Let’s talk about Munich, this trip was to celebrate 5 yrs with the BF. Now thinking back, our 1st holiday together was also in Germany. Funny! (Berlin – one of my favourite city!!!) the reason we choose Munich because it was the closest city to the famous “Disney Castle” or Neuschwanstein Castle. The story goes that Walt Disney visited the castle and used this as the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
As it goes for most of my holidays I’ve made an itinerary. Here you can see how anal I am!!! Actually this is one of the simpler one in my repertoire. Lol!!! My friends will tell you that when we do long haul, it’s like a military operation. Seriously I’m not that bad!!! It is only something to help us plan which area we should be and how best to get somewhere. The time is a guideline!!!
Fri 16th Jan
– Take S8 to Karlsplatz
– Check in – Dinner @ Zum Augustiner, Neuhauser Straße 27
Sat 17th Jan
– breakfast somewhere
– 11am Glockenspiel show
– Neues Rathaus, St Peter’s Church
– Viktualienmarkt (10-3) lunch
– Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan
– English Garden
– Bayerische national museum closes 5
– Dinner 8pm @ Restaurant Alter Hof
Sun 18th Jan
– Neuschwanstein Castle. Train at 10:53 to Füssen
– Bus 78 to Hohenschwangau
– Pick up tickets –
Get horse carriage or coach up to Castle
– 4:20 train back to Munich
Mon 19th Jan
– lunch @ Zwickl
– Gastlichkeit am Viktualienmarkt
– Flight at 7:30
So onto the trip, we had a great start as when buying tickets for the train into the city we met a local. Who offered to share a group ticket with us, this was great as the group ticket allows up to 5 people to travel together and cost the same as 2 single tickets. Have to say we were a bit sceptical to start of we….so the BF made me watch Taken and it really stuck with me!!! Yes I know I’m being crazy….however it always pay to take precautions when travelling aboard! Luckily it turned out very well for us, we saved approx €6 and the guy was very cool. He is actually an aeronautic engineer for Lufhansa who had lots of stories to tell and gave us some great tips! Who said Germans are not friendly!!! ( for the records I love Germans and Germany!!!)
Arriving at the hotel we received a complimentary bottle of wine as they knew it was our anniversary. Yay!!! We choose hotel Anna because of its fantastic location and as a bonus, everything in the minibar is €1!!! We would definitely recommend this hotel.
The 1st night we arrived pretty late and after checking in we rushed out to have dinner. It was a very traditional dinner of beers, sausages and pig trotters which was just what we needed. Then it was off for a wander round the city centre. The vibe was chilled out and fun, there were street performances all down the main stretch. One of the funniest thing that happened was when we were doing some window shopping outside a souvenir shop. 2 mins later, a local police showed up to bring the shutter down?!?!?! Bizarre!!!
Next day unfortunately was a grey snowy/rainy day. We spent the day trekking around the city centre, bankside and visited the Bavarian National Museum. Which was an interesting experience as all the exhibits and commentaries were in German. However it was still a lot of fun as there weren’t many people around.
Sunday was our trip to the castle which takes 2hrs on the train. It’s very hard to get the wrong train as most of the passengers were tourists and going to the same place!!! This trend continues throughout the day so you definitely cannot get lost!!! The train ride out was beautiful as after just 5mins from Munich city centre the scenery changed from city grey to snowy white fields!!!
After arriving into Füssen we caught the bus to Schwangau and picked up our prebooked tickets (I would suggest doing this as the queue for tickets were pretty long!!!) My horse & carriage dream was shattered as the freezing icy weather meant that the shuttle (the only other transport available) wasn’t running. This means everyone was queuing for the horse & carriage!!! ( there were about 3 running, each sitting approx 5-6 people) so we walked…it was only a 15min hike and was really scenic. In fact the way back we went for the horse & carriage and it was pretty bad! The guy stuffed as many people in as possible and it was freezing!!! Not recommended!!!
Ok this might be controversial but I don’t think the tour was worth it….it was only like a 20mins tour and not if the castle is not even finished!!! Walking up to the castle was beautiful and you get a decent view when we get near…I had the same feeling as I did in Sintra when walking up to the Pena National Palace. If you are interested in the architecture and history then maybe the tour would be interesting but just know that you won’t see the view that you see online or in brochure.
I’m actually pretty disappointed that we didn’t get to see the whole castle and this is not somewhere I would go back to really… sob…So I would suggest that you do some more research to see where would be best to go if you want to get a beautiful view of the castle…
Our last day as always was super SUNNY!!! It’s amazing how much the weather changes our mood and also the city. Let’s just say the lady day was amazing and I had a new appreciation for Munich.
I’m not going to lie, I was not in love with Munich and I felt that for a city break there wasn’t enough to see/do. However this is just my opinion and I’m sure many People would disagree. I think as anything it doesn’t really matter what other people say as at the end we’re all different. We will all feel differently about everything and have different experiences. Last word, I still love Germany, it’s people, food and culture so I’ll be back soon!!!