Here begins my attempt to document the wonder that was my recent trip to Bavaria. I would have never thought I could win a trip to Germany via an online contest, but it apparently was in the cards for me. More details on how it happened, *here!*
Day one was a reallly long day for me considering it began with my landing in Munich – or München, as it’s pronounced in Deutsch – at 10 a.m. following the international flight on Lufthansa. However, it did not phase me AT ALL! I was so immersed in emotion that I was for real, in real life, in Germany. I was beyond ready to experience everything I could during the long-awaited trip.
My first impression upon arriving at the airport was the clean, airy design and all the natural lighting in the building. I also noticed the airport seemed a lot quieter than any airport I had ever been to.
After I grabbed my suitcase from baggage claim, I met my airport tour guide Verena and was excited to explore Europe’s Best-Rated Airport.
The first thing we checked out were the convenient, exclusive showers, which are perfect for freshening up after long flights for just 15 euro. Also neat were the napcabs available throughout the airport for 10 euro per hour. If you’re exhausted, need privacy or just want to hide from people – these are perfect. However, it seems as though the entire airport is themed for relaxation, as lounge chairs are virtually everywhere and benches don’t have arm rests in between so one can easily lay down. Decompress here!
If you enjoy beer, you’d be interested in this – Munich International is the only airport in the world with an on-site brewery! Airbrau crafts its beer in-house every day too. For my first meal in Munich, I, of course, opted for a giant cheese plate with an equally as large bavarian pretzel. I accompanied it with a light wheat beer, which was pretty tasty. I’m not a beer enthusiast by any means, but I can attest to the fact that German beer is the best beer. 😉
When my tour was up, I took a mandatory selfie with Verena and hopped into my car transfer to my hotel!
I think I gasped aloud when I first saw these two buildings – the BMW Welt and BMW HQ – in real life after having only seen them in pictures for so many years.
After a short drive, I arrived at my hotel – Schiller 5 Hotel & Boardinghouse. The modern hotel featured sleek, new furnishings, a cute dining/cafe area and was located about a minute’s walk away from the underground’s main station München Hauptbahnhof. While I waited a few minutes for my room to be ready, I enjoyed my first of many (as I would later learn) latte macchiatos, which was perfectly delicious.
Shortly after, I ventured up to my room which had a sleek, airy feel to it with large floor-to-ceiling windows, a double bed and convenient work desk. The bathroom continued the sleek and modern pattern with a glass shower and a Bluetooth speaker door! Literally, the door would sing to me. =P Also in the room were a convenient kitchenette complete with a sink, stove top, microwave and dishes and of course, a mini bar.
Before I ran back out to meet my tour guide, I noticed the Haribo gummy bears on the bed’s pillow – delicious and incredibly thoughtful of the hotel staff. They surely pay careful attention to a guest’s needs.
I met my tour guide Alexandra downstairs and stepped off into the overcast day to tour the old city of Munich. The beautiful, historic buildings made me feel like I had walked onto the set of a movie. It was interesting to see modern-day stores within ages old buildings. For example, we visited an Urban Outfitters that was inside an old church! It is definitely the most unique looking town I’ve ever seen.
We covered A LOT of ground during the city tour, including Hofbrauhaus, the historic beer hall that has been in business since the 16th century; Marienplatz, the square in the city center where the Munich Town Hall is located; Viktualienmarkt, the market area of town featuring farmer’s market tents, souvenir and food shops, beer gardens and more; and Frauenkirche, the iconic “Church of Our Lady,” which features the two towers widely-recognized in the Bavarian capital city landmark.
I was so enthralled with the city that I had forgotten how tired I was following the long travel day until my tour ended. I wandered back to Schiller5 for some much-needed relaxation and a much-desired shower LOL.
In the evening, I took a 15-minute walk to Der Pschorr, a traditional Bavarian restaurant where I enjoyed a Char fillet with creamy herb risotto.
It was such an odd feeling to finally be at a place I’d longed to visit for so much time that it barely felt like real life. I went to bed hoping I’d be able to grasp it the next day.
What’d you think of Day One? I’m excited to share this adventure with you and am looking forward to hearing from you! Six more days to go!
Disclosure: I won an online contest by the German National Tourist Office and as a result, was provided an all-expenses-paid trip to Bavaria to catalog my experience on social media. As always, the opinions shared in my post are solely my own.