Munich was never on my radar as a place to stop for this trip but with all good backpacking adventures, plans always change. Instead of heading to Austria as originally planned I came here as it allowed the easiest path to my new destination in Italy and what would be the end of my trip around Europe.
Quickly made plans don’t always pans out well and as such I could only find 2 nights accommodation in this captivating city. Unlike Berlin where I was easily lost, Munich felt safer and easier to navigate from the start. It might have only been two days but the sun warmed my body and the beer cooled it down making me dream of returning.
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Like all of my favourite cities visited to this point, I’ve used my feet to get around. The only travel costs I incurred were reservation fees for my Eurail pass. The first day was how much it cost me leaving Prague and the second was the one leaving Munich.
My accommodation choices were limited to a list of expensive hotels and just one hostel. Some major car conference was happening in Munich at the time of my arrival and the result of that meant finding a bed for the night was almost impossible. To add to my misfortune it was also a weekend and we all know how much busier these can get.
I got lucky with my hostel in the end but would have loved to have stayed longer. It had wifi, bar, laundry facilities and pretty darn comfortable dorm rooms.
I had just one full day to explore Munich so lined up a free walking tour (tipped 5 euro) and the evening pub crawl as the main events of the day. The walking tour was really good but I would have loved to catch the tour detailing Hitler’s story in Munich. I got such a small taste that it left me wanting to know more.
Between the tour and the pub crawl I also climbed the tower at St Peter’s Church for the cost of 2 euro to get a good look out over Munich.
The pub crawl cost 11 euro which walked a happy bunch of backpackers around to three different beer halls while providing the first stein free at each. Our reasonably small group allowed us to bond quickly which fuelled the fun we had on such a warm evening. Drinking games naturally occurred and by the time I crawled home there was grave concerns for my ability to be up early for the train to Italy.
To read about everything I saw and did in Munich including the Glockenspiel check out my post Munich in a day.
Food was little bits here and there as I was always on the move. My favourite meal however was stopping at Hofbrauhaus for lunch after the walking tour. Crispy pork knuckle and potato dumplings sure go down a treat with a nice cold stein of their finest. It wasn’t really cheap at 15 euro but really how can you not want to stop at the Hofbrauhaus when in Munich.
Some snacks along the way, extra beer on the pub crawl and a souvenir bottle opener from the great beer city were my only other expenses. I’d have loved a stein to take with me but they were just too big and I didn’t fancy my chances of not breaking it between here and London.
Total Cost for Munich
I loved my very short stay in Munich but it kicked a big old hole in my planed expenditure. I put part of that down to having been travelling through the cheaper eastern half of Europe and my inability to sacrifice a good time over a bit of money. I’m travelling for fun and to enjoy myself not lock myself away after lunch time because I reached the spending limit for the day.
A total cost of 158 Euro or $232.34 AUD (at an exchange rate of 0.68 Euro = 1 AUD) over the two days exploded my recent below expected average daily cost out too $116.17 AUD a day.
I know my short stop does have an effect on this as had I stayed longer my activities would have been spaced out over time. Still it was a bit of a shock and it quickly reminded me of the vast variations in costs you will meet while travelling around Europe.
Had I travelled to Munich now (November 2014) the total cost for the 2 days would have been $225.84 AUD. A little better for the wallet but still on the high side for such a short stay.
I can only imagine how much Munich would hurt your bank balance around Oktoberfest time but when the surroundings are this beautiful city and you have beer that goes down oh so well, it’s hard to deny the cost isn’t worth it.