Munich in the south of Germany.
Planning a trip?
Here are the hotels that a gay-munich guide recommends.
INFO FROM www.ourmunich.de!!!
Baaderstr. 1, 80469,
Phon 21 63 10 mehr Info
Nymphenburger Str. 141, 80636,
Phon 12 15 97-0 mehr Info
Müllerstr. 43a, 80469
Phon 26 66 78
Hochstr. 51, 81541,
Phon 48 95 34 37
DEUTSCHE EICHE HOTEL
Reichenbachstr. 13, 80469
Phon 231 16 60 mehr Info
K & K HOTEL
Albert-Roßhaupter-Str. 4, 81369
Phon 74 64 00
Wendl-Dietrich-Str. 20, 80634,
Phon 13 11 56
Burg Schwaneck (Pullach), Burgweg 4-6
Phon 793 06 43
Here are the hotals that a lesbian city-guide recommends:
INFO from "as above"
Baaderstr. 1, Tel. 21 63 10
Das „Design-Hotel“. Eine perfekte Symbiose aus Eleganz, Charme, Kom-fort, Luxus und Genuss. Zimmer mit Stil und Dachterrasse garantieren Ent-spannung. Für Allein oder zu Zweitrei-sende ein königinnenhaftes Vergnügen.
T h e „Design Hotel“ – a perfect mixture of elegance, charm and comfort, luxury and pure joy. Very stylish rooms and roof-top patio make for a relaxing stay. For travelling single or couples an absolute highlight!
phone (++49-89-) 21 63 10
Reichenbachstr. 13, Tel. 2 31 16 60 Das legendäre Hotel mit angegliedertem Restaurant in vorzüglicher Lage, sprich inmitten des schwullesbischen Viertels. Schön, modern und komfortabel eingerichtete Zimmer. Ein Hotel mit Wohlfühlambiente für Lesben und Schwule. Zimmer gibt es zwischen 120.- und 190.- DM.
The legendary hotel in a preferred (that is amidst the lesbian/gay) neighborhood. Beautiful, modern and comfortably furnished rooms. A hotel with a special touch just for lesbian and gays. Prices range from DM 120.- to 190.- a night.
phone (++49-89-) 2 31 16 60
Nymphenburger Str. 141,
Tel. 12 15 97-0.
Modern eingerichtetes großes Hotel, zentral und doch abseits vom Trubel. Mit Terrasse und Garage. Es bietet 44 Zimmer zu Preisen von 115.- bis 290.- DM.
Modern and nice hotel, centrally yet quietly located. Patio and garage. 44 rooms within the range of DM 115 to 290 per night.
BARS.. as recommended by the lesbian city-guide:
Josephspitalstr. 15, Tel. 55 49 33, Mo-Sa 12-3 h, So/Fe 17-3 h
Iwan ist eine beliebte und schicke schwul-hetero-lesbische Cocktailbar direkt in der Innenstadt (Stachus) mit lauter, hipper Musik und thailändischer Küche. Der Biergarten hat (einmalig in München) bis 3:00 Uhr in der früh geöffnet!
Klenzestr. 43, Tel. 2 01 67 76
So-Do 19-2 h, Fr/Sa 19-3 h
Das Morizz ist als Gaybar konzipiert, aber auch Frauen und Heteropärchen finden ihren Weg in die ungewöhnliche Bar. Mann oder Frau trifft sich gut gekleidet und frisiert bei ein paar Drinks in stilvoller Atmosphäre. Sehr gutes thailändisches Essen.
And here are the bars recommended by the gay city-guide:
Baaderstr. 28, 80469
Phon 20 90 05 88
Mo-So 17-1 h (m)
Utzschneiderstr. 4, 80469
Phon 2 60 54 98
So-Do 16-1h, Fr/Sa 16-3 h
Buttermelcherstr. 9, 80469
Phon 22 79 01
Mo-Sa 16-1h, So 18-1h,
small lesbian bar (l)
Feilitzschstr. 12/1, 80802
Phon 33 90 13,
Cabaret, Show nearly every day (m)
Grafingerstr. 6, 81671
Phon 49 00 12 60, Mi/Do 20.30-3h, Fr/Sa 20.30-4h,
Thalkirchner Str. 10, 80337
Phon 26 58 02, 11.30-1 h
Café, bar (m)
Utzschneiderstr. 8, 80469
Phon 260 93 93, 11-1 h
popular bar, guests of all ages (g)
Hans-Sachs-Str. 8, 80469
Phon 26 61 75, 11-22 h
small pub (g)
Pestalozzistr. 6, 80469
Phon 26 54 53,
So-Do 11-1 h, Fr/Sa 11-3h
very popular pub (g)
Hans-Sachs-Str. 17, 80469
Phon 26 37 98, So-Do 10-1, Fr/Sa 10-2 h
large pub and restaurant (m)
Blumenstr. 21a, 80331
Phon 260 44 30, Mo-So 11-1 h
small pub, many regular guests
more in the above mentioned home-page!!
Journal: Donna & Sandy in Munich
PERVIOUS STOP: INTERLAKEN
Arriving in Munich, Germany, we took a taxi from the train station to our hotel, Nymphenburg. It was outside of the city center/tourist center in a business/residential area. After unpacking we walked next door to the Taj Mahal restaurant and ordered dinner. We were surprised to see that it was almost full! It would be the same every night of our stay – apparently Indian food is very popular in Munich. (My chicken korma, although a different version then I am used to in Goa, was surprisingly good.)
While we waited for our food to be ready we walked a couple of blocks to a department/grocery store for water and soda (and some sweets). I really enjoy going to the grocery stores in foreign countries. You find the most unusual foods. I was delighted to see the biggest selection of chocolates I have ever seen! I just wandered around mentally picking out what I would buy on another day.
Back to our hotel, we were not surprised to find out that we only had German channels on TV. What has been surprising is that in most of the countries we’ve visited they don’t have many of their own language shows but instead have all American shows dubbed in their language. Sandy has gotten very good at watching CSI, etc. in other languages!
When we went for breakfast the next day I was thrilled to see the Herald and USA Today. The breakfast buffet was an elaborate spread as well – must have been 10 kinds of cereals, all kinds of breads, cheeses, fruits, eggs, even candies! How nice to enjoy my coffee and read the newspapers!
We walked to the underground station and headed to the Deutsches Museum. It was really overcast and by the time we got out of the subway, it was really windy as well. We bought an umbrella - just in case. (We left our good USA umbrella on one of the trains going up to Jungfraujoch.) We made the short walk to the Museum, which is a huge science and technology museum. It has over 50 exhibit sections and is over 47,000 square metres. It would take days to see everything. We spent some time in the marine exhibit – huge ships – before getting to the aviation exhibit where we saw all kinds of planes from the beginning of aviation history to present day including space shuttles. It was set up so well – the whole museum is. My favorite part was seeing the landing gear’s huge (and hard) tires, and the actual engines with their million parts! Made me a little nervous though to think that all it would take is for one bolt not to be in properly……. There was even a detailed explanation of how a plane takes off and stays in the air. I really wasn’t any more comforted after reading it though.
We decided to take a break and have some lunch. We walked towards the train station and found a Pizza Hut, where the specialty pizza was an “Indien” curry pizza. No, we didn’t have it. By the time we walked back to the museum it was raining. We went through several more sections, Bridge Building, Energy Technologies, and of course, Computers. Aahhh, just seeing card readers (anybody remember those??) and removable disk drives brings back such fond memories. What really triggers my memory though is the smell. I have always associated a computer room – mainframes – with a certain smell. For me, it’s a happy smell.
Having seen all we wanted at the museum, we headed to the Marienplatz. It’s a pedestrian zone with shops, restaurants, churches, a market, street performers, etc. Oh – there were also some small fruit/veg stands and one of the current season vegetables is white asparagus. They were huge – long and fat! I couldn’t believe that there were whole stands selling only those asparagus. Anyway, we did some window shopping and I was finally able to get my phone charger. Then we stopped in a church, the 500 year old Church of our Lady. I was really “churched” out by then!
It was really raining now and also very cold. We stopped close to the market, which by now was very active with people buying fruits, vegetables, meats (sausages/”wursts”), etc., to have a cappuccino.
We got back on the underground – which is an okay system. The routes are fairly clear although we did end up going the wrong way a few times. Also sometimes getting from one route to another meant going out of your way and through a different station altogether. (Paris still has the best metro system.) We were headed out for a real treat!! We were going to see Spiderman 3. All throughout our trip we saw the advertisements for the worldwide release. We tried to see it in Florence - no English version playing. Now within walking distance (okay, a long walk) of our hotel, there was a little one screen theater that only played English movies and luckily for us, that week it was Spiderman. We got our popcorn and had 2+ hours of non-stop English. (It was a split decision - I liked it, Sandy really didn’t.)
Still raining (harder now) we grabbed some McDonald’s and headed back to our hotel.
The next morning we woke to more rain. Fortunately there are a lot of “indoor” sights in Munich – more than any place we’d been. We took a long underground trip out of the city center (after having to go into the city center to switch subways). We were close to the Olympic park, where in 1972 terrorists murdered Israeli athletes. We were planning to go to the BMW museum. Unfortunately they are renovating it and had a temporary museum set up in another location. We walked and walked and walked in the rain trying to find it. The temporary museum was so disappointing – only a few cars and even less motorcycles. We were in and out pretty quickly. Very near by was Sea Life – an aquarium. Even though we’ve seen some really great aquariums, we went in. It was very small – nothing special.
"Residenz/Finally Sun!/Schloss Nymphenburg"
We headed back towards the city center and stopped for lunch at Burger King. By this time I was pretty fed up of the rain and I was cranky. We had so many days of pretty bad weather and now it had been raining for 2 solid days in Munich. I really just wanted to go back to the hotel but it was so early in the afternoon. Sandy persuaded me to go to the Reisdenz, the former royal residence. About 130 rooms are on display and they are so ornate. I loved the long portrait gallery with over 100 portraits completely decorated in gold, the king’s chapel, the Antiquarium (Hall of Antiquities – a huge room!), and the queen’s bedroom. (Apparently in those days the king and queen slept in separate rooms, wings, or even floors of a palace. Their rooms had secret doors so they could meet.) There were many beautiful pieces of jewelry in the treasury, but the crowns were amazing.
The next day we woke up to sun! Sandy had been planning to get a short haircut and went across the street to a hair salon. He came back a short time later with very little hair cut. Apparently the woman didn’t speak/understand English and Sandy got a little freaked when she kept trying to give him a buzz cut.
We took a tram to Schloss Nymphenburg, what used to be the summer residence of the royal family. The entranceway with the small lake and large swans set against the palace is really pretty. Inside only a few rooms were open to the public, many less than at the Residenz. The first room you enter is the Great Hall. I really loved this room. In all of the palaces we had been to I couldn’t imagine the people who lived there. Everything seemed so formal, so “unfun”. This was the first room where I could picture what it must have been like to have musicians playing and people dancing. Of course, I loved the queen’s bedroom as well.
In another building near Schloss Nymphenburg was the Marstallmuseum, which housed various royal carriages including a coronation coach, sleighs, and riding equipment. The carriages were gorgeous. They were so elaborate that you couldn’t imagine them being driven.
We went back to Marienplatz just in time to catch the Glockenspiel “performance” at the new town hall. These are wood carved figures a story high that revolve to music, recreating a royal wedding – the duke and his bride watch the Bavarians beat their enemies while below the coopers do a jig. The square is absolutely packed – everyone stops what they’re doing – for the few minutes the performance is on (twice daily).
Since this was the first day in several that the sun was out, the square was packed. People were outside eating at cafes, sitting by fountains, shopping, just enjoying the day. Several street performers were out as well. We went into St. Michael’s church – a Renaissance building with a Baroque interior. It was a pretty church and I lit two candles while there. In the basement of the church is a crypt. All of the churches we’ve visited had crypts but this was the first one we entered. This one contained 40 royal tombs including that of King Ludwig II – whom we would later learn more about.
We decided to stop in at Ratskeller for lunch. The Ratskeller is a traditional cellar restaurant located in a town hall that serves Bavarian cuisine. We ordered black Lowenbrau beer, potato pancakes (with applesauce), sausages, and crème brulee. It was all delicious!! We could barely walk by the time we were done.
After lunch we found a spot to sit in the sun for a little while. We went back to the Church of our Lady which has 2 onion domes one of which you can climb for the highest viewpoint in the city at 280 feet. Fortunately we only had to climb 86 steps and then take an elevator the rest of the way. The sky was pretty clear and we had a good view all around. What was very interesting was that all the buildings were short. With very few exceptions, none of the buildings were over 5-6 stories high.
We got on the right train going in the wrong direction – again. After turning around we headed back to the hotel to pack a box of souvenirs to send back to the US. After breakfast the next morning we went to the post office to send the box. It was really cheap compared to paying overweight baggage on the planes and I wished I had stuffed more stuff in the box! We’ve been fairly lucky this trip with overweight baggage – got caught twice – but still can’t seem to keep each suitcase at 20kg!! Of course we are so conscious of this that we really have bought very little and what we have bought IS very little (in size).
We went to pick up our rental car. We were leaving Munich for 3 days in the “country”. Unfortunately there was a glitch with our reservation – I had made it for April, not May!! Hey, give me a break – I had about 30 reservations to make for Sandy’s visas so this was bound to happen at some point. Luckily they had a car for us and after about an hour, we were on our way in a little Fiat. I didn’t have any trouble driving “American style” and the roads were good – well marked.
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