After flying overnight, we arrived in Munich around 1 p.m.
Our first stop was customs. With our passports stamped, we were off to baggage claim where we waited for our luggage. When the conveyer belt started, our bag was one of the first ones to come out. We finally were able to be on our way. But first we stopped at the ATM machine located in the airport.
TIP: Withdraw an amount that cannot be divided by 5 in order to get some 20s. Otherwise you will receive all 50s which are hard to cash sometimes.
Taking the train
With our Euros in hand, we made our way out of the airport to the train station across the plaza.
Once we were inside the train station, we purchased our tickets to Munich.
Even though there was a train waiting, the doors were closed. We ran into this during our travels and knew to press the green button to open the door. For some reason they do no leave the doors open until the train departs.
When we boarded, there were not many people on the train. But by the time we left, it got pretty crowded.
It took about 40 minutes to reach our destination. We got off one stop before Marienplatz. The train station was filled with all types of stores and places to grab a bite to eat. We were getting hungry so we stopped for a sandwich and a bottle of water. It felt like we were going through a maze trying to find our exit.
Motel One Munchen-Sendlinger Tor
Again J knew right where to go, as we eventually made our way outside and walked the couple blocks to Motel One Munchen-Sendlinger Tor in Munich. We would be spending the next two nights here.
Our room was very basic with a great bed, comfortable linens, flat screen TV (which we never used), free Wi-Fi, and a modern bathroom with an excellent shower. We were on the second floor with a nice view. I was worried about the street noise, but it was not a problem.
Motel One offered breakfast for 10 Euros per person. We declined and bought our own breakfast in the train station. We usually bought two delicious chocolate croissants and a sandwich for each of us for under 10 Euros. There was always a bowl of apples at the front desk, which we picked up on our way out.
There was a bar in the lobby of the hotel, to be able to enjoy a drink and unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
After dropping off our bags, we went back out to explore the city of Munich for a couple of hours. We always try to adjust ourselves to the time and not take a nap. This helps us adapt to the new time zone quicker.
Downtown Munich Attractions
Our walk started with us going through the New Sendlinger Gate which was close to our hotel. The two brick towers were built in 1318 and remain one of the oldest part of the three city gates still standing today. This led us to a nice area of shops, cafes and restaurants.
As we continued our walk, we came upon a street festival where they were selling different types of food and wine. Of course we had to join in and enjoy a glass of wine. We paid a 2 Euro deposit for the glass. We could either keep the glass or return it for our deposit. Since we did not have room in our luggage for a breakable glass, we opted to return it.
St Peter’s Church
We finally arrived at St Peter’s Church, the oldest parish in town. It was stunning inside.
After our visit, we went outside of the church to another entrance and paid the 2 Euro fee to climb over 300 steps to the tower.
As we climbed the narrow staircase, we had to give way to others as we made our way up to the tower landing, but the views were worth it.
Walking around the crowded landing, we got a spectacular view of Marienplatz Square which is the main square in Old Town Munich.
It was easier to walk down the 300 steps as not as many people were coming up. When we got outside, we knew where to go as we spotted them from the platform.
Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)
Right down the street from Marienplatz Square is the Old Town Hall.
There are plenty of beer gardens to stop and enjoy a glass of beer or wine. This is a social gathering place for the Germans, where you find a spot at a table and join in with others, which we found as a great way to meet new people. Everyone was very friendly.
Since it was getting close to 5 p.m., so we made our way to the crowded Marienplatz to see the Glockenspiel perform. The large characters are entertaining to watch as they twirl about with the music, it is over within five minutes.
Next tourist stop was the famous Hofbrauhaus. There was a girl going around to the table selling pretzels and snacks.