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1. St. Peters Church – Munich’s oldest church, with views of the Alps from the top of the spire.


2. Fünf Höfe Shopping Centre – Admire the modernist design whilst browsing designer fashion stores, cute little boutiques and cafes.


3. Englischer Garten – A beautiful 900-acre public park. Surf in the river, sip tea at the Japanese Teahouse, or people watch from one of the four beer gardens.


Munich City Centre | Map


On my second night, I stayed at the Angelo Munich Westpark hotel. Ideal for those who do not want to stay directly in the town centre, this brand new hotel has bright modern décor and attentive staff who made the stay more than pleasant. The U-Bahn station of Harras is a 3 minute walk away, with a direct link to the city.


If Urban Outfi tters were to make a burger bar, this would be it!


After checking in, I headed towards the district of Glockenbackviertel - known as one of Munich’s most fashionable and creative areas, and popular for it’s lively nightlife. Emerging from the underground to fi nd myself on a main road with not much sign of life was a bit confusing at fi rst, but I soon discovered the side street behind the pharmacy is the place to be! I begin my evening with a burger (€7.80) from Schnelle Liebe (fast love) – the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was crazy. If Urban Outfi tters were to make a burger bar, this would be it! I met some gregarious Bavarians in the process, who insisted on taking me on a bar crawl of the area. And so, we sipped Riesling in Loretta Bar, sampled Franziskaner Weissbier (the local wheat beer) in Zephyr and danced to an eclectic mix of music in night club Beverly Kills – all topped off with a Jägermeister nightcap at after-hours bar, Konsulat.


Buffet breakfast at the Angelo was a perfect way to start the day after a night out on the town, with all the essential components of a German breakfast – eggs, cheese, cold meats, bread, jam and strong coffee! I spent the morning clearing my head with some fresh air at Olympiapark, which delightfully features an ice- rink in the winter and an open-air swimming pool


in the summer, making it an essential stop for some exhilarating outdoors exertion whichever season you should choose to visit! My afternoon was spent meandering through the art galleries along the Barer Strasse, bringing my trip to a relaxing end before hopping on the shuttle back to the airport.


I crammed a lot into my two days but feel I only scratched the surface of all that Munich


has to offer. I’ll defi nitely be returning to explore some more. Here are my top tips to make sure even a short stay in this city is fabulous!


1. Wear comfy shoes – walk everywhere, you’ll get a much better feel for the city and it’s people


2. Look up – the architecture and detailing in the buildings is unbelievable, be sure not to miss out


3.


Drink beer - the Bavarians get offended if you don’t!


Visit Munich’s offi cial website to plan your city break activities: muenchen.de For fl ights between Manchester and Munich visit: easyjet.com. Room rates for a double start at €159 per night at the Louis Hotel (louis-hotel.com) and from €89 per night (incl. breakfast) at the Angelo West Park (vi-hotels.com).


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