My first international trip was in 1995 to Germany and Austria. I was five.
Last week, I returned with Andrew for our short winter getaway.
Thanks to great staff rates, we were able to stay at The Charles Hotel in Munich, an upscale luxury hotel only 3 minutes away from the München Hauptbahnhof (Munich’s Main Train Station). Room was pretty spacious, but my favorite part of the hotel was our bathroom. The floors heated up! Apparently, this is a thing in Germany and it’s awesome. My dream home will include heated tile floors in my bathroom.
They also had a very nice pool and sauna, with the nicest Balinese staff member.
On our first day, we took a walk around Munich’s city center.
We strolled through Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s historic farmer’s market.
We stopped by Münchner Suppenküche, a self-service soup stall serving traditional German soups. I read about Münchner Suppenküche on travel blogs and wasn’t disappointed. It was perfect and very satisfying for our chilly day in Munich.
Across the street from Viktualienmarkt is Café Frischhut, a little bakery famous for their schmalznudel and krapfen, two local specialties. We got both. A schmalznudel is basically a thin funnel cake. The krapfen is Munich’s jam-filled fluffy donut.
Every bakery sold fresh pretzels so we had to get one too. Pretzels are a staple in Germany. They became a sign of good luck because of their 3 holes that represent the Holy Trinity. Traditionally, Germans eat pretzels on Good Friday because they’re considered to be the “official food of lent.” While they were good, I prefer soft pretzels. When I used to visit Andrew in Philly, we used to go to a pretzel factory where a pretzel would cost 25¢. I could go for one of those right now. I guess it makes sense because Pennsylvania had a large German immigrant population (Pennsylvania Dutch).