Friday 21 March 2014

Open-top bus time!

I know it’s super-touristy but I do love whizzing round a city on an open top bus (especially in the sunshine) so this is exactly what I did in Munich on Sunday.

I fuelled up for the day at the recommended Cafe Glockenbach – it’s particularly important to stock up on food, because NO shops are open in Munich on Sundays, absolutely none – so if you haven’t been organised on Saturday, you can only eat at cafes.

The cafe was nice, with modern decor comfy seats and good street-watching opportunities – they also had plenty of outdoor seating (though in the cool spring air, you needed the accompanying blankets to be comfortable).

Of course, a coffee whilst I surveyed the menu:

A little sausaged-out from the day before I instead chose the ‘Monte Cristo': 

This was not French toast as I knew it...more Croque Monsieur-esq...but still tasty, though the salad was drowning in dressing! 

After enjoying my breakfast I walked towards the main train station, via Karlsplatz and Neuhauser street.

As mentioned before, nothing is open on Sundays, but there were still plenty of people milling around – likely headed for cafes (or church!). 

I went into St Michael's Jesuit church and was impressed by the size and decoration.  Its the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps and the building style had a huge influence on Southern Germany early Baroque artichecture - from the outside, I’d just been entertained by the appropriate door handles!

I also popped into the Botantical Gardens on my way, featuring a statue of Neptune – probably more inspiring when the fountain is filled!

Then, after my wander, I met a friend at the bus tour start point (at Bahnhofsplatz) and off we went...

We did all three tourist routes: "City Tour", "Nymphenburg-Olympia Tour" and "Schwabing Tour", each lasting an hour for a very reasonable €20.

First up was the Nymphenburg castle/palace which we circled through but where I’ll definitely be going again to explore inside the expansive buildings.
One of Munich's 7 breweries
Life on the bus!
BMW 4-cyclinder building & BMW Welt (world)
Olympic Park
Our second tour was the ‘city’ tour so we passed through sites such as Odeonsplatz, Oper and Marienplatz.

Isar river

By this time we were a little chilled from sitting outside so treated ourselves to some hot drinks before boarding the bus for one last trip – this time around my neighbourhood ‘Schwabing’.
I went for the Winter Apple Punch but am so going back for the Marzipan Dream soon!

The 'Schwabing' tour took us around sights such as the English Gardens, Pinokothek and Leopoldstrasse...

The place to be was soaking up the sun in a street-side cafe

After the bus tour, I realised that I hadn't stocked up on food and so I decided to visit the little tea shop opposite my apartment for 'dinner'! It was super cute and I treated myself to a hot chocolate and a piece of homemade cake to round off my weekend of naughty eating!

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