Munich, the capital of Bavaria and home (kind of!) to a fairy tale castle was a much anticipated weekend for us. First up on our weekend was a drive to the super picturesque Neuschwanstein Castle, built by King Ludwig II and inspired Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. It was a super foggy drive up to the castle and I must admit, I was quite nervous about not being able to see the castle in its full glory! The fog however provided an even more mystical air to the surroundings and coupled with the autumn coloured hues completely took my breath away.
We actually went to Munich to get to Oktoberfest, but decided since that's pretty self explanatory (get to the beer halls early to snag a seat otherwise they don't serve you!) to provide an itinerary for other things to do while you're there!
You can only visit the castle via a guided tour and tickets to this can be bought at the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau. If you have time to spare, check out the other castle in the region, Hohenschwangau Castle, which was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II. The combined tickets for both these castles under a King Ticket for 23 Euros. No photos are allowed in any of the castles so you'll just need to take it all in when you're inside! Tip: you can reserve your ticket for a specified time to better plan your time there.
Once we finished this tour we headed along to Marienbrücke bridge to get amazing views of the castle (note: this bridge is closed until mid-November while they renovate it unfortunately!) and just as we got to this bridge the fog lifted and we got a clear view of the castle. It really couldn't have been more perfect!
Later on that night we headed back into Munich and had an amazing dinner at Zwickl, where we had the best meatballs we've had to date in Germany! They do a great menu with a modern take on German food and definitely worth a visit while you're in Munich!
Day 2 saw us visiting the BMW Welt & Museum and learning about the history of BMW which is easily accessible via the u-Bahn to Olympiazentrum. I thought this old school BMW from the 1950's was super cute - one of my favourites during the visit! Book early if you want to get a guided tour of the Welt - it looked super cool & I was quite bummed we missed out!
Back in the old town we strolled around the Marienplatz, taking in the views of Munich church and for a slight change in scenery we took a walk up to the University (Universitat).
You can get a good view of Munich old town (and surroundings, dependent on the weather of the day) up from St Peter's Church, a mere 299 steps up! A perfect shot of The famous landmark of Munich, Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) can also be taken from the top of St Peter's Church!
Also, how amazing is the interior of this baroque style church, the Asamkirche?!
For dinner, we checked out Haxhbauer, a traditional German eatery with some excellent pork knuckle! And with that our time in Munich was up and back to London we went!
Tip: Visit Munich while the infamous Oktoberfest is on (late September - early October) for an experience of a lifetime!
We Flew: Lufthansa & EasyJet; We stayed: Airbnb