More than just beer gardens: the Munich podcast

Munich, Germany: the home of Oktoberfest! We found a fair number of beer gardens and beer halls, but we also found a whole lot more: a city with an outdoor vibe; with museums, palaces and galleries; and great people too.

To listen to the Munich podcast, hit play below or find episode 277 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

Of course, there were beer gardens…

Munich is the home of the OktoberFest, so there’s plenty of beer to go around.

Here's the beer stein lockers in the Hofbrauhaus!

Here’s the beer stein lockers in the Hofbrauhaus!

Beer garden at the Chinese Tower, English Gardens.

Beer garden at the Chinese Tower, English Gardens.

Interior of the Lowenbrau brewery with listener Johannes.

Interior of the Lowenbrau brewery with listener Johannes.

Inner-city beer garden at the  Viktualien market, Munich.

Inner-city beer garden at the Viktualien market, Munich.

The lovely ceiling of the Augustiner brewery

The lovely ceiling of the Augustiner brewery

But there’s a lot more than that!

The English garden is a great place to hang out in sunny weather.

The English garden is a great place to hang out in sunny weather.

And there's a standing wave to surf in all seasons!

And there’s a standing wave to surf in all seasons!

The Nymphenburg Palace is pretty from the outside...

The Nymphenburg Palace is pretty from the outside…

And on the inside too; but not worth the ticket price if you can visit other palaces.

And on the inside too; but not worth the ticket price if you can visit other palaces.

There's the Olympic Park with aquarium and plenty of recreation space.

There’s the Olympic Park with aquarium and plenty of recreation space.

And BMW world - surprisingly interesting for people who don't like cars!

And BMW world – surprisingly interesting for people who don’t like cars!

The view from the St Peter's Tower is great

The view from the St Peter’s Tower is great

And you can see the town hall and cathedral.

And you can see the town hall and cathedral.

The town hall is one impressive building!

The town hall is one impressive building!

And the glockenspiel plays at 11am, 12am, and 5pm during summer.

And the glockenspiel plays at 11am, 12am, and 5pm during summer.

The Asam Church is a baroque marvel

The Asam Church is a baroque marvel

Queues at the newly-reopened Lenbachhaus were off-putting

Queues at the newly-reopened Lenbachhaus were off-putting

So we visited later with one of our awesome couchsurfing hosts

So we visited later with one of our awesome couchsurfing hosts

And listener Johannes took us for a guided walk around the University district.

And listener Johannes took us for a guided walk around the University district.

And there’s even more to do… One week was not enough! For the stories that go with these photos, hit play above or find episode 277 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

Our thanks to ACPRail for the German Rail Pass that makes #IndieGermany possible; to Birgit Stempfle for the walking tour; Munich tourism who gave us transport cards; and all the great people we met!

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9 Responses to “More than just beer gardens: the Munich podcast”

  1. Sandra June 12, 2013 at 6:04 am #

    Hi guys!
    You said you were thinking about doing a special on WWII history sites in Germany and I instantly thought about a place I would like to recommend for that. Regensburg has not been on your schedule on this episode, but in case you should ever end up around there again, they have an amazing underground museum called Dokument Neupfarrplatz.
    Down below the town square you can see roman walls, a basement from the old Jewish quarter and a wwII bunker all in one place! It’s not a big place but it offers a lot of insight into the roots of early antisemitism especially in connection with the catholic church. http://www.regensburg.de/tourismus/about-regensburg/sightseeing/museums-und-galleries/document-new-parish-square/32883

    • Craig and Linda June 13, 2013 at 3:52 am #

      That does sound cool, and we wanted to stop-over in Regensburg at one point as well. Sad that we didn’t :(

      We might be back!

      • Sandra June 13, 2013 at 4:06 am #

        Regensburg has been hit pretty badly by the recent flooding so it’s probably for the best if you save this gem for some other time with nice weather! :) Happy travels!

      • Craig and Linda June 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

        Yes, it’s been quite surreal travelling around the Rhine, Vlatava, and more while all these floods have been happening! I think you’re probably right there: it’ll wait for another day.

  2. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista June 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    You are so right! Munich has a lot to do besides beer gardens even though they are wonderful! I had the same reaction to the BMW museum as you. It is amazing even for those of us that don’t like cars.

    • Craig and Linda June 13, 2013 at 3:53 am #

      It’s strange, eh? I wasn’t expecting much from it as neither of us are car fans, but it was a design and style focus point, that’s for sure.

  3. Josephine June 14, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    that couchsurfing is pretty interesting :)

    • Craig and Linda June 18, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      It’s really a cool thing to do: we’ve met so many people and discovered so much through it.

  4. danilo correia June 18, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    You are right,other than Oktoberfest and Beer festival..Munich has many travel attractions.:)
    Just start walking around the Old Town,Munich and you will see many tourist spots.

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