After flying into Munich and heading straight to Salzburg for most of our holiday, we had a day and a half or so to spend in Munich at the end of our trip before flying home.
Octoberfest was still in full-swing. The city was a bigger and busier than we had found Salzburg, not surprisingly, and the weather felt like the height of Summer.
We’d booked a little airbnb in the Olching suburb, just a short train ride from the centre of Munich and perfect for the last few nights of our trip. When we arrived we parked the car at the park and ride, jumped on the train and were in the city in 20 minutes.
Our first stop was lunch at Siggis.
This little vegan cafe was a great find on HappyCow, open for breakfast until late, we enjoyed a hearty late lunch. It’s very close the Isartor subway stop and also right next door to a basic Bio-Supermarket, perfect for picking up vegan snacks and ingredients for cooking if you stay self-catered.
We then spent the rest of the day in the Munich Residence, the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria and the largest city palace in Germany. It was largely destroyed in World War 2 but a lot of care has been taken to restore most of the hundreds of rooms and decor, so it’s an easy way to spend an afternoon, wandering around the displays of furniture, tapestries and royal collections with an audio guide.
We started our last full day with a few laps around the lake in Olching before a make-shift breakfast at our airbnb. We then headed back into the city to spend the morning at the Deutsches Technology Museum – a huge space with exhibitions on energy, transport and astronomy – before lunch at Emmi’s Kitchen.
Emmi’s is an all vegan eatery and I called to book a table but there’s really no need for lunch, with plenty of room inside or in their beautiful garden (above). We sat out and enjoyed burgers and fries, delicious, and they also have an all-day breakfast menu and lots of nutritious salad bowls. Definitely a must-go.
After lunch we walked to the Englischer Garten, Europe’s largest city park, to watch some daring surfers and chill out reading our books on the park benches in the sunshine. It was a perfect way to spend our last few hours in the city, relaxing and taking it all in.
For our last meal, I’d booked a table at Gratitude, an all vegan, organic restaurant that came highly recommended. The food was simply stunning and by far the best we’d eaten on our trip. If you want to treat yourself for dinner then book ahead, especially at the weekend, and try the three course menu for two, great value at 32 euro each.
A few days exploring Munich was the perfect end to our trip and we flew home mid-week refreshed and ready for Autumn in Scotland. Salzburg was definitely my favourite of the two cities we explored, but I’d love to travel to other cities in Germany, Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt to name a few. The cities are clean, there’s lots to do, have great transport links and we loved the food! What more can you ask for?
Have you found any hidden gems in Munich on your travels?