Trip to Munich, between taste and tradition

Munich is a much loved stop for Italians, both in the summer and at the famous Christmas markets. It is the capital of Bavaria, it exceeds one million inhabitants and contains all the characteristics of the region it represents – neo-Gothic architecture, gastronomic excellence and a funny German accent. Rest assured: the constant influx of Italian tourists means that many people in the city understand our language, and that in restaurants there is often an ad hoc translated menu.

Here are some tips for a weekend in the city and its surroundings, to discover the most traditional stops and the most unusual attractions.
A ride to Marienplatz
For a first taste of Munich I recommend starting in the pedestrian area of Marienplatz. On this famous central square overlook the Church of Our Lady, the New Town Hall with its Glockenspiel (the largest carillon in Germany) and the Old Town Hall.

A sweet break at Café Luitpold
The Café Luitpold is the right place to take a sweet break (perhaps based on strüdel) or a moment of relaxation in the warm Bavarian winter. This historic bar is much frequented by the inhabitants of the city and on the first floor houses a small museum with temporary exhibitions.

The toy museum
In Munich there is the toy museum, which is fun for both adults and children. It houses collections of European and American toys from every era – from Barbie’s collection to that of Teddybear. It is open every day from 10am to 5.30pm.

Shopping and coffee at Aloys Dallmayr
Aloys Dallmayr is one of the most famous German coffee brands and is also an elegant shop with a café and restaurant in the center of Munich. Here you will find high quality food and wine products for sale – from pastries to cheeses, from teas to spirits.

A beer at the Hofbräuhaus
Munich’s popular Hofbräuhaus is one of the 7 oldest breweries in Germany and a must-see for tourists in the city. It’s huge and offers hundreds of seats; resist the smell of sauerkraut and drink a beer here before leaving the city!

A typical lunch at the Weisses Bräuhaus
The traditional Weisses Brauhaus tavern is perfect if you want to taste the local cuisine: you can taste the canederli, the cheese spätzle, or the classic local boiled (Münchner Kronfleischküche – if you eat meat). Don’t miss the excellent Kaiserschmarrn, the famous pancake with apple puree and icing sugar. With over 700 seats and 13 beers of its own production (11 weiss, one clear and one red) it represents the classic Bavarian trattoria, from which to come out weighed down and – because no – a bit ‘high!
The Munich Christmas markets
If you go to Munich during the Christmas period, you should know that you can see more than 40 themed markets, usually open from the end of November until 6 January.
What to see around Munich
Altomünster and the Kapplerbräu brewery
With a short drive or a ride on the S-bahn from Munich you can reach the village of Altomünster.
What to see around Munich
Altomünster and the Kapplerbräu brewery
With a short drive or a ride on the S-bahn from Munich you can reach the village of Altomünster.

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