How many of you have heard about Oktoberfest? I bet there isn’t anyone who hasn’t seen a commercial here and there about this great festival which happens annually in Munich, Germany. So, for those of you who are into visiting a city when it is full of tourists and happenings, Oktoberfest is the right time to do so. On the other hand, all the others who would like to stroll around the streets of Munich peacefully, escape the crowds and explore the city like a local, here are some tips which will make your stay even better.
Check out the Beer Gardens in Munich
Bavarians are known for their love for beer. That is why beer gardens are so popular among the locals. Gatherings in beer gardens, where everyone can bring their food and enjoy a cold beer seems to be one of the favourite activity for locals after work or on a sunny Sunday. It resembles a picnic where you can catch up with your friends and also make new ones! The beer gardens are also a representation of what locals like to call Munich- “Millionendorf” which means “village of a million people”.
Enjoy the Nature
Locals do not dwell at places which are full of tourists, but preferably go somewhere where they can chill and be on their own. Therefore when in Munich you should check out the parks Hofgarten and English Garden, the lakes outside of Munich: Starnbergersee, Ammersee, Walchensee and the river Isar. These astonishing sights are perfect for enjoying the beautiful views nature offers you, and escape the hectic city for a while.
Meet Locals at the Local Pools!
The indoor Hallenbad and outdoor Freibad pools, are the places where you will meet locals only. You have to pay a small fee to get in and enjoy the pools and spa there. So, why not treat yourself after a whole day of walking around Munich? Also, this is a great way to meet locals who will give their recommendations for places you should visit the next day.
Lose Yourself in Munich, Drink Coffee and Eat an Ice Cream
Wander by the streets of Munich and get into one of their cafes where you can sit down and enjoy a coffee or an ice cream on a sunny day. Locals love ice cream regardless of the weather, so you will find them sitting and people watching at the cafes.
Navigate the City Like a Local
Visiting a city for the first time can be very confusing and stressful, while the chances of getting lost are very high. The best way to deal with this issue is to get well acquainted with the public transport system in Munich and local taxis. You can check the social media, read online forums or visit official websites. If you would like to save some money, you should buy a Munich Card or Munich City Pass. In the end, if you feel insecure about your arrival, book a private Munich airport transfer and arrive safely at your hotel.
As an endnote, we would like to say that it is always best to just surrender to everything that the city has to offer you, go with the flow and ditch the guidebooks. If you just listen to your intuition and let it be your guide instead of maps, we are sure that you will experience Munich from a unique perspective, as locals do.