Munich is justly famous for its sausages, or Weisswurst, as they are better known. Imagine arriving into Munich with the gorgeous fresh air of the Bavarian mountains surrounding you, ready to enjoy a delicious local breakfast. Well, there is no breakfast more local than the Weisswurst, the white veal sausage famous for its delicate taste and the way it satisfies the stomach.
Introducing the Weisswurst: History
150 years ago the Weisswurst was born, and today over 75 million of them are made every year. With their own Protected Geographical Indication seal, Weisswursts are only the real deal if they are made in Munich, where locals say the sausage should never hear the church bells. Although sometimes even die-hard Weisswurst eaters break this rule, traditionally the sausage should be eaten before noon.
Where to Go To Get One
Most restaurants serve the delicious sausage, but if in doubt look for the Bavarian flag or the beer garden, as this is a sure fire sign that the proprietor sells the Weisswurst. Remember never to sit on the table labelled “Stammtisch” as this is reserved for regulars, but sit close by and you will be in on the action. Order your sausage from the waiter and two sausages at a time is the way to go. They will arrive served in a pot and covered in water. The pot will be covered with a plate of bread to keep the heat in. Bavarian mustard and pretzels are the only accompaniments for the Weisswurst, apart from a beer of course. These white sausages are eaten peeled and while some snip off the ends of the sausage and suck the meat out, it is best to slice the sausage in half, and carve off pieces of the meaty inside.
What Makes a Good Weisswurst?
It is said that the colour of the Weisswurst is key to its quality. It should be white as snow and the only slight discolouration that should be seen through the skin is the green parsley flecked through the meat.
So, when you visit Munich, you really must try the Weisswurst. Join the locals and enjoy a couple with a beer in one of the many city pubs.
How to Get There
If you want to save some serious money on your journey to Munich and you have enough time on your hands, low cost bus companies like Eurolines and GoEuro are good travel options which allow you to get there from London Victoria Coach Station or Kings Cross St Pancras in about 10 hours. Alternatively, you could take the Eurostar to Paris and transfer to a TGV to Munich, or board the Eurostar to Brussels and travel to Munich on InterCity Express trains via Frankfurt.
If you’d rather save time than money, airlines like easyJet, Lufthansa, British Airways and airberlin offer direct flights from London to Munich which only take 1 hour and 50 minutes. Munich Airport is close to the city centre and, with our low cost private or shared Munich transfers, you can be at your hotel to start your holiday in no time at all. We have a fleet of professional drivers who will meet you on arrival and take you door-to-door in an efficient manner.
If you’d rather get from the airport to Munich centre by public transport, the easiest way is to take the S8 train towards Herrsching or the S1 towards München Ost and get out at Munchen Hbf.
Where to Stay
Hotel Eder – For a budget family-run hotel in a quiet location in the city, Hotel Eder is a great option. Free Wi-Fi is provided and rooms are simple but modern and have TV, desk and en suite facilities. The hotel has a breakfast room and you can enjoy a typical German breakfast here in the morning. In warmer months you can eat on the garden terrace, which is partially covered. Close to plenty of other bars and eateries, this hotel is conveniently located for transport links too.
LetoMotel München City Ost – The LetoMotel München City Ost is our mid range accommodation option in Munich. With free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and en suite rooms with satellite TV, this hotel is a sound option. There is a 24-hour reception service, on-site shops and a vending machine available. Furthermore there is a bakery a minute’s walk away where guests can go for their breakfast. This hotel is perfect for those people wanting to explore the best of the old town’s culture.
Hilton Munich Park – This beautiful hotel has been recently refurbished and has stunning rooms, a spa, gym, and a swimming pool indoors. The Hilton Munich Park’s bedrooms have air-conditioning, a balcony with views, minibar and cable TV. Every morning the Tivoli Restaurant and Club serves a continental or buffet breakfast and the People’s Lounge Café, with its live piano music, serves drinks and light snacks. Room service is available 24 hours a day and you can even hire bicycles for exploring the old town. For a touch of class and a little luxury, this hotel is our recommendation.