Munich for a few hours (stopover/layover)

Grüß Gott!

Bavarians (part of the federal state of Germany called Bavaria) have their own way of greeting people, none of that “Hallo” or “Guten Tag” stuff. 

The salutation Grüß Gott literally means “greet God”, and therefore maybe sounds somewhat Medieval. All part of the Munich charm.

 

After unfortunate events in ended up in a fortune situation and had a chance to visit Munich for a day. I was flying to Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) trough Munich where I missed the second flight. The first plane was delayed and was left with only 15 min transfer what was not enough. Because it was not my fault I got a complimentary stay in a hotel and a flight to my original destination scheduled for the next day- thank you Lufthansa!
This gave me plenty of time for sightseeing! Me happy.
Is very easy to get from the airport to the city. At Terminal 1 you catch the train, called S Bahn, S1 or S8 to the centre. It comes every 10 minutes, take approx 45 min and costs 11.60 EUR one way.
It was a beautiful day to just walk around and admire the typical German/Bavarian architecture.
I visited the Viktualienmarkt (city food market) where I enjoyed a health juice like the locals. Freshly squeezed juice seems to be a thing here. Many people stopped at the market just for this and went on. Like espresso in Italy. Good, health and affordable. Around 3.5 EUR for a half litre mix of banana, orange and raspberries.

Munich juice Munich juice

Over the years, the market has evolved from a farmers’ market to a popular market for fresh food and delicatessen. It offers exotic ingredients that are not available anywhere else in the area, and is renowned for its diversity and size: 140 stalls and shops offering flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, venison and fowl, eggs, butter, honey, fish, meat, sausages, herbs, spices, delicatessens, wine and tea are assembled on an area covering 22,000 square metres.

Very close to the market you can find St. Peters church. Apart from St. Peter being my patron I have found “his” church to be spectacular. Of course, too much gold as in many churches but the interior of this one was memorable. You can as well WALK! 299 steps, get to the top of it and enjoy a great view of the city. On a sunny day you can see all the way to the Alps.

St. Peters church

Just stroll around the main street Kaufingerstrasse, everything is close to each other. Even with all the shops you will find a nice fountain, facade of an impressive building  in every corner.

Walking around in the old town you will eventually reach New and Old Town Hall (Marienplatz S Bahn station).

The Münich’s Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is designed in Gothic style and build in 1909. It is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the city. Its cathedral-like tower looms large over Marienplatz, the city’s main square. The Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) was until 1874 the domicile of the municipality and serves today as a building for representative purposes for the city council in Münich.

Münich's Neues Rathaus

All in all, Munich is great and worth the visit but probably totally enough for a nice weekend city escape and not for long holidays. Make sure not to skip the typical Bavarian sausages and pretzel! 
Some extra small tips for the city:
Sama Sama– small family owned bakery, with chocolate and cafe. A good pit-stop if you need to rest after walking around or get warm again.
Eataly–  huge Italian shop and restaurant. I went there because I needed free WiFi to call my mum 🙂

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