Oh hey travel post, it's been a while! I must start by apologising, the end of this year looked like I had a lot of trips in the pipeline to end the year on a high; skiing, Iceland, Greece, Austria and more but for one reason or another, they either overlapped or got cancelled last minute or I was just too busy, so I couldn't go. I hate being 'too busy' to travel, it's not an excuse and I plan on upping my travel game, just like I did in the middle of this year, more in 2016 but sometimes, life takes over (as you'll know if you read my recent 'honesty' post). I miss seeing somewhere new every weekend. This year I promised myself I'd see more of Europe, I still feel like there's so much more of Europe I'd like to see (how haven't I, biggest carb lover ever, visited Italy?!) but, this was my first time in Germany so at least that's another destination ticked off. Let's see how I got on in Munich as my German starting point...
We checked into our hotel, the Aloft hotel in Munich. It's a pretty new hotel and I went ahead with it because it's part of the Starwood brand (they own the W hotels etc) so I knew it would be of high standard. The Aloft Munich is placed so centrally, literally opposite the main station and a 10 minute walk max to the main area of Munich. Our flight was 5 hours delayed (never fly with Lufthansa, I'm still waiting for some kind of compensation) which was a huge shame as we deliberately paid extra for flights that meant we'd arrive at 10am, instead, we ended up arriving at the hotel at 5pm! Luckily though, we were greeted in the coolest reception by the loveliest staff members which made us feel much better about missing a full day of our trip.
Aloft hotels are really cool, think 'hip' and quirky, with pool tables, the loveliest bar, egg chairs and just everything you could need. Aloft is extremely comfortable but it still feels plush. We were in the comfiest suite, complete with adult bean bags (the dream), cookies and sweets. Whilst the Aloft Munich isn't traditional luxury, it's luxurious in the sense that it feels like a friendly, comfortable and very clean home with extra added treats around every corner. It's such a clean, minimal but perfect hotel and I'd definitely recommend staying there.
We were so hungry from our flight delay so these doughnuts really did make my evening. Safe to say they were munched within seconds.
Not only did we have the biggest walk in shower you've ever seen, but we also had the most beautiful sitting area complete with adult beanbags.
We walked straight into the main square (Marienplatz) to explore and I fell in love with the architecture and the beautiful lights. I'm such a sucker for beautiful Christmas lights.
It's safe to say we sampled quite a lot of the food at the Munich markets.
Munich certainly knows how to do Christmas.
We basically spent our time in Munich strolling, eating and taking our surroundings.
We walked up St Peter's Church - the most amazing little old church which gives you the best views of Munich.
The sun was setting nicely when we came down.
We stumbled until we found Maximilian Street - the home of the best designer stores in Munich.
Safe to say I wanted to buy absolutely everything.
We started our final day with a big breakfast at our hotel. I opted for pancakes of course.
We then strolled for 10 minutes to a local food market (rather than a Christmas themed one) that the staff in the hotel recommended we visit.
I ate more food than any one person should ever consume.
It was lovely to wander around the streets near to the hotel though, we spotted some unbelievable houses.
This time I paired my coat with my new jumper dress, I love it so much but unfortunately it was a little cold to wear it with bare legs.
I wore my new LVNDR dreamcatcher necklace too (only £8.99, isn't it so cute?!)
You can see what else we got up to on my vlog below and as always, it would mean the world to me if you could click here and subscribe to my channel!
Have you ever visited Munich? Have you visited Germany? Is Munich on your list of places to travel? Do you love Christmas markets and food?
Lots of love, Em x