I just love Europe. It’s always been my go-to big vacation destination, and, without fail, is the best time, every time. I love the people, the food (carbs!), wine, and all around vibe. Aside from vacations, I’ve been to Europe a bunch in the last few years — you can read my London, Paris, or Italy guides here and here. Last week, I traveled to Munich for an event and fell in LOVE. It was by far the best big city in Europe that I’ve been to. In my option, it well surpasses London and Paris. (Don’t hate me!) I was supposed to be in Dublin, Ireland before Germany, but many flight cancelations later…that didn’t happen. Straight to Munich it was..
I preface this by saying I had no expectations for Munich. Similar to my Singapore trip last month, I had zero time to prep and research the city aside from work planning. So not like me. Best of all, I was happily surprised. The people in Munich must be some of the nicest in the world. Maybe it’s because they loooove their beer, not quite sure. The food is incredible (and heavy) perfect for my pre-Holiday’s diet (not!) and the city has a calm, quiet feel for being almost three times the size of San Francisco. I think my boyfriend was afraid I’d never come home, I couldn’t help but rave about it!
Where I Stayed:
I stayed at Haus im Tal for two of the nights and booked last minute on HotelTonight. It was such a darling new boutique hotel! The rooms were fresh and the people who ran it were wonderful! They gave the best recommendations for activities and dining. OH! And the breakfast, the best! They also make their own infused alcohol at the bar, and leave homemade Negroni’s in the guest rooms at turn down…dreamy. If you’re new to HotelTonight, use my code: ALETAYLOR154 for $25 off your first booking!
What I did:
Explore Marienplatz: Munich’s most iconic (and tourist) neighborhood. So many shops and Christmas markets!
Christmas Markets: Located in what seems like everywhere during November-December! I loved the ones in Marienplatz and Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm (Christmas market at the Chinese Tower). They are just magical and the food stalls are so yummy.
Hofbrauhaus: The most famous beer hall in Munich! Live music, beer, and pretzels bigger than your head. What more could you want in Germany?!
Viktualienmarkt: Famous farmers market near Marienplatz. Here you’ll find tons of food stalls, houseware, and other local goods — from sausages to chocolate to cheese. I had the best sandwich and fresh green juice here.
Airbnb Experience + Oktoberfest Museum: We did this experience and it was so fun! The perfect mix of too much German beer and history. 🙂 Highly recommend. Use my Airbnb code for $55 off your first stay or experience!
Day trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen: The most quintessential ski town! Only an hour and twenty minute ride on the train from Munich. The perfect city escape for lunch and snow views. Side note, I found the coolest consignment stores here, so unexpected!
Where I Dined
Zum Franziskaner: Classic Bavarian restaurant and perfect for groups! They accommodate reservations, too.
Xaver’s: One of my all time favorite restaurants I’ve been to in Europe! The decor is beautiful and the food is outstanding! I felt so cozy sipping red wine at the bar while chatting with the friendly staff. Thanks to my hotel for the amazing rec!
Haus im Tal for breakfast: My hotel was open to the public serving a breakfast buffet of healthy (and carb heavy) options. Delicious.
Sasam Falafel: Stopped in here right after checking into my hotel. I’m still dreaming about my piping hot and flavorful falafel.
Schneider Brauhaus: Great wit biers (my fav) and a fun vibe with locals about after work. I met the most adorable new friends from London here!