since we were only there for 2 nights. But anything longer than 3 or 4 days, and we’d have to start making our meals to keep expenses down.
Still, I would definitely stay here again. The location is so convenient – right across the street from the main train terminal, and only a 10 minute walk to the main shopping district, and Marienplatz – the city centre of Munich. I think this hostel would be great for young travellers who are looking to meet new people and have a lot of fun. Everyone was super nice, and I can see how you could make friends quickly. :)
If you’re looking for hostels or cheap hotel accommodation in Munich, make sure you check out the HostelBookers website!
Where to even begin? Our first stop Friday night was the famous Hofbräuhaus München – the biggest beer hall I have ever seen in my life. Okay, it was also the only beer hall I’ve ever seen. :P You could buy 1L beers for €7,30 ($9.82). Kind of pricey, but it’s one of those places you just have to go to. The atmosphere was unreal. We also checked out the Oktoberfestmuseum Biermuseum, which as far as we could tell, was just another bar – and not really a museum? And our last notable food stop in Munich was Bayerischer Donisl, where we ate pork knuckle and potato dumplings. Sounds weird, but it was really tasty. :)
Anyway, here are a few photos that I took: