Welcome to the Travel Top 5 blog, where I briefly discuss my top 5 favorite things from places I have visited. Each post is a new destination and favorite things can range from restaurants to shops to sightseeing activities to beaches to monuments and more. Stay tuned for special posts where I list other top 5 favorites of mine like books, podcasts and movies.
*All photos are my own unless otherwise specified.
*Lists are not in ranking order.
Welcome to Munich, Germany, the capital of the Bavarian state of Germany. Located in southern Germany, Munich is home to over 1.4 million people and welcomes over 6 million tourists from all over the world each year.
This outdoor food and shopping market is open six days a week and offers residents and tourists hundreds of homemade, fresh and unique foods and gifts. A walk through this market leads you to stalls selling everything from fresh fruits to smoothies to everything honey related to fresh sausages to woodcrafts and more. There is so much to see that it could easily take the average person a few hours to browse each stall. Viktualienmarkt isn’t just a farmer’s market; there is so much culture and history to explore here!
Anytime of year is a good time to visit the home of the 1972 summer Olympics. Visitors to the park can take guided tours or roam the grounds on their own. In the area, the structures of the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Hall, Olympic Tower, Aquatic Center and Olympic Event Hall are all in use today. Going to the top of the Olympic Tower is a must see if you want a 360 degree view of Munich and Olympic Park from above, just don’t go on a foggy day!
The Neuschwanstein Castle otherwise known as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle lies a few miles north of the Austrian boarder. The best way to visit the castle is a guided tour that departs from Munich (there are many available, I recommend Radius Tours). After a two-hour train ride from Munich, the tour includes a tour inside the castle and the optional walk to a bridge looking out over the castle. This is the castle of your dreams so don’t miss this inexpensive opportunity to see and learn all about it’s history while traveling through the Bavarian countryside.
Bier, bier and more bier! Take a seat in the original Hofbrauhaus in the heart of Munich, Marienplatz. The historic beer hall can hold up to 1,300 guests to give you a perspective of the size. Beer is constantly flowing and service is lightning fast. They keep the beer menu light and offer only five options, each more delicious than the next. While you’re there grab an authentic German meal like sauerkraut, spaetzle and Schweinhaxen.
A bike tour is one of the best (and healthiest) ways to see all of Munich in less than a day. Mike’s Bike Tour is an English speaking tour that guides through all the historic parts of Munich and winding you through the English Gardens. Midway through the tour, we stop for a beer break in this 7,000-seat beer garden. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly and the bike tour is a leisurely ride.