My flight was delayed for an hour at London Heathrow, but somehow I managed to arrive only 40 minutes behind of schedule (the captain told the passengers that we will be speeding ahead to make up for the delay). By the time I got to the center of Munich and dropped off my luggage, it was already close to 5pm. We headed to the Englischer Garten (English Garden) to kick start my visit.
Despite the name, the Garden is a park that stretches for kilometers in the heart of the city. We decided on renting a boat to take in the serenity of the place (kudos to my friend who did all the rowing!).
Beyond the clear waters, you can see a Beer Garden on the left. These outdoor pubs are extremely common in Bavaria.
The benefits of a local tour guide include knowledge of where to go for good food. We had dinner at Osterwaldgarten, which is only a couple of minutes walk from our rowing spot. My friend likes this place for its modern twist, for example, the Osterwald delicacy salad that I had would not be available in a more traditional restaurant. If you don't read German, don't fear, you could always ask for a menu in English. This blend of turkey, scampi, pineapple, baguette, and greens was fantastic.
After dinner, we went back to watch the sunset from the Monopteros in the Garden.
The interior and the exterior of the Monopteros.
Ending the day with a break in my friend's favorite cafe, Luigi Tambosi, situated conveniently next to the Hofgarten (Court Garden). The outdoor seatings all face the same direction, with a view of the Feldherrnhalle and the Theatinerkirche (Theatiner Church). The iced coffee is highly recommended.
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12 Keferstraße, Munich
18 Odeonsplatz, Munich