Last week I was invited to Munich. Having already visited Berlin a few times, I was curious to explore another German city. Sadly the weather didn't comply and it rained almost continuously for three days, with the sun only showing its face a few hours before I flew home. Luckily there are plenty of places to explore inside, as well as out. One of my favourites places was the studio of famous light designer Ingo Maurer. You've probably seen his artistic designs as they reside in New York's MOMA and he has made works for Issey Miyake, Galeries Lafayette and the London Edition. He was also commissioned by Munich to create the lighting for the Marienplatz U-bahn station.
Schloss Nyphemberg is another great place to wile away a few hours - I woke up super early on Saturday and after getting a quick coffee at Man Versus Machine, I hopped on the tram which took me out west of the city to get to the palace just as it opened. The great hall is beautiful, and even on a grey day the light still floods in - perfect fodder for any photographer. On my last day I was in the Englischer Garten when the sun finally peeped out, which couldn't have been more perfect timing, so I stood for a while and watched the crazy surfers surfing the wave in the river - a must do! So here's my little guide to the city:
- Schloss Nyphemberg - marvel at the great hall (above) and wander around the gardens, preferably on a sunny day!
- Visit the Englischer Garten and be hypnotised by the surfers who surf a wave at the southern end of the river - they are mesmerising, I could hardly tear myself away!
- Go peek inside the studio of famous light designer Ingo Maurer
- Visit Brandhorst Museum - a modern art museum that's perfect for rainy days!
- Marienplatz - Munich's main square and where the beautiful town hall is located. Then climb Old Peter's tower opposite to get a 360 degree view over the rooftops of Munich.
- Eat and drink beer (in the beer gardens) at Viktualienmarkt - it's busy, but buzzing with typical Munich life!
- Brunch or lunch at Cantine Cantona (don't forget to their Super Danke juices)
- Lunch at the Grateful Eatery
- Coffee at Man Vs Machine
- Ice-cream at
- Lunch at Stereo Cafe
- Get a drink and enjoy the view over the city on the roof top bar at the Beyerischer Hof (there's also a must-see shrine to Michael Jackson out front)
- I managed to catch some live jazz at Vogler which was great.
- Roeckl - if you watched my snapchat, you would have seen that I visited their workshop to see how they make their buttery soft leather gloves - that they've been crafting by hand since 1839. Check out their shop here.
- Room to Dream nordic design shop - I didn't make it there, but was recommended it by interiors guru Igor Josifovic.
I stayed at H'Otello. Thanks to Lufhansa and Germany Tourism Board for making this trip possible.
Man Versus Machine Cafe & Roastery - I took home a pack of beans.
Hello from Ingo Maurer's studio!
The surfers surfing in the river.
The hall at Schloss Nymphenburg.