Springtime in Munich
Now that it is officially summer, I thought it would be a good time to recap our Spring in Munich. Once Pat’s busy season was over we were able to start traveling frequently! We went to Italy (Milan, Lake Como, and Tuscany) in April and Amsterdam in May. You can read about Italy here and Amsterdam here.
The flowers in Munich were beautiful this spring! Something I was seriously not expecting, but really appreciate even though they made my allergies go crazy. We spent many weekends and nights walking around the neighborhood and enjoying the flowers and nice weather. Starting in April, it was in the 70s and sunny! We’ve been enjoying our terrace for morning coffee and weekend breakfasts.
Lola is finally here!! I was so worried about everything going smoothly, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. It couldn’t have gone any better! She did great on our 8 hour direct flight from Chicago to Munich (as my carry on). No quarantine here, so we took her straight to our apartment where she smelled everything in sight. Huge thanks to my parents for taking such good care of her for the past few months, especially my dad who organized all of her necessary vet visits and documentation.
She has been LOVING it here in Munich! Bavaria is so dog friendly, and Lola loves riding the tram, bus and subway. Her two favorite parks are Nymphenburg and the English Garden.
Soccer (Football) Game
We had a blast at a Champion’s League game cheering on Munich’s FC Bayern with my friend Michelle! We watched Munich play Sevilla. The game itself was a tie with no goals, so pretty uneventful but we had so much fun at our first European football game. The train ride to the game was PACKED, and Pat and I got stuck in between a group of Bayern fans and a group of Sevilla fans. At first we were worried, but everyone was in good spirits, although there was a lot of chanting and singing between the groups.
Frühlingsfest takes place at the end of May in the same location as Oktoberfest and looks quite similar – except that it’s much less crowded. Lots of fun rides, festival food, and beer tents!
The beer gardens opened up again! We love hitting up the beer gardens on the weekend with friends. The beer gardens are one of our favorite parts of living here (right up there with the Christmas markets). Munich has close to 200 beer gardens! We have been trying to visit at least one new one every month, which is difficult because we have our favorites now and always want to go back to those. It’s our favorite way to spend a Sunday: outside with friends, drinking a Bavarian beer, under the shade of the chestnut trees. Sometimes there’s even live music!
Auer Dult Market
The Auer Dult is held three times a year on the square around Mariahilf church and is one of Munich’s oldest markets. My favorite part was the unique flea market, where you can find antiques, crafts, and home decor. We found my dad an antique beer stein for his birthday here! Auer Dult also has rides and really great food, including flammkuchen.
Once the weather was nice, we couldn’t wait to have friends over on our terrace! We had a wonderful brunch at our place and spent the whole day on our terrace. It was pretty warm that day, but our landlord gave us a really nice umbrella for the patio. It was perfect in the shade.
I made Pat’s favorite cinnamon rolls from this recipe, and I forgot to convert the recipe from 7 pans to 2 pans for the frosting portion! So we had to freeze about two entire bags of frosting. Which I used later that month for Pat’s birthday cake 🙂
Bike Ride to Starnberg
On a beautiful spring weekend in April, a group of our friends went on a 22 mile bike ride around the Bavarian countryside. We started in Munich and biked throughout the Bavarian countryside, stopping in beer gardens along the way. We ended in the lake town of Starnberg and took the train back with our bikes. Such a fun day!