Munich – From Drinking to Drunk

Best of Munich from Frommers

Best of Munich from Frommers

Random Observation/Comment #144: Oktoberfest is such a wonderful holiday.  I’m glad the Germans don’t hide the fact that it’s devoted to alcohol.  There’s no shyt about family time and gifts, or some religious story (or at least I don’t think so) – it’s just an entire month of celebration.  I think every European country should choose a month of pure drinking, so Europe can be a continuously drunk mess – not that it isn’t already.

General Research:

  • Currency: EUR = approx 1.29 USD (2/8/2009)
  • Transportation
    • Tram
    • S-Bahn
    • U-Bahn
    • 10 EUR Gesamtnetz whole-network day pass since the four-zone journey from airport is 9.20 EUR – probably can use Eurail pass for this
  • Main Attractions
    • Museums, Galleries, Memorials
      • Deutsches Museum – Haidhausen – hands-on science-y stuff
      • Pinakothek de Moderne – paintings and modern art
      • Statue of Bavaria – Theresienhöhe 16 (U4 or U5 toTheresienwiese), +49-89-290671
      • National Bavarian Museum
      • Lenbach House – expressionist art gallery
      • BMW Museum – Must see
      • Haus der Kunst – national socialist architecture
    • Parks
      • Englischer Garten – in Schwabing (funny name) – beer garden with naked chicks
      • Riemer Park – for summer  –  U2 to Messestadt West
      • Hirschgarten – Neuhausen – drinking among deer
      • Tierpark Hellabrunn (Munich Zoo) in Thalkirchen
    • Palaces and Castles
      • Schloss Nymphenburg – in Neuhausen & Nymphenburg
      • Residenz – in city center
      • SchlossSchleißheim – S1-Bahn to Oberschleibheim
  • Shopping Areas
    • Maximillianstrasse
    • Hohenschwangau
    • Marienplatz
    • Viktualienmarkt
  • Must Eats
    • Weibwurst – breakfast sausage
    • Schweinsbraten – roast pork
    • Schweinshaxe – roast pig knuckle
    • Leberkässemmeln – cheap sausage-y food
  • Budget living
    • Wombat’s Hostel – Senefelderstraße 1, Munich, 80336
  • US Embassy
    • Munich (NIV Issuing Post) U.S. Consulate General Koeniginstrasse 5 80539 Muenchen Munich, Federal Republic of Germany
    • Telephone: (89) 23011
    • Mailing Address: Unit 24718, APO AE 09108
  • Emergency numbers
    • 112 – medical aid and fire department
    • 110 – police department
    • U.S. Dept. of State Travel Advisory (tel. 202/647-5225, manned 24 hr.)
    • U.S. Passport Agency (tel. 202/647-0518)
    • U.S. Centers for Disease Control International Traveler’s Hot Line (tel. 404/332-4559)
  • Tourist information center
    • Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in the central area (tel. 089/97-50-00)
    • Munich Tourist Office, Fremdenverkehrsamt, at the Hauptbahnhof, Bahnhofplatz 2 (tel. 089/2-33-03-00; www.muenchen-tourist.de)

Optimized Days:

  • Day 1
    • U-Bahn to Marienplatz
    • Marienplatz in old town
      • Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
    • Peterskirche
      • Church
      • south of the Neues Rathaus
    • Viktualienmarkt
      • At rear of church
      • Open-air market
      • cut north from the market, heading along Dienerstrasse until you come to Residenzstrasse. Cut east along
    • Maximilianstrasse
      • “fifth ave of Munich”
    • Alte Pinakothek
      • Great museum really takes 4 hours – art gallery
      • Rembrandt, Rubens, and Raphael
    • Lunch
    • Deutsches Museum
      • Island in the Isar River
      • Masterpieces in Science and Technology
    •  Englischer Garten
      • Nudity!
      • Beer gardens
    • Hofbräuhaus am Platzl – night life
  • Day 2
    • U-Bahn Rotkreuzplatz
    • Schloss Nymphenburg
    • Lunch
    • U-Bahn to Lethel
    • Bayerisches Nationalmuseum
      • Museum for Bavarian culture
    • U-Bahn to Odeonsplatz
    • Pinakothek der Moderne
      •  Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst (Gallery of Modern Art)
    • Nightlife: Kulturzentrum Gasteig
      • theaters
  • Day 3 – south to Bavaria for castles
    • Morning
      • Neuschwanstein
    • Afternoon
      • Hohenschwangau
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
    • National Theatre-Opera House
    • the Residence Museum
    • Frauenkirche
    • BWM Museum

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~See Lemons go to Munich

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