Kick back at Munich Park Hostel
For our #ThrowbackThursday article, we’ve chosen the review on this uber cool German hostel… After a long day exploring, what better place to hang up your lederhosen than at Munich Park Hostel? Tyler Curtis raises a stein to this unique, sociable backpacker abode!
With its minimalist décor and laid back approach, Munich Park Youth Hostel is a snippet of peace and quiet in the rush of Munich. In the largest city of the German state of Bavaria, and part of the widely accredited International Hostelling group, it is not surprising that the hostel attracts a huge variety of guests. Whilst these range from individual backpackers passing through to school pupils on history trips, there’s one thing that all guests have in common – the desire to immerse themselves in one of Europe’s culture capitals.
Munich Park, which opened in 1973 and boasts 105 en suite rooms, also manages to embody the city’s artistic feel. With a lecture hall, a creativity room, three common rooms, and a gorgeous outdoor garden space, there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with the other guests, of which this huge hostel welcomes more than 350!
It isn’t just the quirkiness of the hostel which draws so many tourists through its doors, but also the abundance of activities to be found nearby. Not only is Munich Park just minutes away from the beautiful Isar River (pictured below), famous for its traditional rafting tours and daredevils surfing on its man-made waves, but it’s just an hour’s train journey from the spectacular Langwielder Lake District and the breath-taking Wendelstein Mountain.
With this in mind, it is difficult to imagine that Munich has even more to offer, yet with a number of excellent transport links some of the city’s best known tourist hot spots are at your fingertips. Explore the historically prominent Olympic Park, marvel at the gothic architecture of Marienplatz, or pick up some groceries at the vast Viktualienmarkt – all just a short ride away on Munich’s unique U-Bahn network.
Whilst the city is home to what can only be described as a plethora of cultural gems, there’s one thing which Munich is perhaps most famous for. Beer. If you don’t manage to make Oktoberfest this year, visit Englischer Garten for the city’s greatest beer garden instead. Tucked away in the leafy park, and overlooked by the magnificent Chinese Tower, the garden offers a true taste of Bavarian beer, although you might earn a few strange looks if you arrive wearing lederhosen…