Travel review: A weekend in Munich flying from Bristol Airport
PUBLISHED: 19:20 30 July 2015
If you are looking for a city break to go on this summer Munich should be high on your list – reporter Briana Millett visited the German city to find out more about what it has to offer.
5 things to do in Munich:
See the statues dance at Rathaus-Glockenspiel
The church is one of the city’s most popular and grandest tourist attractions.
Every day, at 11am and noon, and 5pm in the summer, the church chimes and its statues re-enact two stories from the 16th century to please the crowds.
Visit the Documentation Centre
The Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism opened in the heart of Munich at the beginning of May this year.
It provides a detailed history of Nazism before, during, and after World War Two and is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-7pm. Entry costs five euros for adults and is free for under-18s.
Wander through the Englischer Garten
The beautiful park is home to Munich’s most famous beer garden, Chinesischer Turm, where you can buy a stein of Hofbrau and relax in the sunshine as the hours fly by.
The trams are convenient for travelling much of the city, and there are several stops around the park.
Visit the Viktualienmarkt
It is easy to get lost in this semi-permanent market in Munich’s centre which is open Monday to Saturday.
Traditional German sausages, clothes, sweet treats, flowers and more are on offer as you stroll through its charming stalls.
A giant maypole is a focal point and, of course, there is a central beer garden to relax in after a hard day of shopping.
Eat at the Ratskeller
This charming restaurant has a range of high-quality traditional German food on offer.
The venue is decorated beautifully and its cool basement setting is great to escape the afternoon heat.
Pork knuckle, a sausage platter or a range of mouth-watering fish dishes all come highly-recommended.
Grown men walk the streets in lederhosen and manage to make it look cool – if that is not a reason to visit a city, I do not know what is.
Munich is well-known as the home of big businesses BMW, Siemens and Audi but it has much more to offer than week-day business deals.
The city is just a short two-hour flight from Bristol to Munich with airline bmi regional. The flight includes complimentary drinks and a choice of cheese and biscuits or a cream tea.
Once we arrived in Munich we took the 40-minute trip to the Maritim Hotel, just seconds away from the city’s main train station.
The hotel’s rooftop indoor pool and terrace give the opportunity to take in the city from above and its sauna facilities provide the perfect way to wind down.
For me, the city’s stunning architecture, wide open streets, hearty German food and relaxing beer gardens were just some of the highlights – and I look forward to going back to experience Oktoberfest one day.
Exploring the city...
The city’s population is growing fast and is it now home to more than one million people – who all seem to travel by bike.
But, feeling safer on two feet than two wheels, I decided a walking tour was much more my style.
The streets are very open and a relatively low skyline in the centre means you never feel closed in or claustrophobic when exploring.
Our first stop on the tour was the Theatine Church.
Renovation is ongoing to its exterior but as soon as I stepped inside it took my breath away with its perfectly intricate, crisp white design.
We then walked the same streets Hitler once passed through and it became apparent just how much of the city was destroyed in World War Two.
Many of the buildings have ‘1972’ displayed above their entrances – the date much of the city was deemed to be complete after a marathon of post-war building efforts.
Buildings were rebuilt according to old plans, meaning it is sometimes hard to decipher the true old from the new pretending to be, but all of the architecture fits together seamlessly.
One of the most stunning buildings in Munich is the former palace of the Bavarian monarchs, Munich Residence.
It was reduced to rubble during the war but is now the largest museum of interior art in the entire world, with 130 rooms and 10 courtyards to explore.
The antiquarium is one of its most impressive features. The room was created in 1568 to house the family’s extensive art collection.
The sculptures and paintings were removed during World War Two, which meant they were saved from destruction, but now it has been completely rebuilt and its vast collection reinstated.
Another of the palace’s most eye-catching rooms is its ancestral gallery – which features paintings of each monarch surrounded by a sea of gold.
Munich’s beer gardens provide another perfect way to escape the stress of everyday life.
The first stein I ordered may have been as big as my head but the beer flows easily and you soon find day turning into night as men and women come and go in traditional lederhosen and dirndls.
The food is rich and very meat-heavy and you get a lot for your money.
I would recommend trying pork knuckle – delicious roast pork with the best crackling I have ever seen – and of course some bratwurst, at some point during your visit.
About Bristol Airport:
A total of 6.3 million passengers flew through Bristol Airport last year, making it the ninth busiest airport in the UK and the fifth busiest outside of London and planning permission is in place for the airport to handle millions of extra passengers each
Flights operate to 116 destinations across 30 countries, including 16 capital cities.
There are two flights a day from Bristol to Munich, with one-way fares starting at £79 and fares include 20kg of hold baggage allowance, complimentary food and drink on board and a 30-minute check-in service.
The airline operates more than 300 scheduled flights each week across 22 destinations in 10 european countries, with an 18-strong all-jet fleet.
Where to stay:
Maritim Hotel – based a 10-minute walk from the city centre and seconds away from the city’s main railway station.
The hotel is just a 40-minute train ride to the airport, a 90-minute train to Salzburg and less than half an hour to nearby former concentration camp, Dachau, making a range of day trips possible.
Prices start from £173, per double room, per night, on a bed and breakfast basis.
The hotel’s breakfast includes continental and cooked options and an irresistable glass of prosecco to brighten up your morning.