We flew into Munich at the beginning of our trip but we didn't stay. We met up with our travel companions, got our rental car and hit the road. At the end of our journey we decided to spend the last full day exploring the city.
An excellent way to see a city is to walk. We used the self guided walking tour in Rick Steves' Germany guidebook. Complete with maps, history and directions you can't really go wrong.
It was hard to resist all the good food in the Viktualienmarkt. This open air market boosts vendors stocking cheese and olives, fruit, veggies, breads and confections.
We passed up the sweets in the market but then we found the Milka store.
This store was massive. The shelves below show just a small portion of the Milka candy available. We brought quite a bit home with us!
And of course we had to make it to the Marienplatz in time to see and hear the glockenspiel do it's thing. You can watch the jousters daily at 11:00 and noon.
We had to do the tourist thing and stop for lunch at the Hofbräuhaus. So much fun and the food and beer was really good.
Time for a walk in the Hofgarten. A lovely park with a 400 year old Renaissance-style gazebo. The day we visited a street performer was playing a baby grand piano for tips. Apparently the acoustics are top rated.
Munich is a thriving city full of history, beautiful churches and wonderful food. This was just a small sampling of all the Munich has to offer.