You’re a fair way from the sea in Munich, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your sunbathing days. The city’s got a whole heap of riverside flake-out spots, and they’re super clean and pretty, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out just because of the lack of sand.
The banks of the Isar River are sprinkled with pocket-sized patches of sand – where locals often chuck down a towel and head in for a dip. If you’re after a more sizable spot, toddle over to the English Garden, where you’ve got massive lawns to chill out on.
Starnberger See – a huge lake 40 minutes’ drive from Munich – is geared up for swimmers and sunbathers. Make a beeline straight for Strandbad Feldafing – this section shows off a sandy shoreline stacked with loungers, brollies and a café.
No trip to Germany would be complete without digging in to a sausage – it’s a staple all over the country, and Munich’s no different. Opt for a classic bratwurst or currywurst, or make like the locals and order weisswurst – otherwise known as white sausage. The latter’s a boiled option, made from veal.
Beer and Munich go hand-in-hand – but drinking culture here goes beyond the party vibes of Oktoberfest. The city’s beer gardens are a favourite hangout for revellers and families alike. Most of the big-name brewers have their own bars and beer halls, and they’re some of the best spots to sample some local tipples.
Pretzels in Munich usually come in one size – XXL. They’re often served as an accompaniment to a round of beers, and they’re big enough to share between two or three. And these salty, bready snacks are as moreish as it gets, so you might find yourself ordering another.
If you fancy a quick, hearty lunch, grab a leberkase to go. It’s made from a mixture of ground bacon and pork, baked in a loaf tin until crusty on the outside – a bit like meatloaf. Then, it’s thickly sliced and served inside a floury roll, along with a dollop of mustard or a few pickles.
This melt-in-the-mouth pudding’s essentially a doughy roll baked in a closed pot until the bottom goes crispy, and the top stays squishy and pale. It’ll come served with sweet toppings like custard, jam or slices of fruit.
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