Germany: Munich’s Local Favourites

We – as tourists/travellers – know a city, a place through many platforms like Tripadvisor, travel books, blogs, etc. In the end, all sources are mainly reviewed by other travellers. What/how do we really know about a city? As my mission, I walked up to some people at Viktualienmarkt to ask their favourite things to do and to see. I kinda chose the place purposely because that is where you find least tourists around in the centre but at the same time easy to spot locals.

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Apparently, our knowledge about Munich is just as much as locals’, as I suppose. For most Münchner, Englischer Garten is the most favourite place to be when they have free time to chill or simply the day is beautiful. I could guess why. The garden is so huge that it could numb your legs if you want to make the whole round. Anyway, it certainly a relaxing place to hang. I walked along the stream of the Isar running through the garden and felt how silence could get me. So quiet and refreshing. On those sunny days, the sun light goes through leaves and makes the water surface sparkle.

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One not-so-surprising thing that I was told is sitting at the Biergarten – the second favourite place for locals to spend time at. We have known the German so well that it is something we can never miss out, especially when we are in the region of beer – Bavaria. Two well-known open Biergartens are (1) at the Chinesischer Turm which is located in the Englischer Garten and (2) where I was standing – Viktualienmarkt. On a nice weather day, people go out to Biergartens to have some good time with some good beer. The place could get packed quickly and some people have told me that it could be just as busy as the Oktoberfest. People squeeze in to get a spot to stand or sit to sip their German beer and eating the Pretzel. Oh, how typical!

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Museums are mentioned quite many times during my chats with the locals. Even though they live in the city but they never forget to check out museums here every now and then. Based on different interests, if you like art, Pinakothek is what you should look at, or if you are interested in science and technology, Deutsches Museum is perfect for you.

What is your favourite things to do in Munich? How do you turn yourself a local while living in a foreign country?

 

Germany: Top 5 Spots To Photograph In Munich

Word-of-mouth has spread all over about the charming Munich but you wouldn’t say it till you see it in real. I have spent 2 months living in this city and still have goosebumps sometimes whenever I think about myself living in this city. It is too cool and chic but still has the charm of an old city. There are the new and the old but they blend in which surprises many people visiting here.

Photographing in Munich is fascinating because there is always something new even though I have crossed by one place several times. There might be too much to take photos of (even though there is never enough), thus, I’m sharing with you top spots to take photos of in the lovely Munich.

1. Hofgarten

It definitely takes the first place of the most beautiful location in town. It has been chosen to be the wedding photograph location for many couples. The Italian designed garden is photogenic in every corner that you can always take the best shot even if you are no photographer.

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2. Isar River’s under-the-bridge

You want some stylish photos? Take a walk from Fraunhoferstrasse to the Isar River. Under the bridges have several graffiti works that create a very energetic frame. Also, the light which is coming through brings out the natural effect.

Photos by @Banditbloggers

Photos by @Banditbloggers

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3. Englisher Garten

The name has come up many times as on of the biggest gardens in Europe. It stretches out through the whole city centre to all the way up north of the city. It could take you the whole day to walk around it. However, the garden has several spots that make you linger your feet around. During the summer, the Isar runs along the garden and makes the walk even dreamier. Some places you might find yourself lost in a forest or some kinds. It’s time to take the camera out for some wild shots.

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4. Ludwig-Maximilian-University

This oldest University of Germany would surprise you by its architecture. Details of the architecture are unique and photogenic. The light is coming in from different directions – roof, main entrance, windows… The spectacular thing is each window leading you to a different picture. Some are amazingly magical.

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5. Viktualienmarkt

Looking for something playful? This open market is a cool location to get some of those shots. The place is so cheerful with full of people sitting outside sipping some fat-ass beer in the summer or Christmas decors being all over. If you want to get some colourful shots, Viktualienmarkt is definitely the one-location for you.

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