As Arsenal prepare to cause another Champions League upset against Bayern Munich, travelling fans can look forward to a few of those crisp, dry Autumn days in the Bavarian capital.
Arsenal supporters may have just missed out on Munich’s world famous Oktoberfest, but with beer halls aplenty across Germany’s third-largest city, a party atmosphere will prevail all the same.
Throw in some incredible deep-fried pastries, staggering culture and incredibly varied nightlife and Arsenal fans will be really getting the full Munich experience.
Here’s your one-stop guide…
No visiting fans will be going hungry in Munich.
The Hofbrauhaus or Bratwurstherzl as are good as any – and there are a lot – for traditional Bavarian grub. Sit down with a cold Maßkrug of fine German lager, and enjoy a real hearty dinner of meats, dumplings and bread to warm up from the evening chill.
Munich loves a pastry too and tucking into a Schmalznudel from Cafe Frischut is a must.
The Cafe serves four delicious pastries, striezel, krapfen and rohrnudel but the pick of the selection is schmalznudel, a local favourite.
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A deep-fried pastry cooked to order, it’s a bit like a doughnut, but lighter, flakier, richer and an all round joy. Especially coated in sugar.
We’ll try and keep this section short otherwise we’ll be here all week such is Germany’s love of all things beer.
Take your pick from any one of the city’s beer halls for a classic experience, but if you do a little searching, Munich boasts plenty of different vibes to suit all tastes.
Forschungsbrauerei is worth hopping in a cab for the short journey south of the centre. A small, family-owned craft brewer, beer has been produced on this site since the 1930s and is one of the most original and traditional watering holes you’ll come across anywhere in Germany.
If you’re quite done with the local offerings for an evening, the Red Hot Bar will provide beers from Belgium, Italy, America and from good old Blighty. The Bar also serves traditional pub grub from outside Deutschland like spare ribs and pulled pork sarnies.
Munich isn’t afraid of keeping up with the times though, and like many of European cities, has taken onboard something of a cocktail revolution in the 21st century.
Bar Gabanyi is one such example, and one of the best.
Looking like something Mad Men’s Don Draper would regularly visit in 1960s New York, this cool, cosy cocktail bar has plenty of evening entertainment, ranging from poetry nights to dancing and jazz music.
If you aren’t sure where to head after dinner, mosey east of the river to Kultfabrik where you’ll find upwards of 20 bars and clubs.
Ranging from an Irish pub to South American rock bars, whatever your vibe, you can find it here at the place some call a club lover’s Disneyland.
If you want to dance with the coolest crowd in the city, then P1, located on Prinzregentenstrasse, is where you’ll find the sharpest dressers and dancefloor movers. Dress like you belong and you’ll fit right in.
Live music fanatics will want to head to the Backstage Club, where Paolo Nutini and the Manic Street Preachers have performance in recent years, while Jazz and Soul lovers can choose from Mister B’s or Nachtcafe.
Munich has staggering buildings and architecture on seemingly every street, the pick of which is arguably the Nymphenburg Palace.
A short tram ride out of the city, the Palace is a classic piece of 17th century construction in the grandest and most expansive form imaginable. The summer residence of the House of Wittesch Royal family sees over 300,000 visiting tourists per year.
Back in the city, Munich’s Frauenkirche stands out like no other with two towers over 98 metres tall each looming over the city skyline.
The Church is one of the largest in Germany and can hold up to 20,000 people making it perfect for some Instagram action.
Anyone who gets homesick can visit the English Garden, while Marienplatz is a real hive of activity and the hub for most Munich visitors.
Whether it’s for a drink, food, or just to say you’ve been, the Hofbrauhaus is worth a visit too. At over 400 years old, it is one of Germany’s oldest beer halls and was originally supplier to the old royal residences of Munich.
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