Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Mozart, the Sound of Music, Alpine views – what about a day trip to Austria? Salzburg may be in neighbouring Austria but this gem of a city is only 2 hours on a scenic train ride from Munich! Why not take advantage of such good news and take a day trip to Salzburg from Munich. 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich


Nestled in the Austrian Alps, Salzburg is a beautifully preserved medieval town with the 900 year-old Festung Hohnensalzburg (fort) looking down over the old town and dominating the city’s skyline. Explore the medieval streets and see the spectacular Domkirche Cathedral and palaces in this scenic city. Also famous for chocolates and patisseries, there are countless places to grab a coffee and something sweet and watch the bustling city. 
  

In the summer they have the awesome Salzburg festival and there are events all year round. Check the timetable of what’s on as they have concerts at the fortress! 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Mozart’s manuscript


Mozart’s Hometown 

For Mozart fans you can visit his childhood house complete with musical instruments along with his birthplace and some favourite spots of his including cafes and his hang outs.

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich


Beer World – Stiegl-Brauwelt

Stiehl-Brauwelt is Salzburg’s oldest privately-owned brewery (525 years!!) and you can hot spot on our list of places to visit! There’s a beer tower, a cinema experience and of course – you can sample the beer! There are all kind of facts to learn about the beer making process – find out how the horses used to deliver the beer from the brewery around the town. 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich
Salzburg’s Ice Caves

If you have time then visit Salzburg’s ice caves – the largest in the world and filled with spectacular ice sculptures. There’s a labyrinth of pathways amongst the caves and almost 30 miles of underground network to explore – don’t get lost! These are above the nearby village of Werfen and open from May to October. They’re underground (and made of ice…) so dress up warm!! 

Hit the ski slopes

If you’re visiting in winter you can also go skiing in Salzburg if you’re staying a bit longer! There are free bus transfers from the slopes to the centre from December until March 19th. In summer you can do the Sound of Music tour of course – watch the lush green hills come alive!

If you want to stay the night and see more of this cool city then why not stay at Famous Hostel Yoho International Youth Hostel in Salzburg 

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

Take a Day Trip to Salzburg from Munich

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Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

If you’re looking for something fun and unique that’s near then take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria – the Schloss Neuschwanstein. Open to the public since the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, this is an ideal day trip from Munich and set in a woodland idyll, and affectionately known as “the castle of the fairy-tale king.” Check out the Disney look for yourself.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle was paid for by the King rather than public funds to be a private refuge and no expense was spared. Set on a hill overlooking the town of Hohenschwangau the castle was built as a homage to the composer Richard Wagner.

Reportedly over 1.6 million people visit each year so make sure you check for tickets in advance. It’s also a popular film set and has inspired several other castles since – even Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty’s” (although is sometimes called the Cinderella castle).

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Inside the Castle Gates

The castle isn’t actually finished – it was due to have almost 200 rooms but only has 15 completed. One of these is the ball room so it’s still not small, and the ‘Throne Room.’ A lot of restoration work on the castle has been undertaken, including the high stone walls and the luxurious interior. The king had a reputation for being a little eccentric (or ‘the mad king’) but he wanted the elaborate castle to be decorated in a romantic style, as you can see from the interior.

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

How to get there and tickets

You need to buy your ticket before you get there. Check here for more info and to make a booking.

To get to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich you can take the train – the castle is near Schwangau and Füssen in the Allgäu. Find out more here

It’s a half hour walk from the ticket office to the palace – there’s a map for the walk – a short shuttle bus, or you can even get a horse and carriage! Fancy. Check out the options here. If you’re visiting you can make a small detour to nearby Linderhof Castle on the way – it’s based on the French palace in Versailles.

It really does look like something out a movie!

Take a trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Make the trip and enjoy – then head back to Munich for a beer in the evening! Perfect day out.

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Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

We love Christmas in Munich! The gingerbread, mulled wine, Christmas carols and stalls with traditional handycrafts. And you will love it too, as the streets and squares are lit with decorations, rowdy with music and concerts, and filled with traditional market stalls. Munich’s traditional Christmas markets are the best in Germany – Nuremberg is bigger, but not better 😉 – and date back to 14th century.

Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz

Munich Christkindlmarkt

The markets are actually made up of several different ones – the best known being the traditional Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz (in the main square) with the 70 year old tree. Expect nightly Christmas carols from the balconies and plenty of mulled wine along with traditional gifts and sweets to buy – get your gingerbread here!  

Christmas Markets

Christmas Market


Worth visiting are the Middle Ages Market – great for traditional roasted food and if medieval music is your thing, Tollwood market for a more modern touch, the Pink Christmas for a lively gay market with plenty of music, beer and food at the (summer beer garden) at Christmas Market at the Chinese Tower, the student zone Schwabing Market, and the Märchenbazar for a circus-themed selection of stalls.

Krampus

The famous Krampus

The traditional Krampus Run, 11th December

Don’t miss this unique sight! The devilish bestial Krampus Run is a chance to see the fearsome costumes of these horny beasts. The Krampus Run is a tradition folk festival that can only be found in Bavaria and neighbouring Austria. It originates from the mythical beastly Krampus – a companion to St Nicholaus (the good one in red with the presents) who frightens children and chases them around – to frighten them into behaving next year! He is represented by a traditional costumed group – called the “Sparifankerl Pass” group, who dress up as him and terrify the locals, with everyone running and hiding around the town. Find out more about the Sparifankerl Pass group here. The children’s event is 12th December, adults 11th December for 2016.

Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

Tollwood Winterfestival Alternative Market
From 23rd November to 31st December

If you’re looking for something a bit different but with plenty of atmosphere then check out Tollwood Winterfrestival. This is the place to find circus acts, live performances, art installations, concerts and more – along with an ecological theme of movement. With no admission charge (yes free!) you can see art exhibitions, live music, fire shows, stage performance from act Osadia, Frieda & Yohto at the ‘Deep-in-the-woods bar) and cabaret, theatre, workshops and more! There is also plenty of delicious food and drink – all organic and from free range animals and sustainable sources. 

The Cirque Eloize is performing again this year’s festival and they throw an amazing New Year’s Eve party too – find out all the events taking place here.

Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016

If you’re looking for more Christmas markets for day trips, then the world’s largest is at nearby Nuremberg (until 24th December) along with impressive markets at Augsburg (until 24th December), Regensburg (until 23rd December) and Salzburg in neighbouring Austria.

We hope you enjoy Munich’s Traditional Christmas Markets 2016! Book your bed direct with us for the best price at Euro Youth Hotel

Oktoberfest 2016 arrives in Munich

Oktoberfest 2016 arrives in Munich

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

What is this Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is here! For two weeks and with over 6 million visitors, the biggest beer festival in the world takes place in Munich – this is the Oktoberfest (mostly held in September..)  The festival began in 1810 and now sees huge amounts of happy locals and tourists enjoying the celebrations in the numerous beer tents, often in traditional costume and enjoying the famous ‘oom pah’ music, as well as a host of parades and events that take place over the two weeks.

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

What not to miss

Kicking off with the mayor opening the first barrel of beer, the festivities continue with lots of… beer… merry making and of course lots of amusement rides to go on after you’ve had a few beers. The highlights are seeing the costumes, the concerts, the gun salutes, the rides, and…. tasting all the different beers!

There is also of course delicious German food such as hendl (roast chicken), schweinsbraten (delicious roast pork) and the gingerbread hearts that you can eat your heart out on!

The last day of the festival is a holiday this year – so you have an extra day! Don’t miss the Gun Salutes on Monday 3rd October. Check out the programme here:

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

Be Prepared

Like a scout, you must be prepared for Oktoberfest. The beer is strong – especially if you’re not used to the local offers, and the day is long. There are 14 beer tents and you will be lucky to get a seat, so get there early! Last year 7.5 million litres of beer was consumed so don’t worry about it running out.

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

Quick Facts:

Do I need to pay?

It’s free to enter! But you do need a free ticket and to enter in the appropriate places for bag checks and security.

What if I don’t drink beer?

Well…there are things to do that are not just drinking beer – there are plenty of things for kids in the family areas

When does it close?

At 1.30am, but it opens again at 8am so there’s plenty of time to enjoy it

Can I take a bag?

Yes as long as it fits the dimensions on the website and contains nothing dangerous – there is luggage storage.

Oktoberfest 2016 Arrives in Munich

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Images from www.muenchen.de and www.oktoberfest.de

Find out more information on the Oktoberfest 2016 here www.oktoberfest.de

What to do in Munich this Summer

What to do in Munich this Summer

It’s that time of year for celebrating Summer in the city! – here’s what to do in Munich this Summer!

What to do in Munich this Summer

In the summertime, when the weather is hot (sometimes), Munich has lots of ways to stay cool and enjoy the summer around town, from parks swims to beer gardens. Here’s what not to miss this summer.


City Beach – Stadtstrand

It’s not just Paris that has a sandy beach in the city – Munich has one too – the “Great Bavaria Reef”! With DJs, a fountain to splash around in and plenty of events, get yourself down to the best beach in town. There are a whole host of cultural events until 9th October, check out the programme here

What to do in Munich this Summer

Parks and green space

Known as one of the biggest urban parks, the English Garden (or The Englischer Garten to the locals) is a great place to spend a summer’s day, whether you’re in the beer garden (one of our favourite spots), the shaded woods or watching the surfers on the Eisbach (yes surfers! See more below..). For a great place to picnic try Prater Beach – with sand! 

What to do in Munich this Summer

What to do in Munich this Summer – image from www.Muenchen.de

Open Air Cinema

Until September 3rd

This summer enjoy a cinematic experience under the stars! Check out the movie selections at the Olympic Park, Stockyard cinema, Idyllic and Autokino Aschheim for everything from Hollywood blockbusters to art house foreign language movies.  Bring a blanket and a picnic! (No glass allowed..)

Check out the listings at the Olympic floating stage here

What to do in Munich this Summer

Check out the surfers on the Eisbach River

You can watch pro surfers catch waves in Munich, right in the centre of town on the Eisbach River. The river flows overground creating a ‘standing wave’ that’s great to surf or even kayak on – right in the English Garden. The best spot for watching is from the bridge where you can see the surfers jump in (and often wiped out). If you can surf then give it a go – but it’s not for first timers as the wave is pretty powerful!

There are also lots of cool rooftop bars around town if you want a view and have some cash to splash – check out these recommendations here.

We hope you enjoyed our guide to What to do in Munich this Summer

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016

From June 29th to July 24th the Olympiapark will be the home of the Tollwood Summer Festival 2016 – a month long celebration of live music and theatre, and 70% of it is free! Don’t miss out this great event in Munich!

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Dating back to 1988, Tollwood takes place twice a year and promotes cultural events such as music and theatre and environmental activities. Determined to be a festival ‘for humanity and the environment’, this year the theme is preserving the oceans to raise awareness of plastic waste and over-fishing.

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International Music Acts

This year the Tollwood Musik-Arena hosts a This year acts include Deep Purple, Anastacia, Jamie Cullum, Melody Gardot and Rea Garvey with his ‘Get Loud’ concert. They even have ZZ top playing! To find out about the acts check here

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016

Tollwood Summer Festival 2016   

Tollwood Summer-Theatre

The Theatre Tent arena hosts three international acts from shadow play performances to ‘Nouveau Cirque’ (which is an adaptation of traditional circus by French performance artists and acrobats ‘Un loup pour l’homme’. Australian company Bunk Puppets presents ‘Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones’ shadow play and another Aussie group of 7 acrobats – Gravity & Other Myths. 

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An Environmental Festival

Tollwood is an ecologically minded festival and with 1.5 million visitors each year it promotes and runs projects devoted to waste reduction, organic and fair food, climate preservation and ecological and social projects. 

Find out about their action group for fairer-farming – As Nature Made Them – here

UEFA Euro 2016 Football Championship

UEFA Euro 2016 Football Championship

As all football fans will know, the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship begins this month (10th June – 10th July), with the first matches drawn and the teams recently announcing their chosen players. We’re so excited here at Euro Youth we can hardly wait!
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Watching a Bayern Munich Football Match

Watching Bayern Munich play football

If you’re in Munich and even slightly into the Beautiful Game that is football, then you will probably want to catch the home team Bayern Munich playing a football match while you’re in town. You will also know that Bayern got through to the quarter finals of the Champions League, meaning there are some BIG matches coming up very soon!!

Bayern Munich Training

Bayern Munich Training

To make this a little easier for you – here’s a list of who, when and where – and how to get a reasonably priced ticket without getting scammed!

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Next Up Matches

Check out the National League or Champions League matches here

Bayern Munich matches 2016

Bayern Munich Champions League Matches 2016

And the National League matches here:

League matches for Bayern Munich Football Team

League matches for Bayern Munich Football Team

And the DFB Polka final match against Bremen

DFB POKAL final Munich match

DFB POKAL final Munich match


How do I get a ticket for Bayern?

First of all, don’t panic – we can help you with this. The best place to get tickets (and also returned tickets) is here at the official Secondary Ticket MarketThey have tickets for ‘members only’, but also for the public. And you will not get scammed by someone ruthless with really expensive tickets to your beloved match. Hurry, hurry! They’re selling out fast!

Bayern Munich Football Matches at Euro Youth Hotel

The Euro Bar

Didn’t get a ticket? If you’re staying with us at Euro Youth Hotel and want to watch the match with the best atmosphere (outside of the stadium..) then head along to The Euro Bar where we always show the game! It’s bound to be cheaper than the real thing (unless you start a Jäger train) and there’s sure to be happy hour and plenty of drinks flowing! Come along to our screening and cheer the home team with us!

Bayern Munich Football Matches at Euro Youth Hotel

Starkbierzeit Beer Festival

Starkbierzeit – Beer Festival

Starkbierzeit Festival

Starkbierzeit Festival

Have some fun Bavarian style in the Starkbierzeit – Beer Festival this March. Until 19th you can enjoy your lent with some seriously strong beer – each pint is the equivalent of 4 normal European beers! Come along to the party for the most fun you can have this March in Munich! 

Similarly to the autumn counterpart Oktoberfest, the Starkbierzeit – Beer Festival is all about drinking strong beer, chopping wood in your leather lederhosen and enjoying some rowdy Bavarian sing-a-longs. What’s not to love?! 

Starkbierzeit Festival

Starkbierzeit Festival

Festival Origins

The festival is actually older than the more famous Oktoberfest and was started by Paulaner monks in the is 1600s. It originated as a sneaky way for the monks to sustain themselves throughout the Lent fast by having some ‘liquid bread’ in the form of very strong beer…

If you haven’t visited us before then this is a great introduction to our history and culture, with some dancing on the table and oh so popular oom pah pah music. There are also food tours you can take to soak up some of the beer, or ‘liquid bread’ as they say.

Tickets from 2 Euros – book online!!

Starkbierzeit Festival

Beer Garden at the Paulaner Brewery – Starkbierzeit Festival

Löwenbrau-keller & Paulaner Brewery Locations

There are two festival locations where the beer is flowing: the Löwenbrau-keller (until 19th March) and the traditional original Paulaner Brewery at Nockherberg (until 13th March)

The Paulaner Brewery is the traditional home to the festival but you must book tickets in advance – get them online here. They invite you to “enjoy a Maß (one litre) Salvator along with culinary delicacies in a unique beer festival atmosphere” so what are you waiting for? If the weather in Munich is good then they also have a very nice beer garden to enjoy also.

The Löwenbrau-keller is joining in the fun for the fifth year and has a ‘Party Band’ and there is even a legendary ‘stone lifting’ competition. It’s a great chance to see some lively Bavarian locals so come along and have some fun with us! 

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Paulaner Brewery – SStarkbierzeit Festival


If you’re staying at Euro Youth Hotel then ask at reception for tips on things to do in Munich, tours, attractions and how to get around town. They’ll be more than happy to help. If you’re on your way to Starkbierzeit Festival then have a beer for us!

Skiing near Munich

Want to go skiing from Munich? Here’s everything you need to know about making that happen. Check out the Olympics sites, Germany’s highest mountain, great snow and the beautiful Bavarian Alps. Find out more.

Oberjoch

Oberjoch

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