Think of Munich, Germany, and images of smiling fräulein serving massive steins of frothy beer are sure to come to mind, but there’s so much more to Bavaria’s biggest city. While the Hofbrauhaus and Oktoberfest are the biggest attractions for beer tourists, the city also boasts the gorgeous Englischer Garten, stately architecture, imposing palaces and fascinating history. Take a trip to Munich and discover the secrets hidden in the heart of Bavaria.
Festive Treats: The Munich Christmas Markets
If you love Christmas then you’ll adore Munich’s Christmas markets. There are a number around the city and all of them add their own unique flavour to the festive atmosphere. One of the highlights is Christkindlmarkt, which has been offering local produce since the 14th century in addition to musical performances, ice-carving, theatre and mouth-watering delicacies. Other markets worth seeing are the Shchwabing Christmas market, popular with students for the buzzing atmosphere and surrounding nightlife, and the Middle Ages Market, which recreates the atmosphere of the original Christmas markets in Munich.
Swimming in Style: Müller’sche Volksbad
Visit Munich’s most stylish and elegant swimming hall on the banks of the Isar. With its art nouveau design and the intricate craftsmanship visible in the building’s details, the Müller’sche Volksbad is immediately impressive. This is a cathedral of bathing culture and the perfect place to take a dip in the pool, get rid of life’s stresses in the Finnish sauna or allow your body to be gently heated in the Roman steam baths. Come to Müller’sche Volksbad to pamper yourself – or your partner if you’re visiting as a couple! Ah, luxury...
Surf City: Eichbachwelle
Munich is, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, known as the German capital of river surfing and Eisbachwelle is the most celebrated of the city’s river surfing spots. The Eisbach (Ice Brook) is a small man-made river that sports an artificial standing wave around a metre high, allowing surfers to ride the waves in the city centre! Sit on the bank and watch the daredevils take their turns on this famous wave. Or give a go yourself – if you’ve got the chops!