When it comes to travel, I don't usually retrace my steps so whenever I do, it is saying a lot. It is also rare for me to revisit the same location within a 12 month time span, so this is double-saying a lot. But I decided to make an exception because the city is one of my all-time favorites - Munich. Also, it happened to be September which is the most festive time to visit because of Oktoberfest.
My first trip to Munich was only a year ago and I immediately took a liking to the great vibes of the city and lively traditions. However, my time was cut short since I only had a half day to see the sights on my river cruise tour. Since then, I tried to find ways of bringing Munich to me by recreating the Bavarian experience at home. I went through great lengths, including ordering the authentic sweet mustard on Amazon, attending the American version of Oktoberfest, and scouting out the rare and seemingly only German restaurant I could find in my area. But alas, there is no comparison. So I listened to my travel bug which nudged me back to Munich for another round (literally - prost!). This time, I took a Munich walking tour, which covers many off-the-beaten-path places, historical sights, and the best photography spots in the city.
Check Out the City Walking Tour Video:
Music Credit: "Ein Prosit" | All videos shot with iPhone 6 | Editing: iMovie
Here are the top 10 places to photograph in Munich:
1. U-Bahn - It is rare to want to take a metro ride just to see the station stops, but in Munich it is worth it. The station are colorful and photogenic. The metro system itself is easy and efficient and will whisk you away to our second photo shoot stop....
2. Marienplatz - The central plaza where you can watch the bell tower come alive with the Glockenspiel, which plays three times a day.
3. Hofbräuhaus - Das Original - German Beer, History, and Bavarian traditions. Of course, I could post a photo of the ubiquitous beer stein, but the ceilings and architecture were surprisingly cool too.
4. Max-Joseph Platz - The central square where you can find the royal residence and opera house. It is marked by the central statue of Maximilian who ruled Bavaria. That's a photo of our tour group :)
5. Viscardigasse - Without the City Tour, we wouldn't know the meaning behind these golden cobblestones. Our guide explained that the street commemorates the brave citizens who risked their lives to defy the Nazi movement. It's a hidden gem and meaningful photo opportunity.
6. Funf Hofe - The beautiful shopping street filled with alleyways and hanging gardens.
7. Munich Frauenkirche - The iconic church with the two "salt shaker" looking towers which can be seen from almost everywhere.
8. Englischer Garten - This park is larger than Central Park in New York, filled with music and wonderfully landscaped English gardens.
9. Feldherrnhalle - A central plaza where locals gather for festivities. It is also marked by the two lion statues.
10. Schloss Nymphenburg - The royal residence and summer palace built in 1664. The interior and exterior gardens are beautiful to photograph.
And... Last by not least....
Oktoberfest - This festival occurs from the last two weekends of September to the first weekend of October to commemorate the wedding of King Ludwig I, which was so extraordinary that they decided to celebrate it each year - and hence Oktoberfest was born. I went last year and the spirit of the festival, unity of people from around the world, and celebration of Bavarian culture was unmatched by any other festival.
What are your favorite places to photograph in Munich?
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