Day 1 & 2 in Munich, GERMANY

Munich was our stop for Germany trip. Why we choose Munich? Munich is the capital and the most populated city in the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is also the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and the 12th largest city in the European Union.

Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. 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.

Things to see in Munich was another reason, we want to see Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. It is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.

Trip in December 2015  |  €1 = MYR4.60

Flight details:

Departure: 15:05 Helsinki (Vantaa), Terminal* 1
Arrival: 16:05 Riga
Flight: BT304 / Economy class / Basic ticket, E
Operated by: airBaltic, Boeing 737-500

Layover at Riga for 1 hour then catch Air Baltic to Munich.

Departure: 17:00pm Riga
Arrival: 18:15 Munich, Terminal* 1
Flight: BT223 / Economy class / Basic ticket, E
Operated by: airBaltic, BOEING 737-300 (WINGLETS)

Adult/-s Fare: €170.00
Taxes: €31.94
Fuel surcharge: €108.04
Checked baggage: €19.99
Transaction fee: €5.99
Total: €335.96

| 21st December 2015 |

In this page, I will tell about how I maximise 1 day in Munich. On the first day, was traveling day, we flew from Helsinki to Munich via Airbaltic. It was night time once we reach at our accommodation.

6:15pm: Arrived Munich Airport and quickly catch train direct to Munich city then to nearest station to our accommodation at A&O München Laim. Total train journey was 45 minutes. We have to walk  about 8-10 min from the Laim station to our hostel.

A&O München Laim walking map

A&O München Laim walking map

Hotel: A&O München Laim
Address: Landsberger Straße 338 Laim,
München, 80687, Germany
Phone: +4930809475110
Cost: Twin Room with Private Bathroom – €126 for 3 nights

After checked in done, we went out to look something to eat. There are Italian restaurant just across the road named Nuova Italia. You can dining-in or takeaway from this restaurant. They make simple pizzas for takeaway which you can pay cheaper price than dining-in. So we prefer takeaway and eat it at our hostel’s lounge where we can get free flow of coffee and tea. Regular Pizza Tonno e Cipolla at €6.50 only.

| 22 December 2015 |

Today’s plan was visit to Top sight around Munich. We start early morning to visit some places on my wishlist. Never buy special pass for the public transport, we bought normal train and tram tickets throughout the day. Here’s places of interest we got a chance to visit for 1 whole day;

Haus der Kunst

Haus d.Kunst

  • National Museum/Haus d.Kunst

Haus der Kunst in Munich is a key global center for contemporary art located in Munich, Germany. We didn’t visit the interior of the building.

English Garden

English Garden

  • English Garden/Englischer Garten

English Garden is one of the largest urban parks in the world. The layout has undergone constant change throughout the centuries as new buildings and green spaces were added time and again.

Created in 1789 the English Garden is situated in the heart of Munich and offers many leisure activities: Not only is the park used for picnicking in summer by hundreds of people, you can also go for a swim in the Eisbach, an icy stream running through the area, and enjoy a beer in several different beer gardens, such as the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) or the Seehaus (“lake house”) at the Kleinhesseloher Lake.

One of the most special attractions of the English Garden are the surfers in the Eisbach: A stone step constructed under water at the mouth of the stream creates a standing wave that can be used for surfing all year round. Spectators can watch the expert surfers perform daring stunts from a bridge on Prinzregentenstraße. We went on an absolutely freezing day and there were still people surfing

Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower)

Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower)

Lukas Church/St. Luke Church

St. Luke Church/Lukas Church

  • St. Luke Church/Lukas Church

Slightly off from the tourists beaten path, this beautiful church is undoubtedly among the most beautiful in the city, or perhaps better the outside facade and beautiful steeples. Really huge and absolutely a must-see attraction, but only if you have enough time, Munich reserve wonderful surprises, and this is one of those.

Church of St. Luke, also called Lukas Church, is the third Protestant-Lutheran church in Munich. The church was built in 1893-1896 according to plans by Albert Schmidt. St. Luke is the only almost completely preserved Protestant church of historicism in Munich. The location near the river Isar is beautiful, especially when the sun goes down behind the church.

Odeonsplatz

From left, The Feldherrnhalle, The Theatinerkirche and Mercedes-Benz Gallery

 

  • Odeonsplatz

It is used as a central square for the capital city. The square even has political importance: in 1923 Hitler’s coup attempt was stopped here; however, 10 years later National Socialism was glorified. Today the popular Open-Air Classics Concert take place yearly at Odeonsplatz. In the vicinity is the Hofgarten (“court garden”) in which many Munich residents meet to play boules and relax.

Odeonsplatz is also the northern boundary of the pedestrian zone and the starting point of Ludwigstraße. Around the square are the royal residence including court garden, the Feldherrnhalle, the Theatinerkirche, some city palace and the elongated bazaar building.

I should say this is nice spot in Munich to hangout and visit. Here, you will see many people having their a cup of coffee and sitting down watching sunset. You can buy yours at Starbucks and do the same.

Another good place to stop by was Mercedes-Benz Gallery. Not just another outlet of Mercedes Benz but more a real show room with big windows inviting you to stop and take a look. From old timer to concept cars, ever-changing exhibitions show you that cars can be quite exciting.

Don’t forget to get your personalized dummy card for free here. You can treat as souvenir to bring back home.

Done Odeonsplatz, we walk towards Marienplatz, along the way we stop for shopping spree. Among the well-known and affordable brands are H&M, Mango and Zara. During X’mas sale you will get a lot of good deals.

Mercedes Benz Gallery

Mercedes Benz Gallery

 

Marienplatz

Marienplatz

  • Marienplatz

This prominent public square, the largest in Munich, still stands as the center of social activity in the city, much as it has throughout history. From Marienplatz you can perfectly start a shopping spree. No matter which direction you go, there are shops everywhere. The pedestrian zone with the most shops is Kaufinger Straße, which leads from Marienplatz to Karlsplatz (Stachus). I went into my favourite shop, H&M and get a good deals for winter wear.

We went during the Christmas time was for the Christmas markets/Weihnachtsmarkt. The experience was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone who loves Christmas. There were many things to look at and buy, the food was delicious and it felt so lively. It’s a very enjoyable experience for us and once again, I would totally recommend going for the Christmas markets.

What will you see around Marienplatz?

  • New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) – Impressive building. Must to see in Munich. Good example of neo-gothic architecture style. You can go also to the tower for nice sightviews of Munich old town. In the building is the city municipal offices, restaurant, clock tower. Went during christmas and it was bustling with people, music and christmas markets!. recommended!.
  • Marienhof (Park Marienhof) – Really nice park with many banches to sit and rest after walking along city streets. Big open green space and relaxing ambient in the middle of the city.Marienhof
  • Altes Rathaus – Town hall dating back to the 14th century with gothic facelifts after lightning damage & bombing.
  • Frauenkirche – Cathedral with 2 towers top, this restored Gothic church, bombed in 1945, known for its legendary Devil’s footprint.
  • Munich Christmas Market on Marienplatz.

     

End for today. Continue reading Day 3 in Germany here.

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The Netherlands

My visit to The Netherlands was back in December 2015 and its winter season. Although it was winter cold but no snow for the rest of the trip. I spent 4 days together with my husband alone. There are few places we visited during the trip based on our interest. In day 1, we already missed few places for visit since we were jet lagged. We decided to walk around the hotel for food and back to sleep. Our day only started on the second day.

We didn’t buy any special passes for transportation. We use daily tickets bought from the machine like what locals do. We don’t have any proper itineraries, but we do have what’s in mind. Throughout the 4 days trip, mode of transportation we took was train and walking.

About meals, mostly we eat fast-food, street-food and Indian restaurant. Breakfast was in the hotel package, means we don’t have to worry about what to eat before visiting places of interest. I was on 6 months pregnancy during the trip, means I have to stop whenever i feel uncomfortable. Later I will share some tips about traveling while you’re pregnant.

Our flight was on 12 December 2015 from Kuala Lumpur International Airport direct to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Flight: MH0016. Departing time was 11:40pm (23:40) and arrived on Sunday, Dec 13, 06:30am. Flight cost for return tickets was RM3512 per person via MALAYSIA AIRLINES.

Once arrived airport Schiphol we catch city train to Amsterdam Central Station, nearest station to our hotel. We stayed at Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam for €530.91 for 3 nights. The taxes and services was included in the price.

We checkout the nearby town first since we were too early arrived at the hotel. The earliest we can checked in that time was at 11am. I stumbled upon when stepped my foot on Amsterdam Central. No wonder people are interested to repeat their trip to here. Very fascinating and unique town. Let me share places which I managed to visit and do in my 4 days trip.

 

Amsterdam deals

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Amsterdam Central

 

Just get lost in narrow alley Amsterdam Central, checkout their building architecture. High number of tourists who visit each year, Amsterdam is known for its historical attractions, for its collections of great arts, and for the characteristic colour and savour of its old sections, which have been remained in good condition.

Amsterdam Central

Amsterdam Central

You may grab any walking tour map from the hotel or airport, plan yourself for 1 or 2 days walking tour around Amsterdam Central. Definitely you won’t get bored walking to the same alley repeatedly.

Amsterdam Central

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Zaanse Schans

Looking for Giant Windmills ? Head over to Zaanse Schans, only 40 mins by train from Amsterdam Central Station. Alight at Zaandijk Zaanse Schans Station and walk about 17 min.

Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh cookies, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory where you can sample them too, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of the Netherlands, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Make a cycling or sailing trip, browse the shops or treat yourself at the pancake restaurant. A day out at the Zaanse Schans in North Holland is fun and educational.

Zaanse Schans_03

 

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Haarlem

Harleem

With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, the medieval city of Haarlem is one of the most photographic destinations in the Netherlands. You can easily reach here by train (just 15 min from Amsterdam Central Station).

 

 

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Paris, FRANCE

People once said, Paris is a city of romance, city of love, inspiration, art and fashion. Paris can be seen as an interesting place to visit in Europe, perhaps one of the most fascinating city in the world. A trip to Paris is the perfect get-away, experience the arty culture, shop until you drop, visit the highlights, just relax in a city park and enjoy the stunning view from the Eiffel tower.

Trip in April 2011  |  €1 = MYR4.12

This trip was finally came true when Airasia announced a new route to Paris. This 13 hours direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Paris-Orly Airport, I got it at MYR1400 return tickets per person. This trip were from Kuala Lumpur – Paris – Switzerland – Italy – Spain – Portugal and back to Paris again. Hence, on the first day, we only spent a night and the next day we took a train to Switzerland. The journey begin at 1.20am on Sunday, 24th april 2011 and we arrived at 9.00am on the same day.

Since our time is to tight, after we reached airport we quickly catch a train to our accommodation about 1 hour journey. We just do own walking tour around the Paris attractions until night time. We continue our Eiffel Tower visit on the last day of our Europe trip before we depart back to Kuala Lumpur on the next day.

Day 1 Paris | 24th April 2011, Sunday

Today, we visited some attractions after short rest at the hotel. We stayed 1 night at Timhotel Saint Georges Pigalle (currently its called My Sopi Hotel). The hotel is located a few steps from the famous Moulin Rouge Theatre and the lively Saint Georges district. It is one metro stop from the Montmartre. Only 1 minute walk to the nearest metro station (pigalle). Cost at €82.29 1 night for standard double room.

Subway in Paris

palais_of_justice

We purchased 1-day pass ticket for public transport at €20 each person. Apart from public transport, we just walk leisurely to the next attractions because distance not too far.

Places of interest checklist done:

~Notre Dame~

~Arc de Trompe~

~Champ Elyees~

~Eiffel Tower~

We didn’t manage to get the entrance ticket to go to the top of Eiffel Tower deck after a long queue. Then we decided to come back on our last day but we purchased the tickets online to avoid any disappointment later. So, after view the Eiffel tower at night, we took train back to Pigalle.

~Moulin Rouge~

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Day 2 | 25th April 2011, Monday

Today we continue the trip to Switzerland. Although we woke up early, we missed the flight to Geneve, Switzerland. We boarded wrong train to airport. Then have to go for plan B, catch high-speed train from Gare De Lyon, located in the east of central Paris to Switzerland.

The Gare de Lyon (Lyon station), officially Paris-Gare-de-Lyon, is one of the six large mainline railway station termini in Paris, France. The station is served by high-speed TGV trains to south and eastern France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain. The station also hosts regional trains and the RER and also the Gare de Lyon metro station.

We purchased tickets €127 one-way each person, approximately MYR523. This train is passing through Geneve then we make interchange at Visp, Switzerland to reach our final destination, Zermatt.

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Last Day in Paris | 11 May 2011, Wednesday

We Arrived Paris Orly Airport from Lisbon, Portugal at 12:55pm. We took a taxi to our hotel which is quite near to the airport. We flew via TAP Portugal, cost for 2 person was MYR1k, flight journey only 2 hour 30 min.

After freshen up and dinner at the hotel, we continue to visit The Louvre and Eiffel Tower again until night time.

~The Louvre~

 

We stayed 1 night in Paris before fly back to Kuala Lumpur on the next day.

On 12 May 2011, We checked out from the hotel around 8:00am to catch a 10:30am flight at Paris-Orly Airport. Till we meet again, Paris…Au Revoir!

 

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