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I.Living
Grocery Stores:
Aldi- awesome store, great prices for good quality food. Reminds me of trader joes a little bit but less
expensive.
Netto, Penny- Similar style as Aldi just less selection for the most part
Edeka, Tengelmann, Rewe- Typical supermarket stores, can find good deals but prices range all over.
Bigger Stores: Real, Lidl (can find groceries as well as other essentials like bedding and that kind of stuff)
Bedding Store (good deals):
Matratzen Concord is a great place
IKEA (have never been to the one in Munich but heard about it)
Relatively more expensive department stores (like a Macy's):
Kaufhof
Karstadt
Electronics Store
Saturn
II. Nightlife
Daylife
Bier Garten am Chinesischer Turm (Hofbrau) -Located in the middle of the southern portion of
the englischer garten. The most touristy beer garden in Munich

Hirschgarten (Augustiner) - Largest beer garden in Germany. It can hold about 14,000 people.

Augustiner Keller - Traditional biergarten near the city center
Beer halls: Hofbrauhaus, Augustiner Grossgaststaetten (Kaufingerstrasse, Der Pschorr
(Viktulienmarkt)
Bars
First thing to note Munich is a huge sprawling city. Not very many buildings exceed 10 stories and there are 1.7
million people who live there. That being said you kinda have to know where your going for nightlife.

Bar scene- Many of the bars in the city are found in a district called Schwabing. Its located near the big college,
Ludwig Maximillian Universitaet and bars are randomly assorted through there.
Here's a bar guide to Munich: http://www.toytowngermany.com/munich/bars_in_munich.html
Those are all the different districts. Some good one's in Schwabing I would go to were Barschwein, Flaschenbar
(1 euro bottles on Wednesday's 7-10pm) Schwabinger 7 (really hard to find despite its name is its address but
it's probably one of the most legit bars), & Shamrock Irish Bar.
Killian's Irish Bar and Sausalitos are cool bars that are downtown near Marienplatz
Clubs
Kultfabrik is an area of like 10-15 clubs that are in a bunch of warehouses, pretty cool. They are at the
Ostbahnhof U-bahn stop.
Another good area is in the S-Bahn area from Hauptbahnhof to Donnersbergbruecke. Some good ones are :
Neuraum- A massive club located beneath the Munich bus station. It has 3 different venues within the
club: hard techno(in between), house (bottom floor), and top 40/house (top floor
Nachtgalerie - Supposedly the most massive club in Munich. Neuraum definitely feels bigger though.
Has an insane amount of different rooms playing all types of music.
Backstage- Alternative crowd, plays indie type of bands. Huge venue.
Rock Studio- It's a head bangers ball. German's love their heavy metal. If you're into heavy metal, you
should definitely try this place out. If you're not you probably will still have an awesome time here.
City Center
Milchbar- There's a saying that you'll leave Milchbar with a girl in each arm. Milchbar is more of an
afterclub as it starts heating up at about 1-2. The windows to outside are tinted and slowly fade to black
so you have no idea if its day out. Some of the hottest people in Munich hit this club up so dress to
impress.
Sugar- Sugar has two stories. The first is a lounge, and the second is
P1-Expensive and extremely posh crowd. Upside is top artists roll in such as Steve Aoki

Ersteliga- Not as upscale as the others listed. Still fun and mostly house music

Beer and Festivals:
Bavarians will say there beer is the best.

Franziskaner and Schneiderweisse. I highly advise going to the Schneiderweisse restaurant on Tor street near
the city center.
Also Make sure you go to Hofbrauhaus. World's most famous beer hall. So much fun and a lot of history.
If you are there for a few days to a week try to go to Andechs Klosterbrauerei (monastery brewery). It's about 45
minutes outside of Munich by S-Bahn line. Then a 30 minute hike, but at the end you get very very good beer
made by the Monks. All the ingredients are grown on site, simply amazing.

Oktoberfest- Oktoberfest runs for two weeks. It always ends the first weekend of October. So really most of it is
in September. Despite rumors you DO NOT need to reserve a table, you can just show up whenever. There's an
opening brewers parade on the first day. The first sunday there's a celebration parade. Tuesday is family day and
its half off rides. If you want to see the mayor tap the first keg it will be in the Schottenhamel Spatan tent at
noon- you may have to be there as early as 8 in the morning to get a spot. Munich has 6 different main
breweries that have tents at Oktoberfest: Lowenbrau, Spaten, Paulaner, Hofbrau, Hacker-Schorr and Augustiner.
Augustiner is by far the most drank by Muenchners.
Public Transportation and Travel:
Getting Around- If your there over a month get a month pass. If your working or a student who will be
there for more than 90 days you have to go to the Kreiswervaltungsreferat for some living permits.
Across the street is the MVV where you can get month passes. You can renew your month passes on any
of the MVV machines too. There's also one in a few of the main U-Bahn stops and the main central
station. To get around within the city there's U-Bahn (Unterbahn or Underground Train), S-Bahn
(Suburban Bahn), Buses and Trams. Its kinda fun to figure out how to navigate yourself, but here's a
cheat:
http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/en/home/index.html
You can just plug in addresses in the journey planner and wa-la.
Trains- Deutsche Bahn is legit. There's a "Bayern Pass" you can buy for 28 euros that gets you anywhere
in Bavaria for up to 5 people (its 20 Euro solo bombing). It's good from 9am-6am the next day Mon-
Friday and allday to 6am on the weekends. It also works within the city. So if family or friends visit and
they want to see a castle outside of munich they can buy a bayern pass and it will work the whole day.
Air Travel- Munich airport has an assortment of flights. The S-Bahn connects right to the Munich airport
and shoots you into the city with ease. The only budget airline I'm aware of that flies out of Munich is
Easyjet. There's also an airport outside of Munich in Memmingen that RyanAir and WizzAir flies out of.
You can use the Bayern Pass (just be aware of the hours on Mon-Fri) to get out there or take a direct
Bus. The times are on this site for the bus:
http://www.allgaeu-airport-express.de/index.php?plink=index&lg=uk


Ride-Share- I did this a couple of times. You share a ride with someone driving some place, seems odd,
but the people driving were always really cool. http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de/
Skiing & Snowboarding
If your into these sorts of things. Germany has some good slopes as does Austria which is only 2 hours
away. If you think you'd like to do some Alp skiing I would definitely bring your stuff with you. Here's a
list of bus daytrippers to a random assortment of resorts in the Alps:
http://www.toytowngermany.com/lofi/index.php/t27322.html
Also try Studentenimschnee http://www.studentenimschnee.de/. You get the bus ride, lift ticket,
breakfast, and a beer for really good prices. Plus you're with the student crowd.
As for snowboard pants, goggles, socks etc. I would try KiK if its that time of year. Kik's a bargain clothing
store. It also has towels and things. Also Aldi sometimes has goggles and pants for really good deals.
Learning the Language
The german language tips and tricks- I pretty much self taught myself German and was decently good at
it by the time I left. I found watching TV is very helpful and also reading. I would look up every goddamn
word I didnt know. Start with very basic books and short stories. I recommend a book translated from
english that way your familiar with a lot of words. Books are also good on the U-Bahn when you're
travelling to work or class. You'll see loads of germans doing it so you'll fit in. A good website dictionary
is www.dict.cc . Its a wiki so it has slang too. You really wont need German since everybody knows
english but to get along in german crowds its sometimes more enjoyable to know what people are
saying haha. The first book I used was this German-English parallel text book made by Penguin:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140265422/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_r
d_s=lpo-top-stripe-
1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=014058546X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1B3SMAVMQTBY44T26JXG

Tourism
Take Lenny's Bike Tour at some point. I recommend going with visitors you have. It's very fun and really
informational. If your visiting for a few days, take it day 1.

Sites
1. Hofbrauhaus - if oktoberfest isn't happening, this is basically oktoberfest everyday of the year. It was
also Hitler's favorite beer hall and is a must.
2. Marienplatz - Basically a giant cuckoo clock in the center of Munich, impossible to miss.

3. BMW Factory tour - Fuckin amazing and an absolute must. Only problem is you have to make an
appointment in advanced. Go to the BMW site and call them. Other options are the BMW museum and
BMW world. pretty cool stuff too. Call +491802 118822
4. Nymphemburg Palace - its pretty cool if you haven't seen a palace before but I would say there are
better palaces in Europe (Versailles & Franz Joseph summer home in Vienna)
5. English Garden - prime for the summer season for this. It's basically a huge park (bigger than central
park). Has a shit load of biergartens and pretty nice to just hang out in. Includes two nudist colonies.
There's also a standing wave where you can actually surf.
6. Olympia Park - Home to the 1972 Olympics. Very uniquely designed set of facilities.
7. Allianz Arena - home to the greatest team on the planet Bayern Munich! If there arent any games you
can tour the stadium.
8. Deutsches Museum - technical museum for geeks. if your a geek go there
If your staying 3 days, get out of Munich for a day. There are some super sick things to do just outside of munich
and the train deals are really good to get there (purchase the Bayern ticket- its good for up to 5 people - for 28
euros total - mon-fri from 9-6am and sat-sun all day anywhere within bayern including transportation within
Munich. Covers Buses, trains, trams, etc) :
1. Neuschwanstein Castle - From the outer appearance and landscape this definitely could be
considered the greatest castle in the world. Here's a picture
http://ainkpisan.blogdetik.com/files/2009/08/neuschwanstein2.jpg Its a 2 hour train ride out to the
castle, it's worth it. DB (Bayern Pass)
2. Salzburg, Austria - Beautiful city with a fortress on top, salt mines nearby, home to mozart and the
place they filmed the sound of music. Around 2 hours outside of Munich. DB (Bayern Pass)
3. Dachau Concentration Camp - I'm not sure where else your traveling in Germany but theres a few
concentration camps scattered across the country (I know there's one near Berlin also). Eye-opening
experience, a bit gloomy though. About 30 minutes outside Munich, out of the other two above its
probably the easiest to get too. S3 to Dachau (2nd ring)
4. Mittenwald - Town on the Austrian border known for its incredible hikes and their handmade violin's.
There's actually a violin museum there. DB (Bayern Pass)
5. Oberammergau- Story book town in Bavaria famous for their Passion play every ten years. Also it has
some unique fresco murals on pretty much every house. DB (Bayern Pass)
6. Andechs Brauerei- Brewery run by monks. Its a 45 minute ride from the city center to Herrsching
(Ammersee, a lake) on the S8. Then a 30 minute walk to the brewery. At the end you get very, very good
beer made by the Monks. All the ingredients are grown on site, simply amazing. There will be a sign at

the station saying how to get there walking (take a picture of it). Take the S8 to Herrsching (outermost
ring)
7. Chiemsee- Yet another one of King Ludwig's palaces is located on an island in the center of this lake.
DB (Bayern Pass)
8. Starnbergersee- A lake with a ritzy vibe. Many very famous people from Munich go on vacation to this
lake. Take the S6 to Tutzing (outermost ring)



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