Most people abroad know Munich as the birthplace of Oktoberfest, where for a few weeks every year, millions from around the world come dressed in lederhosen and dirndls and drink more beer than humanly possible. And while that alone can make Munich one of the best cities in the world, during the other eleven months of the year, Munich proves to be a cosmopolitan city, oozing of grand architecture, culture galore and a vibrant expat scene.
Here are some of my favourite things about this Bavarian city!
Surfers at the Englischer Garten
The Englischer Garten (English Gardens) is Europe’s largest city park and is even larger than Central Park in New York City! It stretches alongside the river Isar, and within the park, you can find everything from a Japanese teahouse, to the Chinese Tower, and if you’re really daring, you could join the nude sunbathers! (or just go to check them out depending on your preference).
When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than having some drinks at the Seehaus beer garden and up the hill, you can get a view of the Munich skyline and the Alps in the distance. My favourite attraction however, is definitely the surfers on the Eisbach river. Even in the dead of winter, you’ll find them there! Now, that’s dedication.
our pull out couch!
I can’t believe I’ve lived in Munich for almost a month now! Sure, February may be the shortest month, but it almost seems hard to believe that in the beginning of February, I was still in Regensburg writing my exams. The past few weeks was filled up with friends coming over… when you live in Munich, you always feel so loved because everyone just wants to come visit you all the time! Haha.
Luckily we have a couch in the living room that converts into a bed, so it has been really fun having my friend Miriam who’s currently working in Zurich, the bf’s sister and some of his friends from Mannheim, all over during varying times in the past two weeks.
One thing I discovered about Munich is that it’s a bit underwhelming when it comes to “tourist attractions.” Sure there’s the Nymphenburg Palace, the Residence and the English Gardens for example, but it’s hard to spend full days checking out these places, especially when it’s cold out.
Rather, I find Munich a better city for expats than tourists, since there’s so many cafes, bars, restaurants to try out and lots of things like museums, day trips and the nightlife scene to fill up your weekends. It ends up being a really fun city when you’re with friends, but I was a bit disappointed after I bought a monthly transit ticket, to discover that there’s not a whole lot in Munich that I could do and explore when I’m alone.
That said. in my upcoming post, I’m going to be sharing all my favourite things in Munich, but I thought for today it’ll be more fun to share with you guys…
…a peek into my Munich apartment! Come take a look!
Sometimes after living in a country for a while, the familiarity of everything makes the place more like a second home, rather than a distant exotic land you’ve chosen to reside in. I know when I see friends posting photos or statuses on Facebook about being in places like South Africa, Thailand, New Zealand or Argentina, I always feel a bit of travel envy… even though I myself am already living abroad in Germany.
After more than a year and a half of living in Germany, I have to say, it is starting to feel pretty homey even if I can’t understand a single word of Bavarian and I still don’t understand the big deal about Fasching (doesn’t Halloween seem so much more fun?)
With the never-ending snowstorms that seem to be happening back home in Toronto, German weather is (surprisingly!) one of the things I’m most happy with here at the moment. It’s February and people are sitting outside having ice cream at cafes! I haven’t worn my winter jacket in ages! There are people surfing in the English Gardens in Munich! (ok well kind of cheated on the last one since those crazy surfers are there all year round)
Inspired by my new liking for this suddenly amazing German weather, I’ve decided to create this post, about other things I like in this crazy (but in a rational, orderly way) country.
photo cred: freehdw.com
There are lots of truly fantastic luxury casinos in Monte Carlo, as befits the resort’s status as one of the premier casino gaming destinations in the world. However some of them do not date back that far and thus do not offer that much historic interest – even if there is no disputing the quality of the gaming they offer. However one casino which does posses a somewhat longer history is the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Casino, which was originally opened back in 1929, and which is the property of the Societe des bains de mer de Monaco.