Germany Guide from Berlin to Munich
Our Germany guide to the good bits. Helpful information about where to stay, eat and the best activities. All you need to know when organizing your trip! Sound good then read on.
Germany’s Oktoberfest began calling as soon as I watched the hilarious movie Beer-fest, so when October came around we were prepared. Dirndl, lederhosen and the golden ticket to the festival!
The festival is in Munich but we took some extra time and started our trip in Berlin. Exploring the culture about Berlin was a really cool experience. How the locals have grown out of chaos left by ‘The Third Reich’ and blossomed into a thriving modern society which does a damn good coffee. Things like the wall remaining intact in some places serve as a symbol and hefty reminder to us all that we must learn from our history in order to grow.
Munich seems less painted by history. The beautiful Englischer Garten is a picturesque central city park and is home to an infinity wave which local surfers take turns thrashing. Beer gardens open throughout the day are alive with people guzzling steins, although nobody is the drunk idiot taking advantage. It seems pretty normal to have a stein on your lunch break here.
As for the Oktober festival itself the tagline should be “Marathon not a sprint.” Advice difficult to heed when the excitement of the atmosphere and continuous drinking games you take part in. Inside the beers halls You can only order beer or food from your table so it pays to have one booked with your ticket. We managed to find the needle in the haystack when we past a group of elderly Germans vacating a table, it was a small beer fest miracle. German traditional music fills the hall and people everywhere chant for the person who has taken the traditional challenge of finishing a full stein in one while standing on the table. Hero’s are made but just as quickly the mob will turn on those who fail in their attempt.
We made our own drinking game/song which I encourage to share.
The rules are simple and if any are broken, the penalty is a drink.
– Keep the tempo
– Dont mess up any words
– As soon as someone starts the song, everyone must participate.
Someone starts by singing
“Bring your….. (Then everyone must join in at this point)
Dirndl, lederhosen, wiener, schnitzel and your bloody bratwurst (x2)
Im’ going to drink some steins (Cheers and drink)
Were going to drink some steins (Cheers and drink)
PRRROSSSSTTTT (Cheers and drink then point to someone who must take one more drink)
Like the best drinking games around it’s simple, stupid and highly effective.
We merged accommodation and transport into one on our night bus from Berlin to Munich. You can find tickets for about 20euro depending on when you book online at flixbus.
The Metro system in Germany is very good once you get the hang of it. Just make sure you memorize or write the name of the station where your accommodation is on your forehead. Getting home after 5-10 steins of beer is a difficult proposal and asking for help is pointless if you don’t know where you’re going. I had a drunken 4hour disorientated adventure on the metro trying to get back home.
In both Berlin and Munich the metro is an honesty system. There are no gates to pass through to get onto the train although they do have plenty of people dressed in unmarked clothing checking tickets so make sure you do have a validated train ticket with you.
- In Germany you’re never far from your favorite kind of wurst sausage. and you will grow a new love of sauerkraut. Indulge accordingly.
- Get a coffee at Bonanza Coffee Heros if you appreciate the taste of a coffee made exceptionally
- Just outside of Munich at the Andechs monastery you can find a pork knuckle
- Oktoberfest has lots of things to try. Once at a table in the beer halls get yourself a menu and wave over a bar maid. Then order the roast chicken! Half or whole, it’s the best thing on a dam good menu. Get another stein while you’re at it.
- At the Stalls walking around Oktoberfest you can find Langos. It’s the Hungarian equivalent of the Fried bread we get in New Zealand. Normally served with mozzarella and ham. A delicious heart attack!
Must see & do
- Rent bikes and ride around the city.
- Visit the wall and read the plaques of information. See the area known as “no-man’s land”
- Stroll through the alleys at ‘The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- browse through the antiques flea market ‘Straße des 17.Juni’
- Visit a beer garden
- Take a Tour to the Dachau Concentration Camp. Its an emotionally difficult place to visit, you will come away deeply impacted and with a heavy heart. Its an important reminder to learn from the atrocities of war so we do not repeat.
- Visit the Englischer Garten and check out the infinity wave. Really
- Get a Costume and attend an Oktoberfest. no explanation needed.
Tips & Advice
- Oktober fest – Marathon not sprint!
- Book a table with your ticket so you don’t miss out. (Alternatively become very friendly to someone who has a table)
- Get in costume. It makes the event much more fun. This isn’t the time to show off your new chinos and sweater vest.
- The portions of food at the beer gardens are huge and depending on your appetite order wisely.
Helpful words and phrases
My name is…
Wie heißen Sie?
What is your name?
How are you?
Mir geht’s gut.
I’m doing well.
Mir geht’s nicht gut.
I’m not doing well.
Ich komme aus…[den USA/Kanada/Australien/Großbritannien].
I am from…[the USA/Canada/Australia/UK].
Wie lange sind Sie in [Deutschland/Österreich/der Schweiz]?
How long are you in [Germany/Austria/Switzerland]?
Ich bin da für [eine Woche/zwei Wochen/drei Wochen].
I am here for [one week/two weeks/three weeks].
See you later!