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! Munich Marienplatz square with the New City HallShop!  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! Try the 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!    Walk with your eyes open and find a café or bistro that appeals to you.   Beer Gardens abound too! Michelle


About Michelle Stiles

Michelle Stiles, Director of Technology and Operational Excellence for Aladdin Travel, has been in the travel industry since 1997. Prior to joining Aladdin Travel, she worked in the Corporate Travel Department for a major retailer. She enjoys traveling with her husband and 3 boys.

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