12 Hour Layover in Munich
As direct flights from Sofia to Lisbon are almost non-existent, I knew I would have to face a connection on my way to Portugal, but I never thought I would experience such a really long one. 12 hours and 20 minutes was the layover that provided me with enough time to discover Germany’s third largest city, Munich
Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria, located in the south part of the country, a city that has been growing more and more throughout the last centuries, is also home of the quite famous football team Bayern München and the well-known automotive company Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, widely known as BMW.
Lufthansa provides a bus at the airport’s main entrance every 15 minutes that for 11 euros will take you to the city center and that for 18 euros will provide you with a round trip ticket. We got on the bus for a forty kilometre trip to Munich’s Hauptbahnof (Central Station).
Walking towards the eastern part of the city, we got to visit some interesting places and stare at some iconic buildings. The local public transportation was also very interesting and modern, specially the trams which were the most advanced I had ever seen (specially compared to the Portuguese or Bulgarian trams). There were also bicycles all over the place, parking areas and lanes for these non-motorized transports.
As for a place to live, despite the cold weather, I believe it would suit me. I now think of Munich as one of the cleanest places I’ve ever seen, reminding me of several cities from the Netherlands and from Switzerland.
The most beautiful place we got to discover during our morning and afternoon in the city center was Marienplatz, a central square that brings us back to the 12th century, where is also located the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). At 11a.m, we got to watch the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, a figure show and the main attraction of Marienplatz, that happen every day at the same schedule.
It was right before reaching to the Isar river, a tributary from the Danube river, that hail started falling. We walked back to the Central Station where we got in the bus that drove us back to the Airport. Our short adventure in Germany was now over but just like always we brought with us several memories and also a fridge magnet!