Bayern München, Munich
A big day out.
At the Allianz Arena for FC Bayern v Freiburg. 1st against 5th, but Bayern had clinched the league title the week before. They’d also put Barcelona to the sword during the week in Champions League action.
It was a real experience, only slightly spoiled by the football. Real end of season stuff. Bayern won 1-0 through a cross from Shaqiri which everyone missed.
A great stadium, superb atmosphere and world class players on show.
Beware the cost of food & drink, however. In addition, you can only pay with a stadium card which you buy and top up as required. You also need the card to pay for stadium parking (€10).
Our seats were Tier 1 - the best. Over €60, and not easy to get. Contacts...
Equipment: Plenty cash...
Munich has many wonderful, clean and large public swimming places. No matter if outdoors or indoors. Some are very new, on others you swim in ancient buildings with beautiful architecture, mosaic floors and colourful windows.
A good selection (with directions) of all the famous swimming places is given on the weblink shown below.
I like to go to the Munich "WESTBAD" (because it is close to my home). This public pool has an 25m sports pool, a fun pool with many massage jets, a slide for kids, a streaming channel, an all year outdoor pool with warm salt water, three bubbling hot tubs and a suana landscape. The sauna landscape is not the most beautiful in Munich, but there is three saunas (60-95 deg. C), a steam bath and enough ice water to dive in as well as relaxing areas.
The cost is 8 Euro for 3 hours, which is a lot. If you go from 21:30 to 23:00 (when it closes) you only pay 3 Euro.
Equipment: - swimming suit, towel, shower supplies
- water bottle and fruits for sauna
If you are a football fan, a visit to the stunning Allianz Arena is a must.
Tours - Take place regularly throughout the day but the one in English is at 13.00. We went on the 16.30 one which was in German. Still enjoyed it as you get to see otherwise inaccessible parts of the stadium although not knowing what is being said by the guide is a bit frustrating.
The tour lasts an hour, costs about 9 euros and you get a chance to shop at the large Bayern and TSV 1860 shops before and after.
Matches - We went along to see TSV 1860 Munchen on the Sunday v Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga Second Division. Tickets were easy to get from the booths in the sunken area as you approach the turnstiles. We were there about 45 mins before kick off and only had to queue for about 15 mins.Cost for best seats was 31.50 euros but cheaper seats were available.
Bayern tickets will obviously be more expensive and harder to get but unless they are playing a top side you should get in ok.
If you want to buy food or drink inside make sure you purchase an Arena Card which you top up to the value of what you intend spending.They dont accept cash which means very quick service as you place the card on a machine and your purchases are deducted from the amount you are in credit.A beer and a sausage in a long bread roll comes to about 8 euros.
Getting there- Take the blue U6 line to Frottmaning and exit the platform at the far end as this is the quickest way out in the direction of the stadium.Follow the crowds on match day or head for the very distinct white bubble in the distance. Its only about a ten minute walk.
Olympiastadion, the old home of Bayern Munich. A great stadium which, surprisingly for its size and athletics track, manages to create a great atmosphere.
Built in 1972 and was the venue of the FIFA World Cup final in 1974 between Germany and Holland. Germany won 2-1.
Bayern Munich have now moved to the Allianz Arena, which was built for the FIFA World Cup 2006.
Running and Inline skating at the English garden is a common activity during good weather. In summer you can additionally watch jugglers and diabolo-artists, people practising Tai Chi or Yoga ….etc.
The English Garden is the biggest city park of the world - bigger than New York's Central Park.
Running is furthermore good along the Isar north and south of the Museums-island (where the German museum is located). For ambitional runners there are several 10k and other runs all year round, which you can find on runners webpages. Famous is the Munich marathon as well as the New Year’s run.
Equipment: - running shoes and clothes
- inline skates
- all kinds of fun sports equippment
There are too many beautiful mountains close to Munich. It is difficult to highlight a special one. Mountains, which are close to Munich are usually crowded on sunny week-ends. Most hiking trails leading all the way to a summit are only snow free between May and late September.
An easy and typical family mountain is the “Jochberg”, 1565m high. The way up takes between 50 minutes and 2,5 hours – depending on your shape. There is a nice Alm (mountain hut with drinks and food) about 15 minutes below the summit. You get fresh kefir, Bavarian cheese noodles or Apfelstrudel (apple pie). The “entrance” to the trail and parking possibilities are hard to explain. Best is you look into a book at the bookstore Hugendubel (see shopping tips) or find directions and more details in the Internet.
Other mountains, which are within 1,5 hours drive of Munich and very very beautiful:
Kienjoch, 1953m (my favourite)
Ettaler Mandl, 1633m
Westliche Karwendelspitze, 2384m
The is a good book (but it is in German): „Bayrische Hausberge“ by H. Bauregger. It includes height profiles, route descriptions and picture material. Also visit the web-link below.
Equipment: - hiking boots
- water bootle
- back pack
- first aid kit
- waterproof gear
- changing clothes
- some food
- if you leave for a loneley trip or several-day tour tell people, where you will be going
The “Therme Erding” (>39.000 m²) is a large swimming and sauna paradise for the whole family and a whole day. It features the larges sauna landscape in Germany including many saunas and steam bath or different temperature and designed in different stiles. Relaxation rooms have comfortable arm chairs, fire places, panorama windows and solarium-areas or places to stretch under warming red-light lamps.
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Saturday / Sunday / Holidays 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
early bird special EUR 7,50 (2 hrs) Mon - Fri; entry before 1:00 p.m. 2 hours EUR 10,-- 4 hours EUR 13,-- day ticket EUR 16,-- Sat / Sun / holiday surcharge + EUR 3,-- Sauna surcharge + EUR 7,-- excess time + EUR 1,-- each additional or part ½ hour children up to three years free entry
Equipment: - swim suit or bikini
- towel, shower supplies
- water bottles, fruit
- books and magazines
Paragliding is a fun activity, which lets you enjoy nature, the beautiful scneery south of Munich with many lakes nestled among rolling hills and meadows, framed by mountains and the feeling of absolute freedom. The Paragliding school in Oberaudorf, 1 hour south of Munich offers week-end classes on Saturdays and Sundays for 100 Euro (in summer). You get an instruction into paragliding theory and can use all the necessary equipment. Knowledgable and experienced teachers guide you via audio sensors when you make your first moves in the air, gliding down a nice little beginners ski slope. You need no prior knowledge or flying expereince to take such a week end class.
Equipment: - only stable shoes (hiking or running shoes)
- something to eat and drink for lunch
There are two Bundesliga football teams in München, but everyone of course knows Bayern the most. You can go on tours around the stadium and the dressing rooms...if that's not enough, buy a ticket to a game!
As usual, the Bayern Munich fans go away from the Olympiastadion happy. They're the most successful German team and are also moving to a new stadium which will be used in the 2006 World Cup. Guess its still good enough for 1860 though....
Somehow I found myself back in Munich for a night so though I might as well see them play Bochum in the second home game of the season. Another comfortable win for Bayern, think it was 3-0 or something like that. Anyway, think I was just trying out different parts of the ground, this time I was standing up right at the back. Even saw a Norwich shirt in the crowd (remember Bayern-Norwich 1993?), was gonna get a lift of him to Innsbruck but lost him at the final whistle!!!!
Bayern Munich are one of the most successful sides in Europe. They have won 17 league titles, 10 German cups, 4 league cups at home. In Europe they have won every European cup (European cup, UEFA cup and Cup winners cup) with a treble of European cups in 1974, 1975 and 1976, mainly due to the talents of der Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer. The have also won a host of other trophies and accolades down the years.
17 League titles
10 German cups
4 German League cups
4 European cups
1 UEFA cup
1 Cup winners cup
The Olympia Zentrum is home to Munich's famous Bayern Munich soccer/football team. The stadium is maybe a five minute walk from the Olympia Zentrum station on the Munich subway line.
It is a beautiful complex to look at. Unfortunately for me, I was unable to catch a game while in Munich.
For myself, that's soccer . And regardless of what you think of Bayern Munich it is still one of the top teams in Europe.
So, if you love the sport, there's no excuse whatsoever for not making a visit to the Olimpiastadion.
And remember, they will be hosting World Cup there in 2006.
Allianz Arena -home of the footbal clubs Bayern Muenchen (1.division) and city rival 1860 Muenchen (2.division)