About Jermaine M
Lives in Ludwigsburg, Germany
Since Nov 2014
I come from Saxony, eastern Germany, from the region Erzgebirge, where many german christmas decorative objects come from. I studied Engineering in Dresden and during my studies I spent some time in Munich and in Sardinia. I live now at the other end of Germany, in Ludwigsburg,
Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers
Flea/ Street Markets
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Bar/ Clubs, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens
Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Parks, Sports Complexes
Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Every big city has at least one place that tourists must visit. In Munich, this is Marienplatz. Home to the Town Hall (Rathaus), the historic square is always buzzing with people who come to shop, take in its beautiful architecture, and watch the Glockenspiel tower put on its animated show.
Alter Peter (Old Peter) to the locals, St. Peter's Church is one of the most iconic sights in Munich. If you want to enjoy a view of the entire city center from the church tower, you will first need to climb 299 steps — but the sight is worth the effort. When the weather is very good, you can also see all the way to the Alps.
Born as a farmers market, Viktualienmarkt has evolved into a popular hub where you can find all sorts of fresh food and deli items. Here, you can join the locals in browsing and buying flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, wine and tea, honey, fish, meat, herbs, cheese, and exotic ingredients that are not available anywhere else in the area.
The Residenz was once the city castle of the Bavarian dukes, princes, and emperors. Today, it is the largest city-center castle in Germany. Constructed through the centuries, the complex of buildings is a mix of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Classical styles. The interior decoration is particularly significant: You will find unique furniture, oil paintings, tapestries, and porcelain.
This beautiful (and vast) park is one of the main reasons residents and visitors love Munich. On sunny days at the English Garden, you'll see people of all ages and nationalities partaking in sports, playing their own music, drinking beers, or taking naps on the grass. Of course, the park blanketed in snow also has its particular charms...
Here is your chance to taste the lofty beverage that Munich's dukes and princes used to drink: beer, and Hofbräu in particular. The first Hofbräu brewery was founded in 1589 by the Duke Wilhelm V, right where the famous Hofbräuhaus stands today (so really, drinking beer here is a history lesson...).
In Munich, there are a number of art museums and galleries, usually housed in buildings with their own particular histories. Three such museums are linked under the 'Pinakothek,' with Alte (Old) Pinakothek containing works from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo era, Neue (New) picking up in the 19th century, and Moderne hitting modern and contemporary art and design.
City and countryside castles are a typical feature of the German landscape, and this baroque castle is surrounded by gardens and boasts magnificent interiors. For Munich residents, it is a beloved institution.
The River Isar comes directly from the Alps, and because it's usually quite clean, many people swim here. The Flaucher Beach section of the river is a white stony beach where barbecuing is allowed. On sunny days, this place is as packed as a music festival!
Augustiner beer is another famous Munich brew, and its brewery is actually considered the oldest in the city. The Augustiner Brothers began brewing beer as early as 1328, in the place that is today the home of Augustiner Großgastätte, near Marienplatz.
You will definitely see BMW cars and motorbikes around Munich, but if you want to see more, visit the BMW Museum and BMW Welt. The museum explores the history of the famed car company, while the world (Welt) gives you a glimpse into its future.
Built in 1972 for the Olympic games, Olympiapark is now a place for sports, concerts, exhibitions, and events. Its TV tower is not as famous as the one in Berlin, but from the top you can really enjoy a fantastic view of the city, and the park in particular.
If you are obsessed with science and technology, you may need a week to explore the Deutsches Museum. Otherwise, go straight to the transportation section, the highlight of the exhibition, and then learn how the meteorological instruments on the museum's tower work.
The architecturally stunning Allianz Arena is home to both the FC Bayern München and TSV 1860 München football teams. You can tell who's playing because the stadium lights up in red for Bayern and in blue for TSV.