In the space of 2 weeks I managed to tick off the top 3 beer drinking cities in the world, by complete accident. Starting with Munich.
It was completely
intentional accidental (I promise), even though I do love beer. I had to cancel my trip to Australia (SOB) so I booked a little excursion to Dublin, then my boyfriend and I decided to take an impromptu trip across the continent. (Munich was his choice, Prague was mine, so we compromised) Then upon arrival at our beer tour in Munich, our tour guide told us that it was the 2nd in the world for consumption of beer – flanked by Prague at number one and Dublin in third. Lol.
Anyway I was super impressed with Munich and Germany as whole. I’ve never been in a city that felt more like home. I was completely expecting to not like it all, but I preferred it to Prague by miles and miles!
I loved how non-touristy it was for a huge city, the beer halls, the food, the beer, the people, the food. (and the beer) I basically am going to move to Munich now, adios. (Or should I say Auf Wiedersehen)
In fact, I’ve already decided I need to come back here because we definitely didn’t spend enough time. I would love to just travel around Germany for a year and see absolutely everything. How perfect would that be? (Holla if you’re down let’s get a road trip going fam). There was just something so welcoming about Munich that I didn’t ever get from Prague.
I think one of the main reasons I loved it so much was that I wasn’t expecting to even like it all. You know you have those places where you don’t really give a second thought to? Because sure, it’s on your list, but everything’s on your list. It’s not one of those places you’ve had a burning desire to go to forever, so when you get there with low expectations, it absolutely smashes them. Like bitch, how could you have ever doubted that this city would be anything other than completely awesome?
I wasn’t expecting the architecture, history, and culture behind the capital of Bavaria, and I don’t know why. I had it at the back of my mind it would be very cold and clinical, but it’s history is as rich as any other European city and has so much character. This part of Germany produced Lederhosen and has Oktoberfest for crying out loud. They drink their beer by the litre. They mean BUSINESS.
I’ve never been anywhere else in Germany, but our guide described Munich as Berlin’s conservative cousin. Refined yet fun. It’s like the cool guy that’s grown out of his wild early 20s and now owns a brewery and likes to wear a lot of scarves.
Anyway, sit back and relax as you scroll through some pictures I took on our far too short romp round Munich (including a bonus two from Neuschwanstein Castle and Dachau)