Eat your way through Munich: The best stops to make on a foodie walking tour

Restaurants, cafes and beer gardens continue to be closed for sit-in dining in Munich. So why not get some exercise in the Bavarian capital while devouring its best gourmet goodies along the way?

Eat your way through Munich: The best stops to make on a foodie walking tour
Two people walk past a sign reading 'Treats only to-go' in Munich's Englischen Garten am Chinesischen Turm in late March. Photo: DPA

What’s a morning without some good coffee? That’s why we’ll begin our food-walk at caffe conté, the self proclaimed “place to be for breakfast, lunch and coffee”, that offers not only great morning brews, but also tea and fresh juices. With the caffeine (or vitamins) kicking in, it’s time to get going. 

We’ll head down Ainmillerstraße towards Englischer Garten, passing by Giselastraße, until we reach the Kristallbrunnen. Then, head right into Englischer Garten, and take a first little break at Werneckwiese, a big green, clean meadow. (Perhaps pack a snack from caffee conté to enjoy here).

Head south towards Chinesischer Turm and enjoy the spectacular view. Then, head on towards the Isar and take a short break to enjoy some art at the Skulpturengarten Tucherpark. Head back towards the Eisbach and cross the Tivolibrücke. Take a minute to check out the — slightly creepy — sculptures lining the bridge.

Then, cross the Max-Joseph-Brücke to the other side of the Isar.  You’re right at the famous Isar Beach now. Take a break, let your feet dangle in the water, enjoy the clear water. Now, we’ll do some walking: Head south along the Isar, until you reach the Friedensengel. Take some minutes to walk up to the top and enjoy a moment of quiet under the golden angel. 

Continue south until you reach the Maximilianeum. It has been housing the Bavarian State Parliament since 1949 and is known for its impressive classic architecture. 

From the Maximilianeum, return down to the Isar and take the Mauersteg down south. The Mauersteg is a path built on top of the Isar, like a bridge but instead of crossing, you can walk on the river for about 250 meters. Keep walking until you reach the Muffatwerk, then take a left and return to the main street (Am Gasteig). 

Time for a refreshment and a short break! Just across the Gasteig you will find True & 12 Handmade Ice Cream, one of Munich’s finest ice cream makers. All their products are fresh and made of fresh milk from grass fed cows. Grab yourself a cone and explore the Gasteig with it. Even though it’s closed at the moment, the impressive architecture is worth a look. 

A view looking out from Munich’s scenic Gasteig. Photo: DPA

Head back towards the Isar and cross the Ludwigsbrücke to the Museumsinsel. Take a short break at the Vater-Rhein-Brunnen, one of Munich’s many classical fountains. It is dedicated to Vater Rhein, the old mythological god of the river Rhine. 

Cross the rest of the bridge towards the inner city and take a short break at the Isartor. It was one of the four gates of the medieval city wall and was first constructed in 1337. 

From the Isartor follow the Isartorplatz and then turn onto Westenriederstraße. Keep going until you reach the famous Viktualienmarkt. It’s time for our next Schmankerl (treat). After all that walking — time for a rich Bavarian specialty — Schmalznudeln. Sugary yeast dough, deep fried and sprinkled with more sugar — perfect for a little snack. If you prefer something even heartier, the Schmalznudel — Café Frischhut also proposes Krapfen, a Bavarian speciality, similar to a donut with filling instead of a hole. 

A Bavarian ‘Krapfen’ and flavoured beer. Photo: DPA

To burn all that extra-energy, we’ll continue our walk for a little bit: Take the Blumenstraße and head south, pass by The Seven, now of Munich’s few skyscrapers, and head towards Sendlinger Tor. Head down Pettenkoferstraße towards Theresienwiese. Enjoy a stroll on the empty lot (really makes you realize how huge the Oktoberfest is!)

And head on towards the Bavaria Statue. Enjoy the view over Munich, then head north on Theresienhöhe and take a turn onto Gollierstraße. Keep walking until you reach Bodhi, a traditional Bavarian Wirtshaus (restaurant) with a twist. All dishes are a vegan interpretation of Bavarian classics, like Käsespätzle

The whole walk took almost 10 kilometers. A great way to enjoy Munich’s finest — both in look and taste. 

By Lisa Schneider

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.