To begin Day Two in Munich, I met Rupert of the Munich Tourist Office to make our way to Brienner-Quarter, a historic shopping district that has been around since 1826. To get there, we took the Underground, which was a really short walk away (2 minutes tops) from Schiller5, where I was staying.
It was my first time in a European underground, so I was surprised to see how different it looked from my expectations based on New York City/Chicago subways. It was bright, ceilings were really high and there were interesting advertisements on the walls, including live television showing news highlights and even the weather forecast for the day.
We arrived at Luitpoldblock, the first commercial building constructed outside Munich’s old city walls 200 years ago, to meet Barbara, who showed me the shopping district’s offerings. We started with a chat over coffee at the famous Cafe Luitpold, which is Europe’s largest coffee house (and where I had my second of many latte macchiatos). The coffee and pastries were divine! Especially this apricot pastry below. I visited the cafe more than once … you’ll read more in my Day 3 post
My tour included visits to dozens of shops in Brienner Quarter, such as a makeup shop by Germany’s best-known beauty artist Horst Kirchberger (whom I actually got to meet!), a tiny Mercedes Benz store, a stationary store, a porcelain shop, a luxury bath store and multiple fashion boutiques. Take a peek at them below:
In the midst of the impressive shopping district stands the Munich Residenz, which used to be the palace of the Bavarian monarchs. It’s huge! Today, tourists can tour the Residenz Museum for only 7 euro.
Guarding the entrance to the Residenz are two lions bronze lions, which are said to bring good fortune to those who rub the lions’ noses! I was told you should only rub one nose, as rubbing the nose of more than one of the lions can outdo your good luck! Further research determined that that’s up in the air and there are many different legends told among Munich residents.
Afterwards, I headed to the BMW Welt aka BMW World for lunch at Bavarie and a top-secret tour of the building! It was here that I learned that Germans pronounce BMW “BMV,” which was odd at first but quickly became adorable lol. In addition to a top-secret tour of the Welt, I also got to explore the BMW Museum and the temporary MINI exhibit. I also spent too much money at the gift shop :P. This was such an amazing and long-awaited experience that I’ll be dedicating another post to it. Stay tuned!!
I decided to end the day with a late salmon dinner at a cozy, Italian restaurant and wine bar called Geisel’s Vinothek. I’d spent so much time admiring the BMW Welt and Museum that it was way past dinnertime when I left the area. After a nice dinner, I took the quick walk back to my hotel to get ready for the next day of my Bavarian adventure.
Thoughts on Day Two? Stay tuned for more! Five 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.