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Munich: Before, After (or During) the World Cup

31 May 2006  Former part-time resident and frequent weekender from the Bavarian capital.
3.0 of 5 stars based on 4 votes

Go early or extend your stay a weekend in this celebrated Bavarian city that hosts the FIFA World Cup.

  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Singles, Students, Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Check in for Royal Courtesy at the Konig Ludwig Hotel, Schwabing

    Hohenzollerernstr. 3 Tel: (0) 89 38 15 20

    Located near the active intersection of Hohenzollerernstr and Leapoldstr, this small but comfy hotel is in the heart of Schwabing, the hip residential area teeming with cafes and near the Englischer Garden, Munich's large urban park. Parking available on site and an ample breakfast included.

  • 2. Sip and People-Watch at the Cafe Florian

    Hohenzollernstrasse 11 Tel. (0) 89 33 66 39

    A block down Hohenzollerernstr, the small restaurant Cafe Florian serves up tasty noodles, desserts and snacks. Sip your wine on the outside patio while enjoying the strolling scenery along this street of small boutiques. After dinner, enjoy the live music in the tiny downstairs cavern venue - Croccodrillo.

  • 3. Or, Hide Out in Haidhausen at the Hilton and Gasteig

    Although parking is available for a bit extra, the airport subway will take you directly to the Hilton. Avoid rain by using the indoor connection the Gasteig, Munich's large multimedia arts venue. But don't stay inside, Haidhausen is a lively neighborhood bordering the Isar River and sprinkled with restaurants and cafes.

  • 4. Gather your Strength at the Atlas Cafe

    Around the corner from the Gaseig and over looking the leafy border of the Isar River is the popular Atlas Cafe. Chic patrons linger on warm evenings on the large terrace sipping prosecco and local Paulaner beer.

  • 5. Real Bavarian Dinner with Real Bavarian Diners - Wirtshaus in der Au

    Knock elbows and savor knodels with new friends at the long common tables laden with Bavarian fare and local beer; served by wait-staff in lederhosen and dirndls; best schnitzel in town.

  • 6. Party Like, and with, a Rock Star - Nacht Cafe

    Maximilianplatz 5, Munich Tel. 089/59-59-00

    Live jazz and blues, celebrity stars and your choice of bars at this late night favorite to end an evening, or an early start of a new day! The several outdoor terrace bars are a relief to the heaving crowd when a good band is jumpin'.

  • 7. Head for the Hills

    The Alps a short hour drive away. Rent a car and go south along Autobahn 95 but divert through Bad Tolz and into the mountains along Route 11 for steep, thrilling tight turns overlooking the Kochelsee (Kochel Lake ) and Walchensee. Stop for your midday break in Mittenwald, a pretty Alpine town with traditional Bavarian wall paintings. Or, pack a knapsack and take to the many well marked mountain trails.

  • 8. Eat, Drink and Pray with the Monks at Andechs

    Returning north to Munich divert west of Starnberger See towards Amersee for great beer and a hefty meal. The Augustine monks continue to brew since the 1400s at this monastery, hotel, and beer garden. The schweinhaxen is outrageous prompting some locals to a once-a week visit.

  • 9. Negroni

    Sedanstr. 9 Tel. 089 48950154

    A perfect last stop for the weary traveler, Negroni's move to its new location nearer Rosenheimerplatz, Haidhausen has not changed the taste of Michele and Mauro's award winning (literally!) cocktails. Now a bit larger, you no longer have the excuse to squeeze in next to the more attractive patrons!

  • 10. Zoozie'z

    A short bike ride from Haidhausen or Schwabing, Zoozie'z serves up plenty of brunch dishes worth the trip. Its large outdoor seating area across the street from the Isar River makes this a busy spot on a Sunday morning. The Deutsche Museum is a few blocks along the Isar for those wishing a dose of weekend culture.

  • 11. A Bit of History and Technology

    An island in the Isar River is the home of the 100 year old industrial technology Deutsche Museum. The 'Technical Toys' exhibit is worth the stop alone. The Museum, a few blocks from Haidhausen, offers a change of pace before the afternoon bike ride or rollerblading in the Englischer Garten, Munich's urban greenery and Germany's oldest public park located a short walk from Schwabing.