Munich, Germany

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century. Here are my recommendations:

  1. Neuschwanstein Castle, also famously known for inspiring Disneyland’s Castle. Make sure you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment as they allocate time slots and are always very busy.  You can pay later (12euros per person) but just pre-book a slot! It takes 2hours from the central main station followed by a short bus ride. You get incredible views from here and can also consider visiting the castle next door called Hohenschwangau castle (the yellow one)

  2. Dachau concentration camp 5h half day tour where you will experience the memorial to the holocaust and learn about the history and workings of the camp. I don’t have any pictures to post here for sensitivity reasons, but would still recommend this insightful visit.
  3. BMW museum and world where you can test cars, see how designs have changed over the years and admire the architecture of the building.13240623_10155140864643849_318971308103394758_n
  4. Historic residence and treasury – see the collections and learn some history13265923_10155140865853849_4249492002833796793_n
  5. Marienplatzs is a central square in the city centre of Munich. It has been the city’s main square since 1158. Look out in particular for the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) on the North side with a Glockenspeil in the tower. 13254649_10155140854698849_6015921144990356539_o

 

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. My top recommendations:

  1. Tour the city and admire its architecture. 12540642_10154738912703849_96663631348433545_n

  2. Join the very fun and nostalgic Sound of music tour (link) – Mirabell Gardens and Pegasus fountain where the song ‘Do-Re-Mi’ was filmed, Leopoldskron Palace where in the film we see the captain’s backyard and private palace gardens, Hellbrunn Palace for the Gazebo, Nonnberg Abbey which is still an active women’s convent nowadays. In this convent the “real” Maria was a novice and also got married to Baron von Trapp, Lake Fuschl and Lake Wolfgang, and Mondsee for the wedding chapel scene.

  3.  Salt mine tour (link) – You get to wear traditional miners’ clothes on this tour and you take the train deep into the mountain. You learn a lot about salt-miners and you also get to take a fun slide down to the salt lake followed by a boat to cross, all underground!

     

  4. Continue on to Lake Königssee as part of your salt mine tour. This is a natural lake in the extreme southeast Berchtesgadener Land district of the German state of Bavaria, near the Austrian border. So yes, you do end up in Germany on this tour!
  5. Untersberg Cable car to see a bird eye view of Salzburg and all the mountains that surround the city.

Others: Try the famous Sacher Torte desert at the Sacher cafe 12507607_10154742335183849_8443547021171492715_n