Unfortunately, Munich has never been our final destination. But I’m glad we were lucky enough to have a glimpse of this beautiful city. How did we manage to do that? Easy! In order to save money, we are simply avoiding direct flights. And instead we are looking for transfer flights and searching for places where we could spend our waiting time (approximately five to seven hours*). That way we are able to see more cities and countries during our travels.
* short trips to the city depend on three things: distance between airport and city center, public transport (how well does it work) and time for the security check
So, what to do in the capital of Bavaria if you don’t have much time? First of all, you could go to Munich’s main square – Marienplatz. That’s the place where biggest sightseeings are located.
In the center of the central square stands Marian Column, which gave the name of the square. It was erected in 1638 in honor of “protector of Bavaria” to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. Top of the column is decorated with a golden statue of the Virgin Mary.
New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is my absolute favorite building here! What can I say… I just love gothic and neo-gothic architecture. There is something dark yet charming about it, mysterious and magical.
Main attraction however is not just a New Town Hall itself but what’s at the top of the tower. And that’s the chiming clock, equipped with forty-three bells and 32 figures:
Upper level represents a knights’ tournament that has been arranged at the wedding of the Bavarian Duke William V and Renata of Lorraine in 1568. And lower level figures are spinning in a dance, celebrating the end of the plague in 1515-1517.
When I was little, I saw one postcard sent to our family by an old German friend. It was the image of this exact clock. It was out of this world! I was mesmerized by its beauty. And that day I gave myself a promise that when I grow up, I’ll come to Munich to see the clock with my very own eyes. Years passed, and reminiscence of childhood memories were erased by time. But as soon as I looked at the New Town Hall, I remembered this insignificant episode of my life. So, as it turned out I’ve fulfilled my childhood dream without even realizing it at first.
The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located on the other side of Marienplatz.
After we’ve seen most important buildings of Marienplatz it was time for food. But not just any food! We had a craving for a traditional Bavarian meal accompanied by a local beer. We chose the closest restaurant called Zum Spöckmeier.
Lunch hours were over and there weren’t many people, so we had a good and fast service. Food was simple but delicious. Just the way I like it!
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If you have some time left, then shopping might be a good way to spend it.
We are usually checking three things:
- Souvenir shops; in order to replenish our fridge magnets, postcards and other unnecessary nonsense made in China
- Clothing store C&A; simply because we don’t have this brand in Finland
- Hat shops (me and my husband are both hat lovers)
I know that it is impossible to have the full Munich experience in a couple of hours during so-called fast-forwarded tour, but it’s one way to see part of a city or town where you have never been before. And who knows, maybe few hours will be enough to make you fall in love with a new place. Then you’ll know where to spend your next holiday.
Hope you enjoyed it!