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My Pick: 3 Great Things to Do in Munich

“Guten Tag” fellow Kaptain Kenny readers,

Today we visit the city of Munich in Bavaria, Germany and take you to 3 of its most famous places.

First up…. 

The Nymphenburg Palace is a beautiful piece of land (once you get past its funny name). The gardening is pristine, it’s far away from the hustle and bustle of Munich AND so long as you can put up with bus loads of tourists pulling up, I think the space is large enough to accommodate everyone.

Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München

We didn’t take a tour inside the buildings while we were there and sadly there wasn’t too much information available. But for those history lovers, there’s a tiny snippet for you below.

“Nymphenburg Palace owes its foundation as a summer residence to the birth of the long-awaited heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, who was born in 1662 to the Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, after some ten years of marriage.”

For more info, click here.


Be prepared for some tourists. Luckily it’s not too overrun with them!


A pretty place during spring/summer.


Quite opulent, don’t you think?


My favourite German to take photos with!


As you can see, the grounds are incredibly large! Bring comfortable shoes.


Nymphenburg Palace grounds


Last photo at the palace. Next stop, Munich central!

And second….. 

The Alte Peter church has an inside climbing stairway and at the top, you’ll be treated to some pretty fabulous views of Munich.

Rindermarkt 1, 80331 München

*WARNING* This climb is not for the unfit or really tall. My poor friend Marcel (pictured below) stands at 2.7 metres and had quite the time trying to climb the staircase. This church only has one staircase which means traffic is going up and down. In other churches I’ve climbed, there was sometimes a two way system.

Overall it’s a good climb and the views are worth it!


Then these gorgeous German boys took us to the top of the Alte Peter Kirche (St Peter’s Church) in Munich’s centre. (Don’t worry, I don’t just steal random gorgeous Germans off the street, these are my friends Michael and Marcel!)


A nice overview of Munich from the top of St Peter.


Another perspective.


And again.

And third….

Surfing in the USA Munich?

Yes, you saw correctly. This is a famous spot inside the Englischer Garten where crazy people come to surf. It looks horribly dangerous but it’s a real sight to watch.


Insanity prevails!


In summer, you NEED to check out the surfing at the Englisher Garten. For some reason, there’s a strong current here and even though it’s extremely dangerous, surfers can be found giving it their best shot in the warmer months.


A visit to Munich simply isn’t complete without a visit to the English Garden. In summer, you’ll see people sun-baking nude here… (lucky you my Grandma would say!) In autumn, you’ll be treated to some of Germany’s famous leaf colours.

Overall, it’s a great place to hire a bike and ride through. And after all your hard work, don’t forget to reward yourself with a GIANT beer. Munich is famous for its beer after all.

“With an area of 3.7 km2 (1.4 sq mi), the Englischer Garten is one of Europe’s largest urban public parks, larger than New York’s Central Park. The name refers to its English garden form of informal landscape, a style popular in Britain from the mid-18th century to the early 19th century and particularly associated with Capability Brown.



Another tourist must. Buy a giant stein of beer at the English Garden. For those non-German speakers playing at home, do not ask for a ‘stein of beer’ in German. It’s a false friend. ‘Stein’ actually means stone/rock. The correct way is to say: “Eine Mass, bitte.”


Oh no, we’re onto our second Mass of Bier! Welcome to Jollyville.

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  • Reply
    August 20, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Nice choices. I had a similar experience, although, alas, I had to do the palace as part of one of those tour group herds.

    • Reply
      August 30, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Hi Dave,

      Nice to see you commenting again! Thanks for supporting us 🙂

      Yeah the classic ‘group herd’ scenario. Well I’ve got plenty of friends who refuse to do them or bus day tours but I kind of like them because the guide organises and takes over everything and you as the traveller can relax so I’ve gotta say I do them fairly often. My first few posts about Ireland were all from day bus tours.

      I like your Munich post! Just gave it a look & it seems we’ve taken photos of similar stuff 🙂

      Have a great day,

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