Munich has a well-developed system of bike paths which are usually marked on the streets. As a pedestrian this can be a little unnerving, so be sure you're paying attention as you're walking on the sidewalks. Bicyclists tend to rule the roads and many of them travel at pretty high speeds.
If you plan to spend a day in the English Garden, renting a bike would be an ideal way to see the place.
ONLY beer, beeing brewed in the town of Munich, may be sold on Oktoberfest !!
This is an advertisment, posted in Munich, close to Theresienwiese & Oktoberfest:
The Oktoberfest - mostly called WIES'N by the locals - will allow ONLY breweries, producing their beer INSIDE the town of Munich, to be sold at the Oktoberfest.
NO exception to this rule, NOT EVEN for the descendant of the last Bavarian king, who has a brewery, but NOT inside the city limits.
Sometimes Prince Poldi is seen in his carriage in the opening ceremony of Oktoberfest, and a few years ago it was a big "scandal", when he had some bottles of his own beer ( also called "Prinzregent Luitpold") on the carriage and offered it to some friends as soon as he had reached Theresienwiese.
Police was there immideately and made sure, the old law was fullfilled...
On the other hand "Wies'n" is also a simple meadow - on this poster a meadow close to the castle of King Ludwig II , whose father had the idea for Oktoberfest once...
So if you like to drink the beer with the name "Prinzregent Luitpold" on a Wies'n - you may do it on any Wies'n except the one in Munich
btw. Prinz Poldi is very popular because of his humor...
...but it will not help him in that matter...
recycling, recycling, recycling ... to much??? I don't think is to much .. we all should learn of it ... but for someone like me that ... have all the plastics bags that I want in the supermarket free ... that is not use to pay a tax for taking a plastic bottle ... that ... is not use to been ask for money for each little plastics bags of ketchup in Mc'donals ...:))) and thousands of examples .... its strange ...
yes ... we should learn of it ...
BUT ... I DIDN'T KNEW IT WHEN I FIRST WHENT THERE and I DID'T NOTICE THEY WHERE PUTING ME A TAX FOR MY PLASTICS BOTTLES ... AND THAT I COULD HAD HAVE THE MONEY BACK
it was not the same at Bamberg ... not so ... exaggerated (ok, ok is not exaggerated ... just we must learn)
This occurs most frequently in neighborhood restaurants where the name contains the word LOKAL or GASTHAUS, but it happens in certain beerhalls, too.
The restaurant might be quite full, yet near the back there is a vacant table. It may have a little paper tent or mini-flagpole in the center with a single word printed on a sign: STAMMTISCH. If you see that, just move on and look for another seat. Sometimes the sign is missing altogether but the vacant table 'sticks out like a sore thumb'.
What gives? The Stammtisch is a table reserved by custom and tradition rather than by formal booking. It's a place where a group of locals meet nightly for dinner, drinks, or post-dinner card games. Like your assigned seat in school, it is 'personal space' and not to be invaded by outsiders.
Restaurant staff may be too polite to make an issue of it, but if you accidentally wander into a Stammtisch Zone and the regulars show up, they will likely mince few words in setting you straight. This is not the time to create a 'stupid tourist scene'. Just apologize and move along.
The telephone code for Munich is (49) 89.
If you are calling a Munich cell phone dial (49) 089.
To call home from Munich dial 00, followed by your country code.
Many public telephones accept credit and debit cards. Phonecards may be purchased at post offices and newsstands throughout the city.
To call the police dial 110.
The emergency number for an ambulance or the fire department is 112.
APOTHEKE is the word for a pharmacy. If you need help to locate one, call the emergency number 59.44.75
ZAHNARZT is the word for a dentist. In a dental emergency call 723.30.93
OPTIKER is the word for opticians. If you require an insurance replacement phone Trio Optik: 22.214.171.124
Expect to pay cash for services rendered. Most German medical facilities will not accept credit cards.
Many visitors to Munich know the colors of the German flag are black, red and gold. The colors and Germany as a nation came together in 1871. Yet that flag is rarely seen.
Munich has been the residence of the Wittelsbach family, Dukes - and later Kings - of Bavaria since 1255 and the capital of Bavaria since 1506. Through the Wittelsbachs the 'white and blue of Bavaria's sky' have been identifying colors for over 700 years. It is a proud tradition to display the colors of the Free State of Bavaria on every festive occasion.
The pride of Munich cuisine is called the Weisswurst, a white veal sausage which is usually eaten with a pretzel or bread and some sweat mustard. For me it was really tasty and if you do eat meat,
having a Weisswurst is an absolute must at some point (preferably in a Beer Cellar or garden) but remember to peel it first. It is also traditionally eaten before midday and with a Weissbier.
Leberkase is another local favourite and whilst the name literally means liver cheese, it is in fact a smooth spicey meatloaf served in thick slabs.
Other dishes include Schweinebraten mit Knodel (Roast Pork with Dumpling), Rippchen (Fred Flintstone style spare ribs), Hendl (Chicken) sold roasted in halves or whole and Schweinshax'n (Pork Knuckles). To accompany all this, common side dishes like boiled potatoes (Kartoffeln), or sauerkraut (sour cabbage) are served.
The beer garden season starts in May and ends with the Oktoberfest however, on warm and sunny weekends, many of them open their doors even outside that period. Beer gardens are a very family affair and of course food is always sold. If you go to Munich in the Summer wouldn't be complete without a trip to a beer garden.
That's why I went in September and that weekend it rained most of the time.
This is more of a fun “tip”, but fits very well into Munich’s local custom section. Munich stands for beer all over the world. Why else is there an Octoberfest existing in countless countries or cities? Oh well, yes, beer is maybe the most famous icon of this town, and more so the huge beer mugs which holds one litre: the Mass.
When we walked through Englischer Garten Saturday afternoon, I almost fell into the lake from laughing when I saw this special illumination for the beer garden in the northern part of the lake. Beer mugs, Mass, what else....
© Ingrid D., September 2010.
According to a local who was feeling friendly, there are three beers/breweries in Munich for three major groups.
1. Hofbrauhaus: All around beer. Popular with tourists and locals of all ages.
2. Augustiner: The beer for the young, hip crowd. Also the brewery with the highest rated beer garden in Munich. (walk left out of the Westbahnhof toward Nymphenburg palace to find the Augustiner beer garden.)
3. Lowenbrau: The beer for bitter old men as it has a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Krinoline is a really nice, Bavarian kind of merry-go-round.
It got the name Krinoline because of the very special way it moves. (Krinoline is french for petticoat)
It does not only go around in cercles, but makes also a certain movement up and down, just like the petticoat of a traditional bavarian costume.
And the best of all is the slow ooompa-music that made the Krinoline one of the most popular attractions for people of all ages since 1924.
The price for a ride is very moderate, and you may find it rather close to Schichtl.
I knew that german people use to drink much beer, but I didn't knew that they smoke so much :) I was very impresse.
Its a great spectaculo to see so many people together drinking those big glasses of beer and enjoying the smallest sun ray, no matter the cold it is, they enjoy the outside life.
Since more than 500 years the so-called "Münchner Reinheitsgebot" makes sure, that for the brewing of beer in Bavaria only Barley, Malt, Hops and water (Gerste, Hopfen, Malz und Wasser) would be used.
There were several attempts - also by the EU - to set an end to these regulations, but they did not have any chance in Bavaria !
On my picture, the young lady with the beerglass is the so-called "Münchner Kindl" (Munich child) - you will see a young lady in that dress riding on a horse during the parade of "Einzug der Wiesenwirte" on 1st saturday of Oktoberfest !
It always looks a bit funny, as the nice young lady is riding one of the heavy horses with strong feet that is normally used to pull the heavy beer-wagons...
This is the sign you'll notice if you happen to stroll by a post office. The post offices I visited in both Germany and Austria were extremely clean and efficient in appearance, but, just like in the States, there is often a long line.
If you're just mailing postcards, you're better off buying stamps from the vendor who sells you the postcards. They will know the correct postage to mail to most countries and then you can avoid the line and just drop your mail in a postbox. The postcards that I mailed all arrived back to the States in about 5-7 days.
After a long night of partying or dancing and before heading home to bed, it's time for another breakfast, right? In Munich one tradition has been to head over to Augustinerbraeu for Weisswurst and Semmeln (typical Bavarian white sausage and buns). For protein quotient it's at least as good as ham and eggs - and it has no disagreeable after-effects with beer.
Even if you have not been out partying all night try the Weisswurst. Traditionally it is served up in large white tureens of simmering water. With typical Bavarian sweet mustard and potato salad it makes a delicious meal at any time!
Augustinerbrau, Neuhauserstrasse 27
on the pedestrian walk between the Stachus fountain and before the big department stores. Streetside, inside and courtyard dining.