Travel to Munich Germany – Episode 469

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Hear about travel to Munich Germany as the Amateur Traveler talks to Laurel Robbins of about her adopted city.

Laurel tells us that while we should all get to Oktoberfest, there are many more reasons to visit this beautiful city. Laurel says, “I think that everyone should go to Oktoberfest at least once in their life. It’s the world’s largest beer festival. It’s crazy. You’re probably going to enjoyed it a little more if you are in your 20s or in your early 30s, but even if you are a little older you can still have a great time at Oktoberfest. My favorite thing is that they have a parade leading up to Oktoberfest. You have lots of traditional bands, traditional costumes. The mayor is there and that’s good for families as well. And they have rides, they have amazing rides. I recommend going on the rides in the middle of the week preferably Wednesday so won’t have to wait in long lines.” Part of Oktoberfest is in October but more of it is in September. They moved the festival because September has better weather.

To see the city itself, Laurel starts is in the Marienplatz where the old and new town hall are located. She recommends renting a bike or exploring on foot. You can explore the 3 remaining city gates. You can also visit the Munich Residenz which is one of the largest palaces in Europe. “To be honest it doesn’t look that impressive from the outside but inside is absolutely spectacular.” You can either do a guided tour or a self guided tour. After the palace explore the gardens.

Oddly enough, even in the winter, in this landlocked city there are surfers surfing a standing wave in the Isar River that runs through Munich’s big, central park. “Müncheners are very active. In Munich alone there are over 1200 Km of bike paths. On the weekends, locals leave the city because they want to be up in the mountains are on one of the Great Lakes doing things. Locals are always outside.

Laurel also gives us an introduction to Bavarian food as well as suggestions of her favorite restaurants, pubs, and beer gardens. She also suggests what other places we should see outside of Munich including some of the castles of King Ludwig of Bavaria.

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Show Notes

Laurel Robbins
Munich Hotel Oktoberfest – Official Website for the city of Munich
Munich Oktoberfest
The Official Site for the Oktoberfest
The Traditional Costume Parade
Munich City Gates
Munich Residenz
English Garden, Munich
Surf A River In The Middle Of Munich, Because You Can And It’s Awesome
Mike’s Bike Tours of Munich
Bier- und Oktoberfestmuseum
Kasspatzen – Spaetzle with cheese receipe
Groups and clubs in Germany
Official Website of FC Bayern Munich
Park Café
Deutsches Museum
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum
Schloss Nymphenburg
Church of St. Peter
Olympiapark on TripAdvisor
Starnberg Lake
Neuschwanstein Castle
Frauenchiemsee / Fraueninsel
Ludwig II of Bavaria
Westpark in München


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

3 Responses to “Travel to Munich Germany – Episode 469”

Michael Browne


Loved the podcast on Munich. While we didn’t experience the naked train travellers we were surprised to be walking across a bridge only to look down at a nudist beach in the middle of town!
One other place that wasn’t mentioned that we loved was the Deutches Museum. Easy way to spend half a day wandering around.

Wanda Sanchez


This is so right that everyone should visit Oktoberfest. It is amazing! I was there last year with my brother. I have no words to describe it. Best regards!



Hello Chris (and Laurel)! Two years after this podcast about Munich and I finally went! I live in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. Since I have been here, I’ve felt like I couldn’t connect with Germany. I think I have just been in the wrong state! Bavaria is lovely! (I had a new appreciation for Germany and felt more open to Hesse when coming back home!) I happened to be in Munich for their Town Foundation Festival and it was so fun! I didn’t attend too many of the events, but the city was pack with Muncheners and Bavarians and the festive atmosphere was contagious. I found myself smiling and laughing so often at the happenings around me (I was traveling alone).

I wanted to pick up on Chris’ “most interesting person you met” while in Munich. I took Laurel’s advice and went to the Augustiner Keller and took a seat at a big open table. Within a few minutes a Russian woman sat across from me and waited on her party. Then a German man and his wife approach and communicate that they’d like to sit there as well. We fumble through so much broken German and English. They sit down next to me. He’s wearing lime green flip flops with a gold anklet, shorts, and they’re wearing matching surfing windbreakers. We are enjoying the atmosphere and they entrust me with watching their bag and I’m thinking, “tourists,” and shaking my head. They sit back down and my food arrives. “Bon appetite” the German man says to me, the obvious American. Ha ha. While I am eating my very delicious meal, I realize the guy next to me knows the entire staff of this restaurant and some of the guests. I was dead wrong thing he was a tourist. So I start to pay attention. He’s got painted nails (glitter and royal blue!) and is the happiest person. His wife is cracking up at whatever he’s talking about. He continued to say hello to everyone (EVERYONE) and when I departed the table, they said goodbye, au revior AND tchuss! What fun dinner companions even though we couldn’t speak to each other! And what a great recommendation for a restaurant!

In May and June, I spent weekends in Prague, Dresden, Nuremberg and Munich, and Munich will forever be a favorite. Friendly and warm people and such a beautiful city.

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