Must Have's in Munich and Surrounding
Luggage and bags: - a comfortable backpack for hiking in the closeby Alps
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: - Hiking boots and Gore tex or similar waether gear (see also shopping tips)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: - you can get everything, so just bring special medications you might need
- sunscreen for hiking and skiing
- Aspirin or other headache medicine if you plan to experience the Oktoberfest or Bavarian drinking culture
Photo Equipment: - you can get it everywhere (see shopping tips)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: - you can get it everywhere (see also shopping tips) but bring a swim suit or bikini not only for all the wonderful turquoise lakes all around Munich but also for the great public pools and sauna landscapes
Never leave home without ... a good map :)
Miscellaneous: Those who know me in person know that I am a passionate fan of German publisher Publicpress, who offers the most detailed and exciting maps of German regions for any kind of free time activities. Since some time they also have city maps. I gave a map of Berlin as a gift to a good friend and loved the details which were provided on the city map, similar like the ones I am used to on their leisure maps.
I was even delighted to see that Publicpress’s city map “Munich” is available in English!! On their website it says: English version of the City Centre map Munich. Bicycle tour along selected sights, with street index, Railroad and Underground map.
Scale 1:15 000. ISBN number for ordering: 978-3-89920-706-4.
The map is now available again and costs 2,95 Euro :-)
This map, like Publicpress's other city maps, has a thin layer of plastic - thus is weatherproof and can't crinkle as much as the ones of other publishers without coating like to do so often.
© Ingrid D., October 2012Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
- Budget Travel
Little tip bits
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good shoes or trainers if you like me and intend to walk around the city.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The food is excellent here so its unlikely you should get stomach upsets here. But you all know yourselves better than I do, so bring your medicines that keep you fit.
Photo Equipment: Yes of course bring your camera, video camera and take in this beautiful city.
Miscellaneous: Good company like a friend, neighbour, wife, girlfriend, wife's best friend (haha) you get the picture. But if you prefer then there's always your good oldself to take along.
Don't forget to take you manners with your and smile at people.Related to:
- Family Travel
Whoa! Forget the Jeans!
Luggage and bags: Pack an empty bag so that you'll have something to stuff all of those souvenirs in. Or, be like my mother. She packs one small backpack with everything she needs. Then she brings her suitcase AND a carry-on bag completely empty.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: People tend to dress up here. We always feel grungy by comparison. They seem to like black...And in the winter-fur. Bring something dressy to go out in.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can pretty much find anything you need at the Apotheke as far as medical supplies go. FYI for women: I have had a hard time finding tampons with applicators. You might want to consider this. The last time I was there, I had to buy in bulk-a box of 150. It lasted six months.
Photo Equipment: Film can be a tad high here. But it's Germany-they have the same things we have.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Maybe bring some beach stuff like bathing suits. There are several lakes nearby.
Miscellaneous: I like to bring along plastic sandwich baggies. That way, if I have a roll left over from breakfast or something then I can stick it in there and then drop it in my purse.
get your moisturisers
Luggage and bags: don't buy too much , or u will end up like me (see the photograph)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: gum boots if any, umbreallas are a must, raincoats
Miscellaneous: the weather is very dry Even in summers, get your lip balms & moisturisers & creamy soaps with you.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A sturdy pair of shoes for all the walking and climbing of steps that you will want to do.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No need for aspirin as the German beer doesn't seem to give you any hangovers!
Photo Equipment: Remember to take plenty of extra film or memory cards as there are plenty of great pictures to be taken.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Arts and Culture
Few packing tips
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes: Take brown or black leather shoes. From what I saw, Europeans don't wear tennis shoes unless playing a sport, like tennis :). Better not to stand out.
The fasions I saw were really no different, so just normal sweaters and kakis were perfect for me.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure if you have anything electric to pick up adapters before you leave.
Photo Equipment: Take you digital camera and an extra memory card. There are so many photo ops that you can quickly run out of room on your card. I take my laptop everywhere with me, so I tend to upload my pictrues to the computer evey couple days. This way, I can hop on the internet in a cyber cafe, and order prints that will be waiting for me when I get home.
Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
* Compass.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
Get your tix in advance
Luggage and bags: Many people come to Munich to watch the famous FC Bayern in the Olympiastadion!
Don't forget to buy your soccer tickets in advance - they are VERY popular!
Miscellaneous: People lining up to get tickets for FC Bayern München (best German soccer team) games.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Please steer clear of sweatpants, sweatshirts and Reebok sneakers. That is the 'American Woman's Uniform' in Europe. Honestly, you can spot an American Woman a mile away in this getup. Stay away from traditional sneakers entirely -- you'll be pegged as an auslander straight away. Jeans are commonly worn. Basically, if you are not wearing work-out clothes, you'll be alright. Just make sure that you are comfortable. That may sound contradictory, but you can be comfortable without wearing sneakers and sweatpants (that goes for anthing made from sweatshirt material).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get everything you need in Munich. If you are particular to a brand, then definitely bring it with you. But otherwise, keep your load light and get it there if you need it.
Photo Equipment: You can get everything you need in the city. Don't worry about this.
Luggage and bags: BACKPACKING
When you travel backpacking every little item you pack happens to be much heavier than you first thought, so pack carefully.
A good way of knowing if you are taking too much stuff with you when you make your luggage is theBed Test: spread all the items on a single bed (double if you pack for 2). If all the items fit on the bed size, you are taking the right amount!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In November when we were there, when the sun got out it was actually very warm. Warm enough to have a drink outside. Don't be fooled. As soon as you move into shade the temperature pulmets. Dress in layers is the message
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Also here the only problem was the weather.
One day there is cold one hot.
Photo Equipment: If you go in Munich you cannot forget to take a camera.
Especially if you go to see the Oktoberfest.
I'm sure that you will take a lot of photos!
Luggage and bags: A reasonable suitcase like in any other town will be fine.
Leave space for the things you will buy...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you plan to visit the opera, ballet or a classical concert, you should take really good evening dress like long skirt and high-heels (or a dark suit and tie if you're a male).
Munich people seem to dress up a bit more than I noticed it in any other city I've been to.
They even refused to let us in a music-club ('Nachtcafe') on a saturday night because my female friend and me didn't wear evening clothing!
As Munich lies about 600m high and is quite near the Alpes you must be prepared for quite changeable and even cold weather in spring: it can be sunny 25 degrees in one week and snowing the next...
Luggage and bags: Backpack -- big enough to carry a few days of clothes, but not so big that it's a burden.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We walked for miles and loved every minute of it. But you better have comfortable shoes. And in October, you'll want some warmer clothes. My wife and I had some heavy coats and gloves, but we had to buy some knit caps because the breeze was killing our ears.
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