Articles Tagged ‘Bavaria’

Free things to do in Munich: Churches

Free things to do in Munich:  Churches September 27, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
You can never have too many free things on your list of things to do while on vacation.  In Munich there are literally hundreds of free things to do, but today I would like to focus on churches. For hundreds of years money flowed in two directions:  toward the Catholic Church and to the monarchy. ...

Neuschwanstein at its prettiest

Neuschwanstein at its prettiest September 26, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Millions of visitors come to Munich each year to see the famed fairytale castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.  As a tour guide that visits Neuschwanstein at least twice a week, a lot of people ask me what time of year they should visit.  My answer is simple:  every season of the year has its nearly...

Experiencing the Oktoberfest

Experiencing the Oktoberfest September 25, 2011 | Events | Read More
The majority of visitors to the world famous Okotberfest simply do not see much of the actual event.  Like a state fair in the United States, there are many things going on at the Oktoberfest and to walk in, take the first seat you see, spend the whole day there, and then leave, is not what I call experiencing...

Labor Day Weekend in Munich

Labor Day Weekend in Munich July 29, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
The American and Canadian Labor Day weekend is no holiday here in Munich, but it is a great time to visit. Actually, we’d go as far as saying it may be the best time of year to come! Backpackers are back to school, teachers are back to school, and there are no kids in sight. Everything is still...

Tips for the Oktoberfest

Tips for the Oktoberfest July 15, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Although the famous Oktoberfest is still a couple months away, it’s never too early to look into your plans for the largest beer bash on Earth. Hotels are usually booked a year in advance (though availabilities always exist, so don’t give up hope!), tours run with peak season numbers, and nearby...

A Radler time of the year

A Radler time of the year June 2, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
During the warmer months, especially if the sun comes out, many people in and around Munich decide to go for a mixed drink instead of straight beer.  As I previously wrote on this blog a month ago, there are a variety of mixed drinks that are rather common in Bavaria.  None are as popular in the summer...

Munich city founding festival, Stadtgründungsfest

Munich city founding festival, Stadtgründungsfest May 24, 2011 | Events | Read More
Munich is a young city and so we still celebrate its founding every year until it becomes an adult at some stage.  This year Munich will be 853 years old. (The neighboring city of Augsburg is 2026 years old this year, if you want to claim Munich as old) As with every year the city celebrates with a...

Get to Know Munich’s Bike Paths

Get to Know Munich’s Bike Paths May 11, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Since the weather has warmed up, the bikes have come out all over Munich and the surrounding region; bikes are not just for kids here.  Biking is a major form of transportation which can be nice for tourists, but tourists should also be aware of the dangers that bikes present to pedestrians as well. Every...

Asparagus Season, Spargelzeit

Asparagus Season, Spargelzeit May 8, 2011 | Food | Read More
It’s asparagus season in Munich, which means there is literally asparagus everywhere. Spargelzeit (asparagus season) is a big deal here.  It’s not the normal green asparagus either, but the white asparagus less common in most other parts of the world.  The white asparagus is more bitter in flavor,...

Starkbierfest (strong beer festival)

Starkbierfest (strong beer festival) March 11, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do | Read More
Fasching (Carnival) is over and so that means one thing to many Bavarians:  it is now strong beer season.  Aside from the Oktoberfest, this is the 2nd biggest beer festival in the city of Munich and a personal favorite of mine as Starkbier has a more roasted flavor which really appeals to me. Unlike...