...resources for the female traveller
As a destination, Munich
seems to strike a perfect balance for the savvy solo traveller
-- it's extremely tourist-friendly without being overly crowded
and touristy. Journeywoman found the comfortable rhythm of
Munich a pleasant relief after the hustle and bustle of bigger
European cities. And as we quickly learned, this is an elegant
city that has a great deal to offer the travellin' woman.
New Girl in Town?
Journeywoman suggests several excellent resources
to help introduce you to the city.
- Plan a stop
at EurAide Travel Services located in the Central
Railroad Station's main arrival hall (look for
Room 003, just three doors down from the four
telephone booths along track 11). This North-American
based office does a wonderful job of providing
top-notch tourist info as well as booking train
and accommodation reservations. P.S. Ask for a
copy of their free Inside Track newsletter --
it's packed with useful material. Need to know
more? Visit their website at: www.euraide.de
- Want a fabulous
introduction to the city, it's people and it's
history? -- Munich Walks offers half-day walking
tours in English -- always an interesting way
to meet other journey women. For further info
on times, costs and itineraries, simply e-mail:
- Munich Found
is an English city magazine available at most
news kiosks. Catch up on the latest restaurant
reviews, theater listings, galleries and night
life. It's interesting and it's very helpful!
there are two Munich tourist offices dispensing
information on everything you need to know but
weren't sure where to ask. The first is located
in the main train station right across from the
post office. The second is at Marionplatz, street
level in the New Town Hall.
She Explores the City Center...
- First stop,
Marienplatz -- a colorful outdoor pedestrian plaza
located smack in the center of the city. Once
old Munich's main marketplace -- today it's a
major shopping and meeting place for locals, tourists
and the many street buskers who earn their living
here. Join the fun! Kiosk owners do a lively business
selling salted pretzels and sugar-coated almonds
while some real serious people-watching is going
on at all the outdoor cafes.
- Daily, just
before 11 o'clock and then again at noon, tourists-in-the-know
flock to the plaza -- all of them looking up at
the Glockenspiel in the tower of the New Town
Hall. As the clock strikes the hour, the clarion
sounds and animated mechanical figures play out
their mini drama. Get your cameras ready. Everybody
loves the parts where the rooster crows and the
Count gets thrown off his horse. A charming happening
and a delightful memory!
- More fun
than a Stairmaster! Exercise those Journeywoman
legs by climbing to the top of St. Peter's Church,
the oldest church within the ancient city's boundaries.
It's worth the effort -- on a very, very clear
day you might even see the Alps.
to the south of Marienplatz is Viktualienmarkt
- a bustling open air market where a cornucopia
of fresh produce awaits the discerning shopper.
Choose the tasty tidbits for your picnic lunch
or treat yourself to spicy knockwurst and German
beer at any of the tempting outdoor food-stops.
Great fun and oh-so-tasty! P.S. make sure to carry
a string shopping bag -- plastic bagging costs
extra and is definitely frowned upon.
Many Museums -- Several Female
There's No Space Like Green Space...
- Think streams,
lakes and bridges. Picture swans, ducklings, walkers
and strolling lovers. Imagine mature trees, sunbathers,
bikers, equestrians, and lots of green. Add these
up and you've got Munich's Englischer Garten,
a country-like retreat in the city core. There's
a brass oompah-pah band that plays at the Chinese
Tower, oodles of beer on tap and lots of kiosks
selling German snack specialties. A perfect way
to wile away an afternoon in Munich.
So Many Shops - So Little Time
- If it's
upscale shopping you're after, there are three
main streets guaranteed to make your journeyshopper's
heart sing --Theatinerstrasse, Maffeistrasse and
Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse. This ritzy triad offers
up fine trademarks like Rodier fashions, Charles
Jourdan footwear and the likes of world-class
- After more
modest purchases? The arcade at Neuhauser Strasse
5 is filled with interesting boutiques all quite
reasonably priced. At Gortz 17-- there's shoes
with attitude, at Cravatterie Nazionali -- it's
wild and wonderful neckwear for your journey man,
at Marimekko -- refreshing Danish fashion and
at Art Accessories -- hand-made aluminum hair
clips that are a cut above the rest.
for lovely lingerie? Try the Peter Palmer chain
and show them how smart you are by asking for
a "bustenhalter" (bra) and "washe" (underwear).
found the best selection of German Birkenstock
sandals at SchuhSeibel at Sonnenstrasse 18. If
you're a Birkenstock-kind-of-woman, it's smart
to make your purchases in Germany. This is the
country they're manufactured in.
- Want to
see how German women set their tables? Kustermann
has one of the largest selections of table and
cooking ware. Lovely to browse! (Viktualienmarkt
- It's always
fun to pop into an English bookshop to pick up
a guide or two. Journeywoman recommends Anglia
English Bookshop -- their window piled oh-so-high
with books (Schellingstrasse 3) and Words Worth
--including some gift items at Schellingstrasse
21A. P.S. Look for our city guide of choice, "Munich
in Your Pocket" written by local, Dee Pattee.
Memos on Meals in Munich
- Cafe Iwan
This unassuming patio restaurant surrounded by
neighbouring high rises attracts German theater
actors, artists and many of the city's rich and
famous. The menu is creative with a pleasant selection
of salads and soups. Prices are down-to-earth
and our Thai Shrimp Rice Soup was a perfect meal
in-a-bowl. (Josephspitalstrasse 15)
- Vita S.
Named after Vita Sackville West, this is Munich's
first restaurant especially for women. It's small
and cozy with sofas artfully arranged amongst
the tables and chairs. The light menu features
both meat and vegetarian choices. Portraits of
famous women dot the walls, while each table is
named after a notable female in contemporary history.
Which will it be, ladies...Marlene Dietrich or
Gertrude Stein? (Morassistrasse 16)
- For a quick
snack in a cafeteria with style, there's nothing
like the Movenpick chain. The food is fine, the
coffee is excellent and the spotless washrooms
are a perfect example of whimsy.
- Miss the
food back home? Then try Falafel, Bagels & Pastrami
where the name says it all! (Barestrasse 72).
Tresznjewski is an art deco student hangout that
offers lots of value and excellent atmosphere
for your money. Expect a selection of good salads,
beer on tap, dessert goodies and a wonderful brunch
menu. Be sure to bring along a dictionary or be
prepared to point; menus are in German only! (Theresienstrasse
- Veggie lovers
will appreciate Bux located close to the city
center on Frauenstrasse 9. There's meatless lasagna,
tofu casseroles, veggie quiche and a huge assortment
of salads and desserts. There's fresh juices on
tap and the yummy carob mousse is a sinner's delight.
P.S. You pay by weight on your plate so guide
your portions accordingly.
for an interesting take-away meal. Here's one
only the locals know about. Try Zen for fantastic
reasonably priced sushi rolls. This tiny little
place is located at Baaderstrasse 62 or call for
delivery at 201-6911.
Interested in more female-friendly Munich tidbits?