“Which city do you like better? Berlin or Munich?”
I’d finished up a late night dinner at a cheap dive restaurant near Munich’s main train station before departing on an overnight train ride for Berlin. The kindly owner had chatted me up asking me were I was from and what I was doing in Germany. After telling him I didn’t move here for love, school or work (like most) and quickly explaining exactly why I moved to Berlin – he then posed this rather loaded question.
My response? “Umm, well there’s pros and cons of both.” He laughed and replied that “Berlin is dirty and full of freaks!”
The best part is that he’s absolutely right! That’s part of what makes Berlin … so very Berlin. It’s also why I love it so much. Just check out my Postcards from Berlin Expat Living series.
After two weekends in Munich, I must confess that the city won me over. While I’m not about to move there anytime soon, I think that Berliners put down the Bavarian city far too often. Their dialect may be different and they weirdly enough sport lederhosen and dirndls beyond the confines of Oktoberfest but there’s plenty to love about Munich. It’s really pretty, super clean, the beer is better, there’s tons of cool bars and you can even surf in a river.
So to kick off my new video series, check out this video “Instragram Postcards of Munich”.
Photos were taken over two weekends in June before/after I volunteered at Englischhausen in the Black Forest and a Saturday in early September after I spent a few days in glorious Alpe di Siusi (blog posts about both coming soon).
Featured in the video:
- Bayerischer Hof – this is one of Munich’s fanciest 5-star hotels. While I couldn’t afford to stay the night, I didn’t let it stop me from enjoying a glass of prosecco and a slice of cake in their lobby bar. I also hung out at their spa enjoying water therapies (runs about 40 euros for an afternoon). Note – be prepared to get naked in the sauna but remember to keep your swim trunks on for the pool.
- Englischer Garten – the public park is big, so big that it’s actually one of the largest in the world outsizing New York’s Central Park. There’s a few beer gardens, interesting architecture, a spot for naked sunbathers and yes, the chance to watch pros surf in the river.
- Hofbräuhaus – it’s totally touristy, but you need to come here at least once to have a stein of beer and soak up the history. It was here that Adolf Hitler outlined his 25 point plan for the Nazi party.
- L’Osteria – come here to grab a pizza with friends in a really beautiful setting. Arrive hungry as the pizzas are huge!
- Wombats Hostel – a mere five minutes walk from the main train station, its’s the perfect place to stay if you want to meet young people from around the world and partake in a party atmosphere. Their common area is set-up with hammocks and lounge chairs and was a great place to watch Germany win against Portugal in the nation’s first EC 2012 game. Be sure to book a private room, as some even have double-beds and their own terrace!
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* Disclosure – My stay at Wombats Hostel was courtesy of Hostelworld. A huge thanks to them for helping to support my volunteer efforts with Englischausen! Any opinions expressed about my newfound love for Munich and Wombats Hostel are entirely my own.