Trip Recap: Munich, Germany

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.

Cost

Accommodation: $0 - HostelBookers.com sponsorship
Transportation: $80.65 (€60)
Food
: $101.76 (€75,63)
City Transit: $3.36 (€2,50)
Entertainment: $4.04 (€3)
TOTAL: $189.81

Entertainment

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.

 Accommodation

(note: my stay was provided free of charge by HostelBookers.com and Wombat City Hostel Munich, but the review is my honest opinion of the hostel.)

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!

Food

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:

  
  

 

About Krystal Yee

I'm a writer, personal finance blogger, and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I'm a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner's Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I'm not working, you can usually find me running, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.

26 comments

  1. Why did you choose not to go inside Neuschwanstein Castle? I am sad to say I think you missed out. Remember not to be too concerned about keeping to budget when you are travelling in Europe. These opportunities are unique!

    • It wasn’t about the money, actually. The line-ups were really long, the guide book we had said the best views were from outside of the castle, and we only had 3 or 4 hours before we had to head back to Munich to catch our train home anyway. There were 2 castles to see, and we wanted to stop for lunch. :)

    • @savvy scot, I’ve been in the castle before, and it’s not really worth the money. The castle was never completed because King Ludwig II drown in Lake Starnberg before it’s completion, so the interior is pretty bare and nondescript. The exterior is the most impressive part of the castle.

      I nearly died on the walk up to the castle, but that’s because I was extremely hung over. I’m impressed that I even made it through the train ride.

      Krystal, on your next trip, I strongly recommend taking one of the Sandman New Europe free walking tours of the city or of Dachau if you have any interest in seeing a concentration camp.

  2. That hostel looks pretty awesome, indeed. Congrats for getting sponsored by hostelbookers :)

  3. Great job on the accommodations sponsorship….now I just need Airbnb to sponsor my Eastern Europe trip where I’m staying in private accommodations (I have the same issues you do) the entire trip!

    When I was in Munich in the summer of 2009 I stumbled on a tree carving festival: men carving small trunks into masterpieces, a makeshift biergarten and goulash by the buckets!

    Next time you’re there I’d recommend having a picnic in the English Garden…great for people watching.

  4. Looks amazing! I’ve never stayed in a hostel, but I Think you are making me change my mind :)

  5. It’s awesome to see that there are some great hostels out there. So many people think that they’re just these dingy little places, but that’s not always true.

    I want that giant beer!!

  6. That hostel looks great!! I’m going to start paying more attention to the places & prices you’re mentioning if I’ll be planning my own trip due to my unreliable sister haha

  7. Just wanted to mention that less than $10 CDN for 1L of beer — Bavarian beer, especially — is hardly “pricey”…

    • No, it’s not “pricey” compared to Canadian prices for sure. But up until that point, we were used to paying less than $1 for 0.5L of beer from the grocery store near our apartment. So paying $10 for a beer seemed like a huge splurge. :)

  8. That lounge looks amazing! Hammocks?!?! ahhhh…
    Looks like you guys are having a blast. You’ll forever remember this time in your life…

  9. Nice pics! Do you find that you are wasting your life away though? Honest question, given you do not have a job and are just wandering in hostels in Europe?

    • What makes you think I don’t have a job? I have 4 jobs. And I’m lucky enough that the money I make from my hard work allows me to pay for my mortgage at home, and wander around Europe as well. Not many people have the opportunity to do such a thing. In fact, I think you’re the one “wasting your life away” by trolling my blog and making ridiculous comments that never make sense. Grow up.

  10. There are 18 comments about your visit to a Munich beer hall, and not one Hitler joke? You have all failed me, internet.

  11. Great review! I was looking at Munich/Bavaria as a possible destination for my fall trip to Europe as it’s easy to fly in and out of… Plus the castles look amazing!

    You’re really getting the opportunity of a lifetime, good for you for doing so much while you are there!!

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