München is the capital city in Germany’s southern region of Bavaria and it drew me in completely. I have been dreaming of transferring to Berlin for some time now, but it did not take long to realize all signs were directing me here. Here are some of my favourite places so far.
I’m really about these bedazzled Saint skeletons and Rococo art. My two favourite churches in München are the Asamkirche on Sendlinger and Peterskirche in Marienplatz. I was not able to visit the inside of the Frauenkirche on this trip, unfortunately.
Peterskirche, Alter Peter
This Roman Catholic church built in the early 1200s has the best view of the city, all the way out into the Alps, but you must climb over 300 steps.
CORPUS SANCTA MUNDITIA MARTYRIS, Body of Saint Munditia Martyr, written in gold letters marks the glass tomb of the matron saint of single, unmarried women. Superstition holds that women who pay a visit, and a few Euros, to Saint Munditia will soon find their true love. Our new friend Tom explained to us that as this goes on, single unmarried men hide around the corner with roses and watch it all go down. Once they figure out which ladies are looking for love, they make their move. “It’s basically the Catholic version of Tinder,” he says.
Also known as St. Johann Nepomuk, this late Baroque church was built by the two brothers Asam in the 1700s. They demolished two of their four houses and built the church for private use between the remaining two. It is tiny but unbelievably ornate.
This gate was built in the beginning of the 1300s and nearby is an interactive water fountain during the summer as well as an ice rink in winter months.
Our Lady’s Square has been the central “downtown” city square since the 1100s and holds the annual Christmas market. Here you will find numerous shops, service businesses, and the jaw-dropping Neue Rathaus.
The House of Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria used to reside here, and you can tour the property of nearly a dozen courtyards, over a hundred rooms, Hercules Symphony Hall, Byzantine Court church, the Hofgarten, and countless exhibits.
Viktualienmarkt (Markets and Biergartens)
What began as a farmer’s market has now flourished into a gourmet foodie heaven. Here you can find mostly outdoor fruit and vegetable booths, traditional butchers, hearty meals, snack stands, dairy cases, beer halls, freshly baked bread and pastries, floral arrangements, and gifts. Make your rounds, purchase what you like, find an open spot in the biergarten, and enjoy your meal with old and new friends. Many residents also do their regular shopping here in the Viktualienmarkt, and you will see them carrying reusable thermal grocery bags.
In 1516, Bavarian law mandated that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. Any beer found to be impure was confiscated and… well, they say it was “destroyed.”
This square is where the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch took place. Hitler and his recruits marched in attempt to seize control of München and it failed miserably, landing him in prison. Here you will find the Feldherrnhalle, a loggia built in the 1840s as a tribute to King Ludwig I and his soldiers.
Karlstor, Sendlingertor, and Isartor mark the ruins of München town gates, and walking between these walls will provide a better mental map of the city in the past. It has been repaired since the war, but is mostly still intact in its original form.
FC Bayern München
I would not consider myself a sports fanatic but there is something wonderful about visiting a place that holds so much intense energy and excitement, and I started to feel it myself. We took a mini-tour inside, visited the merchandise store, and hobbled back to the metro in the melting heat.
Hotel Arena Stadt München
This hotel felt like a Bed & Breakfast, had a wonderful breakfast, landscaping, gardens, and sat right next to a Gasthaus biergarten. I went next door for an Augustiner after touring Allianz Arena, and they were showing the matches. HASM is also the hub for Belarus tourism and the staff speaks fluent Belarusian, Russian, German, and English, with some Polish also.
This stay simply was not long enough but returning is priority. Minga Oida!