Munich IS a city…but it feels like a village! It is sophisticated (think New York), small (think Chicago, no smaller) and friendly (think your favorite neighborhood)! This capital of Bavaria is near the Alps and host of THE Oktoberfest! We LOVED exploring and although it is small, we could have stayed for weeks. Things you MUST do:
Visit the Deutsches Museum. We could have stayed longer, but the shopping called us!
Shop! The Christmas Markets were filled with parents looking for perfect gifts. Efficient couples took turns shopping while the other sipped Glühwein, a warm drink made from red wine, spiced with cinnamon, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. It is here where you can purchase Bavarian wood carvings, crafts and crystals. Visit Neuhauser Strasse, Kaufingerstrasse, Maximilianstrasse and Theatinerstrasse to purchase designer goods and experience large department stores and exclusive boutiques. If you are interested in typical Bavarian gifts, add Trachten, Lederhosen, Dirndl, Steins, Holzschnitzereien, Nymphenburg porcelain, Lebkuchen, Christmas Stollen, and marzipan to your list.
Eat! Shopping will make you hungry and thirsty! You may need to be flexible….there are 2 traditional Bavarian breakfasts. The first is a simple pastry and coffee. The second includes at least 2 "Weisswuerste" (white bratwurst) or "Leberkaese" (liver loaf) and a pint of "Weissbier" (wheat beer). The servings are large! If you don’t want to be flexible, there are plenty of other options. Walk with your eyes open and find a café or bistro that appeals to you. Beer Gardens abound too!
A little teaser….Lufthansa operates a non-stop flight every day except Tuesday from Charlotte (CLT) to Munich, Germany (MUC), regularly scheduled to depart at 5:15pm and arrive at 7:55am. Usually an Airbus A340-300 is flown for this route. The average travel time from Charlotte, NC to Munich, Germany is 8 hours and 40 minutes.
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