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Anyone been? Any tips? Me and a friend basically going on a whim. Presently no plans beyond beer.
The impression i got was that there isn't bucket loads to do, apart from enjoy the lovely Beer, eat great food and chill out. They have some lovely, gorgeous parks, but i suppose that'd be more beneficial in Summer. The Weiss beer i had in Hirschgarten was undoubtedly the best beer i've ever had.
I think there's a big club strip there, we went down it for a bit but it was expensive and looked like a bunch of Tiger Tiger/Liquid nightclubs.
I'd recommend Dachau, really harrowing and powerful.
So yeah just drink loads of beer and enjoy it.
is cool to walk around if you're into Palaces/history.
The Englischer Garten (English Gardens) has various buildings/monuments to wonder around and explore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Englischer_Garten#Japanisches_Teehaus
I spent a bit of time watching the kayakers mess around:
Also if you are a football fan you may want to visit Bayern Munich's new stadium that they share with 1860 Munich. I saw Oliver Kahn when he stopped in traffic driving a Mercedes truck thing whilst I was on a tram :)
The Olympic Village is worth a visit mainly for the view at the top of the tower where there is a museum with various memorabilia, you get a lift that takes you to the top.
I'm off there next month, after Oktoberfest has finished (sadly), but in time to go to the Auer Dult:
I've found some other good tips on:
http://www.spottedbylocals.com/munich and http://wikitravel.org/en/Munich
And maybe check out the cuckoo clock in the square.
We went on a whim in June and had a brilliant time. Is really flat and pretty with several huge, beautiful parks with the famous beer gardens. One of the ones in the English Garden is on a lake and I declared it the nicest place I had ever drunk. Town has a nice vibe, and there is a superb modern art gallery – actually two next to each other; we only went to the newest one, but it was great.
We also like dinner in the Paulaner brewery, oh and this, you have to do this – go swimming in the 100 year old swimming baths called Volksbad. That wa the highlight of the whole trip – mind-blowing. Lke going swimming in the Royal Albert hall.
Hadn't been for years but went two Christmasses ago for the markets. Just wander around boozing, eating and shopping. Bring me back some gebrante mandeln.
going in mid-Nov, in fact
think we'll basically hang around and do a loose bit of sight-seeing on our first full day there, and maybe try and do some sort of Bavarian daytrip on our second day - should be FUN.
If you haven't done one of these, they're a lot more fun than that description sounds. Other than that, go to a beer hall. Got to say though that I wasn't overly enamoured with Munich. And that was before I found out that was where Balonz was hatched out of his evil kraut egg.
*although you're expected to provide a tip/donation if you enjoy it
The old Olympic park is worth a wander around. Some cool modern buildings such as the BMW HQ and lots of nice old ones. A brilliant crazy golf course too. Supposedly a great swimming pool there as well.
If there's anything on in the velodrome, DEFINITELY do that. We did and it was nuts. Ended up partying until 5am with a bunch of random cycling fans and despite me never being vaguely interested in it, it was just a top night out. You can either sit around the edges and watch the sport or go into the centre of the track and get fucked. Everyone was really chatty and friendly. The after party was IMMENSE.
There's the Hoffhaus (sp?) too. I know every tourist does it, but seriously, great 2 pint steins of awesome beer, cheap grub and buxom young waitresses. It's everything a good holiday needs.
and also walked past a bin that a homeless man had thrown a lit firework into. I enjoy both of those things as much as the next man, but it did mean I had to dock Munich's scorecard