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Pamela Gauci

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Two days solo in Munich, what should I do that is off the beaten path?

I've been to Munich at least four times for my job. The first few days I have free, but am usually in a jet-lagged fog after crossing nine times zones from California. I've done the usual city center and a very short trip through Englischer Garten, as well as day trips to Dachau and Salzburg. I'm headed to Munich again in a few weeks and, this time, I really want to get lost in some great parts of the city. It's just me and I have no budget. My style is to not get caught doing super-touristy stuff. I LOVE walking for miles. Where in the city should I go? I was thinking about a day trip to the famous castle (forget the name at the moment) outside of the city, but heard that's overrun with tourists. I wouldn't mind a day trip to a small Bavarian town either. 

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  • Lauren Folkmann

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    Hi Pamela,

    Neuschwanstein Castle is probably the castle you're thinking of and yes, it is definitely a tourist hot spot. However, it is a great day trip from Munich and it is a beautiful place to see. You can reserve your tickets online ahead of time and bypass the longer ticket line when you arrive. I'll be honest though, the castle itself wasn't all that exciting-it is largely unfinished and you don't really see much. If I were to visit again I would just walk up to Marienbrücke (Mary's bridge) for the great views. There are several walking/hiking paths around the castle that you could spend some time on.

    Neuschwanstein CastleAnother possible day trip would be to the Zugspitze-the highest peak (and highest beer garden) in Germany. On a clear day the views are breathtaking, but it can also get very crowded. I would only go up if it was a very clear day and I would get there early to get a jump on the crowds.

    ZugspitzeIf you're looking for another day trip option with views, The Eagle's Nest was another spot we considered, just didn't end up making it there!


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    Linderhof Palace and Oberammergau are nice.

    Another nice day trip is to Tegernsee (Lake in the mountains about 45 mins drive) and do a little hike like up to the Neureuth Alm have a beer in the Tegernseer Braeustueberl in the village Tegernsee. You could also take a train to Tegernsee.

    In the city, the English Garden is really beautiful. You could start with a visit to the Haus der Kunst (Museum) and walk past the Chinese Tower to the Seehaus im Englischen Garten or the Café Reitschule.

    Schwabing (around Munich's University) is a nice area with lots of nice small cafes and bars. The museums (Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne and Museum Brandhorst) are worth a visit.

    As for restaurants the Gärtnerplatz is nice. I would by all means avoid the Hofbräuhaus.

    St.-Anna-Platz is really nice for dinner - either La Stanza or Gandl.

    If you want to see a castle Nymphenburg Palace is in the city and quite nice.

    Hofgarten is another really nice place, from there you can walk through the center of the town for some shopping. Go all the way to Viktualienmarkt.


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    Inside the city, or nearby, I would tell you to walk along the river towards the south. Remain on the east side.....you can walk all the way to the alps this way if you want, but there is no need to go that far. Once you get to the southern edge of the city, (pretty much beyond the zoo) the scenerey is quite rural. You will run into a few beer gardens, or signs directing you towards some along the way, and all of them are grand. If you feel like it, have a break. The Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe forgoes the usual umpah music and has live jazz on Sundays and some afternoons. If you come all the way to the Floßlände a restaurant, this should probably be your limit.

    you will see almost no tourists, wont spend a ton, and you'll see some of the nicest trails munich has to offer.if the weather is warm, you can even go swimming in the river.

    alternatively, take the S-bahn to Herrsching am Ammersee and take a walk on the Starnberger See. Very beuatiful, and also lots of beer gardens and the like. You can even take a boat ride.

    Neuschwanstein Castle is crap. Really. If you MUST see one of those castles, go to Linderhof, near Oberammergau. Even though it is not off the beaten path, very touristy.

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