My time in Germany was brief, but, nonetheless, amazing. Munich was everything I had hoped for. It was clean, the people were friendly, and all around – the city was stunning.
After a long day of traveling, we finally arrived in Munich. We did what anyone else would do and headed to a famous beer house (Augustiner-Braustuban) for a pint and a pretzel. Now I’m not a huge beer fan but I figured it was an unwritten rule that you have a beer in Germany so I did just that and to my own surprise, I didn’t HATE it. We sat at this long table with a bunch of strangers who we quickly made friends with while we shared a basket of pretzels, a lot of laughs, and classic German meal. It was nice to see that despite the language barrier, we could communicate with mostly everyone at our table.
After our beer and pretzels, we headed to bed so we could get a nice and long day of exploring in the morning.
The next day we woke up early and had breakfast at the most adorable little café – California Bean. The owner was the sweetest little German lady and she made my cousin and I feel right at home. The coffee was phenomenal, as was the food, and our eggs were shaped like hearts – which made them taste that much better. If you’re ever in Munich I highly recommend this place for breakfast (as good breakfast places in Europe are few and far between.)
After breakfast, we went right to Marienplatz which is the city’s main square. It reminded me a lot of Paris (which I love). We visited Saint Peters church, went inside of what felt like every single shop, and walked and ate our way through the markets.
That night we wanted to check out Munich’s night life so we had a few (too many) drinks at a cocktail bar and our overly friendly bartender ended up taking us to Pacha night club at the end of the night (it’s the same one they have in Barcelona and Ibiza so if you’re looking for a fun club, I highly recommend.)
Our last day in Germany was my favorite by far. We woke early and took the train to Fussen. The train was a little over 2 hours each way but was SO worth the trip. From the train station we took a bus to Neuschwanstein castle (which is what Sleeping Beauty’s castle is modeled after). The bus drops you off at the bottom of this enormous mountain, so to see the castle you have to climb up the mountain. I am probably one of, if not THE most, uncoordinated person EVER. So, me hiking up this mountain was a site to see FOR SURE, and to make it even more interesting, it had just snowed the day before so the ground was covered in ice (no ski lift to the top???? COME ON).
After what felt like days, we finally made it to the top and boy was the view worth it. Seeing the Castle covered in snow with the mountains in the background was breathtaking and is a MUST SEE if you’re in/around Munich.
After our photo shoot at the top of the mountain, we climbed back down and took the bus back to Fussen. It was the cutest, quaintest little town and the people could not have been any sweeter. The streets were filled with small bakeries, restaurants, and families out with their children
That night we had no set plans so I googled things to do around where we were staying(My legs were tired from my big hike so I was trying to keep it close). I found another beerhouse less than a mile away from us so we decided to walk and check it out. This place made my entire Germany experience. We walk into this JAM PACKED place and see a lady at the front collecting payment. Of course, we had no idea what we were paying for but we just went with it anyway (I later found out it was the strong beer festival.
We walked in to this ginormous hall that sat over 350 people and almost every seat in the entire hall was filled, and every person had a pint of beer in hand. There was a fantastic band playing, people dressed in lederhosen’s, and the whole crowd was standing on their chairs dancing and cheering. The energy in the room was so positive and fun, and everyone was embracing one another like family.
In the short time we were here, I fell in love with this beautiful country and their people and can’t wait to explore it some more one day. NEXT STOP, VIENNA!!!