Viktualienmarkt (A Veritable Smörgåsbord)

I started my tradition of buying strawberries at the Viktualienmarkt the very first time I went to Munich. Traveling overseas can leave you in desperate need of grounding and this simple ritual helps me shift from hectic to feeling at home.  Viktualienmarkt is an open air market spanning almost 250,000 square feet around several city…

Allein in the Allianz Arena

There is something wonderful about visiting a place that holds so much intense energy and excitement, whether you are a sports fan or not. We low-key took a self-guided tour inside the Allianz Arena, home of the famous FC Bayern München football team, and strangely there was not a single other person inside the stadium.…

Asamkirche of Munich

The Asamkirche is Munich’s most unique church. Known formally as the church of St. Johann Nepomuk, this tiny late Baroque gem was built by the brothers Cosmas and Egid Asam over the period of thirteen years. For this entry I chose Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” for obvious reasons. Before the brothers began building in…

The Mad King & Schloß Neuschwanstein

Both Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles sit high in the mountains over the village of Hohenschwangau in Southern Bavaria near the Austrian border. Neuschwanstein is also known by the rest of the world as the Disney Sleeping Beauty castle. Look familiar?   Designed by and built for “Mad” King Ludwig II in the 1880s, the castle was…

To Dachau, on a Crowded Tram

The town of Dachau is a small and perhaps purposely beautiful community with impeccable landscaping, floral walkways, and cottage homes. The streets stretch under a large canopy of shade trees and are peppered with cafes, service stores, and boutiques. From our B&B in München, we took the S2 line toward Peterhausen for approximately twenty minutes.…

Alles Gut in Bad Kötzting

My friend took me along for a road trip to Bad Kötzting, a city in Cham of Upper Bavaria near the border of the Czech Republic. It was dark already as we left München, but there was enough light from the moon, stars, and snow on the mountains to illuminate the landscape on the way.…