Our first destination was Munich. We flew in from Boston and had a stopover at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Although I’ve been to Paris a couple of times before, this is my first time at the airport. I quite liked the airport although we were quickly reminded how much people smoke in Europe when we noticed crowded smoking rooms everywhere.
We landed in Munich at noon and headed to our apartment in Lehel. This was the first time, I had used Airbnb to book our vacation accommodation. It worked out well for us as we found a reasonably priced apartment in a central location with most of the attractions within walking distance. Our host received us and gave us ideas on how we could spend our time in Munich.
As recommended by our host, we headed out to Weisses Brauhaus, a traditional Bavarian restaurant/brewery for lunch. We saw many famous Baroque/ Rococo style buildings on our way but we were too hungry to spend time or take pictures there. We loved this restaurant for several reasons – not only was there a separate vegetarian section on the menu but there was an English menu that we could take home as a souvenir. It was a place that was frequented by locals and tourists alike. We were joined by a middle-aged local couple. Although Bon appetit and Prost (Cheers!) were the only 2 phrases that we could understand, we were pleased to have dined our first meal in Munich with the locals. We tried some reiberdatschi (potato pancakes) with apple sauce and pancakes with grilled vegetables with sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) and herbs in sour cream. We washed it down with a half a litre of Schneider Weiss as we soon realized that no one drank water here with their meal. Beer is the elixir of life here 🙂
We the spent some time walking around the Viktualienmarkt where you can find fresh local seasonal produce, cheese, flowers and handicrafts. We walked around Residenzplatz, Max-Joseph-Platz and Marienplatz. We took a short break and sat in the warm sunshine at Marienhof. We then took a stroll at Hofgarten and Dichtergarten on our way to the famous Englischer Garten to watch the surfers at Eisbach-Surfer-Welle.
We headed out for an Italian dinner a La Stanza in Lehel. It was a nice restaurant which seemed to be mostly frequented by locals.