Wish you were bier

Wish you were bier

As the early summer sun shines on Munich, the locals flock out to enjoy it after a long hard winter-before the typical long hard summer.Engaging in the favourite bavarian past time of sitting around with friends drinking copious amounts of beer.And what better place to do so then in one of Munich’s many and a plenty biergartens.

So be prepared to pack up and go get your prost on, here are eight of the great.

Seehaus Im Englischer Garten

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As it is one of the most well known and beloved destinations, we’ll begin our biergarten tour with the Seehaus. Literally named lake house, this charming pavillion sits cozily aside the Kleinhesseloher lake in the middle northern tip of the Englischer Garten. Open for breakfast through dinner, this resteraunt/ garten is prepared to offer you options for all your dinning and day drinking needs.

Adress| Kleinhesselohe 3, 80802 München

Chinesischer Turm

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Direct in the middle of Englisher Garten sits one of the biggest biergartens in Munich; Chinesischer Turm. Apply named for its large chinese tower, this biergarten has over 7000 seats and regularly delights its geusts with day long brass band performances from within the tower. Easily accessable by bike or foot, this touristy hub of a biergarten is good for those looking to get social and enjoy a long day filled with oompah music.

Adress | Englischer Garten 3, 80538 München

 

Aumeister im Englischen Garten

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The final noteworthy Englischer garten beer spot is the Aumeister. This little biergarten is located up in the norther edge of the Englischer garten and often refered to as a bit more of a local spot than the others. A good place to hide away from the summer crowds and heat, the Aumeister terrace has an excellent selection of tradition Bavarian food and beers.

Adress |Sondermeierstraße 1, 80939 München

 

Waldwirtschaft

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Down near Großhesselohe, the Waldwirtschaft garten is looking to offer you a modern mix on the timeless tradition. As you relax on your spacious outdoor seating, under the bathing shade of chesnut trees you can enjoy your beer and obazda whilst being treated to some live jazz music ( particularly nice on weekends when the bands play all afternoon). In addition to the outdoor patio, WaWi offers four different indoor resteraunts.

Adress:| Georg-Kalb-Straße 3, 82049 München

 

Gutshof Menterschwaige

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Over on the edge of Munich, headed towards Grünwald youll find this nestled away biergarten. Just above the banks of the Isar river, Mentnerschwaige is the perfect place to spend your day. Previously voted most beautiful biergarten in Munich, it offers over 2.500 seats, so if your interested in a visit its best to get there earlier in the day. However, theres always the indoor option if you need to beat some of the crowd.

Adress | Menterschwaigstraße 4, 81545 München

Augustiner Keller

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If your looking for an authentic biergarten experience, I’d recomend you head down to Auugstiner Keller. As one of the oldest biergartens in Munich, it is garenteed to give you an authentic Bavarian experience. Not only does it have a great outdoor area, but a large indoor beer hall as well.

Adress | Arnulfstraße 52, 80335 München

Löwenbräukeller

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Right in the middle of Munich Löwenbräukeller offers a good summer escape. This traditional biergarten is the perfect place to get posted with a picnic and enjoy a nice pint or beer or a refreshing Radler ( beer mixed with lemon soda). However, if picnicing isnt your thing, they do offer a lot of delicious alternatives.Such as Flammkuchen ( a pizza esk treat) or a standard hendl ( roast chicken).

Adress | Nymphenburger Str. 2, 80335 München

Hirschgarten

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Looking to enjoy a beer and a deer? Hirschgarten has you covered. This greenery and scenery is the perfect mixture of relaxation and entertainment. This wildlife reserve also happens to be an excellent option for families. Bring your kids, let then run around while you enjoy a cold one. Pretty ideal oder?

Adress | Gyßlingstraße 15, 80805 München

 

 

 

 

Moving to Germany, 2 years later

Moving to Germany, 2 years later

As many people have asked, and continually do so, I have finally decided to sit down and answer a why German post. Coming from Hawaii to Munich always seems to baffle people in conversation, and when the initial shock is over questions about the expat experience come up.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in California, raised in Hawaii and then moved back to Cali for a couple years for college. I would say Im not from either 100% but a good solid west coast mix.

 

What made you decide to move away from the US?

Have you ever been to California or Hawaii? paradise. ok you got me. However, economically it is a disaster.  At some point I found myself beginning to get trapped under mounds of debt and realized that having no health insurence was not a way I wanted to live my life. I was in dire need of some stability. So I packed my bags and searched for a new home with more opportunities and benefits.

 

How did you decide on settling in Munich?

I initially did some test runs in my search for a new home. I had some time in Geneva, Paris and London, but all the while I had a nack for visiting Munich and eventually fell in love with it.

 

Do you have family or live alone?

Most of my family is gone now ( one of the major reasons I left America) However, I did start out in Munich as an aupair but now I am a full fledged adult and live alone. On occasion I will visit my German family so I cannot say I am entirely out here alone and roughing it.

 

Was it easy making friends or adjusting to the culture?

HAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Oh boy is this the question. I could write a thesis on this bad boy, and have probably verbally done so many times. The German culture – in contrast to American- is a very hard nut to crack. In America it is easy to walk out and talk to any old Joe on the street and build an ever lasting friendship eventually. but no, not here. Germans are very reserved and very exclusive. You meet people basically only through other people and if you cant speak German at all it can be very difficult. I mean I must admit I have heard Munich is extra difficult regarding this and if I was in another city it may be easier..but I chose the hard route. All in all I cannot fully complain though, in a way I really appreciate it a bit more in comparison to the over friendly American style. I find here when you actually can get into a social circle, the friends you make tend to be far more loyal and valuable.

How do you cope with homesickness?

In all honesty I do not have so much homesickness as Munich feels to me more like a home than any other place I have previously lived. Sometimes though, when Ive had a hard day or want to cry from studying the language I will go get a Starbucks. It may be over price, under quality coffee but it does taste the same in every country.

 

How long did it take to learn German?

This is a pretty reletive question. First things first, German is extremely hard. Most expats I have met tend to avoid learning it. They find when everyone here speaks english it doesnt make so much sense but also I takes a loooootttttt of work and investment.  I was lucky. I chose to start my Munich transition as an aupair so I had some good time in between working hours to hunker down and focus on studying. I did sacrfice a lot of my free time to catch up from a life of single language living and many a times cried because learning German grammar is a night mare. Now I am about a B2 ( just under native speaker) my comprehension is about perfect but since I work in english my speaking is not soooo ideal.

 

Do you feel at home yet?

For the most part I can answer this yes. In my first year it was really hard and I often felt very alone and reminded I did not belong. I did not know the city well and was very shocked by the culture. Going into my second year ( and once I learned German) I began to feel more at ease. Now that the second year is nearly over I can say I am very well settled. I have a perfect flat, job, my language skills are blooming, the social situation is..almost solved.. all in all I am just about as cozy and content as an expat could be. I’ve come to find that calling somewhere home is not about being happy because everything alway being perfect, its about feeling happy when nothing is going right. It is always a struggle in some way or other to make it here but at the end of the day I find it always works out well for me. Some way or another.

Top five Summer activities in Munich

Top five Summer activities in Munich

Ahhh yesssss, finally the days of snow are through and the temperature is headed up. Summertime is starting in Munich, and what better way to enjoy it then hurry on outdoors.

But wait! what is this you say? You don’t know what fantastic activities Munich holds for this season? Well then my dear, let me give you a little help.

  1. Englischer garten

Known as one of the biggest urban parks in the world, the englischer garten is by far one of the first attractions youll want to hit up in the Munich Summer months. It stretches on throughout Munich with its many wooded trails and chill  sunbathing friendly greenery. People come from all over to lay by the river, play volleyball, do sports and spend their whole days in the sun.

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They even have a part of the river where people surf. I knowww right? bananas.

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2. Open airs

Another popular summer activity in Munich is to attend an “open air”

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An open air is a bit of a loose term. Its like any sort of gathering event, with music and drinks outside. It ranges from big music festivals to smaller outside gatherings and even outdoor cinemas. Below I’ve added a couple standard open airs that would definitly be a good option to see for the new to Munich:

and here are some bigger note worthy festivals around the area

3. Cafes and Roof top bars

 

Now on to on of my favourite activities…eating and drinking! The long sunshine hours of summer create the perfect opportunity to sit outside, enjoy the weather and some treats. Whether you choose to brunch, lunch or go out for a drink the options are endless. Since I tend to post about my favourite cafes, right now I will just tell you about to great rooftop bars.

Flushing Meadows | http://flushingmeadowshotel.com/bar/

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This hotel bar sits in Fraunhoferstraße between the Reichenbackbrücke Isar and Gärtnerplatz. They serve amazing smoothies and Açai bowls from Super Danke and have a fabulous list of drinks and cocktails ( my current favourite being the Flushing Meadows Spritz) Its a wonderful place to go anytime of the day, but particularly evening I find lovely.

Café Vorhoelzer Forum | http://www.vf.ar.tum.de/cafe/

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Located above the Technical University of Munich ( TUM or TU) is another great-and super popular- roof top bar. Naturally as its above the university, finding a spot there can be difficult but when you are lucky or have put your weight in it is worth it. The food is not someting extra ordinary and the drinks are standard but the atmosphere is really what catches you. And the view of the city is really great.

 

4. Glockenbach

Glockenbach is one of the more popular districts in Munich ( coincidently also my home). However it has two main areas that are great local attractions:

Gärtnerplatz

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A small enclosed roundabout between Marienplatz and Sendlinger Tor is host to a wonderful mini garden park. People often come and sit on its benches and stairs under the central fountain for the day. Drinking a beer or radler, eating some ice cream or even just sunbathing with friends. The area is always very well manicured and the plants are changed out for each season.

Reichenbackbrücke Isar

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The part of the Isar flows under the Reichenback bridge near Fraunhoferstr. ( just a few minutes walk from Gärtnerplatz) Its a great place to go and relax in the sun. It doesnt quite have the swimming capabilities as the Englischer Garten, but its more for just chilling in the grass or running along the paths.

5. Lake trip

Now this is a bit far off, but any proper Munich inhabitant will know it is one of the best ways to spend some free summer time. And with the amazing German public transport system, its pretty easy as well. All around Bavaria there are many great lakes or in german Sees to visit. Here are some of the most popular:

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Roaming Rotwand

Roaming Rotwand

Spring has sprung,

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and the time for hiking as begun

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All ryhming aside, I am seriously so happy the weather is becoming more- not yet perfectttt- acceptable for hiking!

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This past weekend we headed up to Rotwand.

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A cozy little hike around the Schliersee area.

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We had the brilliant idea to get up at 4am to hike up for sunrise…however unfortunately some clouds rolled in to hide the morning lights

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nevertheless we trekked up and had a terrific time

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This hike in particular is really great for beginnners..or exaughsted 5am hikers

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It has smooth, straight forward paths, moderate to booty building inclines and some great break spots

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its around 2 hours, of which you will encounter some great views

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and adorable architechture

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On your way to the top youll first stop by the Rotwandhaus

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perfect place for a little pause, some soup or of course my favourite- a post hike weißbier

..but back to the hike! so once you pass the Rotwandhaus youve got about 30 minutes more until you reach the mountain peak

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This one I find particularly cool, as it shows a compass of all the surrounding mountains

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and did I even get to mention the snow??

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ok ok it wasnt much and it was rather icy, but still pretty exciting when we reached the top and the weather was once again all fabulous and chilly

 

Id give it a 10/10 for fun and do-ability. Its a great hike for beginners and an even better hike for those looking for some 4am sports that wont leave them completely dead tired

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Hoover & Floyd

Hoover & Floyd

Eaaassyyy like Sunday morniiinngggg

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Here we are now with another of Aspen’s Munich cafe recomendations. Todays highlight being: Hoover & Floyd aka the cafe shop that looks like it was decorate by a multitude of enlgish grandmothers with an affinity for textures.

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Not to say it isnt completely fabulous,

The decor is so alive and aethetically appealing

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I have only come here for coffee and drinks ( both I can highly recomend)

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Some light snacks and cakes I have dabbled in-cakes always good! but I must confess I mainly come for the atmosphere. The ladies working there are always so lively and happy, the music is usually a cheerful 60-70s blend and in the evenings the colours are wild and superb

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Its nestled up in Glockenbach-naturally where all my spots are-just a short walk from müllerstraße…

Unfortunately I couldnt brunch myself today ( already used up my cheatday, boohoo) but soon I’ll be on it and back to ya’ll..but if your in the neighborhood I highly recomend you got there for a visit, and If its before my next trip let me know the deets on the eats (;

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Ickstattstraße 2, 80469