My favorite three things to do in any city are nosh my way through an open air market, visit an art museum, and take a relaxing stroll in the park. With only a day in Munich—and having had been to Munich before—I knew exactly where to go.

From the airport, the S1 or S8 train takes you straight to Marienplatz, the city center. Each and every time I come out of that S-Bahn stop, I swoon as I am greeted by the impressive Rathaus-Glockenspiel and St. Peter’s Church.

My first stop was Viktualienmarkt, just around the corner from Marienplatz. All kinds of fresh and tasty fruits, vegetables, flowers, brezen, juices, coffee, olives, meats, cheeses, honey, and more are displayed in abundance beneath tented kiosks.

After picking up Obadza (cheese) and a Brezel, I stood in line to get a Radler (a shandy made of beer and lemonade). I found a shaded spot at a picnic table under the canopy of chestnut trees to partake in a traditional Bavarian biergarten experience.

Schrannenhalle is just around the corner from Viktualienmarkt. This was my first visit since the building had been under construction when I was in Munich last. There were more delicacies and treats than my eyes (or stomach) could take in!

Just as the rain started to sprinkle, it was time for stop number two: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. I browsed a few books in the museum shop before enjoying the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, Paul Klee and other artists from The Blue Rider, a group of early Expressionist artists founded in Munich by Russian immigrants and German natives in 1905.

The 10€ ticket also included admission to Kunstbau München—just across the street at the Königsplatz U-Bahn stop.

Just as the rain cleared, I headed for my third stop. The Englischer Garten is a 910 acre (370 hectares) green space in Munich. In the large open fields, you’ll see locals kicking soccer balls, playing frisbee with their pups and lounging around reading or chatting with friends. Cyclists frequent the gravel paths in the park, which run along the man-made Eisbach River. On this particular day, dozens of swimmers giggled and screamed as they were whisked downriver by the fast-moving current. Others were trying their luck at river surfing! I, however, stayed on dry ground and enjoyed a Weisswurst (white meat sausage) and Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) while listening to live Bavarian music at the Chinesischer Turm.

All in all, a perfect summer day in Munich!


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