When in Munich, Wiener Schnitzel

Our last night in Munich was spent leisurely walking through the city, taking in the cool air, the magnificence of the structures and simplicity of the stone pathways. Everyday at 11am and 12pm, then every evening at 5pm crowds rally to the Neues Rathaus to witness the Glockenspiel chime, recounting stories of the past through moving life-sized figures and the sounds of bells ringing. The Rathaus itself is an impressive structure that dates back to 1867. But what my husband and I found fascinating was that the mechanism behind these moving figures dates back over a hundred years yet still works like clockwork.

Our walk through the pretty city

Neues Rathaus

Of course, our trip would not be complete without sampling an authentic wiener schnitzel. Schnitzel is a staple in our home. It is an easy dish that is quick to make, and pairs perfectly with any vegetable. As one would expect, in Germany, the Schnitzel is elevated. Tender veal is pounded thin then breaded and deep-fried. It is usually served with a lemon wedge for that added acidity. We decided to go to Marktwirt, an adorable restaurant in the town square with private al fresco seating. This place is known for it’s Bavarian fare. Here, the schnitzel was served with a three-way salad and a side of beautiful fresh cranberries. We also sampled the Nurnberger Rostbratswurste(sausage), which was served with caramelized sauerkraut and horseradish. For dessert, we opted for an homage to the chef’s grandmother – Oma´s Apfelstrudel, served with vanilla bean ice cream.

Interiors at Marktwirt Restaurant

Cozy al fresco seating

Veal Schnitzel with Wild Cranberries

Nuernberger Sausage with Caramelized Sauerkraut and Horseradish

Apple Strudel

Marktwirt – Heiliggeiststrasse 2, 80331 Munchen

Sunday in Munich – Pastries and Church

We began our Sunday with a quick trip to one of Germany’s oldest and most well known bakeries, Rischart. The place is quite large, so it was difficult to not get overwhelmed. Choosing just one thing – a piece of bread, a slice of cake or a pastry was an almost impossible task!

We decided on a few Danish pastries and a raspberry torta. Though the Danishes were quite good, the torta was underwhelming due to the fact that the cake portion was dry.

Cheese Danish, Coffee and Copenhagen

Raspberry Torta

Right outside were market stalls selling the most beautiful fresh fruit. These were wonderful, perfectly ripe and exploding with sweetness.

After our simple yet sinful breakfast, we were off to church. It was a Sunday after all and there truly was much to be grateful for. Though I actually am of German origin, I didn’t feel connected to the locals until I was praying amongst them inside these remarkable structures.

Our first stop was the Asam Church or Asamkirche, which was truly a sight to behold. It seemed as though every inch of this structure was intricately designed. The combination of the gold finish against the stained marble walls and ornate sculptures was quite gaudy for my taste but it was interesting to see nonetheless. The ceiling was magnificent, a fresco by Cosmas Damian Asam entitle “Life of Saint Nepomuk.”

Asamkirche during Sunday Mass

A closer look at some of their statues

After, we went to Frauenkirche, which had a completely different interior style. Donning bare walls, this Church was elegant and stunning. The high ceilings were accented with clean arch structures and simple chandeliers. A single crucifix hung above the altar, and the only sense of color within the structure came from the glorious stained glass windows. This church truly invited you to sit in silent prayer.

The long, beautiful aisle of Frauenkirche

Stunning stained glass windows of Frauenkirche

 

Café Rischart – Marienplatz 18, 80331 München, Germany

Asamkirche – Sendlinger Str. 32, 80331 München, Germany

Frauenkirche – Frauenpl. 12, 80331 München, Germany

 

Munich – A Day Through the Park

One of the most stunning places in Munich is the Old English Park. Our first day was spent just walking through the most beautiful gardens, which never seemed to come to an end. I was told that Munich in particular only sees a few days of sun a year. It is generally rainy and wet. We were lucky enough to experience one of those days (and when I say ‘one,’ I mean it quite literally as the next day poured rain). All of the city’s inhabitants came out to embrace the warm rays, dressed lightly, many seen walking through the city in just swimwear and flipflops.

The Isar River, which runs through the Old English Park

One of the gorgeous pathways, laden with both tourists and locals enjoying the warm weather

A closer look at the river, as I lean against one of the “love-lock” bridges, found all over Europe

The structures surrounding the gardens are astounding, but the endless manicured, lush greenery is truly breathtaking. Park benches are spread out so that you can have privacy. Even if there were so many people, I still felt a quiet calmness.

One of the many astounding structures you will come across – the Bavarian State Chancellery or Bayerische Staatskanzlei

Another lovely pathway, with picnickers relaxing in the shade

I could sit in these park benches all day, where I felt a true sense of peace

When it was time to grab lunch, we went to a Beer Garden, which is popular throughout Germany, but said to have the best ones in Munich. Of course, beer on tap is a staple, serving them by the liter.

The lunch crowd basking in the day’s warmth

Abandoned beer mugs left after they’ve been chugged

We built up quite an appetite, as we tried to see as much of the grounds as we could before our meal. I of course, could not resist the savory aromas, which basically led our path. As soon as we saw the food stalls, we decided to go with the staples: Currywurst, served with a heaping side of fries, pork knuckle, steckerlfisch, and a pretzel.

Currywurst with fries – simple steamed then fried pork sausage seasoned with a curry ketchup

Schweinshaxe is marinated Pork Knuckle which is then pre-boiled before it goes into a brine of garlic and spices. From there, it is roasted until the skin is perfectly crisp

Steckerlfisch – Fish such as mackerel, trout or fingerling seasoned then grilled on a stick. This is usually drizzled with fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper

My husband’s weakness… Fresh Pretzels

More from Munich in my next post! Until then, enjoy!

Europe in the Summer

Last year my husband and I decided to take a much-needed break from our day-to-day lives. This came perfectly timed, as he had a scheduled few weeks in Germany for business. As he wrapped up the ‘work’ side of his trip, I bid my children “See you in a few,” and I boarded my flight.

I met him in my grandfather’s land of origin, where he waited for my arrival by the train, with a single rose in his hand. I guess the 3 weeks away made him miss me, and with romance in the air, we began our Europe summer together.

My next few posts will be a combination of food and my favorite spots in the places we visited – From the gorgeous greenery in Munich, to the warm and eclectic energy of Barcelona, to the beautiful and enlightening  streets of Paris.

Keep checking in, as I reminisce this wonderful adventure, with tangible memories that will last a lifetime!