For the first time in my life, I finally got the chance to attend Oktoberfest. It’s been on my bucket list since I learned what it was as a teenager. When ever I thought of Munich, all I thought of was Oktoberfest. After my trip, I learned that there’s a lot more to Munich than drinking beers (although that is a lot of fun). I had such a fantastic time wandering in Munich.
The Architecture is Beautiful
My entire time wandering the streets of Munich, I could not stop looking at the buildings. The architecture is absolutely stunning and should not be overlooked. The churches, monuments, shops, and restaurants are all situated inside of wonderful architecture. Make sure to look up everywhere you go.
Walk the English Garden
One of my favorite memories from my trip was walking the English Garden. It’s a large urban park in the northeast part of Munich that has a lot of places to explore and take pictures of. The trails meander in all directions across lakes and streams and provide you with hours of exploring. I saw the Chinese Tower. It’s a really interesting looking structure that you can walk to the top of and is surrounded by cafes if you’re feeling thirsty. I felt like this was a great place to take in the local Munich culture. There were so many people walking their dogs, jogging, and cycling; it’s a great spot for people watching.
View the Birthplace of River Surfing
When you think of surfing, you may picture the beaches of Hawaii or the shores of Australia. But you probably don’t picture Germany as a surfing capitol, but it is! River surfing is what put Germany on the map. There’s a popular surfing spot on the south end of the English Garden, called the Eisbach Wave, where I saw some pretty awesome skills.
Make a Wish at the Angel of Peace
Just across the Isar River from the English Garden, you’ll find the Angel of Peace. It’s a golden statue of an angel on a tall column looking over Munich. It has a viewing deck that offered some of the best views, definitely worth the hike. It symbolizes peace, so I made a wish at the monument.
Drink Beer – Duh
You’ll obviously have beer if you’re visiting Munich during Oktoberfest, but don’t miss the most famous beer hall of them all. The Hofbrauhaus Munchen is a three story beer hall that dates back to the 16th century. It sells beer, delicious foods, and offers a lot of entertainment. There was a live band playing German music while I was there and it was a very fun atmosphere.
Walk Up St. Peter’s Church
I’m a huge sucker for city views. I always try to find the best views at every new place I go. In Munch, the best view is at St. Peter’s Church. It’s in the city center area with close proximity to gorgeous attractions like Marienplatz and Frauenkirche (the building with the famous two towers that make up Munich’s skyline). The inside of the church is really pretty, but they make you work for the view. At the top of a 299 step climb, you’ll see a view like no other.
Eat in Munich’s Heart
The heart of Munich is located at Marienplatz. It was first created in the 1100’s and still stands to this day. There’s a lot of live performers, restaurants, cafes, and shops. It’s a great part of Munich’s culture.
Listen to Some Tunes
If you walk by the New Town Hall during the hours of 11am, 12pm, or 5pm, you can experience the world-famous carillon, the Rathaus-Glockenspiel. It has mechanical figures that play out significant historical events while playing old German folk songs.
Munich is a wonderful city. Let me know if you have anything to add to this list in the comments below. Make sure to check out Mentor Travel’s tips for visiting Oktoberfest for the first time.