Munich Travel Diary

Munich Travel Diary

As many of you already know I just got back last week from an amazing trip to Europe with my family. In the span of 2.5 weeks we visited 5 different cities, we immersed ourselves in their culture, saw all the sights we could, tried as many different authentic dishes as possible, and enjoyed plenty of treats and glasses of wine along the way. I had an amazing time and while I’m no expert, I wanted to share with you some suggestions for what to see, do, eat and drink while in each of these 5 cities based on my experience this trip!

The first stop of our trip was Munich, Germany. I hadn’t been to Germany since I was just a baby, and so I was really excited to finally get to experience a culture that makes up half of my background. The city was beautiful, the breads, sausages, and beer were abundant, and it was a great start to my European adventure!

 

Like a true Canadian, I arrived in Munich in my Canadian Tuxedo

Denim Jacket – H&M // T-shirt – Garage // Jeans – Urban Planet // Sneakers – Topshop (Similar Here) // Sunglasses – Aldo (On sale for $5.99!) // Bag – Kate Spade

 

And thank God for sunglasses because after getting a measly 1.5 hour sleep on the plane, I was feeling less than rested to put it lightly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing in Marienplatz

 

Where to Go : Marienplatz

Marienplatz has been the city of Munich’s main square since 1158 and is a major hub and tourist central. There is lots to see, do, and eat around this area including visiting both the new and old Town Halls of Munich, St. Peter’s Church, and of course numerous restaurants and beer halls. If you want to avoid huge crowds go early in the morning or late at night! Munich it seems (like Vegas) is also a major destination for stags and stagettes, and you’re certain to see all sorts of groups frolicking around Marienplatz in the most interesting of outfits.. we certainly did!

 

 

 

 

What I Wore: Day 1 in Munich:

Top – H&M // Jean shorts – Zara // Silk Scarf – Vintage // Sandals – Zara // Bag – Kate Spade // Sunglasses – Aldo (On sale now for $5.99!)

 

 

I fell in love with the pastel buildings in Munich, and can you blame me?
I’m still trying to figure out why we don’t have pink buildings like this in Toronto.

 

 

Where to Brunch: Cotidiano in Gartnerplatz

This quickly became our go-to spot not only for brunch, but also for afternoon coffees and pastries. It was a great little spot with excellent options for breakfast & brunch that touched both on local fare, and more traditional north american style breakfasts. My absolute favorite was the scrambled eggs with Sopprasata and chili oil, served alongside a simple salad and with a bowl of fresh fruit. Even more notable: their coffee cups were the size of soup bowls, which you know is right up my alley!

 

Speaking of food, what are some absolute must-try’s while in Munich? You can’t visit Munich without trying the fresh baked pretzels, Apfelstrudel (apple struddel!), Saurkraut, Sausages, and of course local Beer! 

 

Breakfast at Cotidiano

 

Taking a moment of silence at Dachau Concentration Camp

 

What to See : Dachau Concentration Camp

If there is one thing that I had always been nervous to do, but knew was something I had to do it’s visiting a concentration camp. Even though my family is half German, my dad’s parents never supported the Nazi regime and were on the run and in hiding throughout World War 2. As difficult of a subject as it is to discuss, I think it’s so important to not only pay your respects, but to take the time to really get a better understanding of what sort of atrocities these places were. It was an extremely eye opening experience. Skip the guided tour and pick up an audio guide to explore the camp at your own pace.

 

Never Again.

 

Looking out the window at Dachau Concentration Camp

 

 

 

The Old Town Hall of Munich

 

 

Where to Drink: Hofbräuhaus & Augustiner-Keller

My favourite part of each day (other than my morning coffee) was always stopping for a drink in the early afternoon after hours of wandering through the city. Even though I’m not a fan of beer, it’s so important to experience some of the many traditional beer halls in Munich. Servers are all in the traditional german dirndl and lederhosen, fresh pretzels are on all the tables (just note that unlike the bread in North America, the pretzels aren’t free and you pay for what you eat), the beer is flowing, and the experience really is like no other. The wine is also never very expensive, so even if you don’t drink beer you’ll enjoy yourself. Two of the most notable beer halls we visited were Hofbräuhaus and Augustiner-Keller, which are landmark restaurants known for their massive beer gardens & halls, and their traditional Bavarian food.

 

Standing in front of Hofbrauhaus

 

Getting photobombed in Munich. I couldn’t stop laughing after I finally realized he was standing behind me posing (FYI – it took awhile for me to notice lol!)

 

 

 

What to See: Olympiapark

If you need a break from the city and are looking for a little more greenery, the Olympic Park is the perfect place to head to. This park was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics and today, the park continues to be used as a venue for cultural, social and religious events. Bonus points if you like cars because there’s a BMW Museum right on the grounds. And if you’re not into cars like me, they have wifi so sit down, have a coffee and catch up on some emails (or youtube videos).

 

 

 

Taking in the sights at Olympiapark

 

 

What I Wore Day 2 in Munich:

Culottes – H&M // Top – Urban Planet // Sneakers – Topshop (Similar Here) // Neck Scarf – Zara // Earrings – H&M (Also love these) // Bag – Calvin Klein // Sunglasses – Thierry Lasry

 

No matter the city, there’s always time for a coffee break

 

The prettiest ivy covered building

 

Daily gelato breaks in Europe are an absolute must

 

What to See: Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace)

If there’s one thing I always love checking out no matter the city, it’s palaces and castles. I’ve been in love with fairy tales since I was a little girl, and I still find there’s something so magical about them. From their stunning architecture, to the beautifully decorated interiors, and of course the pristinely kept gardens. I could spend hours exploring every palace I stumble upon! Nymphenburg Palace (Castle of the Nymph) is a beautiful Baroque palace in Munich, and was the main Summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. For only 4.50 Euros you can explore the botanical gardens, which I highly recommend!

 

How stunning is this?!

 

Feeling like I’m in a Fairy Tale on the palace grounds

 

 

 

 

 

What I Wore Day 3 in Munich:

Skirt – Topshop (Old – Love this one)// T-shirt – Zara // Jean Jacket – H&M // Sunglasses – Aldo (On sale now for $5.99!) // Sneakers – Topshop (Similar Here) // Purse – Calvin Klein

 

 

My travel companions. From left to right: My mom, sister-in-law, brother, and my dad! Special thanks to my mom and sister-in-law Eszter for bearing with me and being my travel photographers!

 

 

On day 4 we got up early, packed our bags, headed for one last brunch at our favourite little brunch spot and then boarded a train to our next destination…

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Next Stop: Vienna, Austria

 

What I Wore

T-Shirt – Zara // Jean Jacket – H&M // Culottes – Zara (On sale for $25.99!) // Wedge Sandals – Aldo // Bag – Calvin Klein // Earrings – Banana Republic // Hat – H&M

 

Stay tuned for my Vienna travel diary!

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xoxo

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20 Comments

  1. June 27, 2017 / 2:14 am

    Congrats on your first travel post! The picture’s of Munich as well as your outfits are lovely 🙂 I came here after seeing your instagram story, and I can understand how there must have been so much hard work put into this one blog post as it involved three days and not just one. I usually find that overwhelming to do and therefore try to just upload about one adventurous ‘travel day’ in a single post, but you did a good job! Keep it up xx

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      June 27, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Akshita, Thank you so much for taking the time to not only read my blog post but to comment as well! I have never done a travel post before this but I can definitely attest to the fact that they sure do take a lot of time and effort! It scares me to think I still have 4 cities left to post about! I’m glad you enjoyed it though and thanks again for the lovely comment!

  2. June 27, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Girl – you NAILED your travel attire! Did you have amazing planning or are you just so freakin’ stylish ??? Gorgeous post!

    oxox
    annika

    http://www.fernwehsociety.com

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      June 27, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Awh thanks so much Annika! I would love to say I’m just that freakin’ stylish LOL however I did put quite a bit of thought into my outfits before I left! Although I had no idea what I would wear when, I did have enough outfits planned for the whole trip before even leaving. I’ve been considering doing up a travel packing post just to talk about my process! I think I may have finally gotten it down to a science lol

  3. David Hall
    June 27, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Awesome job Kirsten, so many beautiful photos! I’d photo-bomb you anytime 🙂

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      June 27, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you David for taking the time to read and comment! The photo bomb guy was so funny!

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      June 27, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Thanks Rosita, I hope you can too!

  4. Donna
    June 27, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Wow, you did a great job. I am very interested in going there, so I love your suggestions. You look amazing as always. Your photo’s capture your beauty, and the beauty of the place. Thanks for taking the time to put this all together. I enjoyed reading about your wonderful experience. I will look forward to the next one.

  5. June 28, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I’m glad you got to see so much of in my opinion an underrated city in Germany. Munich is home to so many historical and cultural landmarks as well as places to eat and I’m glad you didn’t miss out on the apfelstrudel as that’s a must! I was in Munich about the same time you were there, but only for a few hours transferring to a flight to Florence, haha. Next time we’ll plan better!
    xoxo
    Thomas

  6. June 28, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Wow, this post is so stunning! You are a really fantastic lifestyle blogger and I am learning a lot from you! Munich sounds incredible! My husband lived in Germany for two years and I look forward to visiting this place with my family!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  7. June 30, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, you did so much!! Totally inspired by your travels and all of your cute outfits!

  8. June 30, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    Hello my friend . Wow. This post is so beautiful. I loved looking at the stunning photos and learning about your travels and locations you have been too. Munich needs to go on my travel list, when I’m able to travel one day. Wow. Your outfits were so cute as well! Talk about the perfect lifestyle blogger.

    Love, Dom

  9. July 1, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Wow !! I am completely amazed and so entranced by this beautiful travel log. It’s really hard to believe that this is your first travel blog post because it seems like it’s right from fine most luxurious travel book. The captures of all the different architecture, settings and the amazing culture are outstanding!
    I have to say I can’t stop thinking about the outfit with the feather pattern shirt, the shorts, neckerchief and red bag ! So chic !!

  10. Coco
    July 2, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I loved your travel diary! Marien Platz has the most majestic architecture, I’ve been there only once and I was totally charmed. You are such a stylish traveller Kirsten! I loved especially the outfit you wore on the second day, with that vintage scarf it was perfect! I love apfelstrudel too! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

  11. July 5, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Girl your photos from this trip are SO BEAUTIFUL!! Like I’m dying right now from how gorgeous everything is. I can’t imagine how long it took you to write this post, but you’ve definitely made me want to visit Munich!!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

  12. July 6, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Himmel ich wünschte ich würde so toll aussehen wenn ich verreise!
    Ich bin absolut verliebt in den Look, vor allem in deine Sonnenbrille. traumhaft.
    Und ich hoffe du hattest eine schöne Zeit in München, ich war vor einem Jahr dort und erkenne in deinem Post so viele neue Facetten 😀

    alles Liebe deine Amely Rose

  13. July 6, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I’ve never been to Germany before, but it is on both may finance’s and I travel list! He actually has a sister and stepmother who lives there, so this post makes me even more excited to visit one day. All 3 of your looks are fabulous. Love the way you mixed prints with that neck scarf and blouse 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  14. July 7, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    Wow your time in Munich looked incredible!! Such beautiful architecture, delicious-looking food/coffee, and of course your outfits are on point!! If I ever visit Munich, I’ll be sure to check out your recommendations! 🙂

    Kristin xx
    http://www.thedelilahblog.com

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